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Major Contact Numbers

▶ Emergency Calls ▶ Civil Service Consultation ▶ Support Organizations for Foreign Residents Services and Contact Numbers ▶ Information Calls and Websites

Major Contact Numbers

Emergency Calls
Cases Telephone issues Crime Fire / First-Aid / Rescue Accidents / Civil Affairs Water Service Problems Electrical Power Service Problems Environmental Pollution Emergency Medical Services Lost Child / Runaway Report Privacy Infringement
Emergency Medical Service during Consecutive Holidays

100 112 119


Description The telephone is not functioning Theft, assault, etc
For fire emergencies or injuries requiring emergency medical service

120 121 123 128 129 1336 1339 1577-1391 1366 182

Call for any complicated events or issues
Civil service consultation and reporting of problems related to water service

For power outages or possibilities of electric shock
Environmental pollution and destruction are punishable by law

Emergency medical service is required A child has been lost Or has run away from home Private information has been stolen.
Emergency medical service is required during consecutive holidays

Women In Crisis Child Protective Services

Hidden family and sexual violence Never hit a child! Child abuse is a crime.

Civil Service Consultation
Inquiries Directory Services Accurate Standard Time Weather Law Information
Information and Consultation related to Post Office

114 116


Description What is the phone number for OOO? What time is it now in New York?
A typhoon? Never. The forecast said it would be clear all week

131 1588-1300 1330 1333 1369 1388 1398 1399 132

Know the law for smart prevention and counteraction

Inquiries related to the postal service
Information for tourists in various languages 24 hours a day all through the year In a traffic jam? Information to avoid and get out of traffic jams

Foreign Tourist Bureau Traffic Conditions Bank Service Teen Harassment Corruption
Prohibited / Illegal Food Report

Banking services
Consultations or reporting of cases of teen harassment

Consultation or reporting of corruption
Consultation or reporting of prohibited or illegal food

Telephone Area Codes

Seoul 02, Gyeonggi-Do 031, Incheon 032, Gangwon-Do 033, Chungcheongnam-Do 041, Daejeon 042, Chungcheongbuk-Do 043, Busan 051, Ulsan 052, Daegu 053, Gyeongsangbuk-Do 054, Gyeongsangnam-Do 055, Jeollanam-Do 061, Gwangju 062, Jeollabuk-Do 063, Jeju 064


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Support Organizations for Foreign Residents Services and Contact Numbers
Planning & Budget Dept. Welfare Administration Dept. Enterprise Economy Dept.

659-5101 659-4323 659-5324 659-4558 659-4739 610-8567 8053-0376 278-3316 646-1260 659-8196 652-8855 611-4820 659-4951


General administration and coordination for support of foreign residents in Pyeongtaek

Education through home visits of Multiculture Family Support for foreign investment companies
Health care service for female marriage immigrants and their children

Pyeongtaek Municipal Pyeongtaek Health Government Center

Free medical examinations for foreign residents Free medical examinations for foreign residents
Teaching Korean and skills and providing assistance for adaptation for foreign residents

Songtan Health Center

Women’s Hall

Major Contact Numbers

Pyeongtaek Police Station Suwon Immigration Office Pyeongtaek Job Center Pyeongtaek Multiculture Family Center Pyeongtaek Migrant Community Center
Burak Community Social Welfare Center Hapjeong Community Social Welfare Center

Ensuring safety for foreigners residing in Pyeongtaek
Foreigner registration, extension of stay, application for citizenship - Business related to foreign worker employment permit system - Instruction, monitoring and guidance for workplaces employing foreign workers - Business for foreigners residing in Korea - Research and policy suggestion for supporting foreign residents - Cultivating instructors for teaching Korean to and supporting foreign residents - Teaching Korean and skills and providing assistance for adaptation for foreign residents - Consultation regarding difficulties faced by foreigners - Providing a place for sharing information and friendship and cultural events Teaching Korean to female marriage immigrants and operating self-supporting groups

655-5337 682-2628 659-4879 659-4323

Teaching Korean to foreign residents
Teaching Korean and providing assistance for adaptation for female immigrants

Hyeondeok Elementary School
Wonpyeong-Dong Residents’ Committee

Cultural experience program Education Counseling and Culture Program for Multiculture Family

Multiculture Family Support Center

Korean Language School

“Make Kimchi”

Fall Sports Meeting of Immigrants

Vocational Education Major Contact Numbers


Major Contact Numbers

Information Calls and Websites
Pyeongtaek Municipal Government

653-3000 610-8265 650-1205 662-2119 652-1119 657-0112


Homepage (41-2 Pyeongtaek-Dong) (883 Hapjeong-Dong)

Pyeongtaek Council Pyeongtaek Police Station Pyeongtaek Office of Education Pyeongtaek Fire Station Songtan Fire Station Pyeongtaek Post Office Suwon Immigration Bureau
National Health Insurance Corporation

655-2800 1577-1000 646-1266 100 123 278-3316

Pyeongtaek Job Center Korea Telecom Korea Electric Power Corporation Korea Railroad Korean Airline Asiana Airline Incheon International Airport Gimpo International Airport Bagae General Hospital Goodmorning Hospital Pyeongtaek Dongyang Express Bus Terminal Pyeongtaek Inter-City Bus Terminal Songtan Inter-City Bus Terminal

1544-7788 1588-2001 (032)741-0114 652-2121 652-2981 655-2453 652-2618 02) 738-1038 02) 796-7387 02) 795-3098 02) 739-2065 02) 783-5675 02) 735-2966 02) 2170-5200 02) 574-6554 02) 794-1350 02) 397-4114 662-5331 1588-8000


55-5 Pyeongtaek-Dong 185-245 Pyeongtaek-Dong 770-6 Jisan-Dong
FAX 738-1077, 54 Hyoja-Dong, Jongno-Gu FAX 796-0827, 34-44 Jinseong Bdg., Itaewon 1-Dong, Yongsan-Gu FAX 798-3448, 653-7 Hannam-Dong, Yongsan-Gu FAX 739-2064, 58 Samcheong-Dong, Jongno-Gu FAX 780-4280, 55 Yeoui-Dong, Yeongdeungpo-Gu FAX 795-3606, 32 Sejong-Ro, Jongno-Gu FAX 737-9577, Unit No. 2002, Gyobo Bdg., Jongno 1-Ga, Jongno-Gu FAX 794-7605, 33-5 Hannam-Dong, Yongsan-Gu FAX 734-4528, 18-11 Junghak-Dong, Jongno-Gu FAX 578-0576, 701 Diplomatic Center, 1376-1 Seocho 2-Dong, Seocho-Gu

China Philippines Thailand Vietnam Indonesia USA Sri Lanka Mongolia Japan Uzbekistan Embassy in Korea


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Information on the Republic of Korea
▶ History ▶ Location / Population ▶ Weather ▶ Language ▶ National Flag (Taegeukgi) ▶ Political System ▶ Religions ▶ Etiquette ▶ Food ▶ Holidays ▶ Education

Information on the Republic of Korea

Dangun Wanggeom, the son of the legendary Hwanwung, was the founder of Gojoseon. It was a society of ancient culture with advanced agrarian and Bronze Age civilizations. Militarily, Gojoseon was strong enough to compete against the Yen Dynasty in China but in its bid against the Yen, lost power due to the invasion. Gojoseon then became Wiman Joseon as Wiman, escaping from the Han Dynasty, took Gojoseon. As the power of Wiman Joseon diminished, several tribal states merged and Buyeo was founded. Jumong, the son of Haemosu who was the general of Buyeo, established Goguryeo. Onjo, the son of Jumong, founded Baekje. And the legendary Bak Hyeokgeose established Silla.

Era of Three Kingdoms
As the Era of Three Kingdoms--the Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla--began, each Kingdom had its heyday. The first Kingdom rising to power was Baekje, during the reign of King Geunchogo in the 4th century. The next to follow was Goguryeo, during the reign of King Gwanggaeto in the 5th century. King Gwanggaeto suppressed Baekje and aided Silla when the Japanese invaded. King Gwanggaeto extended his territory into almost all of Manchuria in China. Following its peak during the reign of King Jinheung in the 6th century, Silla brought down both Goguryeo and Baekje with help from the Tang Dynasty. Finally, the Era of the Unified Silla began.

Unified Silla – Era of the Later Three Kingdoms
With the weakening of the Unified Silla, post-Baekje and post-Goguryeo realms were established by Gyeon Hweon and Gung Ye, respectively. In post-Goguryeo, Wang Geon expelled Gung Ye to establish Goryeo. At the point when King Gyeongsun of the Unified Silla surrendered to Wang Geon and post-Baekje had faded due to internal power struggles, Goryeo opened a new era by bringing and end to the post-Baekje state.


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To strengthen sovereign power after its foundation, Goryeo implemented the a Review Act and Civil Service Examination System. Goryeo built the Thousand League Wall in the north to prevent invasion of barbarians. A military reign was established by the rebellion of Jeong Jungbu in 1170 and Choi Chungheon took over the reins of government. The Mongol Invasion began in 1230 and the Royal Dynasty moved its capital to Ganghwa-Do (island) when it failed to protect the original capital from being overrun. Goryeo collaped as Yi Seonggye withdrew his army from Wihwa-Do (island) in 1392.

The kings of Joseon put forth tremendous endeavor to stabilize the civic life and strengthen sovereign power after the establishment of Joseon. In the reign of King Sejong, the country achieved impressive development in all areas including literature and science. In the later Joseon Dynasty, rule of government began from King Sunjong, who instituted royal authority being retained by a specific clan. The lives of the farming community were greatly impoverished due to this rule and a number of peasant revolts occurred. The regent Heungseon Daewongun seized power and forced a policy of isolationism on the country (Soeguk Policy). The enlightenment policy of Empress Myeongseong opposed this policy and conflict between these two powers began.

Republic of Korea

Two great powers existed at the end of Joseon Dynasty: one was a wijeonng cheokksa (the defense of orthodoxy and the rejection heterodoxy) faction that looked to China and the other a modernizing faction that looked to Japan and Western culture. The conflict between these two factions was in fact a conflict between Japan and China. As both countries kept a close eye on Joseon, an inevitable Sino-Japanese War occurred, with Japan the eventual victor. Following this, Japan began to meddle in the internal affairs of Joseon and a movement supporting a return to the feudal regime of the past occurred. Japan interrupted this movement and increasingly suppressed Joseon, causing Joseon to turn toward Russia instead.
Information on the Republic of Korea


Information on the Republic of Korea
Hindered in its efforts, Japan momentarily retreated but soon began pressing Joseon again. With the success of the First World War and the Russo-Japanese War, Japan publicly declared Joseon to be a Japanese colony.

Following Independence from Japanese Imperialism
With Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, Joseon regained its independence. But with the trusteeship proposed by the U.S. and Russia, an internal ideological dispute took place with Korea, which expanded to tragic conflict. Thus, South and North Korea established their own governments and this is the main reason for the heartrending division of the Korean peninsula. Within two years after the establishment of independent governments, North Korea attacked the South, beginning the Korean War. The Korean War pitted the two Koreas against each other, obliterating any opportunity for cooperation.

Location / Population

The Republic of Korea is bordered by China and Russian to the north in FarEast Asia. Korea, located between China and Japan, is a peninsular country with the Yellow Sea to the West and the East Sea to the east. About 70% of the territory is mountainous with the southwestern region mostly plain. South Korea’s population density is extremely high in consideration of its small territory (99,538), with approximately 48.5 million Koreans as of 2007.


※ The Korean peninsula would be approximately 222,000 ㎢ if unified.

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Korea has four distinctive seasons : spring, summer, autumn and winter. Spring days are pleasant because it is mostly warm and clear. Summer is hot, humid and rainy. Autumn days are mostly cool and fresh whereas winter days are cold and dry due to the influence of the Siberian air mass.


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Korean is the official language of the Republic of Korea, a unique language called “Hangeul”. Created by King Sejong in 1443, Hangeul alphabet is composed of 14 consonants and 10 vowels. Hangeul is evaluated as a very significant alphabet because it is almost entirely phonetic for the Korean language.


Republic of Korea

National Flag ( Taegeukgi )

Taegeukgi is the flag of the Republic of Korea.
The design of the flag symbolizes the yin and yang theory of Eastern philosophy. The upper red part of the circle in the center represents the yang, the active force of the universe, whereas the lower blue part represents the passive force. The two forces work together to ensure continuity, balance, and harmony. The circle at the center is surrounded by four trigrams in the four corners of the flag. The trigrams symbolize heaven, earth, the sun (or fire), and the moon (or water), which are cosmic elements. The white background of the flag symbolizes peace and the Korean people’s sincerity and homogeneity.

Political System
The Republic of Korea is governed by a presidential system. The separation of power among the legislative, judiciary, and executive bodies is clearly respected. Furthermore, local government systems are implemented to enhance democracy, efficiency, and balanced development in all regions of the country.

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Information on the Republic of Korea

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The constitution of the Republic of Korea guarantees freedom of religion. According to a survey of the National Statistical Office in 2005, 53.1% of Koreans have a religion. Buddhism (23% of the population), Protestant Christianity (18%), and Catholic Christianity (11%) are the three major religions.


The Republic of Korea is a country that emphasizes etiquette. Filial piety toward parents, respect for older people, and the consideration of those around you are considered important virtues that must always be put into practice. [ Major Etiquette Rules ]

- When meeting an older person, Koreans courteously bow their heads. - When shaking hands with older people, Koreans use both hands. The left hand is used to support the right hand. - When older people pour wine into their glass, Koreans use both hands to hold their glass, and turn their head to the side to drink. - In Korea, most people do not wear shoes in their homes and foreigners should also remove their shoes off when visiting Korean homes. - Ceding seats to the elderly, handicapped and pregnant women is expected in subways, on buses, etc. Wedding Ceremony

In most cases, wedding ceremonies are held in wedding halls. Weddings are also held in Protestant and Catholic churches. People invited to weddings give “congratulatory money” put into white envelopes to the newlyweds. Invitees write their names on the envelopes and submit them at the reception desk located in the front of the room where the wedding is held. Formal dress is generally expected at wedding ceremonies.



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Funerals are held in funeral halls, hospitals, churches, and Buddhist temples. When attending funerals, Koreans give “condolence money.” They write their names on white envelopes and submit it to the reception desk in the front of the funeral service area. Black formal dress is generally expected at funeral services.

Food Republic of Korea

Korean dishes are healthy foods generally rich in nutrients and low in calorie. The main ingredients of Korean dishes are grains, seafood, and vegetables. Korean meals consist of rice, soup, and a variety of side dishes. Korean food is characterized by the development of fermented foods including soy sauce, bean paste, and jangajji (slices of radish or cucumber dried and seasoned with soy). Famous Korean dishes include kimchi, bulgogi, galbi, bibimbap, naengmyeon, gimchijjigae, and doenjangjjigae. [ Table Manners ]


- Younger people may begin to eat only after older people have begun. - Older people take their seat before younger people. - Younger people do not leave the table before older people have finished the meal. - Talking low during meals is allowed but loud noise is not accepted. - Using a spoon and chopsticks at the same time is not good manners. - A spoon is used for rice and soup. Chopsticks are for side dishes. - Spoons and chopsticks should not be placed on rice bowls.

Information on the Republic of Korea


Information on the Republic of Korea


National Holidays : The Anniversary of the Samil Independence Movement (March 1), National Liberation Day (August 15), National Foundation Day (October 3) Public Holidays : New Year’s Day (January 1), Buddha’s Birthday (April 8 of the lunar calendar), Children’s Day (May 5), Memorial Day (June 6), Christmas (December 25) Traditional Holidays : Seolnal (Korean New Year’s Day, January 1 of the lunar calendar and the days before and after), Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day, Harvest Moon Day, August 15 of the lunar calendar and the day before and after)



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Primary school (6 years) : from age 8 to 13 Middle school (3 years) : from age 14 to 16 High school (3 years) : from age 17 to 19 University (4 years) : from age 19

※ Nine years for primary and middle school education is compulsory. After completing high school, students enroll in universities after taking the University Study Aptitude Test. (For those who do not attend regular schools, they are eligible to enter middle schools, high schools and colleges through a qualification examination.)


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About Pyeongtaek
▶ Location ▶ General Information ▶ Nature / Environment ▶ History / Culture ▶ Symbols

About Pyeongtaek


Pyeongtaek lies in the southernmost part of Gyeonggi-Do. It is bordered by Yongin/Anseong in the east, Cheonan and Asan of Chungcheongnam-Do in the south, Asan Bay in the west, Hwaseong in the northwest and Osan in the north.
Gangwon-Do Seoul Gyeonggi-Do
North West South


Seotan-Myeon Sinjang 1-Dong Sinjang 2-Dong Godeok-Myeon Cheongbuk-Myeon


Chungcheongbuk-Do Chungcheongnam-Do Gyeongsangbuk-Do

Jisan-Dong Songbuk-Dong Seojeong-Dong Songtan-Dong Jungang-Dong Vijeon 1-Dong Segyo-Dong Tongbok-Dong Vijeon 2-Dong

Jeollabuk-Do Gyeongsangnam-Do Jeollanam-Do Busan
Poseung-Myeon Oseong-Myeon Anjung-Eup



Paengseong-Eup Hyeondeok-Myeon


General Information

Pyeongtaek is the center of Pan-Yellow Sea Region, the interface of the G2 (USA and China) leading the global economy. National key industry facilities include Pyeongtaek Port, one of 4 trading ports in Korea, Pyeongtaek Power Plant, LNG and LPG bases. Pyeongtaek is 453.31㎢, about two thirds the size of the Seoul area. As of the end of December 2008, the population was 406,721(male: 206,604 female: 200,117). The number of registered foreigners in Pyeongtaek is 10,782(male: 6,550 female: 4,232). Annual precipitation amounts to 1,300㎜. The annual average temperature is 12 ℃. Pyeongtaek is a plains area bounded by a 24.5㎞ coastline. The oceanic climate from the West Sea has a great impact on Pyeongtaek.



As a hub of trade/logistics based on a regional traffic network including 3 highways, rapid transit railways, the Gyeongbu railway and a metropolitan subway, Pyeongtaek is a prime location for industry and currently is home to 1,400 active plants. Pyeongtaek is an all-weather farm belt producing 16% of Gyeonggi rice and Pyeongtaek pears.


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Nature / Environment

Pyeongtaek is the lowest area in Korea with a higher elevation in the eastern region than the west. Mountains are, for the most part, of low elevation and there are many rivers and streams. The mountains are found mostly in the northeastern region while the southwestern area is plains. The highest mountain in Pyeongtaek is Mt. Baekwun (192m), while the lowest one is Mt. Deokdong (just 30m MSL). The widest rivers in Pyeongtaek are Anseong-cheon (river) and Jinwi-cheon (river). Anseon-cheon was called Wungcheon-gang (river), Honggyeong-cheon (river) or Han-cheon (river) in the Goryeon or Joseon Dynasties. Jinwi-cheon had the name “Jangho-cheon” (river). Jinwi-cheon is the source of dozens of small and large streams including Osan-cheon (stream) and Hwanggujicheon (stream).



History / Culture

People have lived in the Pyeongtaek region since the Prehistoric Age. A relatively large number of people lived Pyeongtaek in the Neolithic Age when farming began. Artifacts proving the existence of humans include the Bangchuk-Ri artifacts found in Godeok-Myeon, the Jije-Dong artifacts, and the Meonggeoni artifacts of Wonjeong-Ri, Poseung-Myeon. People engaged in hunting, fishing and farming on a small scale in the mountains and rivers of the Pyeongtaek area during the Neolithic Age. As the Bronze and Iron Ages passed, our ancestors came to finally settle in this region. Until the Joseon Dynasty, the centers of Pyeongtaek were Jinwi-Myeon and Paengseong-Eup. The present Pyeongtaek downtown was formed with the construction of the Gyeongbu Railway in 1905. As businesses and habitation grew up around the railway station, the station area became the center of Pyeongtaek.


About Pyeongtaek


About Pyeongtaek

Bird : White Heron Flower : Pear Blossoms Tree : Pine Tree

Super Pyeongtaek, the city brand, refers to a“Dynamic and powerful city with boundless potential and limitless resources”





Super O’ning, the general brand for the agricultural products and specialties of Pyeongtaek, is an abbreviation of “Super the origin of the morning”. It refers to “clean, trusted food that helps us greet the fresh morning.”


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▶ Transportation ▶ Waste ▶ Housing ▶ Health Insurance ▶ Medical Service ▶ Free Medical Examination for Foreigners ▶ Bank Transactions ▶ Mobile Phone / Telephone Service ▶ High-Speed Internet ▶ Postal Service ▶ Electricity / Gas / Water ▶ Shopping ▶ Taxes ▶ Keeping public order

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Transportation 1. Transportation Information
Go to the Pyeongtaek city website “”. Click “Living/ Culture ▶ Transportation Information” from the menu at the top. This will allow you to check the timetables for the International Port Passenger Terminal, Railways, Subways, Express Buses, Intracity Buses, Cross-Country Buses and Shuttle Buses.

2. Transportation Card
A transportation card can be used for public transportation including buses and subways. A transportation card also gives a bit of a discount. You can buy a transportation card at any kiosk in a bus stop or other designated store. The price ranges from 2,000 to 7,000 Won. The card can be recharged by increments of 1,000 Won. Transportation cards are not currently available throughout the country. Transportation cards available in Seoul, Gyeonggi-Do and Incheon include the T-Money Card, U-Pass Card and EB Card.


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3. Driver’s License
International Driver’s License
- Holders of an International Driver’s License can drive in Korea for one year from the date of issuance of the license.

Required Documents for Changing a Foreign License to Korean License
- Foreign license, passport or foreigner registration card, 3 photos, translated and notarized copy of foreign license (except English), certificate from your embassy, processing fee of 10,000 Won.


Acquisition of a Korean Driver’s License
- A Korean driver’s license is classified into two types--Class I and Class II--depending on the vehicle type - To acquire a license, you need to pass a written test, a course test and a road test.

Application Documents for the Driver’s License Test in Korea
- Written test : passport, foreigner registration card, 2 photos (3cm x 4 cm), processing fee of 9,000 Won. - Course test : passport, foreigner registration card, application form, processing fee of 13,000 Won. - Road test : passport, foreigner registration card, processing fee of 15,000 Won.

Aptitude Test and Renewal
- Class I driver’s license holders must take an aptitude test within the regular aptitude test period specified on the driver’s license. A Class II driver’s license holder must renew the license within the renewal period specified on the driver’s license.
※ For more information on driver’s licenses including test centers, contacts and tests, please visit ※ Information is available in English, Japanese and Chinese.

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4. Useful Road Traffic Act
Careful driving is needed when driving on complicated or congested roads. You must abide by the Road Traffic Act. - Seat belts: The driver and front seat passenger must fasten their seat belts. - Always wear a helmet when driving a motor bike. - No mobile phone usage: A fine will be imposed for those who use their mobile phone while driving. - No drunk driving: Drunken driving will be punished per blood alcohol levels, including the suspension or invalidation of the driver’s license. - Exclusive Bus Lanes : This system promotes the use of the bus as public transportation. This system is effective during the peak traffic times (Blue Lane). - Fines : Exclusive Bus Lane violation (40,000~50,000 Won), parking violation (40,000~50,000 Won), traffic signal violation (60,000~70,000 Won).
※ The Road Traffic Act is extremely strict. ※ Any violation of the Road Traffic Act will cause the cancellation of the driver’s

license and the imposition of a fine (20,000 to 60,000 Won). ※ Please call 112 or the nearest police station in the case of traffic accidents.

Public Transportation
The bus is the most frequently used public transportation. Buses are divided into Intracity Buses and Cross-Country Buses. Intracity buses include general buses and seated buses. If a general bus is not running or runs infrequently, a shuttle bus typically runs in a village. Cross-country buses are used for travel to other cities; the express bus travels on the highway and crosscountry buses use national roads. The bus fare is paid with a transportation card or with cash. The transportation card gives a discount.


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You can check the timetables and route maps of buses on the Pyeongtaek city website. The intracity bus announces and shows route maps and stops in Korean only. Please prepare your route in advance to avoid complications if you have difficulty using the Korean language. [ Bus Fares ]
Transportation Card (Won)

Cash (Won)



Transportation Card (Won)

Cash (Won)

Adults General Bus Teenagers
Children under 12

900 720 450

1,000 800 450

Adults Shuttle Bus Teenagers
Children under 12

800 640 400

900 700 400


※ The intracity bus is 1,000 Won for the first 10km, with an additional 100 Won per 5㎞. The maximum fare is 1,600 Won.

[ How to Use an Intracity Bus ]

Bus Stop

Arrival of a Bus

Transportation Card Reader

※ When using a transportation card, place the card near the front card reader when boarding the bus. When getting off, place the card near the rear card reader.

General Taxis are of two types : a Deluxe Taxi and Call Taxi. General Taxi : Use this taxi from a general taxi stop. A vacant taxi will have a lit indicator lamp reading “Vacant” in red in front of the assistant seat. The basic fare is 2,000 Won for the first 2㎞ with an increase per mileage and time traveled. A late night charge (24:00~06:00) is 20% of the fare. Deluxe Taxis : Marked “Mobeom Taxi” in Korean, the deluxe taxi offers a higher quality of service than a general taxi. The fare is more expensive than a general taxi. No Deluxe Taxis are available in Pyeongtaek. Call Taxi : You can request a taxi to come to the place where you are or to a house. Add 1,000 Won to the fare of a general taxi.
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Trains include the KTX (a rapid transit railway), Saemaeul and Mugunghwa. KTX (rapid transit railway) This is the quickest means of ground transportation and enables travelers to go to any place in Korea within 3 hours. It is equipped with facilities for the physically challenged, phones, faxes and multimedia facilities.
※ Pyeongtaek has no KTX station. The nearest station is the Cheonan/Asan Station in Asan, Chungcheongnam-Do.

General Trains Mugunghwa-Ho and Saemaeul-Ho, with mobile public phones and dining cars.
Trains Pyeongtaek Seoul Hours General Coach Special Coach

Saemaeul-Ho Mugunghwa-Ho

1 Hour 1 Hour

6,600 Won 4,500 Won

10,100 Won -

※ Fares vary per day. For more information including timetables and online reservations, please visit

Pyeongtaek Station (under construction)

Ticket Office



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A subway has more stations than the train. A subway with moderate fares runs from Seoul to Cheonan. Pyeongtaek Station, Jije Station, Seojeongri Station, Songtan Station and Jinwi Station are the stations located in Pyeongtaek.
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[ Route Map of Subway Line No. 1 ]


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Car Ferry
A car ferry runs from the International Port Passenger Terminal of Pyeongtaek Port ( ) to 4 cities including Rongcheng City, Shandong Province in China.
Longyan Port in Rongcheng City, Shandong Province
Rizhao Sea Port, Rizhao, Shandong Province Lianyungang Port, Lianyungang, Shandong Province Qiandao Port, Qiandao, Shandong Province

Operators Daeryong Shipping Agent Co., Ltd. C& Ferry Co., Ltd.

Traveling Hours

Number of Services

12 hours (388㎞) 16 hours (684㎞)

3 times

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Korea has been implementing a volume-based waste charge system to maximize the reduction of waste and effectively promote recycling for the protection of the environment. Disposal by waste type is explained below.

1. General Waste (for incineration / landfill)
Place waste in a standard waste bag marked specifically for your district. These are sold in corner stores and shops. Leave this bag in the designated place any evening (20:00 ~ 04:00) from Monday to Friday. The garbage will be collected at the specific time. [ Waste bag price (Won) ]
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2. Food Waste
Place food waste into the bags designed specifically for food waste and place these bags in a nearby food waste collection bin or the food waste container for apartments. The municipal waste service will collect the bags. Food waste is recycled to produce feed therefore, harmful materials such as plastic and bottle caps should not be included. Recycle organic food trash only.
※ For apartments, food waste bags are not needed because the cost for the food waste bag for each household is included in the management expenses. ※ Waste bags are sold in supermarkets or convenience stores (designated shops). Waste to be separated from food waste ( place the items listed below in general waste bags ) Fruit Meats
Shells / Crustacea
Sediments Peelings of : walnuts, chestnuts, acorns, pineapple and coconut, pits of peaches, apricots and persimmons Bones and skin of beef, pork and chicken Shells from clams, oysters, abalones, crab and lobsters ; insides of globefish Tea bags, medical sediment


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Food waste and general waste containers

General waste (place in designated area)

3. Recyclable Wastes
Place recyclable wastes including plastic, cans, bottles or paper in the designated containers. Recyclable Wastes : ▶ Packing materials subject to the Extended Producer Responsibility system : cardboard, glass bottles, metal cans, plastics.
▶ Wastes subject to the Extended Producer Responsibility system : batteries,


tires, lubricants, electronic goods, fluorescent lamps.
▶ Other recyclable wastes : paper, scrap iron, clothes, farm waste and others.

How to Separate your Recyclables - Recyclable waste collection days are designated for each apartment and residential area. - For residential areas, collection days are set up according to the regulations of the relevant local authorities. - Remember to leave your recyclables in the designated area on the specific days to facilitate collection.

4. Large Items
To throw away large items such as furniture and home appliances, buy stickers for large items in a supermarket or a convenience store (designated shop) and attach them to the item (a fee will be charged). Call the relevant government office to request the collection of the item. The government office will tehn collect it on the day specified.

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Housing 1. Housing Types
Types Description

Apartment (Mansion)
Single-Family House

- Row houses with more than 5 floors - These are guarded - Have subsidiary facilities (shopping centers, public parking lots) - Single-family house built on private land - Low-rise apartment building of less than 5 floors - Simpler and wider than apartment - There are guards or caretakers - Both offices and apartments exist in one building - There are guards or caretakers - Public parking lots - Small, low apartments - No guards or caretakers. Public parking lots.



Row Houses

2. Rent
Types of Rent
Types Description - A deposit is paid according to the lease agreement (for 1 to 2 years). - The deposit is returned after the lease agreement is terminated. - 10% of the deposit is paid as earnest money when executing the lease agreement. - 90% of the deposit is paid when moving in. - The house shall be maintained in the status at the time of move in. - A deposit is paid for one or two years. Rent is paid every month. - This deposit is 10 to 20 times higher than monthly rent. - 10% of the deposit is paid when executing the lease agreement as earnest money. - 90% of the deposit and the first month’s rent are paid when moving in. - The deposit is returned when the lease agreement is terminated.

Jeonse (Deposit –based rent)

Wolse (Monthly rent)


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Cautions regarding Lease Agreements
- It is preferable to make a lease agreement through a real estate agency or realtor rather than a direct contract between the leaseholder and tenant, to ensure safety. A commission is paid to the real estate agency or realtor after the lease agreement or purchase agreement is drawn. - Before executing agreements, the provisions related to the agreement (deposits, contract period, rent payment method, etc.) and the transcript of the land register (collateral security, provisional seizure, etc.) of the rented house should be carefully verified. - The “verification date” is entered on the lease contract in a Dong office when providing move-in notification after moving into a rented house. The “verification date” protects the tenant’s rights on a preferential basis. - Maintenance expenses do not include the utility charges on electricity, gas, water, air conditioning or heating. The tenant is responsible for these charges. In addition, it will be clearly specified between the tenant and the leaseholder regarding who will pay overhead charges (parking lot, elevators, etc.).


3. Purchase of House / Real Estate
To stimulate the real estate market, the Korean government has entirely opened the real estate market to foreigners on the basis of the Foreigner’s Land Acquisition Act, Foreign Investment Promotion Act and Foreign Exchange Transactions Act (Real Estate). For more information on the purchase of houses, real estate and apartments, consult a real estate agency specializing in transactions for foreigners

4. Move-In
In Korea, most people use a moving service which provides all move-related services from packing to delivery of belongings When using a moving service, contact the moving service company to get an estimate. The moving service company will visit the house for this. After receiving an estimated cost, you can make a contract after negotiations. Carefully check potential problems that might occur during the move when making your contract. For any damages including loss or breakage while moving your belongings, you will need to ensure proof to verify the damage. Next, make a claim for said damages with the moving company.
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Health Insurance
Health insurance is classified into workplace health insurance and regional health insurance. The health insurance system enables everyone to receive medical services according to the need of the insured using the fund formed by the premium paid by the insured. Foreigners can become members of Korea’s national health insurance. Members pay a certain amount of premiums every month. Members pay about 20~50% of the medical examination and treatment fees and the rest is paid by the National Health Insurance Corporation.

- Spouses and children of nationals of the Republic of Korea who stay in Korea on family visitation visas (F-1 visa). - Foreigners who have lived in Korea for more than one year on the following visa types are eligible: cultural arts (D-1), overseas study (D-2), industrial training (D-3), general training (D-4), journalism (D-5), religious affairs (D-6), business supervisor (D-7), corporate investment (D-8), trade management (D-9), professorship (E-1), foreign language instructor (E-2), research (E-3), technology transfer (E-4), professional employment (E-5), special occupation (E-7), employed trainee (E-8). Their spouses and children who are less than 20 years old (F-3) are also eligible. - Those who reside in Korea with a residency visa (F-2) - Overseas Koreans who reside in Korea with an overseas Koreans visa (F-4)

Acquisition of Eligibility and Application
▶ When to Acquire Eligibility - After completing the foreigner registration - For overseas Koreans, after reporting the domestic residency or completing the foreigner registration. ▶ Application Procedure - Submit the application form to your branch of the National Health Insurance Corporation. - Required documents: Foreigner registration cards or certificates of domestic residency, certificate of income


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Premium Standards
- The premium rate for the insured in the workplace is applied to foreign employees whose income can be verified. - Average premium rates for an insured household in each area are applied to foreigners without income or those whose income is difficult to verify. (30% discount for overseas students) - Premium rates for family visitation and residency visa holders are the same as for Korean nationals on the basis of income and property.
※ For more information on health insurance, please visit the website of National Health Insurance Corporation ( ※ An English page is available now.

Health Insurance / Medical Service

Medical Service 1. Types of Hospitals
General Hospitals
General hospitals have a wide variety of medical departments, and each department is staffed by medical specialists. General hospitals are equipped with extensive facilities including in-patient facilities accommodating more than 100 patients (Tertiary hospital)

Hospitals Clinics

Hospitals have several medical departments and have more than 30 beds. (Secondary hospital) Small hospitals specialized in a specific medical treatment (surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, etc.), often in a community (Primary hospital)

Oriental Medicine Clinic Public Health Center

Hospital treating illnesses on the basis of oriental medicine including acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine, etc. Public medical organization providing simple medical services at a low cost. ※ Patients will receive a basic medical examination in a primary hospital and will be referred to a secondary or a tertiary hospital depending on the severity of the problem. This requirement is not applied to emergency cases.
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2. General Procedures of Medical Examination
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3. Purchase of Medicine
- Since the implementation of the SDP (Separation of Dispensing and Prescription) in Korea, it is necessary to bring doctors’ prescriptions when purchasing medicine at pharmacies. - Medicine to treat simple symptoms such as headaches or indigestion can be purchased from pharmacies without prescriptions.

4. Vaccination for Infants and Children
- BCG : vaccination within four weeks after birth - DPT : DPT is a vaccination against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus. The DPT is administered three times, at the second, fourth and sixth months after birth. Boosters are given on the 18th month after birth and between four and six years of age. - Polio : The polio vaccine is administered at the second, fourth and sixth months after birth. A booster is given between four and six years of age. - MMR : The MMR is a vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella. The first MMR is administered between the 12th month and 15th month after birth. The second MMR is given between four and six years of age. - Japanese Encephalitis : The 1st vaccination is given anywhere between the 12th to the 24th month after birth. The 2nd vaccination follows one week after the 1st. A 3rd vaccination is given one year after the 2nd vaccination. Additional boosters are given to children of 6 full years of age and 12 full years of age.
※ Free vaccinations are available for infants and children at certified public health centers. Please contact the relevant public health center for more information.


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Free Medical Examination for Foreigners
Free medical examinations are available for foreign workers, their children and married immigrant women before acquiring citizenship who are not covered by a health care system such as health insurance and medical benefits.

Full coverage for the entire period from hospitalization to discharge from hospital, within a limit of 5 million Won per case (for cases requiring more than 5 million Won, benefits can be extended up to 10 million Won after review)

Medical Service

Available Services
- In-patient treatment, one day outpatient surgery - One prior outpatient examination related to the hospitalization or surgery, three outpatient examinations following treatment.

Medical Facilities for Free Medical Examinations
Hospitals Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Suwon Hospital Addresses 886-9, Jeongja 2-Dong, Suwon, Gyeonggi-Do TEL

( 031) 888-0114 ( 031) 828-5000 ( 031) 940-9173 ( 031) 639-4800 ( 031) 674-7520 ( 031) 539-9114

Gyeonggi Provincial Medical 433, Uijeongbu 2-Dong, Uijeongbu, Center Uijeongbu Hospital Gyeonggi-Do Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Paju Hospital Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Icheon Hospital Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Anseong Hospital Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Pocheon Hospital 798, Geumchon-Dong, Paju, Gyeonggi-Do 215, Gwango-Dong, Incheon, Gyeonggi-Do 455, Dangwang-Dong, Anseong, Gyeonggi-Do 243-4, Sineup-Dong, Pocheon, Gyeonggi-Do

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Bank Transactions
Korean Currency
The unit of Korean currency is the “Won.” Coins come in six different denominations: 1 Won, 5 Won, 10 Won, 50 Won, 100 Won, and 500 Won. Bills come in three different denominations: 1,000 Won, 5,000 Won, and 10,000 Won.

Opening a Bank Account
- To open a bank account, visit a local bank with your foreigner registration card and the passport and fill out the application form. Personal data such as name and address must be provided. Opening a bank account is completed after depositing a specified amount of money into the account. - Using the cash card issued at the time of opening the bank account, you can withdraw money from automated teller machines which are found in many locations.

Most credit card companies and banks issue credit cards to foreigners. Requirements for the issuing of credit cards and the documents required differ by bank. Visit your local bank for a consultation.

Money Exchange
Some banks provide foreign currency exchange services. To exchange money, a passport or foreigner registration card is required. As almost no Korean stores accept foreign currency, it is therefore recommended to change your foreign currency into Korean Won.


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Overseas Remittance
There are three ways to transfer money to overseas banks: wire transfer, telegraphic transfer, and remittance check. Money can be transferred to overseas banks in any banks providing foreign currency service. - Wire transfer : This is the fastest and safest method. The name of the bank, the name of the branch of the bank, the bank account number, address, telephone number, and bank code must be supplied for the transfer. - Telegraphic transfer : This is for transfering money by postal money order. This method takes longer than other methods.

Bank Transactions / Mobile Phone / Telephone Service

- Remittance check : A bank check is sent directly to the recipient abroad. Loss can occur.

Take a number ticket from the ticket machine.

When your number is called, Use an ATM for a bank card go to the teller.

Mobile Phone / Telephone Service
Mobile Phone
- Subscription: Visit any agency of the 3 mobile operators in Korea (SKT, KTF, LGT). Fill out the subscription form and pay the new subscription fee and mobile phone price. Charges vary by mobile operators so check each operator’s service products. Membership cards provide a discount to theaters, entertainment parks or restaurants. - Required documents: foreigner registration card, passport, bank account for automatic payment of monthly fees, etc. [ Websites for the 3 mobile operators in Korea ] ▶ SKT : (available in English and in Chinese) ▶ KTF : (available in English) ▶ LGT : (available in English)
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- Payphones use coins, cards or credit cards - The four kinds of payphone cards range from 2,000 Won to 10,000 Won. Pre-paid phone cards are sold in at transportation card kiosks or banks. - Collect Call : A collect call is useful if you do not have cash or credit card readily available. Collect call service is available for all calls excluding international calls.

Home Phones
- Visit the nearest branch of Korea Telecom (KT) with your foreigner registration card and passport to have your phone connected. - It is important to provide an accurate address for the connection of your phone. Paying phone bills using an automatic payment from your bank account is the most convenient way to pay. - Installation fee : 60,000 Won / Basic rate per month : 5,200 Won ※ Cautions regarding Application ▶ It is necessary to provide an accurate address and your foreigner registration card when requesting the connection. ▶ Installation fees and basic rates vary by service provider. Contact individual service providers for more information. [ Websites and contact numbers of wired communication service providers ] ▶ Korea Telecom : (available in English and Chinese) ☎ 100 without area code ▶ Hanaro Telecom : (available in English) ☎ 106 without area code

International Calls
- Service code of international call service provider + country code + area code + phone number [ Major international call services (service codes) ] Korea Telecom (001), Dacom (002), Onse Telecom (008), SK Telink (00700), Onse Telecom (00365) ※ Rate plans vary by service providers. Contact individual service providers for more detail. Discounts up to 30-50% can be received for calls made in the morning/after midnight and holidays.


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High-Speed Internet
Subscription : Call Internet service providers to request service. New subscription fees and monthly fees differ depending upon the service providers. The longer the contract period is, the cheaper the monthly fee is in general. [ Websites and phone numbers of major service providers ] ▶ Megapass : ☎ 100 without area codes ▶ Hanafos : ☎ 106 without area codes ▶ LG Powercom : ☎ 1644-7000 ※ All websites not available in English.

High-Speed Internet / Postal Service

Postal Service
Domestic Mail
- Domestic mail is classified into general postal service (express and normal) and parcel service (express and normal). - Express service generally enables overnight delivery whereas it takes about four days in the case of normal service. - Postage differs depending upon the weight of the postal item.

International Mail
- There are three types of international mail: general, parcel post and international express mail. - Postal items up to 30kg can be mailed. Postage depends on kinds, sizes and weights.

Business Hours
- Weekdays : 09:00 ~ 18:00 - Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: closed.

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Electricity / Gas / Water
The standard voltage for home appliances is 220 volts in Korea. Foreigners should check the voltage for any appliances that they bring from their home countries.

To use city gas, contact a city gas provider in the relevant area to request gas supply. An engineer from the city gas provider will visit your home and connect the gas on the appointed date. If LP gas is used in the residence, contact a nearby gas provider for the connection of LP gas.

Water is available in almost all houses. Check the water valve first if the water doesn’t run after turning on the tap.

Traditional Markets
The traditional markets of Korea have a long history and are run by a number of small-scale merchants. Drop by any traditional market in Korea and you will feel affection from the people there. You may also be able to buy goods at a cheaper price by bargaining with the vendors.
Markets Tongbok Market Anjung Market Seojeong Market Songbuk Market Jungang Market Paengseong Market Location 7-29 Tongbok-Dong, Pyeongtaek 221-10 Anjung-Ri, Pyeongtaek 317 Sejeong-Dong, Pyeongtaek 745-14 Jisan-Dong, Pyeongtaek 317 Sinjang-Dong, Pyeongtaek 148 Anjeong-Ri, Pyeongtaek 691-9440 662-3368 TEL 665-0489 682-2665


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Inside View of Sejeong-Ri Market

Inside View of Tongbok Market

Department Store

Electricity / Gas / Water / Shopping

A department store is a massive retail establishment that is organized through classifying shops by product and customer and by managing all affairs for the promotion of sales and improvement of service.

Discount Store
A discount store, or “wholesale market”, is a general distributor selling products at prices lower than those asked in general markets using mass-sale system of self-service.

A supermarket is a retailer focusing on groceries items. Small supermarkets are generally located in small communities with larger supermarkets found in cities.

Convenience Store
A convenience store is a retailer operating for 24 hours. It sells simple miscellaneous goods.

▶ New Core Department Store


▶ E-mart Pyeongtaek

- Location : 830 Vijeon-Dong, Pyeongtaek - Business Hours : 10:30 ~ 22:00 - TEL : 031-650-6105

- Location: 50 Jije-Dong, Pyeongtaek - Business Hours : 10:00 ~ 23:00 - TEL : 031-371-1234 Guide to Living in Pyeongtaek


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Taxes in Korea consist of national taxes collected by the central government (income tax, corporate tax, education tax, etc.) and local taxes collected by local governments (sales tax, registration tax, property tax, etc.). Foreigners residing in Korea must pay taxes. [ Tax Payments ] - Upon receiving tax notices, taxes can be paid at financial institutions including banks and post offices. - Taxes can be paid by automatic transfer from banks or by credit card. ※ For more information on tax payment, please visit the website of the National Tax Service ※ Available in English.

Keeping public order
It is the obligation of all to observe the public order to keep the urban environment clean and secure an advanced system of order. Those who violate the public order shall be fined. [ You must observe the following ] - No smoking in non-smoking areas, no spitting on streets, - No urinating in streets, no illegal dumping of waste, - No throwing butts/wastes, - line-up, - No jaywalking, - observing traffic signals, - Fasten your seat belts in moving vehicles.


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Tourism Pyeongtaek
▶ Tourist Attractions ▶ Festivals ▶ Cultural Assets ▶ References for Cultural Assets

Tourism Pyeongtaek

Tourist Attractions
Pyeongtaek-Ho (lake)
Pyeongtaek-Ho is an extensive artificial lake formed by the construction of a sea wall in Asan Bay. Park-goers can relax on the grass, enjoy the pine forest pathway around the lake or savor some fresh seafood from the West Sea in the raw fish restaurants nearby. Pyeongtaek-Ho is a representative tourist attraction of Pyeongtaek. The wooden boardwalk along Pyeongtaek-Ho gives an opportunity to take a peaceful walk and appreciate the lake scenery. A fountain sprays water up to 105m high in the middle of the lake and will refresh you mentally. The rape flowers and barley along the sandbank park lining the lake enhance the scenic beauty. Experience facilities for water sports include yachting, wind surfing and water skiing while family excursion facilities such as excursion boats, motor boats, paddle boats and tandem bikes are also available. The boardwalk and formative overhead walkway, formative works and tourist attractions symbolizing Pyeongtaek, the Pyeongtaek-Ho Drive-in Theater, cafes, raw fish restaurants and roasted shellfish restaurants next to the Art Museum are also good attractions.


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Pyeongtaek-Ho Art Museum
The first floor of the museum is an art gallery, the second floor is a performance hall and the third floor is a meditation hall. Visitors can view works of art all throughout the year. The distinct pyramidal exterior is eye-catching as well. There are various things to see including an outdoor fountain and the museum is one of the best-known tourist attractions of Pyeongtaek, providing a bird’s-eye view of Pyeongtaek-Ho.

Tourist Attractions

Jinwi-Cheon (river) Amusement Park
This park has sports facilities including a swimming pool, campground, nature study field, basketball court and Jokgu court. The upper area of the stream is crystal clear as a water supply source protection area. In warmer weather, it is an excellent place for spending a peaceful time with one’s family, friends or colleagues. Summer is the season for the “Catching Fresh Fish in Jinwi-Cheon” festival while a “Smelt Festival” is held in winter. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities in the experience yard (air walks, ice fields for sleighing, bottle gourd craftwork and a Found-Object Art gallery). Take a taste of the water at the Jinwi Water Intake Station, a nature protection area.

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Tourism Pyeongtaek
Attractions for Foreign Tourists
Shopping centers and entertainment facilities are heavily clustered around the K-55 air base of the US Army in Sinjang 1-Dong, Sinjang 2-Dong, Jisan-Dong, Songbuk-Dong and Sejeong-Dong. Approximately 230,000 tourists visit the area every year. The shopping malls neatly arranged on the 565m-street in front of the US Army base, K6 (Camp Humphreys), the US Army Garrison, forms a beautiful city sight and offers more convenience for tourists to browse.

Pyeongtaek Port Promotion Center
Pyeongtaek Port has been advancing as the hub port for trade with China and Southeast Asian countries. Export and import through Pyeongtaek Port reached 45.4 billion USD in 2007. Automotive vehicles, optical instruments and steel manufactures are exported through Pyeongtaek Port with major imports including gas, home appliances and farm products. Car ferries run between Pyeongtaek Port and Rongcheng City, Rizhao, Lianyungang and Qiandao in China. Clearly highlighting the history and future vision of Pyeongtaek Port, the Pyeongtaek Port Promotion Center is located in an area overlooking Pyeongtaek Port opening to the West Sea. Groups are welcome to take a look around Pyeongtaek Port in a port guide boat (reservations are required at least three days prior to the tour).


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Wutdari Culture Town
This town is the experience center for culture and arts. The town was formerly a school in Geumgak-Ri, Seotan-Myeon. The Pyeongtaek Culture Center transformed the closed school into a creative culture and arts space, Wutdari Culture Town. The town provides about 40 experience programs including ceramic arts, pressed flowers, stone flower art, wood crafts, rice-cake mallet pounding and folk games. There is also a performance stage on the grounds. Rabbits, goats and ducks live on an animal farm. Visitors can cultivate chemical-free vegetables including cabbages and sweet potatoes on the weekend farm. This town is a good place to visit for everyone from children to the elderly. Accommodation facilities are soon to follow.

Tourist Attractions

Agricultural Technology Center
The Agricultural Technology Center is the agriculture museum of Pyeongtaek displaying the past, the present and the future of agriculture in Pyeongtaek through exhibits including artifacts from the Agricultural Age, specialties such as rice and pears, and fabrics dyed with natural dyes and pigments. A 880㎡ greenhouse displays various plants (5,200 plants; 161 species). These plants include diverse flowers including a tiger lily, herbs, tropical plants, 44 species of cactuses and home gardening tools. The center holds the Pyeongtaek Spring Flower Festival between late April and early May every year. Visitors can enjoy all events and facilities for free.

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Tourism Pyeongtaek

The Pyeongtaek Culture, Arts and Peace Festival
This folk culture festival focuses on the farmers’ music in Pyeongtaek and is the great festival of Pyeongtaek including performances by the top 5 farmers’ musical groups in Korea, a Wutdari farmers music competition, a street performance of farmers’ bands from villages, performances and display of intangible cultural assets of Gyeonggi-Do, traditional folk game events and folk culture as well as arts performance by international friendship countries.

Sosabeol Danoje
Dano Day is considered to be a great festival because it was thought that the force of Yang was the most powerful of the year. To remember the meaning of Dano, the Dano Festival opens a space for harmony among residents. Various kinds of events include washing your hair with iris, swinging, demonstrations of rice-cake mallet pounding, and the display and tasting of Dano food. A village farmers’ band competition, Korean wrestling, swinging and seesawing competitions are also held.


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The Catching Fresh Fish by Hand Festival
In the season melting under the sweltering heat waves, everyone can enjoy playing in the water and catching a big, fresh fish by hand in the cool river. Have a unique experience by catching fresh fish at the Jinwi-Cheon Amusement Park. A fish exhibition aids in an understanding of nature. Other various kinds of events are also a great experience. In winter, visitors can slide on the ice and there are sculptures made using recycled materials.


Pyeongtaek Port Marathon
The Pyeongtaek Port Marathon is held to improve citizen health and has turned into a dynamic, energetic race along with the development of Pyeongtaek Port as the hub port for Northeast Asia trading and logistics. The race is classified into 5㎞, 10㎞, and half-marathons (21.0975㎞). The half-marathon is open to those who are over 18 years old while the 5㎞ and 10 ㎞ races welcome everyone. About 15,000 people take part in this race in Oct. every year. Winners receive a variety of prizes and presents. This is a large-scale amateur marathon that excludes marathoners registered with the Korea Athletics Federation from the winners list.

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Tourism Pyeongtaek

Cultural Assets
Simboksa Seokjobirojanabul-jwasang
Simboksa was founded in 1549 (the 5th year of Joseon King Myeongjong’s reign) and has since been renovated and repaired several times. It is said that a fisherman named Cheon Eulmun living in Munsanpo, Paju took a Buddha statue from the sea while fishing in Asan Bay with his colleagues. Seokjobirojanabul-jwasang (Treasure No. 565) is enshrined in Daejeokgwang-jeon (Hall of Great Peace and Light). Birojanabul is characterized by a hand shape holding the thumb upright with the other fingers, as the Beopsinbul (law-body Buddha) protecting the teachings of Buddha. The statue clearly displays the style of the late Silla period and is estimated to have been created during the late Unified Silla. The Yeonhwadaejwa (lotus stand) in which two lions support a lotus flower (upturned lotus) on the upper ground stone is also of note.

Mangisa Cheoljoyeorae-jwasang
It has been said that Mangisa was built by the Great Monk Namdaesain in 942 (25th year of Goryeo King Taejong’s reign). In the 19th century, the present temple was restored on a site about 1㎞ west of the original site, and the statue of Buddha was enshrined. Cheoljoyeorae-jwasang (Treasure No. 567) in Daewungjeon (main temple) was created under the influence of the development of Zen Buddhism and the emergence of a powerful clan in the late Silla and early Joseon periods. Eojeong under Myeongbujeon (Hall of the Judgment of the Dead) came about as King Sejo was deeply impressed by the taste of the water here while traveling the country to treat skin problems in the early Joseon Dynasty. He named it “Gamrosu”.


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Pyeongtaek Farmers Music
Pyeongtaek Farmers Music combines the Dure Farmers Music of Pyeongtaek with the professional dramatic entertainment music of Wutdari. The name “Pyeongtaek Farmers Music” was first used in the Korea Farmers Band Competition in 1958, which was held to celebrate the birthday of then-President Yi Seungman. The present Farmers Band was formed by reorganizing the Pyeongtaek Farmers Music group in the 21st Korea Folk Arts Competition in 1980. It was designated as Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 11-B in 1985. The Pyeongtaek Farmers Music Training Center is located in Pyeonggung-Ri. The Pyeongtaek Farmers Music Village is under construction next to the Pyeongtaek-Ho Art Museum.

Cultural Assets

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Tourism Pyeongtaek

References for Cultural Assets
Tangible Cultural Assets
Titles Simboksa Seokjobirojanabul-jwasang Mangisa Cheoljoyeorae-jwasang Wolleung-Gun Wongyun Seonmugongsingyoseo Daedongbeop Sihaeng Ginyeombi Sambongjim Mokpan Paengseongeup Gaeksa Poseung-Myeon Wonjeong-Ri Bongsudae Jeongdojeon Sadang Hanon Janggun Chungsin Jeongmun Tomb and shrine of Suseonggun Chunguigak Wongyun Sadang Wonjeong-Ri Artifacts Portrati Scroll of Shin Sukju and Gamsil Judok Locations
275 Deokmok-Ri, Hyeondeok-Myeon 548 Dongcheon-Ri, Jiwi-Myeon 480 Doil-Dong, Pyeongtaek 140-1 Sosa-Dong, Pyeongtaek 189 Eunsan-Ri, Jiwi-Myeon 117 Gaeksa-Ri, Paengseong-Eup 109 Wonjeong-Ri, Poseung-Myeon 189 Eunsan 2-Ri, Jiwi-Myeon 594 Geumam-Ri, Seotan-Myeon San 35, Dokgok-Dong, Pyeongtaek San 37 Echong-Dong, Pyeongtaek San 84 Doil-Dong, Pyeongtaek San109-436 Wonjeong-Ri, Poseung-Myeon 905 Gojan 3-Ri, Cheongbuk-Myeon

Designation No. Treasure No. 565 Treasure No. 567 Treasure No. 1133
Gyeonggi-Do Tangible Cultural Properties No. 40 Gyeonggi-Do Tangible Cultural Properties No 132 Gyeonggi-Do Tangible Cultural Properties No 137

Periods Late Silla Goryeo Joseon Joseon Joseon Joseon Joseon Joseon Joseon Joseon Joseon Joseon Bronze Age Joseon

Folklore Remains No. 1 Folklore Remains No. 2 Folklore Remains No. 3 Folklore Remains No. 4 Folklore Remains No. 5 Folklore Remains No. 6 Folklore Remains No. 7 Folklore Remains No. 8

Sambongjim Mokpan

Paengseongeup Gaeksa

Daedongbeop Sihaeng Ginyeombi

Hanon Janggun Chungsin Jeongmun

Wongyun Sadang


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Intangible Cultural Assets
Intangible cultural assets are those assets that have great historic or artistic values without having a physical form, such as music, dance, plays, ritual rites or craftsmanship. One of most distinguished intangible cultural assets of Pyeongtaek is Pyeongtaek Farmers Music. There are many intangible cultural assets in Pyeongtaek including the tug-of-war of Dongryeong village or Dongchang village and amusements of entire community in each village.
Titles Pyeongtaek Farmers Music Locations
283- 1 Pyeonggung-Ri, Paengseong-Eup

Designation No.
Important Intangible Cultural Assets No. 11-B

Date of Designation

Periods Joseon

Dec. 1, 1985

References for Cultural Assets

Cultural Assets Materials
It is also called “Folklore Materials” and includes materials related to daily life such as houses, food, clothing or accessories, tools or various kinds of events. Pyeongtaek Hyanggyo (Confucian School) and Jiwi Hyanggyo are representative materials in Pyeongtaek.
Titles Pyeongtaek Hyanggyo Honghaksa Bigak Locations
185 Gaeksa-Ri, Paengseong-Eup 322 Bonjeong-Ri, Paengseong-Eup

Designation No.
Gyeonggi-Do Cultural Assets Materials No. 4 Gyeonggi-Do Cultural Assets Materials No. 5

Date of Designation

Periods Joseon Joseon Joseon

Sep. 19, 1983 Sep. 16, 1985 Sep. 16, 1985

Jinwi Hyanggyo 167 Bongnam-Ri, Jiwi-Myeon Gyeonggi-Do Cultural Assets Materials No. 40 Daeseongjeon

Pyeongtaek Hyanggyo

Honghaksa Bigak

Jinwi Hyanggyo Daeseongjeon

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Tourism Pyeongtaek
Monuments are classified into historic or scenic sites of great artistic or aesthetic values and natural monuments. Historic sites of great historic or academic value include shell mounds, ancient tombs, fortress sites, palace sites and temple sites. Scenic sites of great artistic or aesthetic value include wellknown scenic areas, flowering plants, trees, habitats of fish or insects, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, coasts, islands, and unique mountains or hills. Pyeongtaek has several monuments including Anjeong-Ri Nongseong (castle wall) and An Jaehong Saengga (Birthplace of An Jaehong).
Titles Yidaewon Janggun Myo and Sindobi Wongyun Janggun Myo Nongseong (castle wall) An Jaehong Saengga Locations
San 83- 3 Huigok-Ri, Poseung-Myeon San 82 Doil-Dong, Pyeongtaek San 41 Anjeong-Ri, Paengseong-Eup

Designation No.
Gyeonggi-Do Monuments No. 56 Gyeonggi-Do Monuments No.57

Date of Designation

Periods Joseon Joseon Era of Three States
Japanese Colonial

June 2, 1980 June 2, 1980

Gyeonggi-Do Monuments No. 74 April 17, 1981

646 Dureung-Ri, GodeokGyeonggi-Do Monuments No. 135 Dec. 31, 1992 Myeon

Yidaewon Janggun Myo

Wongyun Janggun Myo

Nongseong (castle wall)

An Jaehong Saengga


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Date of Publication : Jan. 1, 2009 Planning and Budget Division, Pyeongtaek Municipal Published by : International Cooperation Team, Government Inquiry : 031 – 659 - 5101 Printed by : Ganaan Printing Translation and Design : Langstech Translation Center, Kunkuk University Photo : Pyeongtaek Culture Center