Hamgyong Province

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Hamgyŏng Province
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul 함경
 • Hanja 咸鏡
 • Revised Romanization Hamgyeong-do
 • McCune–Reischauer Hamgyŏng-do
Hamgyong Province of Late Joseon Dynasty.png
Country Korea
Region Kwanbuk (north), Kwannam (south)
Capital Hamhŭng
 • Type Province
Dialect Hamgyŏng

Hamgyong Province (Korean pronunciation: [ham.ɡjʌŋ.do]) was one of the Eight Provinces of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty. Hamgyŏng was located in the northeast of Korea. The provincial capital was Hamhŭng.


The province was first established as Yonggil (Korean: 영길, , Yŏnggil) in 1413. It was renamed Hamgil (함길, ) three years later. In 1470, it was renamed Yongan (영안, , Yŏngan). In 1509, it was renamed Hamgyong after its two principal cities, Hamhung (함흥, 咸興, Hamhŭng, "Complete Success") and Kyongsong (경성, 鏡城, Kyŏngsŏng, "Mirror," "Clear," or "Perceptive City").

In the 18th century, this was transcribed via Chinese as Kyen-king and glossed as meaning "the Happy".[1] In the 19th century, it was transcribed as Ham-kieng.[2]

Within Korea, the province was also referred to by the regional name Kwanbuk ("North of the Ridge"). On occasion, the southern half of the province was included in "Kwannam", with "Kwanbuk" referring only to the northern half.


Korea's northeastern frontier was first organized into the province of Yonggil in 1413.

In 1895, the province was replaced by the districts (, , bu) of Kyongsong in the northeast, Kapsan (갑산, 甲山) in the northwest, and Hamhŭng in the south.

In 1896, Kyŏngsŏng District was reorganized into North Hamgyŏng Province, and Kapsan and Hamhŭng Districts were reorganized into South Hamgyŏng Province. These divisions continue in present-day North Korea.


Hamgyŏng was bounded on the west by P'yŏngan, on the south by Hwanghae and Kangwŏn, on the east by the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea), and on the north by China and Russia.

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  1. ^ Regis (1747), p. 320.
  2. ^ EB (1878), p. 391.


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