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Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla) is a province in the southwest of South Koreamarker. The province was formed in 1896 from the southern half of the former Jeolla province, remained a province of Koreamarker until the country's division in 1945, then became part of South Korea. Gwangjumarker was the capital of the province, until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak, Muanmarker County in 2005.


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

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

The province is only partially mountainous. The plains along the rivers Seomjin, Yeongsan and Tamjin create a large granary. 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.

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.



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