Chung-guyok

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Chung-guyŏk
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul 중구역
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Jung-guyeok
 • McCune–Reischauer Chung-guyŏk
The Grand People's Study House and Kim Il-sung Square (with Ryugyong Hotel in background)
Country North Korea
Administrative divisions 19 administrative dong

Chung-guyŏk (Central District) is one of the 19 guyok which constitute the city of Pyongyang, North Korea. The district is located in the center of the city, between the Potong and Taedong Rivers, and is bordered to the north by Moranbong-guyok, to the northwest by Potonggang-guyok, and to the south by Pyongchon-guyok.

Overview[edit]

As the centre of Pyongyang, the district holds many of the city's most important buildings. The famous Kim Il-sung Square is located along the banks of the Taedong river, together with the Grand People's Study House, which is the national library of North Korea.[1] Chung-guyok was once the historical centre of Pyongyang, and was almost completely obliterated during the Korean War by American bombing. Vestiges of the old city can still be seen, and the district is home to several of North Korea's National Treasures, including the rebuilt Potong and Taedong Gates, the Pyongyang Bell, the Ryongwang Pavilion, and the Sungryong and Sungin Halls.[2] Other buildings include the Koryo Hotel, Taedonggang Hotel, Pyongyang First Department Store, The National Stamp museum of the DPRK, The Pyongyang Central Children's palace and Taedongmoon Cinema.

The Pyongyang Metro runs through this district, with stops at Yonggwang, Ponghwa and Sungri stations. Pyongyang's central railway station is also located here.

Executive offices of the North Korean government and its industry are located in the area. This is also the headquarters borough of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

Economy[edit]

Air Koryo has a booking office in Tongsŏng-dong.[3]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Chung-guyok is divided into nineteen administrative districts known as dong.[4]

Chosŏn'gŭl Hancha
Ch'anggwang-dong 창광동
Chongro-dong 종로동
Chungsŏng-dong 중성동
Haebangsan-dong 해방산동 解放
Kyogu-dong 교구동
Kyŏngrim-dong 경림동
Kyŏngsang-dong 경상동
Mansu-dong 만수동
Oesŏng-dong 외성동
Ot'an-dong 오탄동
Pot'ongmun-dong 보통문동
Ryŏnhwa-dong 련화동
Ryusŏng-dong 류성동
Sŏch'ang-dong 서창동 西
Sŏmun-dong 서문동 西
Taedongmun-dong 대동문동
Tong'an-dong 동안동
Tonghŭng-dong 동흥동
Tongsŏng-dong 동성동
Yŏkchŏn-dong 역전동

References[edit]

Coordinates: 39°00′00″N 125°44′24″E / 39.00000°N 125.74000°E / 39.00000; 125.74000