Chorwon County

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This article is about the North Korean county formerly known as Anhyŏp. For the neighbouring county of the same name in South Korea, see Cheorwon County.
Chorwon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Ch'ŏrwŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Cheorwon-gun
Location of Chorwon County
Country North Korea
Province Kangwon Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 36 ri
 • Total 457 km2 (176 sq mi)
Population (1991 est.)
 • Total 100,000

Chorwon County is a kun, or county, in Kangwon province, North Korea. Portions of it were once a single county together with the county of the same name in South Korea; other portions were added from neighboring counties in the 1956 reorganization of local governments.[1] After the initial division of Korea, the entire county lay to the Northern side of the dividing line, but in the course of the Korean War part of the county was taken by the South.

The county's terrain is mountainous in the north, but gradually more level towards the south. The Masikryong Mountains pass through the county; the highest point of which is the 1,360-metre (4,460 ft) Taehwa Peak (대왕덕산). The chief watercourse is the Rimjin River. Approximately 54% of the county's area is occupied by forests.

The chief local industry is agriculture. The county is a major producer of rice for North Korea. Additional crops include maize, soybeans, wheat, and barley. Other local industries include mining, sericulture, and orcharding. The county is host to deposits of coal, iron ore, magnetite, and manganese. There is little manufacturing.

The county is not connected to the national rail grid, but is served by roads.


  1. ^ "철원군의 북한". Dusan World Encyclopedia ( mirror). Retrieved 2007-05-22. 

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