The Korean Map: 7 Unbelievable Facts!

You must know a lot about South Korea by now, but can you pinpoint precisely where it is located on the map? Are you aware of its capital and neighboring countries? In this blog post, we will brief you about all these essential details about the Korean map. If you are ready for that, let’s get started!

The Korean Map

The Korean map has changed a lot over the years. There used to be a time when the name Korea referred to the Korean peninsula before World War II, but now there are different meanings depending upon the expression that comes before it, i.e., north or south. Let’s learn about the Korean peninsula and the map of South Korea in East Asia.

South Korean Map

South Korea is located in Eastern Asia. The capital city of South Korea is Seoul. South Korea takes around 45% of the entire Korean peninsula in its Southern half. There are approximately eight provinces along with six metropolitan cities in South Korea. Furthermore, there is also an autonomous island in South Korea called Jeju island (an excellent spot for most tourists to go to).

Neighboring Countries Of South Korea

On its north, there is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, i.e., North Korea; when you look at the western side of South Korea, you can notice the Yellow Sea, looking at the East of South Korea, you see the East Sea, and finally, when you look at the south, you notice. There is also the island of Tsushima, which separates South Korea from Japan via the Korea Strait with the East China sea.

Seoul As The Capital City

The capital city of South Korea is Seoul which also has the title of Special town in South Korea. Seoul is a bustling yet developed city. Korean tourists are suggested to use flat footwear if they wish to roam around the endless roads of Seoul.

You cannot go to most places by car in Seoul since the streets are heavily crowded. You would always have to find your way, so best of luck with that!

Is There Another Capital?

Most countries have one capital only, but South Korea has two capitals: Seoul and Sejong. These cities have their special status and are known to work independently. In 2007, it was noticed that a considerable number of people resided in Seoul, which made things hard both for the government and the people to manage.

The government introduced another capital to the people to balance things out, accommodating the people living and working in Seoul. The offices were moved, and thus the people had to move. Even though Sejong is also the capital of South Korea, you would always hear Seoul whenever you ask about South Korea’s capital.

Physical Map

The physical map of south Korea has different essential details like the mountains and volcanoes in South Korea. There are further tremendous floods marked by heavy rainfall and winds on the southern coast of South Korea.

There are several volcanoes in South Korea. A very famous and extinct volcano is in Halla-san in the Jeju/ Cheju Islands. Mt. Hallasan is also the largest mountain in South Korea. Another distinctive element of the physical geography of South Korea is Boseong with its tea fields.

South Korea also experiences the extreme yellow dust (Hwang so) coming from the Gobi desert. Have you ever wondered why the people in Japan, China, and Korea mostly wear surgical masks on their faces? Now you know why!


Have you watched the popular K-drama, Crash Landing On You? Any two countries separated from one region often tend to have a beef with each other. One such example is India and Pakistan, while another is South Korea and the Democratic people’s republic.

There is a border between the two countries known as the DMZ, aka Demilitarized Zone. There are roughly two million people who monitor this region to maintain peace, harmony, and stability.

Third Tunnel Of Aggression

There are different details to this border. Along with strict and meticulous monitoring, the region is also controlled by four tunnels beneath this border. One of them is the third tunnel of aggression by South Korea.

Current Status

In 1978 the tunnels were made by the North Korean forces; however, now their status has been changed, and they are mere tourists spots to explore more about the history of South Korea. These tunnels are still heavily guarded and checked.

Cities In South Korea

According to the statistical data, there are roughly 85 major cities in South Korea. Here is a list of all 85 major cities in South Korea. Both in Korean and romanized form for your ease.

Cities in KoreanRomanized Form
공주 – 충청남도gongju – chungcheongnamdo
진주 – 경상남도jinju – gyeongsangnamdo
동해 – 강원donghae – gang-won
용인 – 경기yong-in – gyeong-gi
군산 – 전라북도gunsan – jeonlabugdo
강릉 – 강원gangleung – gang-won
인천 – (수도권)incheon – (sudogwon)
울산 – (수도권)ulsan – (sudogwon)
영주 – 경상북도yeongju – gyeongsangbugdo
서산 – 충청남도seosan – chungcheongnamdo
양주 – 경기yangju – gyeong-gi
양산 – 경상남도yangsan – gyeongsangnamdo
태백 – 강원taebaeg – gang-won
화성 – 경기hwaseong – gyeong-gi
동두천 – 경기dongducheon – gyeong-gi
보령 – 충청남도bolyeong – chungcheongnamdo
대구 – (수도권)daegu – (sudogwon)
전주 – 전라북도jeonju – jeonlabugdo
서귀포 – 제주(도)seogwipo – jeju(do)
부천 – 경기bucheon – gyeong-gi
남양주 – 경기nam-yangju – gyeong-gi
사천 – 경상남도sacheon – gyeongsangnamdo
안산 – 경기ansan – gyeong-gi
거제 – 경상남도geoje – gyeongsangnamdo
속초 – 강원sogcho – gang-won
부산 – (수도권)busan – (sudogwon)
포항 – 경상북도pohang – gyeongsangbugdo
문경 – 경상북도mungyeong – gyeongsangbugdo
정읍 – 전라북도jeong-eub – jeonlabugdo
의정부 – 경기uijeongbu – gyeong-gi
시흥 – 경기siheung – gyeong-gi
충주 – 충북chungju – chungbug
김제 – 전라북도gimje – jeonlabugdo
광명 – 경기gwangmyeong – gyeong-gi
포천 – 경기pocheon – gyeong-gi
안동 – 경상북도andong – gyeongsangbugdo
성남 – 경기seongnam – gyeong-gi
제주(시) – 제주(도)jeju(si) – jeju(do)
군포 – 경기gunpo – gyeong-gi
춘천 – 강원chuncheon – gang-won
아산 – 충청남도asan – chungcheongnamdo
안양 – 경기an-yang – gyeong-gi
밀양 – 경상남도mil-yang – gyeongsangnamdo
익산 – 전라북도igsan – jeonlabugdo
원주 – 강원wonju – gang-won
안성 – 경기anseong – gyeong-gi
상주 – 경상북도sangju – gyeongsangbugdo
의왕 – 경기uiwang – gyeong-gi
남원 – 전라북도nam-won – jeonlabugdo
오산 – 경기osan – gyeong-gi
여수 – 전라남도yeosu – jeonlanamdo
김포 – 경기gimpo – gyeong-gi
창원 – 경상남도chang-won – gyeongsangnamdo
김천 – 경상북도gimcheon – gyeongsangbugdo
서울 – (특별 도시)seoul – (teugbyeol dosi)
제천 – 충북jecheon – chungbug
경산 – 경상북도gyeongsan – gyeongsangbugdo
경주 – 경상북도gyeongju – gyeongsangbugdo
수원 – 경기suwon – gyeong-gi
삼척 – 강원samcheog – gang-won
광주 – 경기gwangju – gyeong-gi
영천 – 경상북도yeongcheon – gyeongsangbugdo
파주 – 경기paju – gyeong-gi
이천 – 경기icheon – gyeong-gi
김해 – 경상남도gimhae – gyeongsangnamdo
여주 – 경기yeoju – gyeong-gi
세종시 – (특별자치시)sejongsi – (teugbyeoljachisi)
천안 – 충청남도cheon-an – chungcheongnamdo
당진 – 충청남도dangjin – chungcheongnamdo
청주 – 충북cheongju – chungbug
구리 – 경기guli – gyeong-gi
하남 – 경기hanam – gyeong-gi
목포 – 전라남도mogpo – jeonlanamdo
평택 – 경기pyeongtaeg – gyeong-gi
과천 – 경기gwacheon – gyeong-gi
광주 – (수도권)gwangju – (sudogwon)
나주 – 전남naju – jeonnam
통영 – 경상남도tong-yeong – gyeongsangnamdo
논산 – 충남nonsan – chungnam
광양 – 전라남도gwang-yang – jeonlanamdo
순천 – 전남suncheon – jeonnam
고양 – 경기goyang – gyeong-gi
구미 – 경상북도gumi – gyeongsangbugdo
대전 – (수도권)daejeon – (sudogwon)

South Korean Map Censorship

If you search for South Korean maps on google maps, you might not get what you are looking for. South Korean map appears in white on google maps. If you get curious and plan to zoom in, you’d realize that you cannot click and open the places you would be seeing.

It does not change like the google maps we use all over the world. Instead, it stays the same, which is quite strange. You must be wondering why that is so. This is because of the Special data industry promotion act. This act does not allow the Korean spatial data to be shared that easily since it could also include military information and thus can threaten the country’s safety.

Don’t believe us? Check it yourself!

Wrapping Up

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That’s it for this blog post. Now you are a pro at Korean map and Korean geography. Keep reading more and more Korean blogs to become like a native Korean person. Once you start learning on Ling App by Simya Solutions, you would not like any other site to learn Korea. Yes, it’s that good! We assure you that Ling App has all that you need. Be it the official language of South Korea or its cultural technicalities, we enlighten and inform you about everything. We provide a myriad of ways to learn without getting bored.

Happy Learning!

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