Administrative divisions of South Korea

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South Korea is made up of 17 first-tier administrative divisions: 6 metropolitan cities (gwangyeoksi 광역시/廣域市), 1 special city (teukbyeolsi 특별시/特別市), 1 special autonomous city (teukbyeol-jachisi 특별자치시/特別自治市), and 9 provinces (do 도/道), including one special autonomous province (teukbyeol jachido 특별자치도/特別自治道).[1][2] These are further subdivided into a variety of smaller entities, including cities (si 시/市), counties (gun 군/郡), districts (gu 구/區), towns (eup 읍/邑), townships (myeon 면/面), neighborhoods (dong 동/洞) and villages (ri 리/里).[3]

Local government

Official Revised Romanization of Korean spellings are used

Level Group name Type Hangul Hanja RR Romaja No.
(2014)
1 Upper level local autonomy[4]
광역자치단체
廣域自治團體
Province do 8
Special autonomous province 특별 자치도 特別自治道 teukbyeol-jachido 1
Special city 특별시 特別市 teukbyeolsi 1
Metropolitan autonomous city 특별 자치시 特別自治市 teukbyeol-jachisi 1
Metropolitan city 광역시 廣域市 gwangyeoksi 6
2 Lower level local autonomy[4]
기초자치단체
基礎自治團體
City si 60
City (specific) (특정시) (特定市) si (teukjeongsi) 15
County gun 82
District (autonomous) (자치구) (自治區)) gu (jachigu) 69
N/A City (administrative) (행정시) (行政市) si (haengjeongsi) 2
District (non-autonomous) (일반구) (一般區) gu (ilbangu) 35
3 N/A Town eup 216
Township myeon 1198
Neighborhood (legal-status) (법정동) (法定洞) dong (beopjeongdong) 2073
Neighborhood (administrative) (행정동) (行政洞) dong (haengjeongdong)
4 N/A Urban Village tong
Rural Village ri
5 N/A Hamlet ban
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