The Port of Pyeongtaek lies at the head of the Ansong River about 23 kilometers from the Asan Bay in Gyeonggi Province in South Korea about 64 kilometers south of Seoul. Founded in 940 AD when two districts were combined during the rule of Goryeo dynasty, the Port of Pyeongtaek achieved city status in 1986.
The Port of Pyeongtaek is home to one of South Korea’s naval bases. It is also duty station for a large number of United States soldiers. The government of South Korea plans to make the Port of Pyeongtaek an international economic center. Coincidentally, the United States Forces Korea, are locating in the Camp Humphreys area of the Port of Pyeongtaek.
In about 100 BC, when Korea was the Samhan Federation, the Port of Pyeongtaek was named Yeondalbugok. It was renamed in 475 AD, under King Jangsu of the Goguryeo Dynasty, to Busanhyeon. In 940 AD in the reign of King Taejo of the Goryeo Dynasty, Busanhyeon and Sujuimnae were combined to form the Port of Pyeongtaek.
In 1914, the Port of Pyeongtaek achieved the status of a county that contained 11 townships. In 1986, Port of Pyeongtaek county was raised by law to the status of a city containing two offices, 11 divisions, 40 sections, and six neighborhoods.
The Port of Pyeongtaek opened in 1986 as a top-order international trade port under Korea’s Harbor Law. In 1987, the Pyeongtaek Branch Office of the Incheon District Maritime and Port Administration was established.
In 1995, the Port of Pyeongtaek constructed two berths at the Song-ak Wharf, one with capacity for vessels to 30 thousand DWT and the other with capacity for 50 thousand DWT vessels. In 1997, four berths were built at the Kodae Wharf (Dongbu Steel) with capacity for vessels of five thousand DWT. In the same year, four berths with total length of 960 meters were built at the East Wharf, each with capacity for 30 thousand DWT vessels.
In 2001, two new berths of a total 480 meters were built on the West Wharf with a capacity for vessels of 30 thousand DWT. In 2003, the branch office was upgraded to the Pyeongtaek Regional Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office.
In 2004, two berths were built at the International Passenger Terminal, each with capacity for vessels of 26 thousand DWT. In 2005, one more berth was added to the East Wharf with capacity for vessels of 30 thousand DWT.
Finally, in 2008, the office was upgraded to the Pyeongtaek Regional Maritime Affairs and Port Office.