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General Information

Geographical features

Nam-gu is in an international harbor city, located on the most southeasterly tip of the Korean peninsula. It plays a geographically crucial role as a key gateway between continent and sea in the Pacific region.

Location

It shares the same latitude with cities such as Masan, Gwangju in Korea, Tokyo in Japan, Teheran in Iran and Memphis in the U.S. Nam-gu is about 8 hours and 37 minutes earlier than G.M.T., and about 24 minutes later than Korean Standard Time (Long. 135 ° E).

Location by longitude and latitude

Extreme points The extreme points of Longitude and Latitude Intervals
Place East Longitude North Latitude
Easternmost Tip 129-1 Yongho 3dong 129°07′41″ 35°06′52″ Between East and West 5.68㎞
Westernmost Tip 721-6 Munhyeon 2dong 129°03′57″ 35°08′01″
Southernmost Tip 941 Yongho 2dong 129°07′35″ 35°05′16″ Between North and South 7.80㎞
Northernmost Tip 1-3 Daeyeon 3dong 129°05′41″ 35°09′30″

Climatic characteristics

The region has four distinct seasons in a mid-latitude temperate zone while displaying a mild maritime climate with seasonal winds.

Meteorological Survey

Category 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Average temperature (℃) 15.3 15.1 15.4 15.7 15.2 15.1
Total precipitation (㎜) 1,131.1 1,693.1 1,396.7 1,760.2 1,014.4 1,778.6
Average humidity (%) 56.7 66.4 67.2 66.1 60.3 63.2
Maximum depth of snowfall (㎝) 0.3 0.2 - - - 1.3
Average wind speed (m/s) 3.4 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.2

※ Source: Busan Regional Meteorological Administration

Regional Features

Nam-gu is located in the southeastern part of Busan Metropolitan City at the intersection of the east sea and the south sea. It is the main artery of connecting from north to south, and from east to west of the Korean peninsula.

Nam-gu is situated, with its back to the mountains and facing the water, a favored location according to Feng shui, at the foot of Hwangnyeongsan Mountain leading to the shoreline. People residing in Nam-gu comprise of a ranges of incomes. It has emerged into a pleasant residential area due to recent property development of large-scale apartment complexes.

With a starting point of the east coast trail, Haeparanggil, designated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nam-gu has a series of nationally famous tourist attractions, such as Busan’s iconic Oryukdo, the Skywalk with picturesque views, Igidae Park and Sinsundae Park, just to name a few.

Furthermore, as home to 56 educational facilities including 4 universities, Nam-gu is the most vital educational and cultural center of Busan, with the presence of the Busan Cultural Center, the Busan Museum, the Busan Arts Center, Daedonggol Culture Center, Daehangno, Cultural Alley, and the UN Sculpture Park.

Moreover, the area has become known as a guardian of world peace and freedom when the entire area of the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, where heroic brave soldiers were laid to rest, including the UN Peace Memorial Hall, Imperial Japan Conscript Labor History Museum and Peace Park, was designated as the special Peace and Culture Zone for the United Nations, the first such designation of its kind anywhere in the world.

As a harbor industrial area and the world's fifth busiest and largest container port, container terminals of Sinseondae, Uam and Gamman pier are all situated in Nam-gu.

According to the Korean government’s plan for the relocation of public institutions to local areas was announced in June 2005, Munhyeon financial complex has since been formed as a result, featuring major financial institutions including the Busan International Financial Center. The complex has proudly become the city’s landmark and center of international financial activities in the region.