Kyongsong County

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Kyongsong County

Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-ReischauerKyŏngsŏng kun
 • Revised RomanizationGyeongseong-gun
Map of North Hamgyong showing the location of Kyongsong
Map of North Hamgyong showing the location of Kyongsong
CountryNorth Korea
ProvinceNorth Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions1 ŭp, 5 rodongjagu, 14 ri
 • Total105,909
Chuul Hot spring during Korea under Japanese rule's period

Kyŏngsŏng County is a kun, or county, on the central coast of North Hamgyong, North Korea. The administrative center is located in Kyŏngsŏng-ŭp.


To the west and southwest, Kyŏngsŏng is flanked by mountains, while to the east it borders Kyŏngsŏng Bay in the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea). In the coastal area a number of small plains are found, including Kyŏngsŏng Plain. Numerous small streams flow into the Sea of Japan, including the Kwangmoch'ŏn, Segolch'ŏn, Pokkokch'ŏn, and Och'onch'ŏn.

There are also numerous hot springs in the area. Eighty percent of the county is composed of mountain forests, of which 58.9% is evergreen and 39.9% is deciduous.

Due to its location on the East Sea, Kyŏngsŏng's climate is generally mild, but the region is prone to fog. The annual average temperature is 6.6 °C (43.9 °F), −8.2 °C (17.2 °F) in January and 21.1 °C (70.0 °F) in August. The average annual rainfall is 648 mm (25.5 in) along the coast, but 800 mm (31 in) in the west.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Kyŏngsŏng County is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 5 rodongjagu [ko] (workers' districts) and 14 ri (villages):

  • Kyŏngsŏng-ŭp
  • Haonp'o-rodongjagu
  • Pakchung-rodongjagu
  • Ryongch'ŏl-lodongjagu
  • Saenggiryŏng-rodongjagu
  • Sŭng'am-rodongjagu
  • Changp'yŏng-ri
  • Chungp'yŏng-ri
  • Ha'myŏl-li
  • Hwaha-ri
  • Ilhyang-ri
  • Kwanmo-ri
  • Namsŏng-ri
  • Ondaejil-li
  • Osang-ri
  • Ryonghyŏl-li
  • Ryongsal-li
  • Sang'onp'o-ri
  • Taehyang-ri
  • Tokyŏl-li


Agriculture and fishery[edit]

Rice farming is carried out in the eastern region of Kyŏngsŏng. In the orchards, pears are the predominant crop. Small-scale fishing is also carried out.


The area is known in North Korea as a center of ceramics manufacture.


Tourist attractions include Kyŏngsŏng Castle and Kyŏngsŏng Nammun.



Kyŏngsŏng lies on the Pyŏngra Line railroad.


The county is divided into one town (ŭp), five worker's districts ("rodongjagu"), and 15 villages (ri).

See also[edit]