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Gumi, South Korea

Full nameGumi
Native name구미시
Native name langKorean
Settlement typeMunicipal City
CountrySouth Korea
Total Area238.3 sq mi (617.28 km2)
Total Population374654 (2005)
Density (pop.)552.5/km2 (1431/sq mi)

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Gumi is the second largest city in Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea. It is located on the Nakdong River, half way between Daegu and Gimcheon, also lies on the Gyeongbu Expressway and Gyeongbu Line railway which are the principal traffic routes of the country.

The city is an industrial center of the country with many companies, including Samsung Electronics and LG Display. The primary industries are electronics, textiles, fibers, rubber, plastic and metal products. In Gumi, 1,772 companies employ over 80,000 workers. It is the largest scale in Korea. In 2009, the city exported the largest amount in the country and accounted for 96.9% of trade surplus of Korea in 2000 to 2009.

The former President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee was born in the city.

Gumi literally translates as 'turtle tail', not 'nine tails'.

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