Wonsan

(redirected from Wonsan, North Korea)
Also found in: Dictionary.

Wonsan

(wŭn`sän), Jap. Gensan, city (1993 pop. 300,148), capital of Kangwon prov., SE North Korea, on the Sea of Japan (or East Sea). It is a major port and naval base, with a natural harbor protected by a line of islands. The city has important fish and fish-processing industries. Oil refining, rice processing, and the manufacture of locomotives, textiles, ships, chemicals, and leather goods are also important. Opened to foreign trade in 1883, Wonsan became a Japanese naval base in World War II. It suffered heavy damage during the Korean War.

Wonsan

 

(also Genzan), a city in the Korean Democratic People’s Republic. Administrative center of Kangwon Do Province. Population, 122,000(1955).

Wonsan is a major seaport and fishing base on the eastern shore of Korea, located in a convenient natural harbor in the Yonhungman Bay (part of the East Korea Bay of the Sea of Japan). There is machine building in the city (a shipyard and a railroad-car plant), as well as chemical, textile, and food-processing industries (including a fish cannery). Near Wonsan is the large Munchon Plant, which turns out nonferrous metals. Also located in the city are a number of higher educational institutions and scientific research institutes.

References in periodicals archive ?
The current Man Gyong Bong crosses the Sea of Japan between Niigata and Wonsan, North Korea, more than 20 times every year.
The ship usually plies between Niigata, also on the Sea of Japan coast, and Wonsan, North Korea, about three times a month to carry Korean residents in Japan visiting their relatives in North Korea.