Guro, Seoul Capital Area, Sudogwon, South Korea

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Guro District (Guro-gu) is a district of Seoul, South Korea, which was separated from Yeongdeungpo District in 1980. Located in the south-western part of the city, where besides Yangcheon District and Geumcheon District Guro District has an important position as a transport link which contains railroads, land routes from the rest of Seoul to the south of the country. The Gyeongbu and Gyeongin railway lines connect Seoul to Busan and Incheon. In addition, Seoul Metropolitan Subway lines 1, 2, and 7, and major highways intersect in Guro District. The name Guro originates from the legend that nine old men enjoyed longevity in the district.

A digital industrial complex is located in Guro District. The Guro Digital Industrial Complex, which played a leading industrial role mainly with textile manufacturing, dressmaking and other labour-intensive industries in 1967, has been rapidly changed into an IT industrial complex. This complex played a pivotal role in the economic growth of the South Korea's development era, referred to as the "Miracle on the Han River", and also contributed 10 percent of national export in the 1970s.

Twenty-one percent of the total area of Guro District is a restricted zone to be used as a greenbelt with the only arboretum in Seoul. The zone is changing into a lively district as large labour-intensive factories are moving from the area and the council is developing what it terms its four zones.

An "e-government" system based on this hosted the international e-participation forum on February 7โ€“9, 2007, with the participation of more than thirty-seven countries. The forum was launched with the theme "Promoting Democracy and Regional Development". The Guro Declaration, adopted during the forum, aims to set up a portal site for e-government development and to establish a concrete project in order to bridge the digital divide among the world's cities. This practice has been recognised for providing a new important step in the development of e-democracy.

The e-participation forum was a key factor for Guro to play the leading role in bridging the digital divide among cities, to provide I.T. enterprises located in Guro Digital Industrial Complex the opportunity to launch into the international market, to improve its image and become a global leader to concrete e-democracy.

Guro Digital Complex Guro Digital Complex was created in Guro 3-dong in 1967. The World Industrial Exhibition held in Guro District in 1968 contributed to remarkable development of Guro Industrial Complex and the textile manufacturing, dressmaking, and other labour-intensive industries dubbed the "Miracle on the Han River" during the 1960s and 1970s. Guro Industrial Complex contributed 10% of national export. The Guro Industrial Complex has rapidly changed from a manufacturing industrial zone into a futuristic industrial hub, centering on research and development activities, advanced information and knowledge industries since 2000, and has developed into the largest digital industrial complex in Korea. As of 2008, there are about 8,000 venture companies with more than 100,000 staff in an area of two million mยฒ. Moreover, it is the hub for the nation's high-tech industry which continuously focuses on R&D, high-tech knowledge and information industry. More than 80% of the companies are I.T. companies with a total production of about 5.5 trillion won and an export of about 1.5 trillion won. Especially importantly, the Korea Venture Business Association is located in Guro Industrial Complex.

D-Cube City D-Cube City is a large, integrated leisure complex immediately adjacent to Sindorim Station and modeled on the Roppongi Hills development in Tokyo. It contains a Hyundai department store, a Sheraton hotel, a Lotte Cinema and arts center, a park and apartment builings. Construction began in 2007 and the complex was opened in 2011. The project cost 1.3 billion KRW and has served as a catalyst for development in the area.

Techno Mart Guro district hosts one of the, large Techno Marts in Seoul. The Guro Techno Mart is next to Sindorim Station and is home to large number of electronics stores, as well as other facilities including a wedding venue and an Emart.

Seoul Industrial Tools Commercial Complex Owing to its industrial past, Guro district hosts the large Seoul Industrial Tools Commercial Complex which is located close to Guro Station on Line 1. The large complex is primarily wholesale in nature but caters to a diverse range of customers from factories to individuals. The complex was established in 1981 as a cooperative effort by local businesses. As of 2008 the complex was home to 1,900 stores.[

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Guro has a population of over 417,339 people. Guro also forms part of the wider Seoul metropolitan area which has a population of over 9,963,000 people.

Twin Towns โ€“ Sister Cities Sister cities; ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Pingdu, China; ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Tongzhou, China. Friendship cities include: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Chapel Hill, United States; ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Dadong, China; ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Xiangfang, China; ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Kuching, Malaysia.

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