Naju

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Naju
Hangul 나주시 (N: 라주시)
Hanja 羅州市
Revised
Romanization
Naju-si (N: Raju-si)
McCune-
Reischauer
Naju-si (N: Raju-si)
Statistics
Area603.69 km2 (233.09 sq mi)
Population (2001)108,962
Population density180 /km² (470 /sq mi)
Administrative divisions1 eup, 12 myeon, 6 dong
Location map
Image:Map Naju-si.png

Naju (Naju-si) is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.

The capital of South Jeolla was located at Naju until it was moved to Gwangju during early 20th century. The name Jeolla actually originates from the first character of Jeonju (전, 全) and the first character of Naju (나, 羅). Dongshin University is situated in Naju. Naju is famous for the Naju Pear which is a large round pear that forms its district logo.

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History

  • In Later Three Kingdoms of Korean peninsula, Wang Geon (later Taejo of Goryeo) occupied the Naju area, which was then part of Baekje and came to become large base of his political support.[1]
  • In 1986, the governmental name was changed from Geumseong to Naju.[2]
  • In 1995, the area of Naju has been expanded including Naju county.[3]

Products

A well-known local product is the Naju Pear, which has long been cultivated along the River Yeongsan.[4]

Naju Pears and muskmelons are popular as gifts for Lunar New Year and other holidays.

Innovative city

Naju was designated an Innovative City candidate and the opening ceremony for city construction was held on November 8, 2007. President Roh participated in the opening events.

If the city was to win the title of "Innovative City", several public offices would move from Seoul, to the Naju area. Naju's construction was 4th begun after Jeju, Gimcheon and Jinju.

The area of the new city is expected to be 7.26m². The masterplan of Naju city proposed to develop eco-friendly nature and city administration.[5]

Also in Naju is The Naju Pear Museum and Pear Orchard for Tourists (나주배박물관 및 배밭 관광체험), which is dedicated to the Asian pear; all of its displays are in Korean.

Symbols

  • Flower : Pear blossoms
  • Bird : Dove
  • Tree : Ginkgo Tree

Sister cities

Drama spots

The drama Jumong was filmed in Naju. An amusement park called 'Samhanji Theme Park' was used for the film set because of it's traditional sceneries.

It hosts events including children's dying wishes. Lots of elementary schools are registering for this program. [6]

References

  1. Establishment of city and county according to Constitution of the Republic of Korea(1981.4.13)
  2. Provisional changes including Guri city and 11 cities and counties and permission of modification naming Naju.(1985.12.28.) from Constitution of the Republic of Korea
  3. Institution dealing with complex of city-county.(1994.8.3.)
  4. Official page
  5. National Briefing : whole parts were taken and translated http://korea.kr/newsWeb/appmanager/portal/news?_nfpb=true&portlet_categorynews_2_actionOverride=%2Fpages%2Fbrief%2FcategoryNews%2Fview&_windowLabel=portlet_categorynews_2&_pageLabel=news_page_02&_nfls=false&portlet_categorynews_2newsDataId=148641477&portl
  6. Naju became popular dying place 나주 천연염색문화관 체험현장 ‘각광’ http://www.dailian.co.kr/news/n_view.html?id=63795

See also

External links

Template:South Jeolla Coordinates: 35°02′N 126°43′E / 35.033, 126.717

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