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Buildings in South Korea 2019, by category

In 2019, around 4.6 million buildings in South Korea were residential buildings, while around 1.3 million buildings were built for commercial purposes.

Residential buildings

The number of residential buildings has been increasing from 4.3 million buildings in 2005, while the number of construction permits for residential buildings has been fluctuating during the previous decade. Gyeonggi province saw the highest number of residential buildings as of 2019, around 649 thousand.

Apartment buildings

Especially in South Korean urban areas, a high percentage of South Koreans are living in apartments. In 2019, around 73.1 percent of households in Sejong city were situated in apartments. On average, more than half of all households were living in apartments, with the share increasing over the past decade. Due to high population density, high rise apartment buildings are a typical sight for urban areas.

Number of buildings in South Korea in 2019, by category

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Release date

July 2020


South Korea

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Number of respondents

7,243,472 buildings in total

Supplementary notes

* According to the source, industrial buildings include factories and sites where hazardous commodities are manufactured.

** According to the source, educational and social buildings refer to facilities for social and educational uses, such as research, educational, sports, medical, cultural, recreational facilities and cemeteries.

Figures have been rounded.

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