Maps of Popular Villages near Humphreys

Whew! I can’t believe how many hours it takes to do the research and execute these maps. When I lived in the states, I would get so lost on highways that I’d stop driving and call someone to come find me. But for some reason, moving to Korea has motivated me to figure out where I live and to better understand the roads and towns here. Scroll down to see my maps of popular villages located near Camp Humphreys.

So Anjeong-ri, Songwha-ri and Gaeksa-ri are villages?

Below, I’ve created maps for the three popular villages(-ri) right outside of Humphreys. My goal is for everyone to better understand where they live so that they can easily explain locations to their friends, Korean or Foreign. Understanding the municipality hierarchy in Korea is not easy, I tried to study it in Language Exchange and my Korean friends broke my brain trying to explain to me how the designations at the end of words refer to the population size. Suffice it to say, the words that are tagged at the end of a name often indicates the number of people living there. Paengseong used to be Paengseong-myeon until it was promoted to -eup in 1979. 

Here is an easy explanation for the articles at the end of place names and their pronunciations:

-si (she) –  means city but in Korea it acts more like a county that holds many towns. In the states, you can say you are from Washington, DC but you would need to specify if you live in Bethesda, Silver Springs, Georgetwon, etc. So imagine that Pyeongtaek is a county the size of Washington, DC (it’s HUGE) and that will help you better understand where we live. 

-eup, -dong, -myeon, etc – There are a lot of terms meaning towns and neighborhoods. Don’t worry exactly why one area gets a different article than another, it’s all about population and not really the point of this article. Just know that these designations refer to an area inside a city. Camp Humphreys is located in the town of Paengseong-eup in the city (county) of Pyeongtaek-si. 

-ri (ree) , -tong, -ban – These little villages and hamlets are often inside of a town. That’s not exact but again, the administrative divisions can be difficult to understand. Remember, villages are very small and are useful when giving accurate directions to a location. 

Read more about Administrative Divisions in Korea here on Wikipedia. 

Do you know which villages in Paengseong these popular locations are in?

Korea Mart aka Orange Mart – Gaeksa-ri

Lotteria – Gaeksa-ri

Jump Nori – Gaeksa-ri

Topresso – Songwha-ri

Pyeongtaek International Exchange Foundation (PIEF) – Songwha-ri

Art Camp – Anjeong-ri

Brownstone Apts – Anjeong-ri

3/8 Market St – Anjeong-ri

Riverside Apartments – Wonjeong-ri

Rex Village – Daesa-ri

The town of Paengseong has more villages than I was willing to count. If you are high up in Brownstone Apartments, you can see Acetown, Oscarville apts, Riverside apts, each of which is in a different village. Villages are tiny and their borders can be hard to discern but it’s important to know which village you live in or where businesses are located so you won’t be lost again. If someone says, “It’s located up in Songwha-ri” then you know the business is about a 5 minute drive from the Humphreys Main gate.

How did you get this information, Sig?

I made these maps using Naver. Anyone can find the outline for villages, towns and cities for Korea, it’s super easy. Go to Naver Maps, and paste the hangul for the place you are looking for and you will get an outline. Go ahead, try it now. Copy and Paste this into the Naver Map Search Bar to see the outline for Paengseong.

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Everyone is welcome to use these maps, I only ask that larger organizations to please send me a message first before printing or sharing over a wide audience. Do not use these maps for profit or sales. Some of the maps are large so I apologize for slow download speeds.

I live entirely off of your comments. I am a blogger for fun so please leave me a message if you found these helpful.

~Sig

Updated January 18, 2018

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Map of Paengseong with general information about each village.

Humphreys maps anjeongri songwhari gaeksari the ville usfk

Map of Anjeong-ri and important locations.

Humphreys maps anjeongri songwhari gaeksari the ville usfk

Map of Gaeksa-ri and Songwha-ri with important locations.

 

 

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    • Elizabeth R on September 8, 2017 at 10:31 am
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    This is so helpful! Thanks for the great resource!

      • Sig on September 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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      You are very welcome!

    • Tanya on May 31, 2018 at 7:38 pm
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    Wow, this is so I informative and helpful- thanks for taking the time to do this!

      • Sig on June 18, 2018 at 3:23 pm
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      Your Welcome Tanya! I hope they worked for you and you had fun exploring Pyeontaek. 🙂

      ~Sig

    • Terrie on August 19, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    I am so confused! I’m a DOD civilian getting ready to PCS to Camp Humphreys to work in the schools. Can you suggest a good neighborhood to look for housing? I’ve got a middle school age son who needs to ride the bus to school, and a big dog, so I need a house with a yard rather than an apartment building. Any help is super appreciated!

      • Sig on September 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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      It’s so hard to pick just one neighborhood, there are many established neighborhoods as well as newer areas to live in. It might sound terrifying, but its best to wait until you get there to see the area for yourself. Houses with yards are becoming more common, originally I would say to not hold your breath but realtors and investors know what Americans want.
      Be prepared for no yard, it sounds scary but I know plenty of dog owners with medium and large breeds who are very happy with apartment life.
      The schools have really great bus routes, they do their best to canvas all of the surrounding area. Go ahead and find their social media pages on Facebook and their websites and you’ll find maps and lots of other information.
      Google: camp humphreys middle school

      If the Middle School is full or unavailable, there is the Pyeongtaek International Christian School, homeschool/ online or jumping right in and trying a local Korean school.

      Remember, don’t sweat it! I love to be super prepared for things but when it came to moving to Korea, I had to roll with the punches. There was a lot of stress but everything worked out in the end.
      Good Luck on your adventures!

      ~Sig

    • Tony on September 1, 2018 at 8:41 am
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    Sig, just moving into the area and grateful for your time and efforts! Thanks.

      • Sig on September 7, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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      Thank you for the kind words, Tony! I hope you have a great time in South Korea.

      ~Sig

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