Gangdong-myeon

Gangdong-myeon

Gangdong-myeon is a small village in the North Gyeongsang Province of Korea. It is situated midway between Pohang and Gyeongju, but is in the Gyeonngju municipality. In 2004 it's population was 9,006 people, and it's area is approximately 81.48 sq kilometers. Its name means "east of the river" although in fact much of it lies north of the Hyeongsan River.

Overview

The traditional Korean village Yangdong Village of Gyeongju a UNESCO heritage site is located in the Gangdong-myeon. It's a 3 minute drive from the village, and is a popular tourist attraction in both the winters and the summers. Gangdong-myeon is essentially a farming village, and the majority of the families have been living there for generations.

It has an elementary school, and church, several restaurants, two banks, a police station, a butcher shop and a railway station (Onjuro station). The village is also full of alley ways between the residences which is a very typical thing in Korean townships. Rear entrances to homes are entered via the alley ways, and they are also the places where everyday interaction between neighbours takes place. There is one main street through the village which runs into a connecting road that leads to Uiduk University.

Highschool and Middle school students go to schools in either Pohang or Gyeongju. Majority of the residents drive to work in either of the cities as well. The village is serviced by buses from both Pohang and Gyeongju, and it is situated on a major highway connecting cities on the east coast of Korea. The Onjuro station is the boarding place and home bound point for a shuttle train service between Pohang, Gyeongju and Daegu. The Samaeul Train connecting Pohang with the rest of the country runs on the same line.

A Dong Ho Chemistry company has the minnig rights for Kaolin in the area

It is a 20 minute walk from the village to Uiduk University on a pathway through rice fields and vegetable gardens. The stream running parallel with the path floods in the winters. Sometimes you will see the odd old person bathe her face in it in the summers. The path is a popular brisk walking place for the village adjumahs(older Korean ladies) in the evenings, as well as short cut for small cars cutting through from the main highway to samsung Plaza opposite Uiduk University. The railway is part of the scenery, and the frequent passing of the trains whether during the day or the night is a welcome site when there is no one else around.

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