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Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong) or Chungnam is a province in the west of South Koreamarker. The province was formed in 1896 from the south-western half of the former Chungcheong province and remained a province of Koreamarker until the country's division in 1945, thereafter becoming part of South Korea. The provincial capital is Daejeonmarker, which is separately administered as a provincial-level metropolitan city.

Chungnam is by far South Korea's fastest growing region, with an average GDP growth of 9.7% in 2001-2007, a figure comparable to Chinamarker's accelerated growth in the same period. Such rapid growth transformed it from a mostly agricultural to a highly industrialized economy in the 21st century, which has become the second wealthiest region in South Korea today, having a GDP per capita of $37,542 in 2007, a level of living standard comparable to the richest Western European countries such as Denmarkmarker and Swedenmarker.

Geography

The province is part of the Hoseo region, and is bounded to the west by the Yellow Seamarker, to the north by Gyeonggi-domarker province, to the south by Jeollabuk-do province, and to the east by Chungcheongbuk-domarker province.

Resources

One third of the province's area is under cultivation. Aside from agriculture, marine products are of importance. There are 220 square kilometres of exposed beach which is used to produce salt by solar evaporation. There is coal mining, but gold and silver mines are also found in Chungcheongnam-do, as is Monazite (a rare thorium bearing mineral) and zircon.

Attractions

At 845 metres, Mount Gyeryong is the most notable elevation. It is located in a national park which is noted for its unique rock features. Apart from the stone formations there are a number of old temples. In 1978 the Taean Marine National Park was opened. It includes some of the country's best bathing beaches.

Sejong City

In early 2007, the Republic of Korea government has decided to create a special administrative district out of part of the present Chungcheongnam-do Province, near what is presently Daejeonmarker. The new district will be named Sejong Special Autonomous City, and is to replace Seoulmarker as the future capital of the Republic of Korea.

Administrative divisions

Chungcheongnam-do is divided into 7 cities (si) and 9 counties (gun). The city and county names below are given in English, hangul, and hanja.

Cities

  • Gongju (공주시, 公州市)
  • Nonsan (논산시, 論山市)


Counties



Famous people

  • Hero (Kim Jaejoong); a member of South Korean boy band TVXQ.
  • Yesung (Kim Jongwoon); a member of South Korean boy band Super Junior
  • Taegoon; pop music singer/dancer


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