Asan, South Korea

Country: Republic of Korea

Language: Korean

Province: Chunghcheongnam-do

Population: 204,431

Mayor: Bok Ki-Wang

Sister City Since: 2008

Asan is located in the South Chungcheong Province of South Korea, bordering the Seoul metropolitan area to the north. Known for its hot springs and spas, Asan has a population of over 200,000 and is home to five universities.

Asan is a business hub, home to factories owned by Hyundai Motor, Samsung LCD, Samsung Electronic, and many more prosperous companies. 14 industrial complexes exist within the city, primarily to allow for automotive and electronic manufacturing.

Famous people associated with Asan include the late Yun Po Sun, former President of South Korea, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who defeated the Japanese navy in the 16th century. There is a miniature replica of a turtle ship made famous by Admiral Yi on the outskirts of town.