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Local Governments

Local Governments

The Constitution of the Republic of Korea states in Article 117 that "local governments deal with matters pertaining to the welfare of local residents, manage properties and may, within the limit of laws, enact provisions relating to local autonomy regulations."

Local government heads manage and supervise administrative affairs except as otherwise provided by law. The local executive functions include those delegated by the central government such as the management of public properties and facilities and assessment and collection of local taxes and fees for various services.

Higher-level local governments basically serve as intermediaries between the central and lower-level local governments.

Lower-level local governments deliver services to the residents through an administrative district (eup, myeon, and dong) system. Each lower-level local government has several districts which serve as field offices for handling the needs of their residents. Eup, myeon, and dong offices are engaged mainly in routine administrative and social service functions.

Local Government

Metropolitan Governments

Seoul

Seoul
Office Location: Sejong-daero, Jung-gu
Population: 10.20 million
Area: 605 km²
www.seoul.go.kr

Incheon

Incheon
Office Location: Jeonggak-ro, Namdong-gu
Population: 2.84 million
Area: 1,041 km²
www.incheon.go.kr

Daejeon

Daejeon
Office Location: Dunsan-ro, Seo-gu
Population: 1.52 million
Area: 540 km²
www.daejeon.go.kr

Gwangju

Gwangju
Office Location: Naebang-ro, Seo-gu
Population: 1.47 million
Area: 501 km²
www.gwangju.go.kr

Daegu

Daegu
Office Location : Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu
Population : 2.51 million
Area : 884 km²
www.daegu.go.kr

Ulsan

Ulsan
Office Location: Jungang-ro, Nam-gu
Population : 1.15 million
Area : 1,060 km²
www.ulsan.go.kr

Busan

Busan
Office Location : Jungang-daero, Yeonje-gu
Population: 3.54 million
Area : 770 km²
www.busan.go.kr

Sejong-si

Sejong Special Self-Governing City
Office Location : Guncheong-ro, Jochiwon-eup
Population: 0.11 million
Area : 465 km²
www.sejong.go.kr

Provincial Governments

Gyeonggi-do

Gyeonggi-do
Office Location : Suwon
Population: 12.10 million
Area : 10,171 km²
www.gg.go.kr

Gangwon-do

Gangwon-do
Office Location : Chuncheon
Population : 1.54 million
Area : 16,874 km²
www.provin.gangwon.kr

Chungcheongnam-do

Chungcheongnam-do
Office Location : Daejeon
Population : 2.10 million
Area : 8,204 km²
www.chungnam.net

Chungcheongbuk-do

Chungcheongbuk-do
Office Location : Cheongju
Population : 1.57 million
Area : 7,406 km²
www.cb21.net

Jeollabuk-do

Jeollabuk-do
Office Location : Jeonju
Population : 1.91 million
Area: 8,067 km²
www.jeonbuk.go.kr

Jeollanam-do

Jeollanam-do
Office Location : Muan-gun
Population : 1.91 million
Area : 12,267 km²
www.jeonnam.go.kr

Gyeongsangbuk-do

Gyeongsangbuk-do
Office Location : Daegu
Population : 2.70 million
Area : 19,029 km²
www.gyeongbuk.go.kr

Gyeongsangnam-do

Gyeongsangnam-do
Office Location : Changwon
Population : 3.32 million
Area : 10,535 km²
www.gsnd.net

Jeju Special Self-Governing

Jeju Special Self-Governing
Office Location : Jeju City
Population : 0.58 million
Area: 1,849 km²
www.jeju.go.kr

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