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For the river in South Korea, see Tancheon.
Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl 단천시
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Tanch'ŏn si
 • Revised Romanization Dancheon-si
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 6 dong, 9 workers' districts, 38 ri
 • Total 2,170 km2 (840 sq mi)
Population (est.)
 • Total 360,000

Tanch'ŏn is a port city in northeastern South Hamgyong province, North Korea. It has a population of approximately 360,000. Tanchon borders the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea), into which the Namdae River flows.


There are extensive mineral resources in the area, including cobalt, magnesite, and iron ore. The city is known for its chemical production, textiles, metal ware, machinery,smelting.


The City of Tanchon is featured in the PC game Tradewinds.


Tanchon is situated on the Pyongra Line railroad. In 2012 the city's port was renovated and upgraded.[1] Tanchon port was reconstructed, and a ceremony marking the completion was taken place on December 2012. In the ceremony, a joint congratulatory message sent by the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Cabinet was read to the officials and members of shock brigades who performed labor feats in the construction of the port.[2]


The population of Chinese Gorals in Tanchon has been designated North Korean natural monument #293.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tanchon Port reconstruction completed", NK Economy Watch.
  2. ^ "Tanchon Port reconstruction completed". North Korea Leadership Watch. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "단천산양". Cultural Heritage Administration guide to North Korean natural monuments. Retrieved 2006-12-01. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dormels, Rainer. North Korea's Cities: Industrial facilities, internal structures and typification. Jimoondang, 2014. ISBN 978-89-6297-167-5

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°27′29″N 128°54′40″E / 40.458°N 128.911°E / 40.458; 128.911