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Gumi is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It is located on the Nakdong River, half way between Daegu and Gimcheon, it lies on the Gyeongbu Expressway and Gyeongbu Line railway which run between Seoul and Busan.
More recently, the town was the birthplace of the South Korean president Park Chung-Hee. Perhaps not coicidentally, it was during his rule that the South Korean government selected Gumi as a site for major industrial development. His birth home is a museum today.
Gumi developed rapidly during the 1960s, growing from a small rural town into a large city thanks to huge infusions of development money from the government. It was selected for development for some practical reasons such as its easy access to transportation infrastructure, and its location in the industrialized Yeongnam region.
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