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South Hamgyong Province

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South Hamgyong Province

South Hamgyong Province
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul 함경남도
 • Hanja 咸鏡南道
 • McCune‑Reischauer Hamgyŏngnam-do
 • Revised Romanization Hamgyeongnam-do
Location of South Hamgyong Province
Country North Korea
Region Kwannam
Capital Hamhung
Subdivisions 3 cities; 15 counties
 • Total 18,970 km2 (7,320 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 3,066,013
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Dialect Hamgyong

South Hamgyong Province (Hamgyŏngnamdo) is a province of North Korea. The province was formed in 1896 from the southern half of the former Hamgyŏng Province, remained a province of Korea until 1945, then became a province of North Korea. Its capital is Hamhung.


  • Geography 1
  • Administrative divisions 2
    • Cities 2.1
    • Districts 2.2
    • Counties 2.3
  • References 3


The province is bordered by Ryanggang to the north, North Hamgyong to the northeast, Kangwon to the south, and South Pyongan to the west. On the east of the province is the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea). South Hamgyong is also home to Yodok prison camp.

Administrative divisions

South Hamgyong is divided into 3 cities ("si"), 2 districts (1 "gu" and 1 "chigu"), and 15 counties ("gun").[2] These are further divided into villages (ri and dong, with dong also denoting neighborhoods in cities), with each county additionally having one town (up) which acts as its administrative center. These are detailed on each county’s individual page. Some cities are also divided into wards known as "guyok", which are administered just below the city level and also listed on the individual page.



  • Sudong-gu
  • Kumho-chigu


  • Hongwon County
  • Kowon County
  • Kumya County
  • Pujon County
  • Pukchong County
  • Ragwon County
  • Riwon County
  • Sinhung County


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