For other uses, see Sinpo (disambiguation).
Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
  McCune-Reischauer Sinp'o si
  Revised Romanization Sinpo-si
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 16 tong, 6 ri
Population (est.)
  Total 158,000

Sinp'o is a port city on the coast of the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) in central South Hamgyŏng province, North Korea. According to the last available census, approximately 158,000 people reside here.

Administrative Divisions

Sinp'o is divided into 16 tong (neighbourhoods) and 6 ri (villages):

  • Haeam 1-dong
  • Haeam 2-dong
  • Haesan-dong
  • Kwangbok 1-dong
  • Kwangbok 2-dong
  • Mayang-dong
  • Ŏhang-dong
  • P'ung'ŏ-dong
  • Ryŏnho-dong
  • Ryuktae 1-dong
  • Ryuktae 2-dong
  • Sinhŭng-dong
  • Tongho 1-dong
  • Tongho 2-dong
  • Yangji-dong
  • Poju-ri
  • Puch'ang-ri
  • Ryongjung-ri
  • Sinho-ri
  • Sinp'ung-ri
  • Yanghwa-ri


The average temperature is -4.1 ℃ in January and 22.6 ℃ in August. The average annual rainfall is 688 millimeters.



It is an important base for fishing, with a recent government emphasis on aquaculture. The DPRK has created aquacultural cooperatives and a central aquaculture office in the city.

Nuclear power

Near Sinp'o in 1987 the building of first national nuclear plant was started by the USSR but construction was cancelled in 1991 due to lack of funding and in 1993 finally according to political reasons.

Later this place was the site of two planned reactors which were to have been built by the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) with international support. Preparations on site began in 1994 and construction of a reactor started in 1997, but was never completed. The last foreign workers were removed from the area in January 2006.

Notable events

Sinp'o may have been the site of a severe railroad accident in 1995, with over 700 civilians killed. Those who died were passengers from the lower classes, packed into standing-room only cars. The survivors, mostly party elites and their relatives, were in safer cars at the front of the train.


Sinp'o Station is on the P'yŏngra Line of the Korean State Railway.

See also

Further reading

Coordinates: 40°02′5″N 128°11′8″E / 40.03472°N 128.18556°E / 40.03472; 128.18556

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