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 eight regions edit

Name RR MC Hangul Hanja Cities and provinces Divisions today
Haeso Haeseo Haesŏ 해서 海西 N. Hwanghae and S. Hwanghae North
Kwanso Gwanseo Kwansŏ 관서 關西 Pyongyang, Nampo, N. Pyongan, S. Pyongan, and Chagang North
Kwanbuk Gwanbuk Kwanbuk 관북 關北 Rason, N. Hamgyong, S. Hamgyong, and Ryanggang North
Gwandong Gwandong Kwandong 관동 關東 Gangwon (South), and Kangwon (North) Both
Gyeonggi Gyeonggi Kyŏnggi 경기 京畿 Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi, and Kaesong Both
Hoseo Hoseo Hosŏ 호서 湖西 Daejeon, Sejong, N. Chungcheong, and S. Chungcheong South
Honam Honam Honam 호남 湖南 Gwangju, N. Jeolla, S. Jeolla, and Jeju South
Yeongnam Yeongnam Ryŏngnam 영남(령남) 嶺南 Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, N. Gyeongsang, and S. Gyeongsang South

Extra regions edit

Name RR MC Hangul Hanja Description
Kwannam Gwannam Kwannam 관남 關南 Southern part of Kwanbuk
Kwanbuk Gwanbuk Kwanbuk 관북 關北 Northern part of Kwanbuk
Yeongseo Yeongseo Ryŏngsŏ 영서(령서) 嶺西 Western part of Gwandong
Yeongdong Yeongdong Ryŏngdong 영동(령동) 嶺東 Eastern part of Gwandong
Giho Giho Kiho 기호 畿湖 Gyeonggi and Hoseo
Jeju Jeju Cheju 제주 濟州 Jeju Island (part of Honam)

See also edit