Regions of Korea

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Korea has traditionally been divided into a number of unofficial regions that reflect historical, geographical, and dialect boundaries within the peninsula.[citation needed] Many of the names in the list below overlap or are obsolete today, with Honam, Yeongdong, Yeongnam, and the modern term Sudogwon being the only ones in wide use.

The names of Korea's traditional Eight Provinces are often also used as regional monikers.

List of regions

Name RR MC Korean Hanja Cities and regions Divisions today
Haesŏ Haeseo Haesŏ 해서 海西 N. Hwanghae and S. Hwanghae North Korea
Kwansŏ Gwanseo Kwansŏ 관서 關西 Pyongyang, Nampo, N. Pyongan, S. Pyongan and Chagang North Korea
Gwandong Gwandong (South Korea) Kwandong (North Korea) 관동 關東 Gangwon / Kangwon Both
Kwannam Gwannam Kwannam 관남 關南 S. Hamgyong and southern part of Ryanggang; Southern part of Gwanbuk North Korea
Kwanbuk Gwanbuk Kwanbuk 관북 關北 Rason, N. Hamgyong, S. Hamgyong and Ryanggang North Korea
Hoseo Hoseo Hosŏ 호서 湖西 Daejeon, Sejong, N. Chungcheong and S. Chungcheong South Korea
Honam Honam Honam 호남 湖南 Gwangju, N. Jeolla and S. Jeolla South Korea
Seoul Capital Area Sudogwon Sudokwŏn 수도권 首都圈 Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi South Korea
Yeongseo Yeongseo Yŏngsŏ 영서 嶺西 Western part of Gwandong Both
Yeongdong Yeongdong Yŏngdong 영동 嶺東 Eastern part of Gwandong Both
Yeongnam Yeongnam Yŏngnam 영남 嶺南 Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, N. Gyeongsang and S. Gyeongsang South Korea
Giho Giho Kiho 기호 畿湖 Gyeonggi and Hoseo South Korea

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