Located in the central area of the northern part of Korean peninsula, Jinju is a renowned cultural city enjoying a history of over thousand years, as well as one an educational and artistic center.
When Sillat unified the Three Kingdoms of Korea, Jinju then grew as a central city and was called Jinju in Goryeo period. As the capital city of South Gyeongsang Province in the year 1896 to 1925, Jinju was also a strategic center for Korean people to fight against Japanese pirates. With an area of 712.8 square kilometers and a population of 335 thousand, it possesses cultural heritage in a number of 72. The vast plain, the beautiful scenery and the boundless Nanjiang River that crosses the city in the area make Jinju the best place to live in Korea. The tertiary industry here is well developed and the silk industry makes up 70% of that in the whole country. Jinju is also a paradise of culture. Various activities here demonstrates the cultural and artistic charms in Korea and Jinju, such as Jinju Namgang Yuedeung Festival ，Gaecheon Arts Festival, Jinju National Bullfighting contest, and Sword Dancing performance, attracting people from all over the world.
Jinju established sister-city relationship with Xi’an on May 5, 2016 and the present mayor is Lee Chang-hee.