List of Korean placename etymologies

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Most Korean place names derive either from the Korean language and its predecessors on the Korean peninsula, or from Chinese.

Geographical generics[edit]

commonly found in Korean place names:

Romanized Hangul Hanja Meaning
Name Elements
cheon river
san mountain
ju province
City Names
Busan 부산 釜山
Daejeon 대전 大田 Big rice-field
Gangneung 강릉시 江陵 River – hill
Gongju 공주시 公州 Public province
Gwangju 광주시 光州 Bright province

Place names[edit]