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   Chosŏn'gŭl 강계시
   Hancha 江界市
   McCune-Reischauer Kanggye-si
   Revised Romanization Ganggye-si
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Factory in Kanggye
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Map of Chagang showing the location of Kanggye
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Location within North Korea
Coordinates: 40°58′N126°36′E / 40.967°N 126.600°E / 40.967; 126.600
CountryFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Province Chagang Province
Administrative divisions 34 tong, 2 ri
  Total263.667 km2 (101.802 sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Pyongyang Time)

Kanggye (Korean pronunciation:  [kɐŋ.ɡje] ) is the provincial capital of Chagang, North Korea and has a population of 251,971. Because of its strategic importance, derived from its topography, it has been of military interest from the time of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).



During the Korean War, after being driven from Pyongyang, Kim Il Sung and his government temporarily moved the capital to Kanggye after first moving temporarily to Sinuiju. [1] [2]


Kanggye is located at the merging point of four rivers, including the Changja River.


Kanggye has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification: Dwa).

Climate data for Kanggye (1981–2010)
Average high °C (°F)−5.1
Daily mean °C (°F)−12.7
Average low °C (°F)−18.7
Average precipitation mm (inches)9.6
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Average snowy days8.
Average relative humidity (%)77.972.667.965.068.173.679.880.378.274.077.479.374.5
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration [3]

Administrative divisions

Kanggye is divided into 34 tong (neighbourhoods) and two ri (villages):

  • Changja-dong
  • Ch'ungsŏng-dong
  • Hyangro-dong
  • Hŭngju-dong
  • Kangsŏ-dong
  • Koyŏng 1-dong
  • Koyŏng 2-dong
  • Konggwi-dong
  • Kong'in-dong
  • Mansu-dong
  • Nammun-dong
  • Namsan-dong
  • Namch'ŏn-dong
  • Naeryong-dong
  • Oeryong-dong
  • Puch'ang-dong
  • Pukmun-dong
  • Rodongja-dong
  • Ryu-dong
  • Sinmun-dong
  • Sŏsan-dong
  • Sŏkcho-dong
  • Sŏkhyŏn-dong
  • Such'im-dong
  • Taeŭng-dong
  • Tŏksan-dong
  • Tongbu-dong
  • Tongmun-dong
  • Ŭijin-dong
  • Ŭnjŏng-dong
  • Yahak-tong
  • Yŏnju-dong
  • Yŏnp'ung-dong
  • Yŏnsŏk-tong
  • Sinhŭng-ri
  • Tuhŭng-ri


Kanggye is a transportation hub, connected to other cities by road, rail and air. It lies at the junction of the Kanggye and Manp'o Lines. In addition, highways connect it to Pyongyang and other locations. The city is located near a military and civilian dual-purpose air station.

Kanggye has a trolleybus system, opened on April 17, 1992. [4] It is served by a fleet of at least 5 trolleybuses.


Local radio station called "Kanggye Broadcasting(강계방송)"(originally founded in 1947 as a local broadcasting station for North Pyongan Province, became a local broadcasting station for Chagang Province in 1949),operated by the Chagang province broadcasting committee(자강도 방송위원회), is located, which airs programs that considers topics such as ideology education or local weather information. [5]


Kanggye University of Education, Kanggye University of Technology, and the Kanggye University of Medicine are located in the city.

Places of tourist interest include Inphung Pavilion and Mount Ryonhwa.


From 1945, the manufacturing industry developed rapidly.

Kanggye has a mining industry producing copper, zinc ore, coal and graphite.

Kanggye hosts one of the main timber processing factories of Chagang province and North Korea.

Kanggye Timber Processing Factory

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Kanggye Timber Processing Factory is a small state-run factory located in Kanggye City. At the start of operations, it produced only two kinds of furniture (dining tables and sterilized chopsticks) through manual labour. Over time it has developed into a comprehensive modernized furniture producer, producing woodwork with a hundred and dozens of modern facilities in production.

Amongst machinery in use are three- and four-faced automatic planes, all-purpose polishers, joining machines, and grooving saws.

Meanwhile, the factory has directed an effort into the programme of modernizing the drying job, which is an important part of the woodworking process. By making technical innovations (such as replacing a boiler-induced drying process drying ovens and using fuels other than coal) the factory increased production and lowered manpower.[ citation needed ]

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Coordinates: 40°58′N126°36′E / 40.967°N 126.600°E / 40.967; 126.600