Wonju is the most populous city
Administrative divisions of South Korea
||South Korea is divided into 8 provinces , 1 special autonomous province , 6 metropolitan cities , and 1 special city...

 in Gangwon
Gangwon-do (South Korea)
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 province, South Korea
South Korea
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Wonju is a city approximately 90 miles (144.8 km) east of Seoul
Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world...

 and the capital can be reached within 1hr 30minutes by bus or train. Wonju is home to three major universities which attract many students from Seoul and elsewhere. They provide facilities to host sporting and musical events throughout the year. Wonju is also home to one of Korea's top basketball teams and games can be attended at very reasonable prices. It was the site of three crucial battles during the Korean War
Korean War
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The city has an E-mart
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, as well as three movie theaters (Cinus, Lotte, and Primus) and a host of shops and outlets for most, if not all, fashions.

A new 250 km per hour KTX line will be built between Seoul and Wonju via Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics
2018 Winter Olympics
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  • Gangneung-Wonju National University
    Gangneung-Wonju National University
    Gangneung-Wonju National University is a national research university in Gangneung, Korea. Founded in 1946, GWNU is situated on the East coast of South Korea has risen to one of the prominence research universities in South Korea, cultivating large numbers of talented individuals to play a...

  • Sangji Youngseo College http://www.youngseo.ac.kr/
  • Halla University
    Halla University
    Halla University is a private Korean University created in 1995 and located in Wonju....

  • Sangji University
    Sangji University
    Sangji University is a private university located in Wonju, Gangwon Province, South Korea. Established in 1955, it has seven colleges and six graduate schools. Its top areas of study are Oriental Medicine and Tourism...

  • Yonsei University at Wonju
    Yonsei University
    Yonsei University is a Christian private research university, located in Seoul, South Korea. Established in 1885, it is one of the oldest universities in South Korea, the top private comprehensive universities in South Korea, and is widely regarded as one of the top three comprehensive...


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