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This article is about a city in North Korea. For the general, see Kim Chaek.

Coordinates: 40°40′2″N 129°12′2″E / 40.66722°N 129.20056°E / 40.66722; 129.20056

Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Kimch'aek si
 • Revised Romanization Gimchaek-si
Country North Korea
Province North Hamgyong Province

Kimch'aek, formerly Sŏngjin (Chosŏn'gŭl: 성진, Hancha: 城津), is a city in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea. It was an open port in 1899.[1] It has a population of 196,000. The city received its current name in 1951 during the Korean War, in honor of the Korean People's Army (KPA) general, Kim Chaek.[1] It was known as "Shirotsu" during Japanese rule between 1910 and 1945.


Kimchaek is an important port on the Sea of Japan (known to North Koreans as the East Sea of Korea), and is home to an ironworks and the Kimch’aek Polytechnic Institute.[1]


Kimchaek is on the Pyongra Line railway.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Kimch’aek". Encyclopaeida Britannica’. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dormels, Rainer. North Korea's Cities: Industrial facilities, internal structures and typification. Jimoondang, 2014. ISBN 978-89-6297-167-5

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