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 Hangul Hanja Cities and provinces Divisions today
Haesŏ Haeseo Haesŏ 해서海西 N. Hwanghae and S. Hwanghae North
Kwansŏ Gwanseo Kwansŏ 관서關西 Pyongyang, Nampo, N. Pyongan, S. Pyongan, and Chagang North
Gwandong Gwandong (South Korea) Kwandong (North Korea)관동關東 Gangwon (South), Kangwon (North), and Mount Kumgang Both
(Seoul Capital Area)
Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi South
Kwannam Gwannam Kwannam 관남關南 S. Hamgyong and southern part of Ryanggang; Southern part of Gwanbuk North
Kwanbuk Gwanbuk Kwanbuk 관북關北 Rason, N. Hamgyong, and northern part of Ryanggang North
Tongbuk Dongbuk Tongbuk 동북東北 Rason, N. Hamgyong, S. Hamgyong, and Ryanggang North
Hoseo Hoseo Hosŏ 호서湖西 Daejeon, Sejong, N. Chungcheong, and S. Chungcheong South
Honam Honam Honam 호남湖南 Gwangju, N. Jeolla, and S. Jeolla South
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
Giho Giho Kiho 기호畿湖 Gyeonggi and Hoseo South

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