Kosong County

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Not to be confused with two counties called Goseong in South Korea.
Kosong County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Kosŏng kun
 • Revised Romanization Goseong-gun
Location of Kosong County
Country North Korea
Province Kangwon Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 23 ri

Kosong County is a kun, or county, in Kangwon province, North Korea. It lies in the southeasternmost corner of North Korea, immediately north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Prior to the end of the Korean War in 1953, it made up a single county, together with what is now the South Korean county of the same name. In a subsequent reorganization, the county absorbed the southern portion of Tongchon county.

Physical features[edit]

Kosong is largely mountainous, but there is flat land along the coast of the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) to the county's east. The mountains here are part of the Taebaek range. A portion of Kumgangsan mountain is included in the county.


The local economy is dominated by agriculture, although fishing also plays a role, together with the harvesting of brown seaweed and clams. Significant local crops include rice, maize, soybeans, wheat, and barley. It is particularly well known as a source for bamboo handicrafts.



There is no rail line to Kosong. The original rail line to Sokcho was destroyed during the Korean War and never rebuilt.


The nearest major port is Wonsan.


Goseong is the world's leading tourist destination that is harmonius mountains, the valley, forest, historical site, etc. focused on the Mount Kumgang. Due to north-south division of the state the many attractions are undeveloped.

  • Cheongganjeong
  • Songjiho Beach
  • Baekdo Beach

On the South Korean side of the DMZ

  • Hwajinpo Beach
  • Kim Jung Il Villa (the Castle of Hwajinpo)
  • Rhee Syngman villa

Unification Observatory

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Coordinates: 38°40′05″N 128°19′05″E / 38.66806°N 128.31806°E / 38.66806; 128.31806