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Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Kusŏng si
 • Revised Romanization Guseong-si
Kusong is located in North Korea
Map of North Korea showing the location of Kusong
Coordinates: 39°58′N 125°10′E / 39.967°N 125.167°E / 39.967; 125.167Coordinates: 39°58′N 125°10′E / 39.967°N 125.167°E / 39.967; 125.167
Country North Korea
Province North Pyongan Province
Administrative divisions 24 tong, 18 ri
 • Total 666.8 km2 (257.5 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 196,515

Kusŏng (Korean pronunciation: [ku.sʌŋ]) is a city in central North Pyongan province, North Korea. It borders Taegwan to the north, Taechon to the east, Kwaksan and Chongju to the south, and Chonma to the north. The highest point is Chongryongsan (청룡산, 920 m). The year-round average temperature is 8.2 °C, with a January average of -9.6 °C and an August average of 23.3 °C. 1300 millimeters of rain fall in a typical year. 22% of the county's area is cultivated; 64% is forested.

Educational institutions located in Kusong include Kusong Mechanical College and Kusong Industrial College. Historical relics include the Koryo-dynasty Kuju Castle.

Kusong is also home to much of North Korea's military industry, with both munitions factories and uranium mines in the area.[1] The Panghyon airfield is also located by Kusong,[2] which is a site of missile test launches, including the first successful ICBM test launch by N.K.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

The city is divided into 25 neighborhoods (dong) and 18 villages (ri).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pike, John. "Kusong - North Korean Special Weapons Facilities". www.globalsecurity.org. 
  2. ^ a b Choe, Sang-hun (July 4, 2017). "North Korea Claims Success in Long-Range Missile Test". The New York Times. USA. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 


  • International Information Research Institute (국제정보연구소) (1999). "구성시". 北韓情報總覽 2000 [Bukhan jeongbo chong-ram 2000]. Seoul: Author. pp. 835–836. 
  • http://nk.joins.com/map/view.asp?idx=i061.htm

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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