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Mapo District

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Country  South Korea
Special City  Seoul
Area  23.87 km²
Region  Sudogwon
Postal code  03900 ~ 04299
Population  369,432 (2010)
Mapo District

Administrative dong  24 (16 actual precincts)
Time zone  Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
Weather  4°C, Wind S at 5 km/h, 69% Humidity
Points of interest  Seoul World Cup Stadium, Jeoldu‑san, Digital Pavilion, Mangwon Riverside Terrace, Haneul Park

Mapo District (Mapo-gu) is a gu, or district, within Seoul, South Korea. It lies northwest of the Han River. Several universities and government buildings are located there. Mapo is well known for the Hongdae club district around Hongik University. Seoul Metropolitan Subway Line 2, Line 5 and Line 6 pass through this district. The Seoul World Cup Stadium, a famous landmark in Seoul, is located in Sangam town in northwest Mapo. Neighboring districts include Yongsan, Jung, Seodaemun and Eunpyeong Districts.


Map of Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea


Mapo District Office is located in Seongsan-2 precinct, near World Cup Stadium (5 minutes on foot). Seoul Metropolitan Subway Line 6 passes near the office, and it has a station name "Mapo-gu Office" 150 metres (490 ft) east of the office.


The district office has 5 Bureaus, 1 Community Health Center, 36 Divisions, 1 Room, 1 Task Force Team, 16 Community Service Centers. Mapo District Office employs about 1,300 personnels. The entire office is headed by Administrator. Current Administrator is Hong-seop Park (2017).

Administrative divisions

Mapo District was formed in 1944 from portions of Seodaemun and Yongsan Districts. The dong structure was revised in 1985 and 2008. Roughly 53% of Mapo District's area is taken up by residences, many of which are high-rise apartment buildings. Much of the remaining area (43%) is greenspace, including the World Cup Park and additional parkland along the Han River.

Mapo District recently revamped its precincts (2008). The revision aimed to merge some precincts into one big precincts. This effectively reduces number of administrative office for precincts. As a result, the number of precinct offices decreased to 16 from 24. However, the administrative revamp did not change the address system. For example, let us suppose you live in Changjeon precinct. This precinct is now merged to Seogang precinct. The precinct name in your address is still retained as Changjeon precinct.

These are the revamped administrative precincts:

Origin of the name

The name "Mapo" comes from the name of an old ferry across the Han River, and can roughly be translated as "hemp ferry."


Four college or university institutions, including Sogang University and Hongik University, are active in Mapo District. The area around Hongik University, also known as Hongdae, is well known as one of the cultural centers of Seoul, and was named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2016. There are eight high schools, including Seoul Girls' High School, along with 12 middle schools and 20 elementary schools serving the community. There are three special schools for handicapped or industrial educations. Due to the presence of university students in the district, Mapo District offers a large variety of shopping and dining options. The area around Ewha Women's University is known for its affordable yet trendy merchandise, while neighboring Shinchon has an enormous number of take out and sit down restaurants.

International schools:

  • Japanese School in Seoul in Sangam-dong
  • Dwight School Seoul
  • Sister cities

  • Shijingshan, China
  • References

    Mapo District Wikipedia