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Originally a fishing village, Chongjin (literally translated as 'clear river crossing') underwent massive growth during the 20th century as the Japanese made it into a major port and industrial city, producing steel, machinery and chemical fibres, building its grid of roads to serve those ends and its population of what was, by 1945, some 300,000 people. Around two-thirds of that number survived the US shells and bombs of the Korean War, to blossom into the DPRK’s second-largest industrial city, to which it still has something of a pungent claim. There is an array of factories, mills, towering chimneys and spindly black cranes, while its 627,000 inhabitants live in a mix of spaciously laid-out concrete apartment blocks, or densely packed single-storey cottages under forests of tall wooden-box chimneys. The overall feel of most of these structures is they’re from a past era.
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One of the DPRK’s major industrial centres for decades, it is now a powerful study in the DPRK’s decline.
Kim Hyon-hui
North Korea Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Chongjin

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Museum of Revolutionary Activities of Comrade Kim Il Sung

Adjacent to the Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il statues, this museum tells the truly grotesque story of how locals were burned alive protecting trees with revolutionary slogans on them during a forest fire. On display in the museum are materials about the revolutionary activities of President Kim Il Sung, leader Kim Jong Il and mother Kim Jong Suk. A bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung stands in the plaza in front of the museum situated in the center of Pohang district, Chongjin. The 3-storey museum on a floor space of 9,210 square meters has 46 exhibition rooms. It was inaugurated on October 10, Juche 58 (1969).
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Kim Chaek No 1 Iron and Steel Complex

Chongjin is dominated by its huge steelworks. The Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex is North Korea's largest steel mill, with an annual production of six million tons of steel and iron, or about half of North Korea's total steel production. Japan's Mitsubishi Cooperation established the Chongjin Ironworks this location during the colonial period in 1938, and its scale was later expanded under Kim Il Sung's policy of emphasizing heavy industry in the mid-1950's and 1960s. In 1975, the Soviet Union provided technology and equipment for steel, hot and cold rolled steel production. The Soviet Union provided further assistance during the 1980s, but after the collapse of the USSR Russia stopped supplying coke needed for the strength of iron and steel.
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Chongjin Port

Chongjin's port has established itself as an important componenent of busy international shipping trade with neighbouring parts of Northeast and Southeast Asia. Of DPRK's eight international shipping ports, Chongjin is thought to be second most economically significant (after Nampho port on the west coast) and serves as a base of trade to Russia and Japan. Chongjin also boasts a seamen's club which caters to foreign crews and is used as a meeting base for North Koreans and foreigners engaged in the shipping trade.
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Chongjin Steelworks Kindergarten

This is one of the best kindergartens in the country. A school with 320 5/6 year olds doing music teaching that we would recognise in the west, except that we do teaching and learning, in DPRK its conditioning.
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Kyongsong Town Fort and South Gate

This is perhaps the only intact city wall in North Korea. The town's South gate is separately registered as National Treasure No. 119. Built in a plain area during the Koryo dynasty, the fort is in the Sungam workers' district. It was built in 1107. Its circumference is 2,200 m, 7.2 m high fort has 7 batteries, and on its top there are 560 small walls for shooting arrows. There were gates in the north, south, east and west, but at present only the South Gate remains. The South Gate has all the general characteristics of the Korean fort gates built during the Li dynasty. The pavilion on the gate has traverse beams, but it preserves its majestic shape as a fort gate. In the past barracks, armory, food storage, government office and dwelling houses were within around the fort and 3.5 m wide and 4.5 m deep moat was around the fort. The Kyongsong Fort and South Gate were used as a strong point defending the north of the country and played an important role in defeating the foreign invaders during the Imjin Patriotic War.
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Kyongsong Hot Spa

The Spa contains simple silica (carbonic acid, hydrocarbonic acid, sulphuric acid and natrium) strong alkalic and weak radon hot spa, It is in Haonpho workers' district 2 km away from Kyongsong Town. The spa is effective for internal and external diseases, but more effective for chronic gastroenteritis, stomach and duodenum ulcer, chronic bronchitis, silicosis, mercury and lead poisoning, chronic sulphide carbonic acid poisining, obesity and light diabetis. Kim Jong Suk Sanatorium is situated here. Covering an area of 300 ha the sanatorium has facilities for hot bathing, warm bathing, sand bathing, curative exercise and physical threatment.
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Yombun Revolutionary Site

It is a place where President Kim Il Sung and Kim Sung and Kim Jong Suk came taking young Kim Jong Il along with them, and gave on-site guidance. Lying 4 km from Kyongsong Town, the place is called Yombunjin as salt was made there in the past. On September 25, Juche 36 (1947) President Kim Il Sung talked with the fisherman calling them to building a new country. The places where he talked with the fishermen and where he posed for a photograph, the rocky islet where he visited by boat, the site where he fished, a spring and Kyesung Peak which young Kim Jong Il climbed are preserved well.
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Jipsam Revolutionary Site

Jipsam is a historic place where the anti-Japanese heroine Kim Jong Suk, together with young Kim Jong Il, visited, talked with fishermen and showed them the way to building a more civilized prosperious country. In Jipsam there is a monument to her revolutionary activities. You also can visit sites No.1 and 2 where she talked with the fishermen and demonstrated her marks-manship. There is also a branch of the Kyongsong Revolutionary Museum here.
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Chongjin Electronic Library

This 'E-Library' is full of occasionally working computers that are theoretically linked to the national intranet. In the building next door, a highly aspirational model of the future development of Chongjin can be seen.

Best Time to Visit Chongjin

In Chongjin, the summers are comfortable, humid, wet, and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, dry, windy, and mostly clear. Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Chongjin for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid September.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
0
Feb
2
Mar
7
Apr
13
May
18
Jun
20
Jul
24
Aug
26
Sep
22
Oct
16
Nov
8
Dec
2
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
10
Feb
10
Mar
19
Apr
30
May
57
Jun
94
Jul
112
Aug
155
Sep
94
Oct
44
Nov
30
Dec
14
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
0ºC
10mm

FEB
2ºC
10mm

MAR
7ºC
19mm

APR
13ºC
30mm

MAY
18ºC
57mm

JUN
20ºC
94mm

JUL
24ºC
112mm

AUG
26ºC
155mm

SEP
22ºC
94mm

OCT
16ºC
44mm

NOV
8ºC
30mm

DEC
2ºC
14mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Chongjin, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Chongjin on a bespoke touring itinerary to North Korea (DPRK), do not hesitate to contact us.
Self Drive into North Korea

Rason - Chongjin - Mount Paektu - Hamhung - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang - Pyongyang - Kaesong (DMZ)
Unseen DPRK Long Tour

Pyongyang - Hamhung - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang - Mount Paektu - Mount Chilbo - Chongjin