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Korean transcription(s)
   McCune-Reischauer Sariwŏn-si
   Revised Romanization Sariwon-si
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Clockwise from top: view of Sariwon, street in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province Art Theatre, Songbul Temple, Sariwon Folk Village
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Map of North Hwanghae showing the location of Sariwon
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Location within North Korea
Coordinates: 38°30′28″N125°45′16″E / 38.50778°N 125.75444°E / 38.50778; 125.75444
CountryFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Province North Hwanghae Province
Time zone UTC+9 (Pyongyang Time)

Sariwŏn (Korean pronunciation:  [sa.ɾi.wʌn] ) is the capital of North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.



The city's population as of 2008 is 307,764.

Administrative divisions

Sariwŏn is divided into 31 tong (neighbourhoods) and 9 ri (villages):

  • Ch'ŏlsan-dong
  • Kuch'ŏn 1-dong
  • Kuch'ŏn 2-dong
  • Kuch'ŏn 3-dong
  • Kuch'ŏn 4-dong
  • Kwangsŏng-dong
  • Kyŏng'am-dong
  • Man'gŭm-dong
  • Ŏsu-dong
  • Puk 1-dong
  • Puk 2-dong
  • Puk 3-dong
  • Puk 4-dong
  • Sangha-dong
  • Sangmae 1-dong
  • Sangmae 2-dong
  • San'ŏp-tong
  • Sinch'ang-dong
  • Sinhŭng 1-dong
  • Sinhŭng 2-dong
  • Sinyang-dong
  • Sŏngmun-dong
  • Sŏri-dong
  • Taesŏng-dong
  • Tong 1-dong
  • Tong 2-dong
  • Torim-dong
  • Ŭnbyŏl-dong
  • Unha 1-dong
  • Unha 2-dong
  • Wŏnju-dong
  • Chŏngbang-ri
  • Haesŏ-ri
  • Kuryong-ri
  • Migong-ri
  • Munhyŏl-li
  • Pungŭi-ri
  • Sŏnch'ŏng-ri
  • Sŏngsal-li
  • Taeryong-ri


Sariwŏn has the only pediatric hospital (founded by Hungarians in the 1950s) in the entire region; it serves 16 districts and 500,000 children and teens annually.


Sariwŏn has a Potassic/Potash Fertilizer Complex and a tractor factory.


Educational institutions include the University of Agriculture, University of Geology, University of Medicine, University of Education nos. 1 & 2 and the Sariwŏn Pharmaceutical College of Koryŏ.


The "Sariwŏn Folklore street" was constructed during Kim-Jong-il's rule. Built to display an ideal picture of ancient Korea, it includes buildings in the "historical style" and a collection of ancient Korean cannons. Although it is considered an inaccurate romanticized recreation of an ancient Korean street[ by whom? ], it is frequently used as a destination for foreigners on official government tours[ citation needed ]. Many older style Korean buildings exist in the city.

In 2020, Jongbangsan Hotel opened after several years of delays in construction. It has three main buildings and includes a gym and a swimming pool. [1]


Sariwŏn is served by Sariwŏn Ch'ŏngnyŏn and several other stations on both the P'yŏngbu and Hwanghae Ch'ŏngnyŏn lines of the Korean State Railway.

Sariwŏn has a trolleybus system with two Ikarus 280T articulated trolleybuses; they are converted from diesel Ikarus 280 buses due to the lack of roof equipment. Regular trolleybuses were mothballed at the depot from 2020. The service is supplemented by regular buses. [2]


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

Climate data for Sariwŏn (1991–2020)
Average high °C (°F)0.1
Daily mean °C (°F)−4.8
Average low °C (°F)−9.2
Average precipitation mm (inches)8.9
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Average snowy days4.
Average relative humidity (%)71.067.965.463.267.474.483.382.476.672.473.171.472.4
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration [3]

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Coordinates: 38°30′23″N125°45′35″E / 38.50639°N 125.75972°E / 38.50639; 125.75972