Anbyon County

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Anbyon County
안변군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Anbyŏn-gun
 • Revised Romanization Anbyeon-gun
Chonsam Cooperative Farm, Anbyon
Chonsam Cooperative Farm, Anbyon
Location of Anbyon County
Country North Korea
Province Kangwon Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 2 workers' districts, 28 ri

Anbyon is a kun, or county, in Kangwon province, North Korea. Originally included in South Hamgyong province, it was transferred to Kangwon province in a September 1946 reshuffling of local government.

Physical features[edit]

The southwest portion of the county is bounded by the Masikryong (마식령산맥) and Taebaek mountains, which meet at the pass of Chugaryong (추가령). The highest point is Paegamsan.

Anbyon's major streams include the Namdaechon and the Hakchon. The Anbyon Plain is situated along the Namdaechon's course. The temperature is warmer in the north than in the south.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture

In the Anbyon Plain, rice-farming is the predominant industry. Orcharding also plays an important role.

Manufacturing

Tile manufacturing also takes place.

Mining

There are local deposits of gold, silver, copper and zinc, but they are not widely exploited.

Electricity generation

In 2000, construction of the Anbyon Youth Power Station, a hydroelectric facility, was completed. The workers were honored with a personal communique from Kim Jong-il.[1]

Film-making

Anbyon is the setting for many North Korean films. Thus it has been dubbed the Hollywood of North Korea.

Chemicals

A chemical weapons storage facility is believed to be located in the county's Chiha-ri precinct. The facility is said to include numerous tunnels dug deep into the mountains, and may also host some biological weapons. [2]

Transport[edit]

The Kyongwon and Tonghae Pukpu railroads pass through the county, which is also served by road.

Wildlife[edit]

Anbyon contains a 1000 ha site, Anbyon Field, that has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it is a wintering ground for Red-crowned Cranes.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim Jong Il proclaims completion of Anbyon Youth Power Station". KCNA. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Anbyon: Chiha-ri Chemical Corporation". GlobalSecurity.org. Archived from the original on 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Anbyon field". Important Bird Areas factsheet. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 

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Coordinates: 39°01′48″N 127°30′00″E / 39.03000°N 127.50000°E / 39.03000; 127.50000