Chung-guyŏk (Central District) is one of the 19 guyok which constitute the city of Pyongyang, North Korea. The district is located in the center of the city, between the Potong and Taedong Rivers, and is bordered to the north by Moranbong-guyok, to the northwest by Potonggang-guyok, and to the south by Pyongchon-guyok.

Korean transcription(s)
 • Revised RomanizationJung-guyeok
 • McCune–ReischauerChung-guyŏk
The Grand People's Study House and Kim Il-sung Square (with Ryugyong Hotel in background)
CountryNorth Korea
Administrative divisions19 administrative dong


As the centre of Pyongyang, the district holds many of the city's most important buildings. The famous Kim Il-sung Square is located along the banks of the Taedong river, together with the Grand People's Study House, which is the national library of North Korea.[1] Chung-guyok was once the historical centre of Pyongyang, and was almost completely obliterated during the Korean War by American bombing. Vestiges of the old city can still be seen, and the district is home to several of North Korea's National Treasures, including the rebuilt Potong and Taedong Gates, the Pyongyang Bell, the Ryongwang Pavilion, and the Sungryong and Sungin Halls.[2] Other buildings include the Koryo Hotel, Taedonggang Hotel, Pyongyang First Department Store, The National Stamp museum of the DPRK, The Pyongyang Central Children's palace and Taedongmoon Cinema.

The Pyongyang Metro runs through this district, with stops at Yonggwang, Ponghwa and Sungri stations. Pyongyang's central railway station is also located here.

Executive offices of the North Korean government and its industry are located in the area. This is also the headquarters borough of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.


Air Koryo has a booking office in Tongsŏng-dong.[3]

Administrative divisions

Chung-guyok is divided into nineteen administrative districts known as dong.[4]

Chosŏn'gŭl Hancha
Ch'anggwang-dong 창광동
Chongro-dong 종로동
Chungsŏng-dong 중성동
Haebangsan-dong 해방산동 解放
Kyogu-dong 교구동
Kyŏngrim-dong 경림동
Kyŏngsang-dong 경상동
Mansu-dong 만수동
Oesŏng-dong 외성동
Ot'an-dong 오탄동
Pot'ongmun-dong 보통문동
Ryŏnhwa-dong 련화동
Ryusŏng-dong 류성동
Sŏch'ang-dong 서창동 西
Sŏmun-dong 서문동 西
Taedongmun-dong 대동문동
Tong'an-dong 동안동
Tonghŭng-dong 동흥동
Tongsŏng-dong 동성동
Yŏkchŏn-dong 역전동


  1. ^ The Grand People's Study House of the DPR of Korea. UN System Depository Libraries. Retrieved on August 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2009-05-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Contact Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine." Air Koryo. Retrieved on August 6, 2009.
  4. ^

Coordinates: 39°00′00″N 125°44′24″E / 39.00000°N 125.74000°E

Chongnyu Pavilion

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Jung District

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This is a partial list of the natural monuments of North Korea. A total of 935 natural monuments have been designated.

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North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or DPR Korea) (Korean: 조선민주주의인민공화국, Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk), is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang the capital and the largest city in the country. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia, under Gwanggaeto the Great. To the north and northwest, the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in Chinese) and Tumen rivers; it is bordered to the south by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two. Nevertheless, North Korea, like its southern counterpart, claims to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands.In 1910, Korea was annexed by Imperial Japan. After the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II in 1945, Korea was divided into two zones, with the north occupied by the Soviet Union and the south occupied by the United States. Negotiations on reunification failed, and in 1948, separate governments were formed: the socialist Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north, and the capitalist Republic of Korea in the south. An invasion initiated by North Korea led to the Korean War (1950–1953). The Korean Armistice Agreement brought about a ceasefire, but no peace treaty was signed.North Korea officially describes itself as a "self-reliant" socialist state, and formally holds elections, though said elections have been described by outside observers as sham elections. Outside observers also generally view North Korea as a Stalinist totalitarian dictatorship, particularly noting the elaborate cult of personality around Kim Il-sung and his family. The Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), led by a member of the ruling family, holds power in the state and leads the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland of which all political officers are required to be members. Juche, an ideology of national self-reliance, was introduced into the constitution in 1972. The means of production are owned by the state through state-run enterprises and collectivized farms. Most services such as healthcare, education, housing and food production are subsidized or state-funded. From 1994 to 1998, North Korea suffered a famine that resulted in the deaths of between 240,000 and 420,000 people, and the population continues to suffer malnutrition. North Korea follows Songun, or "military-first" policy. It is the country with the highest number of military and paramilitary personnel, with a total of 9,495,000 active, reserve and paramilitary personnel, or approximately 37% of its population. Its active duty army of 1.21 million is the fourth largest in the world, after China, the United States and India; consisting of 4.8% of its population. It possesses nuclear weapons.The UN inquiry into human rights in North Korea concluded that, "The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world". The North Korean regime strongly denies most allegations, accusing international organizations of fabricating human rights abuses as part of a smear campaign with the covert intention of undermining the state, although they admit that there are human rights issues relating to living conditions which the regime is attempting to correct.In addition to being a member of the United Nations since 1991, the sovereign state is also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, G77 and the ASEAN Regional Forum.

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Sungin Hall

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Originally, the hall included 10 another wings including annexes, grand gates (in each directions) and quarters. During Korean War, several annexes were demolished yet quarter and grate gate were restored, which was finally moved to the current site.

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Taedongmoon Cinema

Taedongmoon Cinema (Chosŏn'gŭl: 대동문영화관; RR: Taedongmun-Yeonghwagwan) is a movie theater located in Sungri Street, Chung-guyok, Pyongyang, North Korea. The cinema is located near the Taedong River.Taedongmoon Cinema was built in 1955. It's architectural style is that of retro; faux ancient Greek columns line its facade. Originally it had only a single screen, but since renovations to the interior in 2008 there have been two.It is considered the most important cinema of Pyongyang and serves as the flagship cinema for domestic film screenings. Occasionally, when foreign films are screened, the screening is for an invited audience only with no access by the general public. It is also used for screenings of the Pyongyang International Film Festival.

Tongil Station

Tongil Station is a station on Chŏllima Line of the Pyongyang Metro.

Yonggwang Station

Yŏnggwang Station is a metro station on the Mangyongdae Line of the Pyongyang Metro.

Before the rules were relaxed in 2010, it was one of the only two stations that tourists could visit, the other one being Puhung Station. These two stations are the most finely decorated in the system, to cater to tourists, and also were the last two to be completed. The station features murals on either side of the tunnel, 80 metres (260 ft) long each.


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