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Taebaek (태백시, 太白市, big.white.city) is a city in the south of Gangwon-do. The population as of 2004 was 53,384, including:
- 53,264 Koreans and
- 120 non-Koreans.
- Area: 303.53㎢
- Population density: 185/㎢(2002)
- Number of households: 19,467(2002)
- Administrative divisions: 8 dong
- Location of city hall: 244-3 Hwangji-dong, Taebaek-shi (태백시 황지동 244-3)
- City flower: 산목련
- City tree: 주목
- City bird: Weaverbird (산까치, lit. a mountain magpie)
To the north and east of Taebaek is the city of Samcheok, to the south is the county of Bonghwa-gun in Gyeongsangbuk-do, to the west are the counties of Yeongwol-gun and Jeongseon-gun.
Mountains near the city include Taebaeksan (태백산, 1,567m) and Yeonhwabong (연화봉, 蓮花峰:1,053m) to the south, Sambangsan (삼방산, 三芳山:1,175m) and Baekbyeongsan (백병산, 白屛山:1,259m) to the east, Daedeoksan (대덕산, 大德山:1,307m) to the south, and Hambaeksan (함백산, 咸白山:1,573m) to the west.
In towards the centre of the country from the city is an area composed of a plateau, giving a lower average temperature in the winter and lengthening summer but shortening spring and autumn in the region. The average yearly precipitation is under 1,000 mm which is comparatively low for Korea.
Antti Leppänen on businesses in Taebaek:
"65% of the population in Taebaek are families of small and medium businesskeepers (chungsosanggongin). It is usual that with one huge retail establishment seven marketplaces (chaeraesijang) disappear. 65% are making a living in small shops (kumôngkage) and marketplaces, so what happens when E-mart comes? We are going to make this known at the Shinsegye [owner of E-mart] headquarters."
With E-mart, the local economy gets a boost. And in the provinces, apartments are built after a large-scale retailer is established. We have received requests from many local organizations in Taebaek to come and build a store there."
Restaurants and Bars
As the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other ethnic foods.