Hochon County

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Hochon County
허천군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 虛川郡
 • McCune-Reischauer Hŏch'ŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Heocheon-gun
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 5 workers' districts, 17 ri
Area
 • Total 1,684 km2 (650 sq mi)
Population (1991 est.)
 • Total 100,000

Hochon County is a county in South Hamgyong province, North Korea. It was created after the division of Korea, from portions of Tanchon and Pungsan.

Most of the county is steep and mountainous, and particularly so in the southeast. There are numerous high peas. The Pujonryong and Komdok Mountains (검덕산맥) pass through the county, which reaches its highest peak at Komdoksan.

The chief stream is the Namdaechon. Some 90% of the county is forestland.

Mining and electrical power are the chief local industries. There are deposits of copper, iron ore, lead, and zinc. Local crops include maize, soybeans, and potatoes, but cultivation is difficult due to the mountainous terrain.

The Tanpung and Mantok railroad lines pass through Hochon, as do various roads.

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