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Samsung turns South Korea garrison city into chipmaking boom town

Pyeongtaek represents a confluence of innovation and government largesse

Samsung announced the construction of a third building at its Pyeongtaek campus in May. (Photo by Kotaro Hosokawa)

SEOUL -- At first glance, the massive Samsung semiconductor fabrication plant seems almost out of place in Pyeongtaek, which not that long ago was known more for its open pastures and barracks that housed thousands of American troops.

But this port city 50 km south of South Korea's capital has grown into a high-tech hub as well over the past decade.

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