South Jeolla Province
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • McCune‑ReischauerChŏllanam-do
 • Revised RomanizationJeollanam-do
Flag of South Jeolla Province
Official logo of South Jeolla Province
Location of South Jeolla Province
Coordinates: 34°45′N 127°0′E / 34.750°N 127.000°E / 34.750; 127.000
Country South Korea
Largest citySuncheon
CapitalMuan County
Subdivisions5 cities; 17 counties
 • GovernorKim Yung-rok (Democratic)
 • Total12,335.13 km2 (4,762.62 sq mi)
 • Rank3rd
 (October, 2014)
 • Total1,817,697
 • Rank6th
 • Density147.36/km2 (381.7/sq mi)
Metropolitan Symbols
 • FlowerCamellia japonica
 • TreeGinkgo
 • BirdOriental turtle dove
Gross Regional Product (2020)
 • TotalKR₩78.8 trillion
US$63.0 billion
ISO 3166 codeKR-46
WebsiteOfficial website (English)

South Jeolla Province (Korean전라남도; Hanja全羅南道; Jeollanam-do), also known as Jeonnam, is a province in the Honam region, South Korea, and the southernmost province in mainland Korea. South Jeolla borders the provinces of North Jeolla to the north, South Gyeongsang to the northeast, and Jeju to the southwest in the Korea Strait.

Gwangju was part of Jeollanam-do until 1986 (when it became a Metropolitan City) and the capital until 2005, when the provincial government relocated from Gwangju to Muan County to the planned town of Namak. Suncheon is the largest city in the province, closely followed by Yeosu. Other major cities include Mokpo, Gwangyang and Naju.

South Jeolla was established in 1896 from the province of Jeolla, one of the Eight Provinces of Korea, consisting of the southern half of its mainland territory and most outlying islands.


The province is part of the Honam region, and is bounded on the west by the Yellow Sea, on the north by Jeollabuk-do Province, on the south by Jeju Strait, and on the east by Gyeongsangnam-do.

There are almost 2,000 islands along the coastline, about three quarters of which are uninhabited. The coastline is about 6,100 kilometres (3,800 mi) long. Some of the marine products, in particular oyster and seaweed cultivation, are leading in South Korea.

The province is only partially mountainous. The plains along the rivers Seomjin, Yeongsan and Tamjin are suitable for large-scale grain agriculture. There is abundant rainfall in the area, which helps agriculture. The province is also home to the warmest weather on the peninsula. This helps to produce large amounts of agricultural produce, mainly rice, wheat, barley, pulses and potatoes. Vegetables, cotton and fruits are also grown in the province.

A small amount of gold and coal is mined in the province, but industries have also been developed in the area.

Further information on the mountain: Mohusansan


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 2,923,191—    
1990 2,507,439−1.52%
2000 1,996,456−2.25%
2010 1,741,499−1.36%
2015 1,799,044+0.65%
2020 1,788,807−0.11%
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues.
Source: Citypopulation[2]

Administrative divisions

Jeollanam-do is divided into 5 cities (si) and 17 counties (gun). Listed below is the name of each entity in English, hangul, and hanja.

Map Name Hangul Hanja Population (2021)[3] Area
Population density
2021 (per km2)
Yeosu 여수시 麗水市 268,687 510.08 km2 526.75/km2 1 eup, 6 myeon, 20 haengjeong-dong
Mokpo 목포시 木浦市 221,178 51.58 km2 4,288.06/km2 23 haengjeong-dong
Suncheon 순천시 順天市 273,827 907.43 km2 301.76/km2 1 eup, 10 myeon, 13 haengjeong-dong
Gwangyang 광양시 光陽市 144,226 458.89 km2 314.29/km2 1 eup, 6 myeon, 5 haengjeong-dong
Naju 나주시 羅州市 115,138 608.45 km2 189.23/km2 1 eup, 12 myeon, 7 haengjeong-dong
Muan County
Muan County 무안군 務安郡 90,094 448.95 km2 200.68/km2 3 eup, 6 myeon
Haenam County
Haenam County 해남군 海南郡 63,242 1,013.8 km2 62.38/km2 1 eup, 13 myeon
Goheung County
Goheung County 고흥군 高興郡 58,873 807.23 km2 72.93/km2 2 eup, 14 myeon
Hwasun County
Hwasun County 화순군 和順郡 60,136 786.9 km2 76.42/km2 1 eup, 12 myeon
Yeongam County
Yeongam County 영암군 靈巖郡 55,998 604.24 km2 92.68/km2 2 eup, 9 myeon
Yeonggwang County
Yeonggwang County 영광군 靈光郡 48,981 473.69 km2 103.40/km2 3 eup, 8 myeon
Wando County
Wando County 완도군 莞島郡 47,210 396.13 km2 119.18/km2 3 eup, 9 myeon
Damyang County
Damyang County 담양군 潭陽郡 44,034 455.12 km2 96.75/km2 1 eup, 11 myeon
Boseong County
Boseong County 보성군 寶城郡 36,981 663.35 km2 55.75/km2 2 eup, 10 myeon
Jangseong County
Jangseong County 장성군 長城郡 40,604 518.65 km2 78.29/km2 1 eup, 10 myeon
Jangheung County
Jangheung County 장흥군 長興郡 34,268 618.2 km2 55.43/km2 3 eup, 7 myeon
Gangjin County
Gangjin County 강진군 康津郡 31,941 500.28 km2 63.85/km2 1 eup, 10 myeon
Sinan County
Sinan County 신안군 新安郡 34,000 663.59 km2 51.24/km2 2 eup, 12 myeon
Hampyeong County
Hampyeong County 함평군 咸平郡 29,369 392.43 km2 74.84/km2 1 eup, 8 myeon
Jindo County
Jindo County 진도군 珍島郡 29,013 440.1 km2 65.92/km2 1 eup, 6 myeon
Gokseong County
Gokseong County 곡성군 谷城郡 26,781 547.44 km2 48.92/km2 1 eup, 10 myeon
Gurye County
Gurye County 구례군 求禮郡 23,543 443.2 km2 53.12/km2 1 eup, 7 myeon

Sister cities and provinces


Religion in South Jeolla (2005)[6]

  Not religious (53.4%)
  Protestantism (21.8%)
  Buddhism (16.1%)
  Catholicism (8.7%)

According to the census of 2005, of the people of South Jeolla 30.5% follow Christianity (21.8% Protestantism and 8.7% Catholicism) and 16.1% follow Buddhism.[6] 53.4% of the population is mostly not religious or follow Muism and other indigenous religions.


National universities with graduate schools

Private universities with graduate schools

Public institutes of higher education

Private institutes of higher education

List of governors of South Jeolla Province


Nagan Eupseong Folk Village in Suncheon


  1. ^ "2021년 지역소득(잠정)".
  2. ^ "South Korea: Provinces".
  3. ^ "KOSIS".
  4. ^ "Background Brief on International Trade" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  5. ^ "Consulta".
  6. ^ a b "2005 Census - Religion Results". Archived from the original on 2015-09-04.