Gyeonggi , Anyang
Anyang is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It is located about 20 km to the south of Seoul and is connected to Seoul Subway Line 1 and Line 4. Other nearby cities include Incheon and Gwangmyeong to the west, Suwon to the south-east, and Gwacheon north-east. Anyang is generally divided into two sections: The older downtown section centered at Anyang Station, a big shopping area with pleasant stores and outdoor markets, and Pyeongchon, the wealthier, more upscale area down the road. Strategically located, Anyang is a convenient transportation hub between Seoul and other major cities across the country.
Like most towns and cities in South Korea, Anyang has experienced tremendous urban growth during the past few decades. Ten years after the Korean War ended, the area's population was still largely rural and its landscape agricultural. Today, the conglomerated city of Anyang (amalgamated in 1973) is among the most populous in the country. It is also becoming a suburb of choice for some Seoulites because of its very close proximity to Seoul, and for the beautiful mountains and scenery that surround Anyang, shielding it from the larger urban centers nearby. Distinct and autonomous, Anyang offers every amenity a major city in Korea has to offer. The city also boasts perhaps the most beautiful, ultra-modern city hall in the entire country. The motto of Anyang is "Livable city, Proud citizens" and the mayor's message on the city's website describes Anyang as a city of hope.
Anyang has many institutions of higher learning which include Anyang Technical College, Anyang University, Daehan Graduate School of Theology, Daelim College, and Sungkyul University. Anyang is also home to the Buddhist temple of Anyangsa, located on Mt. Samseong. The historical plaque at the site tells that it was built by Silla's King Hyogong. The location was chosen by him for its mystical properties, which inspired the building of the temple upon travelling south to quell the rebellion in southern Shilla. The plaque further elaborates that the name for the city of Anyang is believed to have originated from the temple. Anyang itself is a Buddhist term signifying a heavenly land where unimaginable joy and freedom overflow.
The Seoul National Capital Area (SNCA) is a region located in the north-west of South Korea. It is generally referred to as Sudogwon in Korean, and contains three different administrative districts; Seoul, Incheon and a large part of Gyeonggi-do.
The SNCA is technically distinct from the Seoul Metropolitan Area (SMA), as the former is a fixed entity, while the latter refers to places currently considered under the economic, industrial and cultural influence of Seoul. Since the extension of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway to Cheonan in Chungcheongnam-do, some have classified Cheonan as now within the SMA, but not within the SNCA. However, the terms SNCA, SMA and Sudogwon are largely analogous and used interchangeably.
The Seoul National Capital Area has a population of 24.5 million (as of 2007). It forms the cultural, commercial, financial, industrial, and residential center of South Korea. The largest city is Seoul, with a population of approximately 10.2 million people.
My School: Choo Choo Train Institute
I am teaching elementary/kinder students. I work Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:30am-6:30pm, 30hrs/week.
My apartment is about 5-10 minutes from the school by walk. My flight, Visa, and apt. rent each month are paid for by the school, which is wonderful. Anyang city is connected to the subway to Seoul only taking about 20 minutes. It is also copacetic that I am only 30 or so minutes away from Nick in Suwon. That makes it quite advantageous for us to have dinners, etc. together even during the week.