An Introduction to Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Korea
Yamaguchi Prefecture and Gyeongsangnam-do Province formed an official sister-city relationship on June 26, 1987. The opening of the Shimonoseki－Pusan ferry route in 1970 led to increased interaction between the two, and after forming an official partnership, exchange flourished in the fields of fishery, tourism, and industry. In recent years, the two have focused on deepening cultural and sports exchanges between children, and exchanges to enhance skills in the fields of environmentalism, education, and communications. To celebrate the 15th year of their alliance in 2002, Governor Nii visited the Government Office in Gyeongsangnam-do to discuss future relations, such as strengthening ties amongst the citizens of Yamaguchi and Gyeongsangnam-do, and events were held in Yamaguchi commemorating the partnership and exchange.
Gyeongsangnam-do Province Outline
Surface area ： 10,518 sq km
Population ： 3.13 million
Government headquarters ： Changwon
Location ： Southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, bordering Pusan on the east
Land and Climate ： Flat, low land, with mountains in the northwest. Islands and bays surround the archipelago of the southern coast. The climate, largely affected by the sea in the south, is mild, with cold winds blocked by the mountains in the northwest.
Industry ： Investment and trade, Agriculture (cucumber, tomato, eggplant, strawberry, kimchi, pork, watermelon, rose, paprika pepper and twist pepper), and Fishery.
Culture and Sightseeing ： Many cultural relics, natural reserves, and cultural centers and events, including: Hapcheon Haeinsa Buddhist Temple (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site), Geoje/Hakdong Mongdol Pebble Beach, Jirisan National Park, Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur world expo 2006, Hallyeo Maritime National Park, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Gyeongnam Art Museum.
Province Characters ： Gyeongnami and Gyeongi, toothed-wheel characters personified as colorful cartoon children, symbols of machine industry； Gyeongnami represents the strong will and spirit of the people, and Gyeongi express the positive hope of the people.
Province Flower ： Rose
Province Tree ： Zelkova
Province Bird ： White Heron
Province Fish ： Bollak
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