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Kaesong in 2015

Kaesong[a][1] (UK: /kˈsɒŋ/ kay-SONG,[2] US: /kˈsɔːŋ, ˈksɔːŋ, ˈɡsʌŋ/ kay-SAWNG, KAY-sawng, GAY-sung,[3][4][5] Korean: [kɛsʌŋ]) is a special city in the southern part of North Korea. It was the capital of Korea during the Taebong kingdom and Goryeo dynasty. The city is near the Kaesong Industrial Region close to the border with South Korea.

During the Japanese occupation from 1910 to 1945, the city was known by the Japanese pronunciation of its name, "Kaijō".[6] Between 1945 and 1950, Kaesong was part of South Korea and under its control.

The 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement left the city under North Korean control. Due to the city's close distance to the border with South Korea, Kaesong has hosted exchanges between the two countries as well as the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Region.

As of 2009, the city had a population of 192,578.[7]

In 2019, a large portion of Kesong was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong. The palaces, tombs, observatory, and other buildings in this site show the history of the Koryo Dynasty.[8][9]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. In the 19th century, Kaesong was also spelled Kaï-seng.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Corea" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. VI (9th ed.). New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1878. pp. 390–394.
  2. "Kaesŏng". Collins English Dictionary. HarperCollins. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  3. "Kaesong". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  4. "Kaesong". Lexico US Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  5. "Kaesong". Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
  6. Historic Map: Geographic overview Japan & Korea 1945 AD - 1B
  7. "City population by sex, city and city type". United Nations. 2009. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  8. "Historic Monuments and Sites of Kaesong". UNESCO. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  9. "DPR Korea: UN adds ancient city of Kaesong to its World Heritage list". UN News. June 23, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2020.