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History of Administration


Evolution of the administrative district

1945

8 gus and 268 dongs
 

1949

  • Seoul’s districts expanded to 268.353Km², representing a twofold increase in size since national independence in 1945.
  • With changes  in si and do districts and gu and gun names,and  locations, the jurisdiction zones come to encompass 45 ri-districts including Sungin-myeon, Dokdo-myeon, Eunpyeong-myeon, and Siheung-gun, and Dong-myeon of Goyang-si, Gyeonggido Province.
  • Seongbuk-gu was added to the eight districts, making nine in total.

 

1963

  • Seoul incorporates 5 gun and 84 ri districts
  • Area 595.50Km²
  • Population : 2.59 million.

 

1973

  • Gupabal-ri, Jingwannae-ri, Jingwanoe-ri of Goyang-gun, Gyeonggi-do are incorporated into Seoul
  • Area 605.33Km²
  • Gwanak-gu, Dobong-gu added (9→11 gu districts)

 

1975

Gangnam-gu (11→12 gu districts)
 

1977

Gangseo-gu (12→13 gu districts)
 

1979

Eunpyeong-gu and Gangdong-gu (13→15 gu districts)
 

1980

  • Guro-gu and  Dongjak-gu (15→17 gu districts)
  • Seoul’s population reaches 9.2 million

 

1988

Songpa-gu, Jungrang-gu, Nowon-gu, Seocho-gu and Yangcheon-gu (17→22 gu districts)
 

1995

Gangbuk-gu, Geumcheon-gu and Gwangjin-gu (22→25 gu districts)
 

Current Status

  • Area : 605.25㎢ (2015)
  • Population : 10,236 million people (2016)
  • District : 25 gus, 424 community centers
  • Organization : Mayor, 3 Vice-mayors, 1 office, 9 headquarters, 8 bureaus, 145 divisions, 3 authorities, 31 direct agencies and 44 affiliated offices