Coordinates: 37°44′55″N 127°02′20″E / 37.74861°N 127.03889°E / 37.74861; 127.03889
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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul의정부시
 • Hanja
 • Revised RomanizationUijeongbu-si
 • McCune-ReischauerŬijŏngbu-shi
Flag of Uijeongbu
Official logo of Uijeongbu
Coordinates: 37°44′55″N 127°02′20″E / 37.74861°N 127.03889°E / 37.74861; 127.03889
Country South Korea
RegionGyeonggi Province (Sudogwon)
Administrative divisions15 dong
 • Total81.59 km2 (31.50 sq mi)
 (August 2016)
 • Total436,527
 • Density5,350.3/km2 (13,857/sq mi)
 • Dialect

Uijeongbu (Korean pronunciation: [ˈɰi.dzʌŋ.bu]) is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.[1]


Uijeongbu is located north of the South Korean capital Seoul; it lies inside a defile, with mountains on two sides, and commands a natural choke point across the main traditional invasion route from the North into Seoul. As such it has a continued military significance and it contains U.S. and South Korean military bases, positioned for the defense of the South Korean capital. The U.S. Second Infantry Division has established a headquarters post in Uijeongbu, with the main troops being deployed from Dongducheon city. U.S. military bases in Uijeongbu have since closed.

Despite being known for its military presence, the area has boomed into a satellite community of Seoul with shops, cinemas, restaurants and bars, internet cafes, and DVD bangs. In addition to U.S. personnel, it is popular with the English hagwon (a for-profit private institute, academy or cram school). There are several mountains such as Mt. Dobong (Dobongsan), Mt. Surak and Mt. Soyo. The mountains are popular recreational areas for hiking and are frequented by residents living in the Seoul Metropolitan area.

This city is also famous for its budae-jjigae (lit. "army base stew"), made with hot dogs and SPAM. In the late 20th century, many wanted the dish to be referred as Uijeongbu jjigae to remove the military or war-time connotations it had associated with it. However, not many restaurants followed this guideline. Some restaurants have begun calling their product Uijeongbu budae jjigae. The city also contains what locals refer to as "buddaejjigae street", a street where there is a high concentration of army base stew restaurants.[2]


VAL network map

A VAL driverless metro system, U Line, is an elevated line, 11.067 km (6.877 mi) long, covering 15 stations.[3] It had its grand opening on 26 June 2012 with normal passenger operations on 1 July 2012.[4]

Uijeongbu is also served by the Seoul Metropolitan Subway's Line 1 and Line 7. The six stations within the city boundaries are Nogyang, Ganeung, Uijeongbu, Hoeryong, Mangwolsa, and Jangam. It takes around 40 minutes to reach Uijeongbu from central Seoul by subway.

Extensive bus routes cover north-eastern Gyeonggi-do. There are three basic kinds: Ilban Bus, normal bus; Jwaseok Bus, larger and slightly more expensive; and Maeul Bus, "village bus", a smaller bus with fewer seats. An intercity bus station is available for longer distances. Airport limousine buses run frequently to both Incheon and Gimpo airports.


The South Korean educational system,[5] regarded as one of the most difficult in the world,[6] officially incorporates Primary or Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Vocational and Tertiary levels.[5] Anything below primary school is not required. Uijeongbu is home to several educational establishments, most of which are available to both South Korean citizens and foreign nationals. Some schools, however, are only accessible to the families and other affiliates of the US Army.[7] The schools in Uijeongbu range from the standard Korean high school, such as Gyeonggi High School,[8] to the Americanized, International Christian School[9] which lies in the northern part of the city, close to Nogyang Station. Earlier forms of education, such as kindergarten, are not compulsory in South Korea and young children traditionally remain with the family as long as possible,[10] but many are still available. One such establishment is the privately run kindergarten, Yebbeun Kindergarten[11] or Pretty Kindergarten (예쁜유치원) which is located near Sae-mal Station. From the age of six, school children in Uijeongbu, like most of South Korea, begin attending 초등학교, chodeung haggyo, or elementary school. There are several elementary schools throughout Uijeongbu, such as Yonghyun primary school (용현초등학교),[12] or 방학초등학교, and Vocational Elementary school,[13] so a wide variety is provided. The next stage of schooling begins around the age of thirteen and is a part of middle school education. Uijeongbu has a few middle schools, such as Solm-oe Middle School (솔뫼중학교),[14] located in the southeastern part of the city, right off Route 43. The high school or secondary level of education is widely available in Uijeongbu as well. With high schools like the aforementioned Gyeonggi High School,[15][circular reference] or Uijeongbu High School which is known for its unusual graduation "dress up" ritual.[16] There is an apparent lack of vocational high schools or those that focus on specialized curricula, such as fishery or economics. However, there are several higher education options at the tertiary level available in Uijeongbu. One such school is the Shinhan University,[17] which has an extensive array of choices for majors ranging from culinary to nursing. Uijeongbu is also the site of Kyungmin College,[18] which prepares teachers.

Land usage[edit]

land use pie chart


Uijeongbu has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen: Dwa) with cold, dry winters and hot, rainy summers.

Climate data for Uijeongbu (1993–2020 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 1.8
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.5
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) −8.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 16.0
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 3.0 3.5 5.5 6.7 7.4 7.4 13.3 12.1 6.9 5.3 6.6 4.6 82.3
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration[19]

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  1. ^ "Ŭijŏngbu". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  2. ^ Kim, Violet "Food map: Eat your way around Korea" Archived 2012-04-08 at the Wayback Machine CNN Go. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-12
  3. ^ http://www.transportation.siemens.com/en/data/pdf/ts_internet/ts_corp/presse/2006/29_korea_ujeongbu_e.pdf[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Uijeongbu Light Rail Transit - Railway Technology". railway-technology.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Education in South Korea". 1 June 2013.
  6. ^ "The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education". NPR.
  7. ^ MC&FP, Military Community Outreach. "MilitaryINSTALLATIONS - U.S. Department of Defense". apps.militaryonesource.mil.
  8. ^ 의정부고등학교. www.uigo.hs.kr.
  9. ^ "Contact Us". Archived from the original on 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  10. ^ "The Value and Meaning of the Korean Family".
  11. ^ 예쁜유치원 [Yebbeun Kindergarten - Mapio.net]. Mapio.net.
  12. ^ "서울방학초등학교 홈". Archived from the original on 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  13. ^ "Primary and elementary schools Uijeongbu". Cybo.
  14. ^ 솔뫼중학교. www.solmoe.ms.kr.
  15. ^ Gyeonggi Science High School
  16. ^ "This Korean High School Has A Shocking Tradition That'll Make You LOL Uncontrollably". 6 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Shinhan University". Archived from the original on 2016-12-11. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  18. ^ 경민대학교. www.kyungmin.ac.kr.
  19. ^ "Climatological Normals of Korea (1991 ~ 2020)" (PDF) (in Korean). Korea Meteorological Administration. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 January 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2023.

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