ISO 3166-2:KR

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ISO 3166-2:KR is the entry for South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions (e.g., provinces or states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.

Currently for South Korea, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 1 special city, 6 metropolitan cities, 7 provinces, 2 special self-governing provinces, and 1 special self-governing city. All of them are province-level subdivisions.

Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is KR, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of South Korea. The second part is two digits:

  • 11: special city
  • 26–31: metropolitan cities
  • 41–48: provinces
  • 49: special self-governing province
  • 50: special self-governing city

Current codes[edit]

Subdivision names are listed as in the ISO 3166-2 standard published by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA).

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Code Subdivision name
(National 2000)
Local variant Subdivision name
(ko) [note 1]
(en) [note 2]
KR-26 Busan-gwangyeoksi Busan 부산시 Busan metropolitan city
KR-43 Chungcheongbuk-do Chungbuk 충청북도 North Chungcheong province
KR-44 Chungcheongnam-do Chungnam 충청남도 South Chungcheong province
KR-27 Daegu-gwangyeoksi Daegu 대구 Daegu metropolitan city
KR-30 Daejeon-gwangyeoksi Daejeon 대전 Daejeon metropolitan city
KR-42 Gangwon-teukbyeoljachido Gangwon 강원특별자치도 Gangwon special self-governing province
KR-29 Gwangju-gwangyeoksi Gwangju 광주광역시 Gwangju metropolitan city
KR-41 Gyeonggi-do Gyeonggi 경기도 Gyeonggi province
KR-47 Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongbuk 경상북도 North Gyeongsang province
KR-48 Gyeongsangnam-do Gyeongnam 경상남도 South Gyeongsang province
KR-28 Incheon-gwangyeoksi Incheon 인천 Incheon metropolitan city
KR-49 Jeju-teukbyeoljachido Jeju 제주도 Jeju special self-governing province
KR-45 Jeollabuk-do Jeonbuk 전북특별자치도 North Jeolla province
KR-46 Jeollanam-do Jeonnam 전라남도 South Jeolla province
KR-50 Sejong 세종 Sejong special self-governing city
KR-11 Seoul-teukbyeolsi Seoul 서울 Seoul special city
KR-31 Ulsan-gwangyeoksi Ulsan 울산시 Ulsan metropolitan city
  1. ^ For reference only, Korean name in Korean script not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.
  2. ^ For reference only, English name not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.


The following changes to the entry have been announced in newsletters by the ISO 3166/MA since the first publication of ISO 3166-2 in 1998:

Newsletter Date issued Description of change in newsletter
Newsletter I-1 2000-06-21 Correction of 1 spelling mistake. Update of the source information

The following changes to the entry are listed on ISO's online catalogue, the Online Browsing Platform:

Effective date of change Short description of change (en)
2023-11-23 Change of category name from province to special self-governing province for KR-42; Update List Source

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