• Statue of President Kim Il Sung at Paeksong-ri revolutionary site near Pyongsong, North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours.

Pyongsong | Provincial Capital of South Pyongan

A Satellite City of Pyongyang

Dubbed by some in the West as the Silicon Valley of the DPRK, given that it has several scientific institutions and a scientists street, Pyongsong city is the provincial capital of South Pyongan and was established in 1969.

It was opened to Western tourists in 2013, though several groups had to stay there overnight, at the Jangsusan Hotel, the only hotel available to foreigners in this city, back in 2012 during the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of President Kim Il Sung, given that accommodation in the capital was fully booked. Luckily our groups were able to stay overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel then.

Location

Pyongsong is located about 30 km to the northeast of the capital of North Korea. It takes around 40 minutes to drive there from Pyongyang.

Location of Pyongsong city on a map of North Korea

It is possible to stay overnight in Pyongsong when going to Mount Myohyang and continue your journey north the next day.

Given its proximity to the capital, this mining city is referred to as a "Satellite City" of Pyongyang.

Pyongsong Central Square

Pyongsong central square in North Korea. Pyongsong is the capital of South Pyongan province, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours

There are bronze statues of the leaders, the history museum and the town hall can also been seen from the square.

In our video below taken in 2013 you can see that there was a single statue of a young President Kim Il Sung:

The slogan you can read in the video means "One Unified Heart" and in the middle the emblem of the Workers' Party of Korea; a hammer (representing the industrial class), a sickle (representing the farming class) and a brush (representing the intelectual class).

Pyongsong town hall in North Korea. Pyongsong is the capital of South Pyongan province, DPRK. This city is called by some in the west as the silicon valley of North Korea. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Pyongsong Town Hall

Paeksongri Revolutionary Site

This is where Kim Il Sung University, the top university in the DPRK, was moved to during the Korean War.

Paeksong-ri revolutionary site near Pyongsong city in North Korea, DPRK. This is where Kim Il Sung University was moved to during the Korean War. Picture taken by KTG Tours.

It is a short drive away from Pyongsong city and located in a valley.

Paeksong revolutionary site near Pyongsong city, DPRK (North Korea). Kim Il Sung University was relocated here during the Korean War. Picture taken by KTG Tours.

We visit where students studied, ate and their dorms.

Former student dorms at the Paeksongri revolutionary site near Pyongsong city, DPRK (North Korea). This hidden site in a valley in South Pyongan province is where Kim Il Sung University was relocated during the Korean War. Join KTG Tours to visit North Korea!

Doksung Primary School

We can walk around the school and check some of their lessons. Kids are very talented playing table-tennis in this school. You can ask KTG's Tim about it!

Could you take on a Pyongsong junior school pupil at ping pong? Tim thought he could.

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There are also dance classes and we can sometimes see the students practicing or performing if these are on when we visit the school.

North Korean students dancing at Dongsuk Primary School in Pyongsong city lining up in the morning before class. This is in South Pyongan province in North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Dance class at Dongsuk Primary School

North Korean students on computers at a maths lesson in Dongsuk Primary School in Pyongsong city lining up in the morning before class. This is in South Pyongan province in North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Maths class at Dongsuk Primary School

Kim Jong Suk Number 1 Middle School

This is the best middle school in the city.

Rocket at Pyongsong middle school in North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Students here have won international maths competitions.

Lesson at Kim Jong Suk Number One Middle High School in Pyongsong city, capital of South Pyongan province, North Korea (DPRK). Picture taken by KTG Tours

We usually walk around the classrooms and have the chance to speak to students, whether during their lessons or in the playground.

KTG Tours traveller at Kim Jong Suk Number One Middle School in Pyongsong city, capital of South Pyongan province with the school's headmaster and a teacher

KTG traveller with the headmaster and a teacher

Students of Kim Jong Suk Number 1 Middle School in Pyongsong city lining up in the morning before class. This is in South Pyongan province in North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Students lining up and marching before class

Factories & Hotel

We usually arrange a visit to either the Paeksong Food Factory or the Taedonggang Textile Factory.

As for accommodation in Pyongsong, the only option available is the Jangsusan Hotel.

The Jangsusan Hotel in Pyongsong city, North Korea, DPRK. This is the only hotel in the city where foreigners can stay. Picture taken by KTG Tours.

The Jangsusan Hotel is the only hotel in Pyongsong where foreigners can stay. Below is a picture of the hotel back in 2013 before it had been repainted.

The Jangsusan Hotel in Pyongsong city, North Korea, DPRK. This was back in 2013 when the city just opened to tourism. Picture taken by KTG Tours.

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Please click on North Korea Places of Interest page for more information on areas that can be visited in the DPRK other than Pyongsong.

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