Provinces of South Korea

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Provinces are the first-level division within South Korea. Governors for these provinces are elected every four years.

Types[change | change source]

A province (Hangul: ; Hanja: ) is the highest-ranked administrative divisions in South Korea. Provinces have equal status to the Korean special cities.

A special autonomous province (Hangul: 특별자치도; Hanja: 特別自治道) is a province with more autonomy over its economy and more powers are given to the provincial government. Jeju is the only special autonomous province.

List of provinces[change | change source]

Name Hangul Hanja ISO Population
(2011 est.)[1]
Area
(km²)
Density
(/km²)
Capital Region Abbreviation
North Chungcheong 충청북도 [忠清北道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-43 1,588,633 7,433[2] 213 Cheongju Hoseo Chungbuk 충북 [忠北] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)
South Chungcheong 충청남도 [忠清南道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-44 2,064,665 8,204[3] 251 Hongseong Hoseo Chungnam 충남 [忠南] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)
Gangwon 강원도 [江原道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-42 1,549,780 20,569[4] 75 Chuncheon Gwandong Gangwon 강원 [江原] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)
Gyeonggi 경기도 [京畿道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-41 12,239,862 10,171[5] 1,203 Suwon Sudogwon Gyeonggi 경기 [京畿] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)
North Gyeongsang* 경상북도 [慶尙北道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-47 2,739,179 19,030[6] 144 Daegu Yeongnam Gyeongbuk 경북 慶北
South Gyeongsang 경상남도 慶尙南道 KR-48 3,374,725 10,532[7] 320 Changwon Yeongnam Gyeongnam 경남 [慶南] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)
Jeju 제주도 [濟州道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-49 583,284 1,849[8] 315 Jeju Jeju Jeju 제주 [濟州] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)
North Jeolla 전라북도 [全羅北道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-45 1,895,882 8,043 236 Jeonju Honam Jeonbuk 전북 [全北] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)
South Jeolla 전라남도 [全羅南道] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help) KR-46 1,938,136 12257[9] 163 Muan Honam Jeonnam 전남 [全南] error: {{lang}}: script: kore not supported for code: ko (help)

Note: Daegu is excluded because it is the capital but is not legally part of the province.

References[change | change source]

  1. "South Korea Administrative Districts". CityPopulation.de. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  2. "충북면적" (in Korean). North Chungcheong Province. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. "일반현황" (in Korean). South Chungcheong Province. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. "Natural Environment". Gangwon Province. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  5. "위치와 자연환경" (in Korean). Gyeonggi Province. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  6. "경북현황" (in Korean). North Gyeongsang Province. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  7. "일반 현황" (in Korean). South Gyeongsang Province. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  8. "Geography". Jeju Province. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  9. "Administrative Districts". JeollaNamdo, The Land of Green. Retrieved 12 September 2013.