Yeongdeungpo-gu is an administrative district in southwest Seoul, Korea. Although the origin of the name is uncertain, the first two syllables are thought to be from “yeongdeung” (靈登) or “divine ascent”, a shamanic rite. The third syllable is “po”, representing water (浦), referring to the district’s position on the Han River. The 2006 population was 408,819. The current magistrate is Kim Hyung-Su.
There are 22 administrative “dong” and 34 legal “dong”. Yeouido Dong is the largest in area and takes about 34% of the land. The total area is 24.56 km² (2004), making up 4% of Seoul’s land. The annual budget is approximately 2 billion won.
Yeongdeungpo Gu has been heavily developed as an office, commercial, and residential district. Yeouido Dong is home to the famous DLI 63 Building, the highest office building in South Korea and currently the 3rd tallest building in the country.
The National Assembly Building is located in Yeouido-dong, in Yeongdeungpo Gu. In addition, there are many kinds of organisations like Financial Union of Korea. There are mass-media corporations like Newspaper Corporations; Kookmin Newspaper Corporation, and Broadcasting Corporations and their partitions; Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and Korean Broadcasting System. Sometimes in both Broadcasting Buildings, Many kinds of live-concerts, programs, and TV-shows are held and broadcast. For those reasons, Yeouido-dong is the centre of culture and politics of South Korea.