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 west. 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.


Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-ReischauerKusŏng si
 • Revised RomanizationGuseong-si
Map of North Pyongan showing the location of Kusong
Map of North Pyongan showing the location of Kusong
Kusong is located in North Korea
Location within North Korea
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
CountryNorth Korea
ProvinceNorth Pyongan Province
Administrative divisions24 tong, 18 ri
 • Total666.8 km2 (257.5 sq mi)
 • Total196,515
 • Dialect
Time zoneUTC+9 (Pyongyang Time)

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 divisionsEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  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.


Further readingEdit

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

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