Bucheon


Bucheon

Infobox Korean settlement
logo=Bucheon logo.gif



imgcaption=Bucheon City Hall.
hangul=부천시
hanja=富川市
rr=Bucheon-si
mr=Puch'ŏn-si
area_km2=53.44
pop=850731
popyear=2005
popden_km2=15919
divs=3 "gu", 37 "dong"


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Bucheon is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It is sandwiched between Incheon and Seoul. Many manufacturing operations are located in the city.

Bucheon promotes itself as the cultural centre of Seoul Metropolitan Area. The Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most famous orchestras in Korea; and since 1997, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, called as PiFAN, has been held in Bucheon.

Bucheon's institutions of higher education include: Bucheon College, Yuhan College, Catholic University of Korea Bucheon campus, and Seoul Theological University.

Modern history

In 1914, some areas of Incheon City and Bupyeong County were joined together under the name "Bucheon". In 1931, Gyenam township ("myeon", 계남면) was renamed Sosa township ("myeon", 소사면). In 1941, Sosa township promoted to "eup" (town) status. [ http://www.bucheon.go.kr/participation/guide/city_history/WEB_XXXX_History02.asp Official page of Bucheon city(Korean) ] After independence from Japan, the westernmost area of Bucheon was set apart and joined to Incheon city once again.

January 1 1963, several districts were combined to form Yeongdeungpo-gu (영등포구) of Seoul Metropolitan City as below. [ Alteration of regions concerning Seoul, provinces, counties and districts(1962-11-21)] In 1988, two districts were established. Bucheon was divided into Nam-gu ("south", 남구) and Jung-gu ("central", 중구) around the Seoul-Incheon trainline.

In 1993, Bucheon's Jung-gu was separated into two further districts, forming Wonmi (원미구) and Ojeong (오정구) Districts.

Statistics

Administrative districts

Bucheon is divided into 3 "gu".

See also

* List of cities in South Korea
* Geography of South Korea
* Seoul National Capital Area

Sister cities

*flagicon|Japan Okayama, Japan; since 1981.
*flagicon|China Harbin, China; since 1995.
*flagicon|Japan Kawasaki, Japan; since 1996.
*flagicon|Russia Khabarovsk, Russia; since 2002.
*flagicon|Philippines Valenzuela City, Philippines; since 2006.
*flagicon|United States Bakersfield, United States; since 2007.

References

External links

* [http://www.bucheon.go.kr/en/ City government website]
* [http://dmoz.org/Regional/Asia/South_Korea/Gyeonggi/Bucheon/ Open Directory category]


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