THE NATIONAL ATLAS OF KOREA
Publishing a national atlas is the rst step toward achieving the educational goal for students to understand their nation and its geography. In 2007, the National Geographic Information Institute published The National Atlas of Korea for the rst time. Revisions of the atlas have been made to document and illustrate the rapid transformation of and changes to the land and the details of Korea’s physical and human environments.
As a national record, The National Atlas of Korea is an official reference for defining and explaining Korea’s territory and territorial water to the world. It is a valuable source of information for developing government policies for balanced national development, a necessary educational guide to promote an accurate understanding of the land, and a useful means of introducing dynamic changes and developments in Korea and Korean society to the world.
Re ecting a commitment to staying up-to-date and relevant, The National Geographic Information Institute presents The National Atlas of Korea: Comprehensive Edition as a useful educational resource for our adolescents to better understand their nation. I hope that The National Atlas of Korea: Comprehensive Edition becomes a valuable reference for our future generations to learn the value and importance of the nation. The National Geographic Information Institute pledges to continuously publish the most updated geographical information of Korea.
Director General, National Geographic Information Institute
CHAIRMAN Choe, Byong-Nam (Director General, National Geographic Information Institute)
VICE CHAIRMAN Han, Myounghee (Director, National Geographic Information Institute)
SECRETARY GENERAL Hwang, Chul Sue (Kyung Hee University)
OFFICE OF THE Kang, Wooku (Deupty Director, National Geographic Information Institute)
EDITORIAL BOARD Park, Sunyoung (Officer in Charge, National Geographic Information Institute)
CHAIRMAN Lee, Seungho (President, The Korean Geographical Society)
EDITOR IN CHIEF Hwang, Chul Sue (Kyung Hee University)
AUTHORS Chu, Gregory H. (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Professor Emeritus)
SENIOR COPY EDITOR Mossman, Amy Patrick (Western Illinois University)
COPY EDITOR Wheeler, Betty
DESIGN Kim, KyungSun (GeoDream Co., Ltd.)