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Incheon is a metropolitan city and a major seaport on the
west coast of South Korea, near Seoul.
Human settlement at the location goes back to the Neolithic.
In modern times Incheon became important because its location on
an estuary made it a good harbor; when the port was founded in 1883,
the city, then called Chemulpo, had a population of only 4,700. Incheon is
now home to almost 2.5 million people, and is also under the control of one
of the two free economic zone authorities in Korea, aimed at attracting
foreign investment; the city aims to turn itself into a financial and corporate hub
along with the Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone Authority.
The city boundaries include an area of 964.53 km², of which 21 percent is rice
paddies and another 44 percent is forested.
Incheon is regarded as part of the greater Seoul metropolitan area due to
its close proximity to the capital, and the fact that the Seoul Metropolitan Subway
and the Incheon Subway systems are linked.
Incheon is, however, a major city in its own right and is a separate
jurisdiction from Seoul.
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