Yangyang County (Yangyang-gun) is a county in Gangwon Province, South Korea. The county is located in the northeast of the country, along the shores of the East Sea. Its population os about 31,000 (2004).
The Yangyang area is well known for its pine mushrooms (song-i), its fish—particularly salmon—and its sunrises.
In 2002, Yangyang opened its own airport, serving Seoul and other cities in East Asia. The airport also serves Gangneung to the south and Sokcho to the north. It is important for the many tourists attracted the Seorak-san national park.
The county is proud to unite the five major religious influences in South Korea: Confusianism, Buddhism, Shamanism, Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. There are sites for all these movements in Yangyang. The Seonghwangsa is a shamanistic altar which was traditionally used for sacrificial rites. Yangyang Hyanggyo is a Confucian school, built in 1340. Today the school mainly serves as a shrine, but some classes are still held at the site. In 1921 the Yangyang Cathedral was built. During the Korean War it ws burnt to the ground, but rebuilt after.
The county is also proud of its five-day market. It is the largest traditional market in the area and renowed for the quality of its produce. The market is held every five days.
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Yangyang County government English-language home page (http://www.yangyang-gun.gangwon.kr:9090/htmlfunc/eng/index.html)
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