Gyeongbuk Province

Gyeongbuk-Do South Korea

Also known as North Gyeongsang Province

North Gyeongsang is home to 2.7 million people and is the largest province, geographically, in the country. The province consists of 10 cities and 13 counties spread across 19,000 square km of mountainous and coastal terrain. The region is famous for its drastic climate swings with cold-dry winters and hot-humid summers.

Home to 20% of Korea’s cultural assets, Gyeongbuk is viewed as a national leader of modernization; Gumi for high-tech, Ulsan for industrial manufacturing, Pohong for steel production and Daegu for culture and fashion. 24 universities and colleges are also located within its borders, the most (by far) on a per capita basis. Their provincial tree is the Zelcova chosen for its long life and strong vitality while the provincial bird is the Heron,  thought to bring good luck and wealth.

Major Cities in Gyeongbuk Province


Population: 522,000

Coastal city with pretty beaches and a large port infrastructure. Korea’s primary steel producer. 

Pohong Wiki


Population: 421,000

Known as the silicon valley of South Korea. An industrial hi-tech hub with a central location. 

Gumi Wiki


Population: 250,000

Large portion of the city resides within the Metropolitan area of Daegu. Home to 5 universities.

Gyeongsang Wiki


Population: 264,000

Historically important city. A popular tourist destination with numerous festivals & attractions.

Gyeongju Wiki


Population: 169,000

The capital city of North Gyeongsang Province. Recognized for its rich culture & folk traditions.

Andong Wiki


Population: 137,000

A strategically located city in the middle of Seoul and Busan. Major transit routes in all directions.

Gimcheon Wiki


Population: 113,000

Known for the famous Buseoksa Temple and its gorgeous panoramic mountain views.

Yeongju Wiki


Population: 104,000

Renowned for its agricultural farm lands. Famous for rice, silkworm cocoons and dried persimmons.

Sangju Wiki


Population: 169,000

A rural city with major transit routes. Home to a surprising number of famous festivals.

Yeongcheon Wiki


Population: 137,000

Mungyeong literally means ‘hearing good news’ in Korean. Home to numerous historic sites.

Mungyeong Wiki

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