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Sunday, March 13, 2005


4th. Mar. 2005. SoYoung Lee

I was born and grew up in Yeong-Ju, which is located in the middle east part of South Korea. Since a highway was built about 5years ago it now takes about 2 and a half hours from the capital city. It used to take 4 hours. About 2,500,000 people live in this suburb.

Most of the people living there work in offices, in schools, in hospitals and in stores. Some people are engaged in farming.

It has some shopping centres, hotels, cinemas, parks, clubs and lots of churches. Also it has a famous mountain-SoBag mountain. It is approximately as high as the Blue Moutains. Every year a traditional azalea blossom festival is held in this mountain in May. At that time, from anywhere on the mountain you will see magnificent reddish coloured views all over the mountain. So many tourists visit this mountain for the festival every May and at other times.

It has Dong-Yang University and Kyoung-Buk College. A lot of students in our country enrol in this technical university and college. This university specialises in a 4 year course for technology and the college has 2 year courses in management, IT, food nutrition, etc. and a 3 year course for nursing.

The types of housing are usually higher apartments, 3~4 storey units made of brick with tile-roofs. There are a few office buildings.

Modes of transport are trains, buses, taxis, trucks and cars. Trains in this suburb run services quite frequently in the four directions.

The local people enjoy bushwalking in the mountains and where there are a lot of small hills at the back of our house, of our village. Also they like to go out a lot and sing a song, drink some alcohol, eat food and talk to somebody.

The population of the suburb is over 50% Buddhist or Confucian and about 40% Christian. There are many churches in this suburb as there are in most of Korea.


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