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city, Cholla-puk do (province), western South Korea. Kunsan is situated 25 miles (40 km) west-northwest of the provincial capital, Chonju, and 7.5 miles (12 km) from the mouth of the Kum River. From the time of the Yi dynasty (1392-1910), it was noted as a rice-shipping port, and much of its commercial activities centred on processing, storing, and transporting rice grown on the rich Kum River plain. A thermoelectric plant was constructed after independence was achieved in 1945, and paper, lumber, rubber, and plastic industries began to develop. Pop. (1985) 185,649.