Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Gyeonggi Province, or Gyeonggi-do (경기도), is located in the North West of South Korea, and surrounds the
capital, Seoul (which is separately administered as it has ‘Special City’ status). Incheon (home to Korea’s
main international airport) is located on the North Western coast of this province, but is also separately
administered, and is classed as a ‘Metropolitan City’. The provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do is Suwon, home
to Hwaseong Fortress and buzzing nightlife.
Due to it’s proximity to Seoul and Incheon, Gyeonggi-do is the most heavily populated province in Korea,
with around 23 million people living in these three locations – almost half of Korea’s total population!
Despite the big cities and masses of people, there are still large areas of countryside here where rivers,
lakes and mountain hiking, are in abundance. Bukhansan National Park is a particular highlight. Gyeonggi’s
laid back western islands are also well worth a visit. The province obviously borders North Korea, so many
tour companies offer day trips to the DMZ – it’s best to do your research before you decide on a company
though, as some are much better than others.
Check out more detailed information about
Gyeonggi-do on the wikipedia page.