This article is about a city in South Chungcheong privince. For the administrative district in Ulju County, Ulsan, see Onyang (Ulsan).
For other uses, see Asan (disambiguation).
Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
  Revised Romanization Asan-si
  McCune-Reischauer Asan-si

Location in South Korea
Coordinates: 36°47′N 126°59′E / 36.783°N 126.983°E / 36.783; 126.983Coordinates: 36°47′N 126°59′E / 36.783°N 126.983°E / 36.783; 126.983
Country  South Korea
Region Hoseo
Administrative divisions 2 eup, 9 myeon, 6 dong
  Total 542.25 km2 (209.36 sq mi)
Population (December 31, 2013)
  Total 308,007
  Density 529.41/km2 (1,371.2/sq mi)
  Dialect Chungcheong

Asan is a city in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. It borders the Seoul Metropolitan Area to the north. Asan has a population of approximately 300,000

Asan is known for its hot springs and is a city of spas.

Asan has grown into the neighboring village, Onyang-dong, which is also known for its hot springs.

Asan should not be confused with Ansan, in Gyeonggi Province.


The city of Asan shares a station for the KTX high speed trains with the neighbouring city of Cheonan called Cheonan-Asan Station. It takes about 30 minutes to travel from Asan to Seoul by the KTX train. It can be reached within 2 hours from Incheon International Airport by car. Seoul Metropolitan Subway extended one of its lines to service Asan on December 15, 2008. Two major highways, the Seoul-Busan and West Coast expressways, also pass through Asan city.

Industry and commerce

Companies like Hyundai Motor, Samsung LCD, and Samsung Electronic have factories in Asan. A total of 14 industrial complexes are currently occupied by autoparts, electronic parts and other factories.

The Port of Pyeongtaek, closest to the east China coast among Korean ports, is nearby.


Asan is the home of five universities.

Domestic secondary schools:

International schools:


Asan is homegrund of Wooribank wibee basketball team. (K woman basketball League). In 2016, Wooribank basketball team moved their homeground city Chuncheon to Asan. Their home stadium is Yi Sun-sin stdium.[2]

Modern history

Notable people

Famous people associated with Asan include the late Yun Po Sun, former President of South Korea.

Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who defeated the Japanese navy in the 16th century, lived for some time in Asan. There is a miniature replica of a turtle ship made famous by Admiral Yi on the outskirts of town.

Cho Seung-Hui, the perpetrator of the Virginia Tech massacre, was born in Asan.

Twin towns – Sister cities

See also


  1. "溫陽華僑小學校." International School Information, Government of South Korea. Retrieved on March 30, 2016. "58 Samdong-ro 28beon-gil, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, 336-802, Korea"
  2. lee, jinhak (2016-03-30). "wooribank basketball team move homeground to Asan".
  3. 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
  4. "Sister City Programme". Sustainable Petaling Jaya 2030. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  5. "Lansing, Michigan". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 26 April 2014.

External links

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Asan.
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