Uijeongbu

Uijeongbu is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

The city is located north of Seoul with many U.S. and Korean military bases for the defense of the Korean capital. The U.S. Second Infantry Division has established its headquarters in the city with main troops deployed in Dongducheon City. Despite it being known for its military presence, the area has boomed into a satellite community of Seoul, with shops, cinemas, restaurants and bars, PC bangs and DVD Bangs. In addition to US personnel, it is popular with English hagwons, hence an expat community of English teachers. There are several mountains such as Mt. Dobong (Dobongsan), Mt. Surak, Mt. Soyo nearby, which are popular with residents living in Seoul Metropolitan area for climbing as leisure activity.

The city is famous for its budae jjigae (lit. "army base stew"), made with hot dogs and SPAM. In the late 20th century, it stipulated that the dish be referred to as Uijeongbu jjigae to remove the military or war-time connotation in the name, though not many restaurants follow this guideline. Some restaurants have begun calling their product Uijeongbu budae jjigae. There is also what locals refer to as "buddaejjigae street" where there is a high concentration of buddaejjigae restaurants.

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