Uiwang (의왕시, 儀旺市, ceremony.luxuriant.city) is a city in Gyeonggi-do. The population as of 2004 was 146,595, including:
- 145,535 Koreans and
- 1,060 non-Koreans.
Uiwang is one of the many satellite cities surrounding Seoul in its metropolitan region, though admittedly one of the lesser-known ones. This was one of the reasons for renaming the formerly known Bugok Station to Uiwang Station.
- Area: 53.96㎢
- Population density: 2,575/㎢ (2003.5)
- Number of households: 46,504 (2003.5)
- Administrative divisions: 6 dong
- Location of city hall: 171 Gocheon-dong, Uiwang-shi, Gyeonggi-do (경기 의왕시 고천동 171)- map
- City flower: 철쭉
- City tree: Zelkova (느티나무)
- City bird: Magpie (까치)
- City animal: Squirrel (다람쥐)
Uiwang is located at 126°55′~ 127°03′ East, and 37°18′~ 37°24′ North. To the north is the city of Gwacheon, to the south is Suwon, to the east are Yongin and Seongnam, and to the west are Anyang and Gunpo.
Some of the mountains in the city include Guksabong (국사봉, 540m), Baegunsan (백운산, 567m), Obongsan (오봉산, 205m) and Moraksan (모락산, 385m).
The climate is the same as Seoul, though the air quality is slightly better. The average yearly temperature is 11.8℃, the average in January is -3.1℃, and the average in summer is 25.5℃. The average yearly precipitation is 1,381mm.
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.
Uiwang is a 10 minute bus ride away from downtown Anyang and Anyang 1st Street. Central Seoul is a 40 minute subway ride from Uiwang Station (formerly known as Bugok Station).
Rail transportation is an important part of Uiwang, which is home to the Korean Railroad Museum and Korea National Railroad College. Seoul Subway line 1 passes through the city, as does the Gyeongbu Line railroad. In addition, a terminal of the Hanjin container shipping concern is located here.