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Gangneung is a city in Gangwon-do, on the east coast of South Korea. It is a border town with important strategic position, Gangneung is well known for its long history and splendid culture. It covers an area of 1,040 square kilometers and accounts for 6.2% of Gangwon region. It has a population of 229,869 (as of 2006), and urban population shares the largest proportion. Gangneung experiences a mild sea climate. The mean annual temperature is 13.4 degree with the lowest -10 degree, the highest 39 degree. Pine tree, crape myrtie, swan and tiger are the symbols of Gangneung. Gangneung has a developed economy and is also the centre of culture and tourism. Besides that, it has the very advanced seafood, agricultural and sideline products processing industry, business and financial industry, and the annual revenue is about 249 billion won (about 2.4 billion yuan). The environment is very beautiful and has a developed traffic and communication system, the comprehensive personality and the quality of life is very high.