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Provinces of Korea

The Korean province, or Do ( ; ), is the primary political division of Korea since the Joseon Dynasty[?].

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There had originally been eight provinces at the beginning in Joseon Dynasty[?], but five of which were divided in halves in 1895. The division of Korea in 1945 were not based on the boundary of the provinces, so the provinces at the 38th parallel were divided among North Korea and South Korea. In 1982, North Korea again divided three of its provinces into halves.


There are also special cities with equivalent status to provinces. The spelling for the southern provinces uses the new romanisation standard preferred by that country.

The equivalent of a do in China and Japan is a circuit.


The name and concept of Do originated from the Chinese Dao.

Many divided provinces were suffixed "North" (북 Buk) or "South" (남 Nam). And in re-division of already divided provinces, they were given entirely new names.

North Korea

South Korea

For other integral meanings of Do in East Asian cultures, see Do.

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