Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul김해시
 • Hanja金海市
 • Revised RomanizationGimhae-si
 • McCune-ReischauerKimhae-si
West-side Gimhae
Location in South Korea
Country South Korea
Administrative divisions1 eup, 7 myeon, 9 dong, 0 gu
 • Total463.26 km2 (178.87 sq mi)
 (2017 Dec)
 • Total550,758
 • Density1,188/km2 (3,080/sq mi)
 • Dialect
South Gyeongsang Province
FlowerGinkgo biloba

Gimhae (Korean pronunciation: [kim.ɦɛ̝]) is a city in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It is the seat of the large Gimhae Kim clan, one of the largest Kim clans in Korea. The Gimhae Kims claim descent from the ancient royal house of Geumgwan Gaya, which was based in Gimhae.[1] Gimhae is situated near the Nakdong River.

The city has a K3 League soccer club called Gimhae FC. The largest foreign sports club in Gimhae is the Gimhae Semi-Athletic Club (G-SAC) located in Nae-dong.

Gimhae is also the birthplace of the late Roh Moo-hyun, former president of South Korea.

Tombstones in the Royal Tomb of King Suro
Tombstones in the Royal Tomb of King Suro
Royal Tomb of Queen Suro
Royal Tomb of Queen Suro

Administrative divisions


Due to the influence of its coastal climate, Gimhae is the mildest region in Korea. The annual average temperature is around 15℃, and annual average precipitation is 1,200 mm, which is very close to the Korean average of 1,274 mm.[2]


Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit opened to the public on September 9, 2011
Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit opened to the public on September 9, 2011


Gimhae International Airport is just east of Gimhae (in Gangseo-gu, Busan) and has 9.17 million annual users. Various conveniences, especially those for the disabled, will be expanded step by step.[3]


Gimhae has two stations on the Gyeongjeon Line; Hallimjeong station (한림정역) and Jinyeong station (진영역). The Busan–Gimhae Light Rail Transit, which opened in September 2011, connects the city to Busan via the airport. It connects to the Busan Metro network Busan Metro Line 3.svg at Daejeo (대저), and Busan Metro Line 2.svg at Sasang (사상). The closest KTX station from Gimhae is Gupo station in Busan.

Floricultural industry

Gimhae has spacious flower gardens. Busan and its neighbor cities have exported large amounts of flowers.

Gimhae farming center exploited to develop independent Korean roses called Spray.[4]

Twin towns – sister cities

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in South Korea

Gimhae is twinned with:[5]

Notable former residents

See also


  1. ^ [스포츠]김해시청 축구단 창단 ‘초읽기’ Newsmaker
  2. ^ Welcome To GimHae: Home > Gimhae Travel Guide > Introducing Gimhae[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Welcome To GimHae : Home > Gimhae Travel Guide > Transportation[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Full blooming rose in greenhouse온실속 만개한 국산 장미 연합뉴스 2008.01.24
  5. ^ "자매도시". (in Korean). Gimhae. Retrieved April 15, 2020.

Coordinates: 35°14′03″N 128°52′52″E / 35.23417°N 128.88111°E / 35.23417; 128.88111