Gyeonggi-do Province is part of Seoul Metropolitan area and it encompasses a total of 31 administrative units which are often referred to as "satellite cities" of Korea's capital, Seoul. Due to the country's convenient transportation system and numerous subway connections, visiting some of those cities for a day trip is rather easy which makes the province a preferred destination for many foreigners eager to explore Korea's hidden gems. Let's take a look at some of the representative sightseeing locations in the area!
Located south of Seoul, Suwon is the largest city of Gyeonggi-do Province. It is connected with the capital via three subway lines, namely Line 1, Suin-Bundang Line, and Sinbundang Line. The most famous attraction the city is known for is Hwaseong Fortress which stretches throughout a larger part of the city. It is a must-visit for expats fond of history as it has been designated as UNESCO World Heritage since 1997. The legendary fortress was constructed during the Joseon period (1392-1910) and it is the legacy of King Jeongjo, son of the controversial Crown Prince Sado, who initiated the massive project to clear the name of his father. Suwon is also home to a temporary palace also dating back to the Joseon dynasty. If you are interested in K-drama, you might recognize this place from the hit series "Rooftop Prince".
With a population of over 1 million people, this satellite of Seoul includes another planned city, Ilsan, within its premises, and it is also one of Gyeonggi-do Province's larger cities. It is connected with the capital by two subway lines, Line 3 and Gyeongui-Jungang Line. Goyang successfully combines nature with modernity as the two most remarkable locations in the area are Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) and Ilsan Lake Park. The former hosts international conventions in various fields, especially trade, science, and entertainment. On the other hand, Ilsan Lake Park is a recreational complex famous for Goyang International Flower Festival, a grand event which features impressive flower installations from all over the world.
Located on Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Paju is a relatively smaller city than Suwon and Goyang, but it compensates with numerous sightseeing locations. To begin with, several landmarks related to the division of the Korean Peninsula are located in Paju and its surroundings, including Panmunjeom where the Korean Armistice Agreement that paused the Korean War was signed in 1953, as well as part of the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea (DMZ). In fact, North Korean territory can be seen from Mt. Dorasan Observatory in Paju. Besides these important historical sites, the city also houses the largest art village in Korea, Heyri Art Valley, which is full of trendy galleries and cafes with unique interior designs. In addition, Paju English Village is a learning complex where hundreds of foreign teachers work. Besides being an exciting working opportunity, the area is impressive with its visual atmosphere full of western-style buildings.
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