North Korea Travel Guide: Chongjin
Chongjin has earned the nickname ‘City of Iron’ by being the main centre for heavy industry in the country.
The skyline of the city is dominated by the Kim Chaek Iron and Steelworks which highlights the economic importance of the city.
Chongjin also serves as the provincial capital of North Hamgyong Province.
Take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.
The slogan ‘Our Country is the Best’ adorns the sides of the only trolleybus system outside of Pyongyang.
The central square in Chongjin features statues of the Great Leaders, as is customary in North Korea.
The area is being redeveloped as part of the nationwide policy of ‘socialist economic construction’.
Visit a local kindergarten with a small student theatrical and musical performance. Tourists are also given a tour of the facilities and an introduction to the early-education system in North Korea.
See a variety of mushrooms being produced in this mushroom factory/farm, and taste some for yourself!
Bar, billiards, restaurant and a sauna for merchant mariners visiting Chongjin. A great place to relax after a few days on the bumpy northeastern road network.
A basic hotel for foreign tourists near Chongjin Central Railway Station. The hotel offers basic rooms, a restaurant, sauna and on-site micro-brewery.
The former foreign expert apartments for Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments.
Basic rooms are available here with great food and hospitable service.
Chongjin can be reached overland from the Chinese border at Namyang or Hoeryong or enter from Russia at Rason.
There is a flight from Pyongyang to Chongjin’s Orang airport which is an option for tourists who wish to travel to the northeast directly from the capital. It is also possible to travel to the city from Pyongyang on the train (rail travel is only available on limited dates and is subject to change).