North Hamgyeong Province (Republic of Korea)

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This article is about the ROK's claimed province which it does not control. For an administrative division of the DPRK, see North Hamgyong Province.
North Hamgyeong Province
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul 함경북도
 • Hanja 咸鏡北道
 • Revised Romanization Hamgyeongbuk-do
Flag of North Hamgyeong Province
Location of North Hamgyeong Province
Country Republic of Korea (claimed)
Capital Cheongjin
Subdivisions 3 cities; 11 counties
 • Governor Park Ki-jeong
 • Total 20,345 km2 (7,855 sq mi)

"North Hamgyeong Province" or "Hamgyeongbuk-do" (Korean pronunciation: [hamɡjʌŋ bukt͈o]) is, according to South Korean law, a province of the Republic of Korea, as the South Korean government formally claims to be the legitimate government of whole of Korea. In reality, the area constituting the province is under the effective jurisdiction of North Korea.

As South Korea does not recognize changes in administrative divisions made by North Korea, official maps of the South Korean government shows North Hamgyeong Province in its pre-1945 borders. The area corresponds to North Korea's North Hamgyong Province, Rason Special City and part of Ryanggang Province.

To symbolize its claims, the South Korean government established The Committee for the Five Northern Korean Provinces as an administrative body for the five northern provinces. A governor for North Hamgyeong Province is appointed by the President of South Korea.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Hamgyeongbuk-do is divided into 3 cities (si) and 11 counties (gun).



  • Gyeongseong (경성, 鏡城) (administrative center at Gyeongseong-myeon)
    • 2 eup : Jueul, Eodaejin
    • 4 myeon : Gyeongseong, Eorang, Jubuk, Junam
  • Myeongcheon (명천, 明川) (administrative center at Sangwubuk-myeon)
    • 10 myeon : Sangwubuk, Dong, Sangga, Sanggo, Sangwunam, Seo, Agan, Haga, Hago, Hawu
  • Gilju (길주, 吉州)
    • 1 eup : Gilju
    • 5 myeon : Deoksan, Donghae, Yangsa, Ungpyeong, Jangbaek
  • Hakseong (학성, 鶴城) (administrative center at Seongjin)
    • 5 myeon : Hakseo, Hakdong, Hakjung, Haknam, Haksang
  • Buryeong (부령, 富寧)
    • 8 myeon : Buryeong, Gwanhae, Bugeo, Samhae, Seosang, Seokmak, Yeoncheon, Cheongam
  • Musan (무산, 茂山)
    • 1 eup : Musan
    • 9 myeon : Dong, Samjang, Samsa, Seoha, Eoha, Yeonsa, Yeonsang, Yeongbuk, Punggye
  • Hoeryeong (회령, 會寧)
    • 1 eup : Hoeryeong
    • 6 myeon : Byeokseong, Boeul, Yongheung, Changdu, Paleul, Hwapyeong
  • Jongseong (종성, 鍾城)
    • 6 myeon : Jongseong, Namsan, Yonggye, Punggok, Haengyeong, Hwabang
  • Onseong (온성, 穩城)
    • 6 myeon : Onseong, Namyang, Mipo, Yeongwa, Yeongchung, Hunyung
  • Gyeongwon (경원, 慶源)
    • 6 myeon : Gyeongwon, Dongwon, Asan, Annong, Yongdeok, Yudeok
  • Gyeongheung (경흥, 慶興) (administrative center at Unggi-eup)
    • 2 eup : Unggi, Aoji
    • 3 myeon : Gyeonghung, Punghae, Noseo

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