Anyang, South Korea
Anyang is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. With a population of approximately 600,000 persons, it is the 20th largest city in South Korea. It is a satellite city of Seoul and located approximately 21 km south of Seoul, and 19 km north of Suwon. It is connected to Seoul via the Seoul Subway Line 1 and Line 4. The City motto of Anyang is "Livable city, Proud citizens". City symbols are 'Podong-i' a grape mascot, Forsythia (flower), Ginkgo (tree), and Eagle.
The 'Emblem of Anyang' consists of several different meanings. The blue colour represents peace and stable life of its citizens, the white colour represents "purity of the white clad folk", the white circle represents "shining sun" and "citizen unity", the interweaving lines represent "industrial and scientific development", "famous mountains around the city" and "tourist resort". Together, the four different symbols mean modern development and cultural exchange. The current mayor of Anyang is Lee Phil Woon.
Anyang is located in the heart of Gyeonggi province of greater Seoul metropolitan area. It is located about 25 km south of Seoul. In 1973, Anyang was expanded to the current city administrative area at 58.46 km2, which comprises of 62% green zone. The population of Anyang stands at 598,801 in 2015 and is relatively densely populated. Anyang is continuously showing a trend of population decrease and 20 thousand vehicles are registered at the moment. In particular, the city has exhibited signs of coexistence of new and old sections of the city as Pyeongchon new city area of 20 thousand people have been developed after going through new city development in the 1990s. The total GDPR within Anyang in 2010 was approximately USD 12 billion, equivalent to USD 20,000 per person. The internet usage rate for Anyang is 85.6%, higher than the national average of 81.6%. Anyang is well equipped in its communication infrastructure with 287 km of high-speed fiber optical networks and its own access points in 146 stations. During the heavy rain period every summer, the inundated streams are a concern for damages while in the winter season; the dry air is worrisome for forest fires.