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Administrative Divisions of
South Korea


Provinces Chungcheongbuk - Chungcheongnam - Gangwon - Gyeonggi - Gyeongsangbuk - Gyeongsangnam - Jeollabuk - Jeollanam - Special Autonomous Province Jeju (Cheju) - Metropolitan Cities Busan (Pusan) - Daegu (Taegu) - Incheon - Gwangju (Kwangju) - Daejon (Taejon) - Ulsan - Special Autonomous City Sejong - Special City Seoul -


Note: The Republic of Korea is divided into 8 provinces (do) and 1 special autonomous province (teukbyeol jachido), 6 metropolitan cities (gwangyeoksi), which have provincial status, the special city (teukbyeolsi) of Seoul and (from 1 Jul 2012) the special self-governing city (teukbyeol jachisi) of Sejong. Elected governments were instituted in 1948.

Party abbreviations: BD = Baleunmilaedang (Righteous Future Party, reformist, est.13 Feb 2018); DMD = Deobureominjudang (Democratic Party of Korea, center-left, social liberal, former NPAD, est.27 Jan 2016); JG = Jayuhan Gukdang (Liberty Korea Party, conservative, former SP, est.13 Feb 2017); JS = Jayu Seonjin Dang (Liberty Forward Party, conservative, est.2008); MD = Minju Dang (Democratic Party, liberal, former SMD, 2011-2013 Democratic United Party, est.2005); Ind = Independent; Mil = Military; 
- Former parties:
DJP = Minju Jeonguidang (Democratic Justice Party, conservative, nationalist, 1980-9 Feb 1990 merged into MDD); DP = Minjudang (Democratic Party, opposition to Syngman Ree and LP, 1948-1951, 1955-1961); DPR = Tongil Minju Dang (Reunification Democratic Party, 1981-9 Feb 1990, merged into MDD); DRP = Minju Gonghwadong (Democratic Republican Party, authoritarian, conservative, nationalist, 1963-1980); HD = Hannara Dang (Grand National Party, conservative, 1995-2012, renamed SP); JMY = Jayu Minju Yonmaeng (United Liberal Democrats, conservative, nationalist, 30 Mar 1995-7 Apr 2006, merged into HD); LP = Minjudang (Liberal Party, conservative, pro-Syngman Ree, 1951-1970); MDD = Minju Chayudang (Democratic Liberal Party, merger of DJP, DPR and RDNP; 9 Feb 1990-Dec 1995, became SHD); NPAD = Saejeongchi minju yeonhap (New Politics Alliance for Democracy, center-left, social liberal, 26 Mar 2014-27 Jan 2016, renamed DMD); RDNP = Shin Minju Gonghwadong (New Democratic Republican Party, conservative, former DRP, 1987 - 9 Feb 1990, merged into MDD); SD = Shinmindang (New Democratic Party, liberal, 1961, 1967-1980, 1991); SHD = Sin Han-gukdang (New Korea Party, center-right, liberal conservative, nationalist, 1995-1997, later part of HD); SJKH = Sae Jungchi Kukmin Hoiee (National Congress for New Politics, personalist, centrist, 11 Sep 1995 - 20 Jan 2000, merged into MD); SMD = Saecheonnyeon Minju-dang (Millennium Democratic Party [in Korean, called simply Democratic Party], center-left, 20 Jan 2000-2005, formerly SJKH, renamed MD); SP = Saenuri Dang (New Frontier Party, conservative, former HD, 2 Feb 2012-13 Feb 2017, renamed JG); UD = Yeollin Uri-dang (Our Open Party, liberal, split from SMD, 2003-18 Aug 2007, merged into MD)


Provinces

Chungcheongbuk  (North Chungcheong)

Former
                      flag Chungchongbuk-do, South Korea                          Former Flag
[Chungchongbuk-do, South Korea]                 

Governors
15 Aug 1948 27 Jan 1949  Yeon Son Ha
28 Jan 1948 - 25 Jul 1951  Lee Gwang
26 Jul 1951 16 Sep 1952  Lee Myeong Gu
17 Sep 1952 23 Nov 1953  Jeong Hyeon Mo                    (b. 1901 - d. 1965)
10 Dec 1953 29 Aug 1955  Jeong Nak Hun
 2 Sep 1955 29 Jul 1958  Kim Hak Eung                     
(b. 1899 - d. 19..)
29 Jul 1958 30 Apr 1960  Jeon In Taek                      (b. 1907 - d. ....)
12 May 1960   7 Oct 1960  Hwang Jong Ryul                   (b. 1909 - d. 1972)
 7 Oct 1960 24 May 1961  Jo Dae Yeon                       (b. 1888 - d. 19..)  DP
24 May 1961 - 14 Mar 1962  Go Gwang Do
14 Mar 1962 17 Dec 1963  Choe Se In
19 Dec 1963 30 Mar 1966  Sin Myeong Sun
31 Mar 1966 13 May 1969  Kim Hyo Yeong                     (b. 1923 - d. 2006)
13 May 1969 11 Jun 1971  Jeon Hea Sik
12 Jun 1971 26 Sep 1973  Tea Jong Hak                      (b. 1992 - d. 1997)  Ind
26 Sep 1973 11 Oct 1976  O Yong Un
12 Oct 1976 17 Jan 1980  Jeong Jong Taek                   (b. 1935)
17 Jan 1980   9 Sep 1980  Kim Jong Ho                       (b. 1935 - d. 2018)
 9 Sep 1980 - 14 Oct 1983  Im Seong Jea
14 Oct 1983 -  8 Jan 1986  Kang U Hyeok                      (b. 1938)
 8 Jan 1986 - 19 May 1988  No Geon Il                        (b. 1940)
19 May 1988 -  9 Mar 1990  Ming Tea Gu                       (b. 1934 - d. 2011)
14 Mar 1990 - 19 Sep 1990  Ju Beong Deok (1st time)          (b. 1936)
19 Sep 1990 - 30 Mar 1992  Lee Dong Ho
31 Mar 1992 -  4 Mar 1993  Lee Won Jong (1st time)           (b. 1942)
 4 Mar 1993 - 23 Sep 1994  Kim Deok Yeong                    (b. 1948)
23 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Heo Tae Yeol                      (b. 1945)            HD
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1998  Ju Beong Deok (2nd time)          (s.a.)               JMY
 1 Jul 1998 - 30 Jun 2006  Lee Won Jong (2nd time)           (s.a.)               JMY; 2002:HD
 1 Jul 2006 30 Jun 2010  Chung Woo Taik                    (b. 1953)            HD
 1 Jul 2010 -              Lee Si Jong                       (b. 1947)        MD;2014 NPAD;2016
DMD


Chungcheongnam  (South Chungcheong)

Former
                      flag Chungchongnam-do, South Korea                            Former Flag
[Chungchongnam-do, South Korea]                 

Governors
21 Dec 1947 - 17 Dec 1951  Lee Yeong Jin
17 Dec 1951 - 29 Aug 1952  Jin Heon Sik                      (b. 1902 - d. 1980)
 9 Sep 1952 - 27 Sep 1954  Seong Nak Seo                     (b. 1905 - d. 1988)
27 Sep 1954 - 24 Sep 1956  Lee Gi Se (1st time)              (b. 1903 - d. 1990)
24 Sep 1956 - 14 Jun 1958  Min Byeong                        (b. 1901 - d. 1973)
29 Jul 1958 - 30 Apr 1960  Kim Hak Eung                      (b. 1899 - d. 19..)
 2 May 1960 -  7 Oct 1960  Kim Hong Sik                      (b. 1909 - d. 1974)
 7 Oct 1960 - 30 Dec 1960  Kim Yang Hyeon
 5 Jan 1961 - 24 May 1961  Lee Gi Se (2nd time)              (s.a.)               SD
24 May 1961 - 17 Dec 1963  Yun Tae Ho
19 Dec 1963 - 19 Mar 1966  No Myeong Woo
19 Mar 1966 - 10 Oct 1967  Kim Ui Chang
10 Oct 1967 - 12 Jun 1971  Kim Yun Hwan  
12 Jun 1971 - 20 Oct 1973  Min Yu Dong                       (b. 1923 - d. 1995)
20 Oct 1973 - 10 Dec 1973  Jeong Suk Mo (1st time)           (b. 1929 - d. 2009)
10 Dec 1973 -  2 Sep 1974  Kim Su Hak                        (b. 1927 - d. 2011)
 2 Sep 1974 - 12 Jan 1976  Seo Jeong Hwa                     (b. 1933)
12 Jan 1976 - 11 Sep 1978  Jeong Suk Mo (2nd time)           (s.a.)
11 Sep 1978 - 27 Apr 1980  Son Soo Ik  
28 Apr 1980 -  4 Jan 1982  Lee Gye Wan
 5 Jan 1982 - 27 Mar 1984  Yu Heung Soo                      (b. 1937)
28 Mar 1984 -  4 Jan 1987  An Eung Mo                        (b. 1930)
 4 Jan 1987 - 19 May 1988  Han Yang Soo
20 May 1988 - 27 Dec 1990  Shim Dae Pyeong (1st time)        (b. 1941)
28 Dec 1990 -  8 Jan 1992  Han Cheong Soo
 9 Jan 1992 - 17 Sep 1992  Lee Jong Guk
18 Sep 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  Hong Seon Gi                      (b. 1936)
 4 Mar 1993 - 27 Dec 1993  Lee Dong Woo
28 Dec 1993 - 11 Apr 1994  Park Tae Gwon
16 Apr 1994 - 29 Mar 1995  Park Joong Bae
30 Mar 1995 - 30 Jun 1995  Kim Han Gon
 1 Jul 1995 - 24 Mar 2006  Shim Dae Pyeong (2nd time)        (s.a.)               JMY
24 Mar 2006 - 30 Jun 2006  Yu Deog Jun (acting)
 1 Jul 2006 -  4 Dec 2009  Lee Wan Goo                       (b. 1950)            HD
 4 Dec 2009 - 30 Jun 2010  Lee In Hwa  (acting)
 1 Jul 2010 -  6 Mar 2018  Ahn Hee Jung                      (b. 1965)      MD;2014 NPAD
;2016 DMD
 7 Mar 2018 -             
Nam Gung Yeong (acting)           (b. 1962)            Ind


Gangwon (Kangwon)

Former
                      flag Kangwon-Do, South Korea                           Former Flag
[Kangwon-Do, South Korea]                 

Governors
18 Oct 1948 - 23 Feb 1949  Lee Jong Hyeon                    (b. 1902 - d. 1959)
23 Feb 1949 - 17 Jun 1949  Gang Chi Bong (acting)
17 Jun 1949 - 15 Nov 1949  Yang Seong Bong

17 Nov 1949 - 15 Jul 1954  
Choi Gyuok                        (b. 1901 - d. 1978)
16 Jul 1954 - 25 May 1956 
Choi Heon Gil                     (b. 1901 - d. 1982)
26 May 1956 - 26 Jul 1958  
Kim Jang Heung
26 Jul 1958 -  2 Sep 1958  Kim Dong Seon (acting)
 2 Sep 1958 - 12 May 1959  
Seo Jeong Hak
13 May 1959 - 30 Apr 1960  
Hong Chang Seop                   (b. 1905 - d. 2001)
 1 May 1960 - 30 Jun 1960  
Sim Sang Dae                      (b. 1908 - d. 1980)
 1 Jul 1960 -  7 Oct 1960  
Yu Gi Jun
 7 Oct 1960 -  3 Dec 1960  
Lee Chang Geun                    (b. 1911 - d. 2003)
29 Dec 1960 - 24 May 1961  
Park Yeong Rok                    (b. 1922)            DP
24 May 1961 - 25 Aug 1961  
Lee Gyu Sam
25 Aug 1961 - 16 Dec 1963  
Lee Yong                          (b. 1923)
16 Dec 1963 - 19 Dec 1963  Kim Hyo Yeong (acting)
19 Dec 1963 - 17 Feb 1969  
Park Gyeong Won                   (b. 1923 - d. 2008)
17 Feb 1969 - 12 Jun 1971  
Eom Byeong Gil
12 Jun 1971 - 12 Dec 1971  
Jeong Sang Cheon                  (b. 1931 - d. 2015)
13 Dec 1971 - 15 Jan 1973 
Choi Jong Won                     (b. 1927 - d. 2001)
16 Jan 1973 - 20 Oct 1973  Jeong Seok Mo                     (b. 1929 - d. 2009)
20 Oct 1973 - 15 Feb 1978  
Park Jong Seong   
15 Feb 1978 - 15 Dec 1978  
Kim Mu Yeon
26 Dec 1978 -  7 Apr 1981 
Kim Seong Bae
 7 Apr 1981 - 20 May 1982 
Park Jong Mun                     (b. 1932)
20 May 1982 - 25 May 1982  Han Seok Yong (1st time) (acting) (b. 1936 - d. 2015)
25 May 1982 - 10 Oct 1984  
Kim Hyeong Bae                    (b. 1932)
10 Oct 1984 - 21 Feb 1985  
Kim Ju Ho                         (b. 1933 - d. 2014)
21 Feb 1985 - 19 May 1988  
Kim Yeong Jin                     (b. 1940)
20 May 1988 - 27 Dec 1990  Lee Sang Yong
28 Dec 1990 -  3 Mar 1993  Han Seok Yong (2nd time)          (s.a.)
30
Mar 1993 - 27 Dec 1993  Ham Jong Han                      (b. 1944)            MDD
28 Dec 1993 - 29 Mar 1995  Lee Sang Ryong
30 Mar 1995 - 30 Jun 1995  An Gyeong Jin
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1998  Choi Gak Gyu                      (b. 1933)            JMY            
 1 Jul 1998 - 30 Jun 2010  Kim Jin Sun                       (b. 1946)            HD
 1 Jul 2010 -  3 Sep 2010  Kang Ki Chang (1st time)(acting)  (b. 1955)
 3 Sep 2010 - 27 Jan 2011  Lee Kwang Jae                     (b. 1965)            MD
28 Jan 2011 - 27 Apr 2011  Kang Ki Chang (2nd time)(acting)  (s.a.)
28 Apr 2011 -              Choi Moon Soon                    (b. 1956)      MD;2014 NPAD;2016 DMD



Gyeonggi

Former
                      flag Kyonggi-Do, South Korea                            Former Flag
[Kyonggi-Do, South Korea]                 


Governors
15 Feb 1946 - Jul 1950     Guh Ja Ock                        (b. 1887 - d. 1950)
Jul 1950 - 12 Oct 1950     Choi Eung Bok (acting)
13 Oct 1950 - 11 Sep 1952  
Lee Hae Ik                        (b. 1905 - d. 1984)
12 Sep 1952 - 22 Nov 1953  
Kim Young Ki                      (b. 1905 - d. 1989)
23 Nov 1953 - 21 May 1956  
Lee Ik Heung                      (b. 1905 - d. 1993)
26 May 1956 - 30 Apr 1960  Choi Heon Gil                     (b. 1901 - d. 1982)
12 May 1960 -  7 Oct 1960  
Choi Moon Kyoung                  (b. 1905 - d. ....)
 7 Oct 1960 - 28 Dec 1960  
Yoon Won Sun                      (b. 1910 - d. 1971)
29 Dec 1960 - 24 May 1961 
Shin Kwang Gyun                   (b. 1896 - d. 1974)   DP
24 May 1961 - 16 Dec 1963  Pack Chang Won
19 Dec 1963 -  8 Jul 1964 
Lee Heung Bae                     (b. 1908 - d. 1994)
 8 Jul 1964 -  4 Sep 1968  
Pack Tae Won
 4 Sep 1968 - 12 Jun 1971  
Nam Bong Gin
12 Jun 1971 - 30 Jun 1972  
Kim Tae Kyeong
30 Jun 1972 - 15 Jan 1973  
Son Su Ik
16 Jan 1973 - 12 Oct 1976
 Jo Byeong Kyu                     (b. 1923 - d. 2004)
12 Oct 1976 - 16 Jan 1980  
Son Jae Sik
17 Jan 1980 -  2 Sep 1980  
Kim Ju Nam                        (b. 1931 - d. 2009)
 3 Sep 1980 -  8 Sep 1980  Chae Jae Young (acting)
 9 Sep 1980 - 14 Oct 1983  
Youm Bo Hyeon                     (b. 1932)
15 Oct 1983 -  9 Oct 1984  Kim Tae Ho                        (b. 1935 - d. 2002)
10 Oct 1984 -  8 Jan 1986  
Lee Hae Gu                        (b. 1937)
 9 Jan 1986 - 29 Dec 1987  
Kim Young Lae    
30 Dec 1987 - 20 Jan 1990  
Lim Sa Bin
21 Jun 1990 - 20 Apr 1992 
Lee Jae Chang                     (b. 1936)
21 Apr 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  
Shim Jae Hong                     (b. 1933)
 4 Mar 1994 -  6 Mar 1994  
Yoon Se Dal
 7 Mar 1994 - 25 Dec 1994 
Lim Kyeong Ho
26 Dec 1994 - 20 Feb 1995  Kim Yong Sun
21 Feb 1995 - 30 Jun 1995  Lee Hae Jae

 1 Jul 1995 - 18 Sep 1997  Lee In Je
                         (b. 1948)            MDD
19 Sep 1997 - 30 Jun 1998  Lim Su Bok (acting)
 1 Jul 1998 -
29 Jun 2002  Lim Chang Ryol                    (b. 1944)            SJKH;2000 SMD
 1 Aug 1999 - 17 Oct 1999  Gwon Ho Jang (acting for Lim)     (b. 1944 - d. 2000)
 1 Jul 2002 - 30 Jun 2006  Sohn Hak Kyu                      (b. 1947)            HD
 3 Jul 2006 - 30 Jun 2014  Kim Moon Soo                      (b. 1951)            HD
 1 Jul 2014 -              Nam Kyung Pil                     (b. 1965)            SP;2017 JG



Gyeongsangbuk (North Gyeongsang)

Former
                      flag Kyongsangbuk-do, South Korea                           Former Flag
[Kyongsangbuk-do, South Koreaa]                 

Governors
18 Oct 1948 - 23 Jan 1950  Jeong Hyeon Mo                    (b. 1901 - d. 1965)
24 Jan 1950 - 28 Jun 1951  
Jo Jae Cheon                      (b. 1912 - d. 1970)
29 Jun 1951 - 24 Feb 1955  
Shin Hyeon Don                    (b. 1903 - d. 1965)
25 Feb 1955 - 26 Sep 1957  
Lee Geun Sik                      (b. 1903 - d. 1964)
27 Sep 1957 - 12 May 1959  
Song Gwan Soo                     (b. 1907?)
13 May 1959 - 30 Apr 1960  Oh Im Geun
 2 May 1960 -  6 Oct 1960  
Jo Jun Yeong
 7 Oct 1960 - 23 May 1961  
Lee Ho Geun                       (b. 1915)            DP
24 May 1961 - 18 Dec 1963  
Park Gyeong Won      
19 Dec 1963 -  9 Oct 1967 
Kim In
10 Oct 1967 - 15 Apr 1970  
Yang Tak Sik                      (b. 1924 - d. 2012)
16 Apr 1970 - 11 Jun 1971  
Kim Deok Yeop
12 Jun 1971 -  1 Sep 1974  
Gu Ja Chun                        (b. 1932 - d. 1996)
 2 Sep 1974 - 25 Dec 1978  
Kim Su Hak                        (b. 1927 - d. 2011)
26 Dec 1978 -  7 Apr 1981  
Kim Mu Yeon
 8 Apr 1981 -  2 May 1982  
Kim Seong Bae
 3 May 1982 - 20 Feb 1985  
Jeong Chae Jin                    (b. 1932 - d. 2008)
21 Feb 1985 -  8 Jan 1986 
Lee Sang Hui                      (b. 1932)
 9 Jan 1986 - 19 May 1988  
Lee Sang Bae
20 May 1988 - 20 Jun 1990  
Kim Sang Jo
21 Jun 1990 -  8 Jan 1992  
Kim U Hyeon
 9 Jan 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  
Lee Pan Seok        
 4 Mar 1993 - 27 Dec 1993  Lee Eui Geun (1st time)           (b. 1938 - d. 2009)  MDD
28 Dec 1993 - 21 Oct 1994  Woo Myeong Gyu                
22 Oct 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Sim U Yeong
                       (b. 1940)
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 2006  Lee Eui Geun (2nd time)           (s.a.)               HD
 1 Jul 2006 -              Kim Kwan Yong                     (b. 1942
)            HD;2012 SP;2017 JG


Gyeongsangnam (South Gyeongsang)

Former
                      flag Kyongsangnam-do, South Korea                           Former Flag
[Kyongsangnam-do, South Korea]                 

Governors
23 Jan 1946 - 20 Dec 1943  Kim Byeong Gyu
 7 Jan 1947 - 17 Oct 1948  
Kim Cheol Soo
18 Oct 1948 - 14 Nov 1949  
Mun Shi Hwan                      (b. 1897 - d. 1973)
15 Nov 1949 -  7 Oct 1953  
Yang Seong Bong
21 Oct 1953 - 14 Feb 1957  
Lee Sang Yong
 1 Mar 1957 - 23 Nov 1959  
Kim Gyu Jin
24 Nov 1959 - 30 Apr 1960  
Sin Do Seong                      (b. 1918 - d. 1999)
 2 May 1960 -  6 Oct 1960  
Lee Gi Ju (1st time)
 7 Oct 1960 - 28 Dec 1960  
Jeong Jong Cheol
29 Dec 1960 - 23 May 1961  
Lee Gi Ju (2nd time)                                    SD
24 May 1961 - 24 Aug 1961  
Choi Gap Jung
25 Aug 1961 - 16 Dec 1963
 Yang Chan Woo                     (b. 1926 - d. 2011)
19 Dec 1963 - 20 May 1968  Lee Gye
21 May 1968 - 12 May 1969  Lee Gi Su
13 May 1969 - 11 Jun 1971  
Kim Hyo Yeong                     (b. 1923 - d. 2006)
12 Jun 1971 -  4 Feb 1974  
Jeong Hae Sik
 5 Feb 1974 - 11 Oct 1976  
Gang Yeong
12 Oct 1976 - 23 Dec 1978  
Jo Byeong                         (b. 1923 - d. 2004)
26 Dec 1978 -  9 Jul 1980  
Kim Seong                         (b. 1922 - d. 2014)
10 Jul 1980 - 17 Jul 1980  Lee Nam Doo (acting)
18 Jul 1980 - 24 May 1982  
Choi Jong Ho
25 May 1982 - 20 Feb 1985  
Lee Gyu Hyo                       (b. 1933)      
21 Feb 1985 - 28 Aug 1986  
Kim Ju Ho                         (b. 1933 - d. 2014)
29 Aug 1986 - 12 Dec 1988  
Jo Ik Lae      
13 Dec 1988 - 27 Dec 1990  Choi Il Hong
28 Dec 1990 -  3 Mar 1993  Kim Won Seok
 4 Mar 1993 - 27 Dec 1993  Yun Han Do                        (b. 1937)
28 Dec 1993 - 29 Mar 1995
 Kim Hyeok Gyu (1st time)          (b. 1939)
30 Mar 1995 - 30 Jun 1995  An Myeong Pil
 1 Jul 1995 - 14 Dec 2003  Kim Hyeok Gyu (2nd time)          (s.a.)               SHD;1997 HD
15 Dec 2003 -  3 May 2004  Jang In Tae (acting)              (b. 1951)
 4 May 2004 -  5 Jun 2004  Kim Chae Yong (acting)            (b. 1949)
 6 Jun 2004 - 30 Jun 2010  Kim Tae Ho                        (b. 1962)            HD
 1 Jul 2010 -  6 Jul 2012  Kim Doo Kwan                      (b. 1959)            Ind;2011 MD
 7 Jul 2012 - 19 Dec 2012  Lim Chae Ho (acting)
20 Dec 2012 -  9 Apr 2017  Hong Joon Pyo                     (b. 1954)            SP;2017 JG
10 Apr 2017 - 16 Aug 2017  Ryu Soon Hyun (acting)
17 Aug 2017 -              Han Kyung Ho (acting)             (b. 1963)



Jeollabuk (North Jeolla)

Former
                      flag Chollabuk-do, South Korea                            Former Flag
[Chollabuk-do, South Korea]                 

Governors
10 Sep 1948 - 16 Aug 1949  Shin Hyeon Don                    (b. 1903 - d. 1965)
17 Aug 1949 - 14 Dec 1949  Chang Hyeon Sik
15 Dec 1949 -  5 Oct 1951  Kim Ga Jeon
29 Oct 1951 - 16 Sep 1952  Lee Seong Deuk                    (b. 1899 - d. 1985)
17 Sep 1952 -  1 Sep 1955  Lee Yo Han
 2 Sep 1955 - 23 Sep 1956  Shin Yong Woo
24 Sep 1956 - 10 Mar 1957  Kim Gyu Jin
11 Mar 1957 - 12 May 1959  Lee Ha Yeong
13 May 1959 - 11 May 1960  Park Jeong Geun                   (b. 1899 - d. 1980)
12 May 1960 - 26 Jun 1960  Lee Gi Se
                        (b. 1903 - d. 1990)
27 Jun 1960 -  6 Oct 1960  Yim Chun Seong (1st time)
17 Oct 1960 - 28 Dec 1960  Lee Yong Taek
29 Dec 1960 - 23 May 1961  Kim Sang Sul
24 May 1961 - 24 Aug 1961  Lee Jon Il
25 Aug 1961 - 16 Dec 1963  Kim In
16 Dec 1963 - 21 Feb 1968  Lee Jeong Woo
22 Feb 1968 - 12 Jun 1971  Lee Hwan Ui
22 Jun 1971 - 22 Oct 1973  Lee Chun Seong (2nd time)
22 Oct 1973 - 25 Dec 1978  Hwang In Seong                    (b. 1926 - d. 2010)
26 Dec 1978 - 17 Jul 1980  Kim Hak Jung
18 Jul 1980 - 14 Oct 1983  Jo Cheol Gwon                     (b. 1929 - d. 2007)
15 Oct 1983 - 28 Aug 1986  Shim Jae Hong                     (b. 1933)
29 Aug 1986 - 19 May 1988  Hong Seok Pyo
20 May 1988 - 20 Jun 1990  Kang Hyeon Uk (1st time)          (b. 1938)
21 Jun 1990 - 21 Apr 1992  Choi Yong Bok
22 Apr 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  Kang Sang Won
 4 Mar 1993 - 23 Sep 1994  Lee Kang Nyeon
24 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Jo Nam Jo
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 2002  Yu Jong Geun                      (b. 1944)            SJKH;2000 SMD
19 Mar 2002 - 23 Jun 2002  Chae Gyu Jeong (acting for Yu)
 1 Jul 2002 - 30 Jun 2006  Kang Hyeon Uk (2nd time)          (s.a.)               SMD;2005 MD
 1 Jul 2006 - 30 Jun 2014  Kim Wan Joo                       (b. 1946)            UD;2007 MD
 1 Jul 2014 -              Song Ha Jin                       (b. 1952)            NPAD;
2016 DMD


Jeollanam (South Jeolla)

Former
                      flag Chollanam-do, South Korea                           Former Flag
[Chollanam-do, South Korea]                 


Governors
18 Oct 1948 - 30 Apr 1950  Lee Nam Gyu                      (b. 1909 - d. 1976)
 1 May 1950 - 16 Dec 1951  Park Cheol Soo  
17 Dec 1951 - 22 Nov 1953  Lee Eul Sik
23 Nov 1953 - 24 Feb 1955  Chu Gyu Yeong  
25 Feb 1955 - 23 Sep 1956  Min Byeong Gi                    (b. 1901 - d. 1973)
24 Sep 1956 - 23 May 1959  Lee Gi Se                        (b. 1903 - d. 1990)
13 May 1959 - 10 Aug 1959  Hwang Seong Soo                  (b. 1917 - d. 1997)
11 Aug 1959 -  1 May 1960  Lee Ha Yeong  
 2 May 1960 -  6 Oct 1960  Min Yeong Nam (1st time)         (b. 1907 - d. 1986)
 7 Oct 1960 - 30 Dec 1960  Choi Ui Nam
31 Dec 1960 - 23 May 1961  Min Yeong Nam (2nd time)         (s.a.)               SD
24 May 1961 - 22 Jul 1963  Song Ho Lim                      (b. 1923 - d. 1996)
23 Jul 1963 - 18 Dec 1963  Kim Yong Gwan  
18 Dec 1963 - 28 Jan 1966  Shin Yong Woo                    (b. 1912 - d. 1989)
29 Jan 1966 - 21 Oct 1969  Kim Bo Hyeon  
25 Oct 1969 - 25 Sep 1976  Kim Jae Sik
26 Sep 1973 - 12 Nov 1975  Heo Yeon
13 Nov 1975 -  9 Jan 1979  Go Geon                           (b. 1938)
10 Jan 1979 - 27 May 1980  Jang Hyeong Tae
28 May 1980 -  4 Jan 1982  Kim Jong Ho
 5 Jan 1982 -  9 Oct 1984  Kim Chang Sik
10 Oct 1984 - 25 Feb 1988  Jeon Seok Hong                    (b. 1934)
25 Feb 1988 - 28 Feb 1988  Lee Byeong Nae (acting)
29 Feb 1988 -  3 Oct 1988  Moon Chang Soo
 4 Oct 1988 - 20 Jun 1990  Song Eon Jong
21 Jun 1990 - 18 Feb 1991  Choi In Gi                        (b. 1944)
19 Feb 1991 - 20 Apr 1992  Baek Hyeong Jo
21 Apr 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  Lee Hyo Gye                       (b. 1935 - d. 2014)
 4 Mar 1993 - 27 Dec 1993  Lee Gyun Beom                     (b. 1934)
28 Dec 1993 - 23 Sep 1994  Goo Yong Sang                     (b. 1935 - d. 1995)
24 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Jo Gyu Ha
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 2002  Heo Gyeong Man                                         SJKH;2000 SMD
 1 Jul 2002 - 24 Apr 2004  Park Tae Yeong                    (b. 1941 - d. 2004)  SMD
30 Apr 2004 -  5 Jun 2004  Song Kwang Un (acting)            (b. 1953)
 6 Jun 2004 - 30 Jun 2014  Park Joon Yung                    (b. 1946)            SMD;2005 MD
 1 Jul 2014 - 12 May 2017  Lee Nak Yon                       (b. 1952)            NPAD;
2016 DMD
12 May 2017 - 11 Sep 2017  Kim Gap Seop (acting)
12 Sep 2017 -              Lee Jae Yeong (acting)


Special Autonomous Province

Jeju (Cheju)

[Cheju-do, South Korea former flag]                            to 1 Jul 2006
[Jeju
                      Special Autonomous Province (South Korea)]                          Adopted 1 Jul 2006

28 Oct 1945 - 15 May 1948  U.S. military occupation (under Thurman A. Stout).
 1 Aug 1946                Jeju Autonomous Province, split from Jeollanam.
 1 Jul 2006                
Jeju Special Autonomous Province

Governors
 1 Aug 1946 - 20 Mar 1947  Park Kyung Hun

21 Mar 1947 - 21 Apr 1947  Kim Doo Hyun (acting)
13 Apr 1947 - May 1948     Yu Hae Jin
28 May 1948 - 21 Apr 1949  Lim Kwan Ho

21 Apr 1949 - 15 Nov 1949  Kim Yong Ha

15 Nov 1949 - Aug 1951     Kim Chung Hee

Aug 1951 - 23 Nov 1953     Choe Seung Man
23 Nov 1953 - 30 May 1959  Gil Seong Woon
30 May 1959 - 30 Apr 1960  Jeon In Hong
 1 May 1960 - 11 May 1960  Chang Yoon Seok (acting)
12 May 1960 -  7 Oct 1960  Yang Je Bak
 7 Oct 1960 - 31 Dec 1960  Kim Seon Ok

31 Dec 1960 - 24 May 1961  Kang Seong Ik
                                          Ind
24 May 1961 - 17 Dec 1963  Kim Young Gwan
                    (b. 1925)            Mil
19 Dec 1963 - 25 Jan 1966  Kang Woo Jun

25 Jan 1966 - 28 Jan 1966  Ha Hyeong Mo (acting)
29 Jan 1966 - 22 Feb 1968  Jeong Woo Sik                     (b. 1921 - d. 2012)
22 Feb 1968 - 25 Oct 1969  Koo Ja Chun
25 Oct 1969 - 11 Jun 1971  Kwon Yong Sik
11 Jun 1971 - 12 Jan 1976  Lee Seung Teak                    (b. 1932)
12 Jan 1976 - 11 Sep 1978  Jang Il Hun
11 Sep 1978 - 17 Jan 1980  Kang Sin Ik

17 Jan 1980 - 16 Jul 1980  Park Sang Yeol

16 Jul 1980 -  5 Jan 1982  Lee Kyu I

 5 Jan 1982 - 10 Oct 1984  Choe Jae Young
10 Oct 1984 - 21 Oct 1987  Jang Byeong Gu
22 Oct 1987 - 19 May 1988  Lee Chang Soo

19 May 1988 - 13 Dec 1989  Lee Goon Bo

13 Dec 1989 - 29 Jul 1991  Hong Young Ki

29 Jul 1991 - 31 Jul 1991  Park Chan Moo (acting)
 1 Aug 1991 - 27 Dec 1993  Woo Keun Min (1st time)           (b. 1942)
27 Dec 1993 - 28 Mar 1995  Shin Goo Beom (1st time)
29 Mar 1995 - 30 Jun 1995  Kim Moon Tak
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1998  Shin Goo Beom (2nd time)
                              Ind
 1 Jul 1998 - 27 Apr 2004  Woo Keun Min (2nd time)           (s.a.)             SJKH;2000 SMD;2003 UD
28 Apr 2004 -  5 Jun 2004  Kwon Young Cheol (acting)
 6 Jun 2004 -  6 Aug 2009  Kim Tae Hwan (1st time)           (b. 1942)            HD;2006 Ind
                             (suspended 6-26 Aug 2009)
 6 Aug 2009 - 26 Aug 2009  Lee Sang Bok
                             (acting for suspended Kim)
27 Aug 2009 - 30 Jun 2010
  Kim Tae Hwan (2nd time)           (s.a.)               Ind
 1 Jul 2010 - 30 Jun 2014  Woo Keun Min (3rd time)           (s.a.)               Ind
 1 Jul 2014 -              Won Hee Ryong                     (b. 1964)        SP;2017 JG;2018 BD



Metropolitan Cities

Busan (Pusan)

Former
                      flag Pusan, South Korea                           Former Flag
[Pusan,
                      South Korea]                 

 1 Jan 1963                Busan Direct Control City, split from Gyeongsangnam.
 1 Jan 1995                Busan Metropolitan City 

Mayors

 1 Jan 1963 - 30 Mar 1966  Kim Hyun Ok                       (b. 1926 - d. 1997)
31 Mar 1966 - 26 Apr 1969  Kim Dae Man
28 Apr 1969 - 15 Apr 1970  
Kim Duk Yup
16 Apr 1970 - 11 Jun 1971  
Choi Doo Yul
12 Jun 1971 -  6 Jul 1977  
Park Young Soo
 7 Jul 1977 - 16 Jan 1980  
Choi Suk Won
17 Jan 1980 -  7 Apr 1981  
Son Jae Shik
 8 Apr 1981 - 24 May 1982  
Kim Moo Yun
25 May 1982 - 21 Feb 1985  Choi Jong Ho
22 Feb 1985 - 28 Aug 1986  
Jung Chae Jin
29 Aug 1986 - 18 May 1987  
Kim Joo Ho                        (b. 1933 - d. 2014)
19 May 1987 - 18 May 1988  
Kang Tae Hong
19 May 1988 - 27 Dec 1990  
Ahn Sang Yeong (1st time)         (b. 1938 - d. 2007)
28 Dec 1990 - 15 Dec 1992  
Kim Young Hwan
16 Dec 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  Park Boo Chan
 4 Mar 1993 - 23 Sep 1994  Chung Moon Hwa                    (b. 1940)            Ind
24 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Kim Ki Jae                        (b. 1946)            Ind
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1998  Moon Jung Soo                     (b. 1939)            MDD
 1 Jul 1998 -  4 Feb 2004  Ahn Sang Yeong (2nd time)         (s.a.)               HD
25 Oct 2003 - 13 May 2004  O Ke Ton (acting)                 (b. 1948)
14 May 2004 -  5 Jun 2004  Ahn Jun Tae (acting)              (b. 1952)
 6 Jun 2004 - 30 Jun 2014  Hur Nam Sik                       (b. 1949)            HD;2012 SP
 1 Jul 2014 -              Seo Byung Soo                     (b. 1952)            SP;2017 JG



Daegu (Taegu)

Former
                      flag Taegu, South Korea                           Former Flag
[Taegu,
                      South Korea]                 

 1 Jul 1981                Daegu Direct Control City, split from Gyeongsangbuk.
 1 Jan 1995                Daegu Metropolitan City 

Mayors

 1 Jul 1981 -  2 May 1982  Jeong Chae Jin                    (b. 1932 - d. 2008)
 3 May 1982 - 20 Feb 1985  Lee Sang Hee                      (b. 1932)
21 Feb 1985 - 29 May 1987  Lee Sang Yeon
30 Mar 1987 - 12 Dec 1988  Park Bae Geun
13 Dec 1988 - 27 Dec 1990  Park Seong Dal
28 Dec 1990 - 20 Apr 1992  Lee Hae Bong                      (b. 1942 - d.  2012)
21 Apr 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  Han Myeong Hwan
 4 Mar 1993 - 27 Dec 1993  Lee Ui Ik
28 Dec 1993 - 30 Mar 1995  Cho Hae Nyoung (1st time)         (b. 1943)
 1 Apr 1995 - 30 Jun 1995  Lee Jong Ju
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 2002  Mun Hee Gab                       (b. 1937)            SMY;1999 HD
 1 Jul 2002 - 30 Jun 2006  Cho Hae Nyoung (2nd time)         (s.a.)               HD
 1 Jul 2006 - 30 Jun 2014  Kim Bum Il                        (b. 1950)            HD;2012 SP
 1 Jul 2014 -              Kwon Young Jin                    (b. 1962)            SP;2017 JG


Daejeon (Taejon)

Taejon, South Korea

 1 Jan 1989                Daejeon Direct Control City, split from Chungcheongnam.

 1 Jan 1995
               Daejeon Metropolitan City 

Mayors

 1 Jan 1989 - 27 Dec 1990  Lee Bong Hak
28 Dec 1990 - 20 Apr 1992  Hong Seon Ki (1st time)           (b. 1936)
21 Apr 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  Kim Ju Bong
 4 Mar 1993 - 29 Mar 1995  Yum Hong Chul (1st time)          (b. 1944)
30 Mar 1995 - 30 Jun 1995  Kim Bo Seong
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 2002  Hong Seon Ki (2nd time)           (s.a.)               JMY
 1 Jul 2002 - 30 Jun 2006  Yum Hong Chul (2nd time)          (s.a.)               HD
 1 Jul 2006 - 30 Jun 2010  Park Seoung Hyo                   (b. 1955)            HD
 1 Jul 2010 - 30 Jun 2014  Yum Hong Chul (3rd time)          (s.a.)               JS
 1 Jul 2014 - 14 Nov 2017  Kwon Seon Taek                    (b. 1965)            NPAD;2016 DMD
14 Nov 2017 -              Lee Jae Kwan (acting)             (b. 1965)            Ind



Gwangju (Kwangju)

Former
                      flag Kwangju, South Korea                            Former Flag
[Kwangju,
                      South Korea]                 
[Kwangju, South Korea]                

 1 Nov 1986                Gwangju Direct Control City, split from Jeollanam.
 1 Jan 1995                Gwangju Metropolitan City 

Mayors

 
1 Nov 1986 - 20 May 1988  Kim Yang Bae
20 May 1988 - 20 Jun 1990  Choi In Gi                        (b. 1944)
20 Jun 1990 - 20 Apr 1992  Lee Hyo Gye                       (b. 1935 - d. 2014)
21 Apr 1992 -  4 Mar 1993  Kim Dong Hwan    
 
4 Mar 1993 - 24 Sep 1994  Kang Yeong Gi
24 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Kang Woon Tae (1st time)          (b. 1948)            Ind         
 
1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1998  Song Eon Jong                                          MDD;1995 SJKH
 
1 Jul 1998 - 30 Jun 2002  Koh Jae Yoo                                            SMD;2000 MD
 1 Jul 2002 - 30 Jun 2010  Park Gwang Tae                    (b. 1943)            MD;2005 MD
 1 Jul 2010 - 30 Jun 2014  Kang Woon Tae (2nd time)          (s.a.)               MD
 1 Jul 2014 -              Yoon Jang Hyun                    (b. 1949)            NPAD;2016 DMD


Incheon

Former
                      flag Incheon, South Korea                            Former Flag
[Incheon,
                      South Korea]                 
 
 1 Jul 1981                Incheon Direct Control City, split from Gyeonggi.
 1 Jan 1995                Incheon Metropolitan City 

Mayors

 1 Jul 1981 - 27 Feb 1985  Kim Chan Hoe
28 Feb 1985 -  8 Jan 1986  Ahn Chan Hui                      (b. 1930)
 9 Jan 1986 - 29 May 1987  Park Bae Geun
30 May 1987 - 20 Jul 1989  Lee Jae Chang                     (b. 1936)
22 Jul 1989 - 20 Apr 1992  Shim Jae Hong                     (b. 1933)
21 Apr 1992 -  3 Mar 1993  Park Jong Woo                     (b. 1938)            Ind
 4 Mar 1993 - 23 Sep 1994  Choi Gi Seon (1st time)           (b. 1945 - d. 2018)
24 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Lee Yeong Rae                     (b. 1940)
 1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 2002  Choi Gi Seon (2nd time)           (s.a.)               SHD;1998 JMY
 1 Jul 2002 - 30 Jun 2010  Ahn Sang Soo                      (b. 1946)            HD
 1 Jul 2010 - 30 Jun 2014  Song Young Gil                    (b. 1963)            MD
 1 Jul 2014 -              Yoo Jeong Bok                     (b. 1967)            SP;2017 JG


Ulsan

Ulsan, South Korea

15 Jul 1997                Ulsan Metropolitan City, split from Gyeongsangnam.

Mayors
15 Jul 1997 - 30 Jun 2002  Shim Wan Gu                       (b. 1938)            HD        
 
1 Jul 2002 - 31 Mar 2014  Park Maeng Woo                    (b. 1951)            HD;2012 SP
 1 Apr 2014 - 30 Jun 2014  PArk Seong Hwan (acting)
 1 Jul 2014 -              Kim Gi Hyeon                      (b. 1959)            SP;2017 JG   


Special Autonomous City

Sejong

[Sejong Special Autonomous
              City (Korea)]
  
 1 Jul 2012                Sejong Special Autonomous City, split from Chungcheongnam.

Mayors
 1 Jul 2012 -  1 Apr 2014  Yoo Han Sik                       (b. 1949)            JS
 2 Apr 2014 - 30 Jun 2014  Lee Jae Kwan (acting)
 1 Jul 2014 -              Lee Choon Hee                     (b. 1955)            NPAD;2016 MDD



Special City
 
Seoul

Seoul,
                      South Korea 1947-1996                 1 Apr 1947 - 28 Oct 1996
[Seoul,
                      South Korea]                      Adopted 28 Oct 1996

28 Sep 1946                Seoul Special Free City
15 Aug 1949                Seoul Special City


Mayors

28 Sep 1946 - 14 Dec 1948  Kim Hyung Min                     (b. 1907 - d. 1998)
15 Dec 1948 -  5 Jun 1949  Yun Bo Seon                       (b. 1887 - d. 1990)
 6 Jun 1949 -  7 May 1951  Lee Ki Bung         
              (b. 1896 - d. 1960)
 8 May 1951 - 26 Jun 1951  Jeon Ye Yong (acting)             (b. 1910 - d. 1994)
27 Jun 1951 -
23 Jul 1952  Kim Taeson (1st time)
24 Jul 1952 - 28 Aug 1952  Lee Ji Heung (acting)             (b. 1905 - d. 1993)
29 Aug 1952 -  5 Jul 1956  Kim Taeson (2nd time)
 6 Jul 1956 - 13 Dec 1957  Goh Chaebong
14 Dec 1957 - 11 Jun 1959  Heo Jeong                         (b. 1896 - d. 1988)  DP
12 Jun 1959 -  2 May 1960  Lim Heung Soon                    (b. 1895 - d. 1971)  LP
 3 May 1960 - 30 Jun 1960  Chang Kiyong                      (b. 1903 - d. 1981)  LP
 1 Jul 1960 -  8 Oct 1960  Jeong Jong Cheol (acting)
 8 Oct 1960 - 29 Dec 1960  Kim Ju Heung (acting)
30 Dec 1960 - 19 May 1961  Kim Sang Don                      (b. 1901 - d. 1986)  DP
20 May 1961 - 16 Dec 1963  Yoon Taeil                        (b. 1918 - d. 1982)  Mil
17 Dec 1963 - 30 Mar 1966  Yoon Chi Young                    (b. 1898 - d. 1996)  DRP
31 Mar 1966 - 15 Apr 1970  Kim Hyun Ok                       (b. 1926 - d. 1997)  DRP
16 Apr 1970 -  1 Sep 1974  Yang Taek Sik                     (b. 1924 - d. 2012)  DRP
 2 Sep 1974 - 21 Dec 1978  Gu Chachun                        (b. 1932 - d. 1996)  DRP
22 Dec 1978 -  1 Sep 1980  Chong Sangchon                    (b. 1931 - d. 2015)  DRP
 2 Sep 1980 - 27 Apr 1982  Park Yong Soo                                          DJP
28 Apr 1982 - 14 Oct 1983  Kim Song Bae                                           DJP
15 Oct 1983 - 29 Dec 1987  Yom Bo Hyeon                      (b. 1932)            DJP
30 Dec 1987 -  4 Dec 1988  Kim Yong Rae                                           DJP
 5 Dec 1988 - 26 Dec 1990  
Goh Kun (1st time)                (b. 1938)            DJP    
27 Dec 1990 - 18 Feb 1991  Park Se Jik                       (b. 1933 - d. 2009)  SHD
19 Feb 1991 - 25 Jun 1992  Lee Haewon                        (b. 1930 - d. 2014)  SHD
26 Jun 1992 - 25 Feb 1993  Lee Sang Bae                                           SHD
26 Feb 1993 -  4 Mar 1993  Kim Sang Chol                                          SHD
 5 Mar 1993 -  7 Mar 1993  Woo Myung Kyu (acting)
 8 Mar 1993 - 21 Oct 1994  Lee Won Jong                      (b. 1942)            SHD
22 Oct 1994 -  2 Nov 1994  Woo Myung Gyu                                          SHD
 3 Nov 1994 - 30 Jun 1995  Choi Pyong Yol                    (b. 1938)            SHD
 1 Jul 1995 -  9 Sep 1997  Cho Soon                          (b. 1928)            SJKH
10 Sep 1997 - 30 Jun 1998  Kang Deokki (acting)                                   SJKH
 1 Jul 1998 - 30 Jun 2002  Goh Kun (2nd time)                (s.a.)               SJKH;2000 MD
 1 Jul 2002 - 30 Jun 2006  Lee Myung Bak                     (b. 1941
)            HD
 1 Jul 2006 - 26 Aug 2011  Oh Se Hoon                        (b. 1961)            HD
26 Aug 2011 - 26 Oct 2011  Kwon Young Kyu (acting)                                HD
27 Oct 2011 -              Park Won Soon                     (b. 1956)            SJKH;2014 NPAD;
                                                                                  2016: DP







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