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Sejong Special Self-Governing City

Member Regional Governments South Korea (ROK) Sejong Special Self-Governing City

Lee Chun-hee

  • nationRepublic of Korea
  • Member Regional GovernmentsSejong Self-Governing City
  • GovernorLee Chun-hee

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History

  • Sejong-si historically belonged to Mahan in the era of the Three Han States and Baekje in the Unified Silla era, and Yeongi originates from Yeongi-hyeon of the Unified Silla era and was revised to Yeongi-gun and Jeonui-gun in 1895(the 32th of King Gojong) during the Joseon Dynasty. It was integrated into Yeongi-gu after 1914 and after a special law to construct multifunctional administrative city was enacted and proclaimed on May 18, 2005, it was established as Sejong Self-Governing City including parts of Gongju-si and Cheongwon-gu on July 1, 2012.
  • Launched as the 17th metropolitan council of Republic of Korea.

Regional characteristics

  • New administration central city
    • 36 central administrative organizations moved into the area(‘12~’14).
  • Environment-friendly city
    • Open bicycle road(354km) and establish resource recirculation system purifying waste to energy.
    • Supply 30% required energy of government complex with New Renewable Energy.
    • Plan 53% of 73㎢ with park, green belt, and waterside area.
  • World-class educational environment
    • Introduction U-School system: Electronic bulletin board, digital textbook, U-library, etc.
    • Establish specialized schools such as special-purpose high school for the educational competitiveness.
    • Invite superior universities and establish a global university town.
  • Establish salubrious settlement environments
    • 5-zero city(telephone pole, trash can, fence, billboard, street parking)
    • Establish cultural facilities such as national library(13), art center(15), national museum(16), etc.
    • Establish a ubiquitous model city by grafting cutting edge IT technology onto the fields close to living such as transportation, education, medical treatment, etc.
    • Introduce the concept of ‘city without obstacle’ for the old, the infirm, and the disabled.
  • Selected as functional district of international science and business belt(May 2011)

Generals

Division Content
Populatio
  • 109,823 people(based on the end of October, 2012): Men 55,913 Women 53,910
Main annual event
  • Yongamgang bridge, Baekje Culture Festival, Dowon Cultural Festival (King’s Water Festival), Peach Festival
Main tourism and culture heritage
  • Milmaru Observatory, Gobok Lake Park, Bear Tree Park, Duiwungbak Village, Chungnam Forest Environment Institute, Biamsa, Yeongpyeongsa, etc.

Economy

Division Content
Economic Level
  • GRDP : 2,109.5 billion won(2009)
  • GRDP per person : 26 million won(based on the population of 2009, 80,118 people)
Industry
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishery 0.2%, mining and manufacturing industries 14.7%, service industry 85.1%
Main Products
  • Peach, pear, rice, water melon, mushroom, tomato, pickled radish, peach wine, etc.

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Contact

  • Pertinent department:Person in charge of international cooperation in the Policy and Planning Dept.
  • Address : 93, Guncheongro, Chochiwon-yeop, Sejong Self-Governing City
  • Telephone: +82-44-211-3453
  • Fax : +82-44-211-3459
  • Homepage:http://www.sejong.go.kr