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  • Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    • Sister city since May 15, 1997
    • Regional characteristics
      • Hub of transportation in the Sobaek and Taebaek regions, due to its location in the northernmost region of Gyeongsangbuk-do
      • Site of Sobaeksan National Park, one of Korea’s sacred mountains
      • Muryangsujeon, the main hall of Buseoksa Temple, is the oldest wooden building standing in Korea. It houses the Josadang Wall Painting
    • Local products: punggi ginseng, apples, Korean beef, eggs, rice, and yugwa (deep-fried sweet rice cake)
  • Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do

    • Sister city since October 8, 1999
    • Regional characteristics
      • A major city in the southwestern region of Korea and a hub of transportation along the west coast of the Honam region
      • Site of Naejangsan National Park, known for its beautiful autumn leaves
      • Key destination of cultural tourism in Korea and birthplace of the Donghak Movement
    • Local products: rice, Korean beef, bokbunjaju (raspberry wine), watermelon, mulberries, and jasaeng tea
  • Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do

    • Sister city since January 29, 2007
    • Regional characteristics
      • Coastal city in the western region of Jeollanam-do province
      • Ecotourism industry that is active year-round
      • - Hampyeong Butterfly Festival, Hampyeong Grand Chrysanthemum Festival, and Red Spider Lily Grand Festival
    • Local products: rice, Korean beef, bokbunja (black raspberry), Siberian gooseberries, figs, and sweet pumpkin
  • Geochang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

    • Sister city since May 23, 2007
    • Regional characteristics
      • Located at the northwestern tip of Gyeongsangnam-do province, near the border between Gyeongbuk and Jeonbuk provinces
      • Situated within the basin of a high mountain at an altitude of over 200 meters, creating significant diurnal temperature variations
      • Surrounded by three national parks—Jirisan Mountain, Deogyusan Mountain, and Gayasan Mountain
    • Local products: apples, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, and highland vegetables
  • Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    • Sister city since May 20, 2008
    • Regional characteristics
      • Biggest city of Gyeongsangbuk-do along the East Sea Rim, located in the southeastern part of the nation
      • Large industrial complexes and global logistics infrastructure
      • Homigot Sunrise Square: the nation’s most popular tourist destination for watching the sunrise
    • Homigot Sunrise Square: the nation’s most popular tourist destination for watching the sunrise
  • Uljin-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    • Sister city since September 5, 2008
    • Regional characteristics
      • Northeastern-most county of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, with 82-kilometers of coastline adjacent to the East Sea
      • Wonderful environment with three natural treasures—Snow crab, Geumgang pine, and pine mushroom
      • Deokgu/Baegam Hot Spring, Bulyeongsa Temple, Seongnyugul Cave, Geumgang Pine Grove, and Wolsongjeong Pavilion
    • Local products: Uljin snow crab, Uljin pine mushroom, Gopo seaweed, and Saengtomi rice
  • Yeongcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    • Sister city since October 15, 2008
    • Regional characteristics
      • Major transportation hub, through which the Yeongcheon Jungang Line Railway, Daegu Line Railway, and Gyeongbu Expressway all pass
      • Nation’s largest fruit producer, blessed with beautiful natural scenery
      • City famous for horses and stars as well as its strong Oriental medicine industry (Oriental Medicine Festival, Oriental Medicine Village, etc.)
    • Local products: Grapes (wine), peaches, Korean beef (tartare), and apples
  • Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    • Sister city since March 9, 2012
    • Regional characteristics
      • Important transportation hub, situated at the beginning of the Yeongnam Alps and the center of the Yeongnam region
      • Ideal land for growing fruit, thanks to the excellent quality soil found throughout the county
      • Birthplace of the Saemaul Movement and home to Cheongdo Bullfight Arena, Unmunsa Temple, and Wine Tunnel
    • Local products: Korean beef, water parsley, peaches, and Cheongdo flat persimmon