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Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla) is a province in the southwest of South Koreamarker. The province was formed in 1896 from the northern half of the former Jeolla province, and remained a province of Koreamarker until the country's division in 1945, then became part of South Korea. The provincial capital is located at Jeonjumarker, which was the capital of all of Jeolla before 1896.


The province is part of the Honam region, and is bounded on the west by the Yellow Seamarker, on the north by Chungcheongnam-domarker, on the south by Jeollanam-domarker, and on the east by Gyeongsangbuk-domarker and Gyeongsangnam-domarker. The Noryeong Mountains divide the province. The eastern half is a plateau, the western one a plain. Through the plain in the west flow four rivers: Seomjin, Mangyeong, Dongjin, and Geummarker.


The western plain in Jeollabuk-do is one of the largest granaries of South Korea. Apart from rice, important products include cotton, barley, hemp, and paper mulberry which is used for the paper in traditional sliding doors. Cattle breeding is important in the eastern plateau.

Transportation and industry

In the 1960s the Honam highway (which has since been upgraded to the Honam Expressway) was built. This created an industrial belt, connecting the cities of Irimarker (now called Iksanmarker) and Gunsanmarker (a port city) with the provincial capital of Jeonjumarker.

Administrative divisions

Jeollabuk-do is divided into 6 cities (si) and 8 counties (gun). The names below are given in English, hangul, and hanja.


  • Jeonjumarker (전주시; 全州市, capital)
  • Gimjemarker (김제시; 金堤市)
  • Gunsanmarker (군산시; 群山市)
  • Iksanmarker (익산시; 益山市)



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