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IKSAN (Korean : 익산; Korean pronunciation: ) is a city and major railway junction in North Jeolla
North Jeolla
Province, (commonly transliterated as Jeollabuk-do
Jeollabuk-do
or Chollabuk-do ) South Korea
South Korea
.

The city center and railway junction was formerly called "Iri" ( Hangul
Hangul
: 이리시; Hanja
Hanja
: 裡里市; RR : Iri-si), but merged with Iksan
Iksan
County (Iksan-gun) in 1995.

The railway junction is located at the point where Jeolla , Janghang and Gunsan
Gunsan
Lines meet the Honam
Honam
Line and is served by frequent train service to/from Seoul
Seoul
, Daejeon
Daejeon
, Gwangju
Gwangju
, Mokpo
Mokpo
, Jeonju
Jeonju
, Suncheon , and Yeosu
Yeosu
.

Jeonbuk National University Iksan
Iksan
campus (before, it was Iksan National College), the Won Buddhism Graduate School , Wonkwang Health Science College , and Wonkwang University
Wonkwang University
are all located in Iksan.

This city is called “The City of Jewelry." The Iksan
Iksan
Jewelry Museum opened in May 2002 next to a Dinosaur museum.

In late November 2006, Korean authorities quarantined a farm in Iksan and began culling poultry and livestock within a 3-kilometer radius to contain an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus.

Local tradition includes the story of Seodong and Seonhwa, which was broadcast in 2005~2006 as "Sedongyo" and is also dramatized in the 'Paradise in Autumn Festival.'

Festivals with various themes are held in Iksan, all reflecting local history and culture. These include:

* 10,000,000 Chrysanthemum Festival (held in October/November) * Iksan
Iksan
Jewelry Expo * Seodong Festival * Stone Culture Festival

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Transportation

* 4 Culture

* 4.1 Museums * 4.2 Parks * 4.3 Events

* 5 Sister cities * 6 Notable people * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

HISTORY

Iksan
Iksan
was once the capital of the ancient Baekje
Baekje
Kingdom. Temples built then are still standing. Iksan
Iksan
has always been an important transport center. After the "Iri train station explosion," Iksan
Iksan
fell into a state of decline. However, Iksan's train station was later rebuilt, and it became the junction of three rail lines named above. It now services KTX
KTX
and Saemaul trains as well as frequent bus lines. Today, Iksan
Iksan
is once again a thriving city.

GEOGRAPHY

Iksan
Iksan
is situated on the Okgu and Keumman Plains, which lead to the West Sea . As it is located very near the sea where ships can transport a wide variety of products, Iksan
Iksan
has served as a logistical and traffic center for a long time.

The city is in the northwestern part of Jeollabuk-do. East are the rugged mountains of Mt. Cheonho and Mt. Mireuk (Mireuksan (Jeollabuk-do) ) at the edge of the Noryeong Mountains, and northwest the range of Mt. Hamra lead to a series of hills and a great stream that has formed the fertile Okgu plain to the west. Iksan
Iksan
borders Nonsan-gun and Buyeo-gun, Chuncheongnam-do, and is divided by the Keum-gang in the north. It faces the Kimje Plains, divided by Mankyeong-gang, to the south.

TRANSPORTATION

* Iksan
Iksan
Bus Terminal

The Iksan
Iksan
Bus Terminal (익산종합버스터미널) provides daily bus service to most cities in South Korea. Express buses to Seoul, Ansan, and Incheon
Incheon
are available.

* Iksan
Iksan
Train station

CULTURE

MUSEUMS

* Iksan Jewelry Museum * Mireuksaji Mesuem * Wanggung-Ri Relics Museum Music fountain in Iksan
Iksan
Central Park

PARKS

* Central Park(Chungang Cheuk Gongwon) * Seodong Park * Gemma sculpture park

EVENTS

* Iksan
Iksan
will host the 99th National Athletic Meet in 2018.

SISTER CITIES

* Culver City, California
Culver City, California
, United States
United States
* Odense
Odense
, Denmark
Denmark
* Zhenjiang
Zhenjiang
, People\'s Republic of China
China

NOTABLE PEOPLE

* Birdie Kim , LPGA
LPGA
golfer * Lee Sunmi (born May 2, 1992), member of the girl group Wonder Girls .

SEE ALSO

* South Korea
South Korea
portal

* Geography of South Korea
South Korea
* Honam
Honam
* List of cities in South Korea
South Korea

REFERENCES

* ^ http://www.iksan.go.kr/02en/about/facts/ * ^ http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/Engnews/20061126/620000000020061126120016E6.html * ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2008-11-02. Iksan
Iksan
Official English Website * ^ "Jewelry Museum". * ^ "mireuksaji Mesuem". * ^ "Wanggung-Ri Relics Museum English page". * ^ "익산시, 2018년 전국체전 개최지로, Iksan
Iksan
hosting a national athletic meet in 2008". Munhwa ilbo. Retrieved 2014-01-28.

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