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Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-ReischauerChŏngju-si
 • Revised RomanizationJeongju-si
Chŏngju Station
Chŏngju Station
Map of North Pyongan showing the location of Chŏngju
Map of North Pyongan showing the location of Chŏngju
Chŏngju is located in North Korea
Location within North Korea
Coordinates: 39°39′N 125°20′E / 39.650°N 125.333°E / 39.650; 125.333Coordinates: 39°39′N 125°20′E / 39.650°N 125.333°E / 39.650; 125.333
CountryNorth Korea
ProvinceNorth P'yŏngan
Administrative divisions14 tong, 18 ri
 • Total189,742
 • Dialect
Time zoneUTC+9 (Pyongyang Time)

Chŏngju (Korean pronunciation: [tsʌŋ.dzu]; also Jŏngju) is a si, or city, in southern North P'yŏngan province, North Korea. Prior to 1994, it was designated as a kun or county. The terrain is mostly level, but mountainous in the north. To the south lies the Chŏngju Plain, where the hills do not rise above 200 metres (660 ft). Chŏngju also includes approximately 10 islands in the Yellow Sea.


Some 40 percent of Chŏngju is covered by coniferous forestland.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Chŏngju is divided into 14 tong (neighbourhoods) and 18 ri (villages):

  • Aedo-dong (애도동)
  • Kohyŏn-dong (고현동)
  • Namchŏl-dong (남철동)
  • Oryong-dong (오룡동)
  • Osan-dong (오산동)
  • Pukchang-dong (북장동)
  • Ryongpho-dong (룡포동)
  • Samma-dong (삼마동)
  • Sangdan-dong (상단동)
  • Sinchŏn-dong (신천동)
  • Sŏju-dong (서주동)
  • Sŏngnam-dong (성남동)
  • Talchŏn-dong (달천동)
  • Yŏkchŏn-dong (역전동)
  • Amdu-ri (암두리)
  • Chimhyang-ri (침향리)
  • Hŭngrok-ri (흑록리)
  • Ilhae-ri (일해리)
  • Namho-ri (남호리)
  • Namyang-ri (남양리)
  • Osŏng-ri (오성리)
  • Tokchang-ri (독장리)
  • Posan-ri (보산리)
  • Sema-ri (세마리)
  • Sinan-ri (신안리)
  • Sinbong-ri (신봉리)
  • Sŏho-ri (서호리)
  • Sŏksan-ri (석산리)
  • Taesan-ri (대산리)
  • Taesong-ri (대송리)
  • Wŏnbong-ri (원봉리)
  • Wŏryang-ri (월양리)


Local agriculture is dominated by orcharding and rice farming; the chestnuts of this region are especially famous.


The city is served by both road and rail; it is the junction point of the P'yŏngŭi and P'yŏngbuk lines of the Korean State Railway.


In February 2011, the city and others in North P'yŏngan had rare protests, of a few score of people, calling for adequate provision of rice and power. At the time, news of the Arab Spring was spreading via Chinese TV channels and phone calls with defectors.[1]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Can the 'Jasmine Revolution' Spread to N.Korea?, Chosun Ilbo, 23 February 2011

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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