P'yŏngsŏng (평성, Korean pronunciation: [pʰjʌŋ.sʌŋ]) is a city in North Korea, the capital city of South P'yŏngan province in western North Korea. The city is located about 32 kilometres northeast of P'yŏngyang, and was formally established in December 1969. It has a population of 284,386.[1]


Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-ReischauerP'yŏngsŏng-si
 • Revised RomanizationPyeongseong-si
City centre
City centre
Map of South Pyongan showing the location of Pyongsong
Map of South Pyongan showing the location of Pyongsong
P'yŏngsŏng is located in North Korea
Location within North Korea
Coordinates: 39°15′N 125°51′E / 39.250°N 125.850°E / 39.250; 125.850Coordinates: 39°15′N 125°51′E / 39.250°N 125.850°E / 39.250; 125.850
Country North Korea
ProvinceSouth P'yŏngan
Administrative divisions20 tong, 14 ri
 • Total284,386
 • Dialect
Time zoneUTC+9 (Pyongyang Time)

Administrative divisionsEdit

P'yŏngsŏng-si is divided into 20 tong (neighbourhoods) and 14 ri (villages):

  • Chungdŏk-tong (중덕동)
  • Churye-dong (주례동)
  • Hach'a-dong (하차동)
  • Haksu-dong (학수동)
  • Kuwŏl-dong (구월동)
  • Munhwa-dong (문화동)
  • Okchŏn-dong (옥전동)
  • Ori-dong (오리동)
  • Podŏk-tong (보덕동)
  • Samhwa-dong (삼화동)
  • Sangch'a-dong (상차동)
  • Songryŏng-dong (송령동)
  • Ponghak-tong (봉학동)
  • P'yŏngsŏng-dong (평성동)
  • Raengch'ŏn-dong (랭천동)
  • Tŏksŏng-dong (덕성동)
  • Tumu-dong (두무동)
  • Ŭndŏk-tong (은덕동)
  • Yangji-dong (양지동)
  • Yŏkch'ŏn-dong (역전동)
  • Chamo-ri (자모리)
  • Chasal-li (자산리)
  • Ch'ŏng'ong-ri (청옥리)
  • Hadal-li (하단리)
  • Hut'al-li (후탄리)
  • Hwap'o-ri (화포리)
  • Koch'ŏl-li (고천리)
  • Kyŏngsil-li (경신리)
  • Ŏjung-ri (어중리)
  • Paeksong-ri (백송리)
  • Ryulhwa-ri (률화리)
  • Samryong-ri (삼룡리)
  • Unhŭng-ri (운흥리)
  • Wŏlp'o-ri (월포리)


P'yŏngsŏng-si has two stations on the P'yŏngra Line of the Korean State Railway, one in P'yŏngsŏng-dong and one in Ponghak-tong.

Due to location and good transport, P'yŏngsŏng-si is the location of many wholesale businesses importing products from China.[2]


Having been initially established with the idea of functioning as a center for North Korea's science and technology sectors, Pyongsong-si is the location of several colleges, universities, and research center:

  • Pyongsong University of Science - reputed to include a nuclear physics department, the researchers of which contribute to North Korea's nuclear program. The department runs the Atomic Energy Research Institute.[3][4]
  • Pyongsong University of Medicine (functions as South Pyongan province's regional medical training institute)
  • Space Science Research Institute

Sister citiesEdit


  1. ^ Central Bureau of Statistics, Pyongyang, DPR Korea; 2008 Population Census, National Report (pdf-fil) Läst 17 januari 2010.
  2. ^ James Pearson, Ju-min Park (4 June 2015). "Pyongyang Bling: The rise of North Korea's consumer comrades". Reuters. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
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  5. ^ "Agreement signed between DPRK and Bulgaria". KCNA. 10 February 2000. Archived from the original on 8 September 2017. Retrieved 3 December 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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