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Gumi, North Gyeongsang

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Country  South Korea
Province  North Gyeongsang Province
Population  341,550 (2000)
Area  617.28 km2
Region  Yeongnam
Colleges and Universities  Gumi College, Kyungwoon University

Gumi (Hangul: ??) is the second largest city in Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea. It is located on the Nakdong River, half way between Daegu and Gimcheon, also lies on the Gyeongbu Expressway and Gyeongbu Line railway which are the principal traffic routes of the country.


Map of Gumi, North Gyeongsang

The city is an industrial center of the country with many companies, including Samsung Electronics and LG Display. The primary industries are electronics, textiles, fibers, rubber, plastic and metal products. In Gumi, 1,772 companies employ over 80,000 workers. It is the largest scale in Korea. In 2009, the city exported the largest amount in the country and accounted for 96.9% of trade surplus of Korea in 2000 to 2009.

The former President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee was born in the city.

Gumi literally translates as turtle tail, not nine tails.


In the Three Kingdoms period, Gumi was territory of Silla. The first Silla temple, Dori Temple, was constructed here.

Gumi, North Gyeongsang in the past, History of Gumi, North Gyeongsang

More recently, the town was the birthplace of the South Korean president Park Chung-Hee. Not coincidentally, it was during his administration that the South Korean government selected Gumi as a site for major industrial development. His birth home is a museum today.

Gumi developed rapidly during the 1960s, growing from a small rural town into a large city thanks to huge infusions of development money from the government. It was selected for development for some practical reasons such as its easy access to transportation infrastructure, and its location in the industrialized Yeongnam region.


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