List of districts of Seoul

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The Districts (Gu) of Seoul are the twenty-five gu ("districts"; 구; ) comprising Seoul, South Korea. The gu vary greatly in area (from 10 to 47 km²) and population (from less than 140,000 to 630,000). Songpa is the most populated, while Seocho has the largest area. Gu are similar to London's or New York's boroughs or Tokyo's 23 special wards, and a gu's government handles many of the functions that are handled by city governments in other jurisdictions. This city-like standing is underscored by the fact that each gu has its own legislative council, mayor and sister cities. Each gu is further divided into dong or neighborhoods. Some gu have only a few dong while others (like Jongno-gu) have a very large number of distinct neighborhoods.

List by population and area[edit]

2014 estimate by Seoul Statistics.[1][2][3]

Name Population Area Population density
Dobong-gu (도봉구; ) 355,712 20.70 km² 17184/km²
Dongdaemun-gu (동대문구; ) 376,319 14.21 km² 26483/km²
Dongjak-gu (동작구; ) 419,261 16.35 km² 25643/km²
Eunpyeong-gu (은평구; ) 503,243 29.70 km² 16944/km²
Gangbuk-gu (강북구; ) 338,410 23.60 km² 14339/km²
Gangdong-gu (강동구; ) 481,332 24.59 km² 19574/km²
Gangnam-gu (강남구; ) 583,446 39.50 km² 14771/km²
Gangseo-gu (강서구; 西) 591,653 41.43 km² 14281/km²
Geumcheon-gu (금천구; ) 258,030 13.02 km² 19818/km²
Guro-gu (구로구; ) 457,131 20.12 km² 22720/km²
Gwanak-gu (관악구; ) 531,960 29.57 km² 17990/km²
Gwangjin-gu (광진구; ) 377,375 17.06 km² 22120/km²
Jongno-gu (종로구; ) 165,344 23.91 km² 6915/km²
Jung-gu (중구; ) 136,227 9.96 km² 13677/km²
Jungnang-gu (중랑구; ) 423,411 18.50 km² 22887/km²
Mapo-gu (마포구; ) 395,830 23.84 km² 16604/km²
Nowon-gu (노원구; ) 586,056 35.44 km² 16536/km²
Seocho-gu (서초구; ) 454,288 47.00 km² 9666/km²
Seodaemun-gu (서대문구; 西) 320,861 17.61 km² 18220/km²
Seongbuk-gu (성북구; ) 475,961 24.58 km² 19364/km²
Seongdong-gu (성동구; ) 303,891 16.86 km² 19364/km²
Songpa-gu (송파구; ) 671,794 33.88 km² 19829/km²
Yangcheon-gu (양천구; ) 490,708 17.40 km² 28202/km²
Yeongdeungpo-gu (영등포구; ) 421,436 24.53 km² 17180/km²
Yongsan-gu (용산구; ) 249,914 21.87 km² 11427/km²
Seoul (서울) 10,369,593 605.21 km² 17134/km²

General information[edit]

Name Dong General Information Points of Interest Image Location
Dobong-gu Located in the North-East of the city, Dobong is a largely residential district, which has been part of Seoul since 1963. Located next to its namesake Dobongsan, the district is expected to benefit from urban development projects near Chang-dong station. Seoul subway line4 Chang-dong station platform.jpg Seoul Dobong-gu.svg
Dongdaemun-gu Despite its name (Large East Gate), Dongdaemun district does not include the East gate of Seoul, also known as Dongdaemun (and by its official name Heunginjimun). Incorportated into Seoul in 1936, the heart of the district is Cheongnyangni station, one of the main train stations in Seoul, built in 1911. Korea-Seoul-Gyeongdong Market-01.jpg Seoul Dongdaemun-gu.svg
Dongjak-gu Located just south of the Han river, Dongjak-gu is mostly residential, but also includes the commercial Noryangjin area. The small Seodalsan mountain, where the Seoul National Cemetery is located, is located in the middle of the district. Hangang Railway Bridge, Seoul, Korea.jpg Seoul Dongjak-gu.svg
Eunpyeong-gu Separated administratively from Seodaemun-gu in 1977, Eunpyeong-gu is located just east of the city of Goyang, and despite being part of Seoul, is partly isolated from the rest of the city by a mountain range on its east side. KNR-GyeongEui-line-Susaek-station.jpg Seoul Eunpyeong-gu.svg
Gangbuk-gu Incorporated into Seoul in 1949, Gangbuk-gu is a separate district (from Seongbuk-gu) since 1995. The district is notorious for its proximity with Bukhansan, the tallest mountain near Seoul. The district is mostly residential, although the areas near Miasageori station and Suyu station are very active. 20150427최광모98.JPG Seoul Gangbuk-gu.svg
Gangdong-gu Gangdong Study Center.jpg Seoul Gangdong-gu.svg
Gangnam-gu Seoul COEX Mall.jpg Seoul Gangnam-gu.svg
Gangseo-gu Gangseogu Office Intersection Seoul.jpg Seoul Gangseo-gu.svg
Geumcheon-gu Ingbeolno gate.jpg Seoul Geumcheon-gu.svg
Guro-gu Guro-digitalcomplex.jpg Seoul Guro-gu.svg
Gwanak-gu Incorporated in 1963, and designated as a distinct district in 1973, Gwanak district is mostly residential, and gets its name from the nearby Gwanaksan mountain. Korea's best university, Seoul National University, is located in the district. Seoul National University Station Intersection and Bongcheon-ro Intersection and Gwanak-ro.jpg Seoul Gwanak-gu.svg
Gwangjin-gu Eastern Seoul Bus Terminal.jpg Seoul Gwangjin-gu.svg
Jongno-gu Sejong-ro pedestrian strech.jpg Seoul Jongno-gu.svg
Jung-gu Not subdivided into dongs[citation needed] Seoul-Deoksugung-09.jpg Seoul Jung-gu.svg
Jungnang-gu Jungang Line and Gyeongchun Line 03.JPG Seoul Jungnang-gu.svg
Mapo-gu 공덕로터리 - panoramio.jpg Seoul Mapo-gu.svg
Nowon-gu Located between Mount Buramsan and Mount Suraksan to the East, and the Jungnangcheon stream to the West, Nowon district is mostly a residential district, which is also known for its many universities, including Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Kwangwoon University or Seoul Women's University. Korail seongbuk station.JPG Seoul Nowon-gu.svg
Seocho-gu Seoul's largest district is part of the "greater Gangnam" and is one of the busiest areas in Seoul, especially on the eastern part of the district. Seoul's largest bus terminal, Seoul Express Bus Terminal is located in the affluent Banpo-dong. However, Seocho's southern half is barely populated as it is mostly mountaineous. KangnamSamsung.jpg Seoul Seocho-gu.svg
Seodaemun-gu A heclectic district, center around Mount Ansan. The east part of the district is part of the historic downtown, while the southern part includes the university district of Ehwa University and Yonsei University. The Seodaemun prison and Independence Park are some of the most famous landmarks in Seodaemun. Seoul-Sinchon-01.jpg Seoul Seodaemun-gu.svg
Seongbuk-gu Long-inhabited, Seongbuk district it located just North-East of the city center. The prestigious Korea University is located in the South of the district. While the majority of the district is made up for middle-class residential areas, the district is noted for the gap between the slum-like Bukjeong village, and the expensive residences of Seongbuk-dong. Seoul Seongbuk-gu Office.JPG Seoul Seongbuk-gu.svg
Seongdong-gu A diverse district located just East of the historical city center, Seongdong is mostly a middle-class residential neighborhood. At its center is Wangsimni Station a major subway and train station. On the southern end of the district is located Seoul Forest and the nearby Seongsu-dong, an historically manufacturing neighborhood which is currently being gentrified. SMRT Cheonhodaero.jpg Seoul Seongdong-gu.svg
Songpa-gu The Songpa district, mostly developed during the 1980s, is today the most populated in Seoul. Famous for its sprawling apartment complexes, it hosted most of the competitions during the 1988 Summer Olympics at the Seoul Sports Complex and the Olympic Park. Lotte World Tower, the world's fifrth tallest building, is located in the Jamsil neighborhood of the district. Seoul-Olympic.Park-02.jpg Seoul Songpa-gu.svg
Yangcheon-gu Located South of the Han River and on the Western part of time, Yangcheon is a mostly residential district, and is amongst the smallest in Seoul. The Mokdong area is famous for its expensive apartment complexes and private educational institutions, as well as its sports complex. Mokdong Yangcheon-gu.JPG Seoul Yangcheon-gu.svg
Yeongdeungpo-gu Located in the South-West part of the city, Yeongdeungpo is home to a large Chinese community. Yeouido, a large island which is home to the National Assembly of Korea and to the city's financial district and many of its tallest skyscrapers, is also part of Yeongdeungpo. IFC Seoul.jpg Seoul Yeongdeungpo-gu.svg
Yongsan-gu Geographically located in the center of Seoul, Yongsan is known for Mount Namsan, and the Yongsan Garrison. A cosmopolitan district, it includes Itaewon and the Ichon Japanese Village. Yongsan Station, a major train station, is also located in the district. Seoul Yongsan-gu.svg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Area and Number of Administrative Units". Seoul Statistics. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Administrative areas". Seoul Statistics. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Seoul Metropolitan City". Retrieved October 13, 2015.