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Metropolitan city (pop., 2003 est.: 1,424,844), capital of South Ch'ungch'ong province, southeastern South Korea. It was a poor village until rail connections spurred development in the early 1900s. During the Korean War (1950–53) it was a temporary capital of South Korea, and 70% of the city was destroyed; it has since been rebuilt. The manufacture of cotton textiles, machinery, and chemicals has been developed. Chungnam National University and several other colleges are located there.
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