Kimhyonggwon County

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For the uncle of Kim Il-sung, see Kim Hyŏng-gwŏn.
Kim Hyong-gwon County
김형권군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Kimhyŏnggwŏn-kun
 • Revised Romanization Gimhyeonggwon-gun
Country North Korea
Region Ryanggang Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 1 workers' district, 17 ri
Area
 • Total 1,243 km2 (480 sq mi)

Kimhyŏnggwŏn County is a kun, or county, in southeastern Ryanggang province, North Korea. It borders South Hamgyong to the south. Previously known as Pungsan, it was renamed by Kim Il Sung in 1990. He named it after his uncle, Kim Hyong Kwon. It is known for its striking scenery and for the Pungsan Dog, a large breed of hunting dog.

Kimhyŏnggwŏn lies on the southeastern edge of the Kaema Plateau, and is covered with mountainous terrain. The Hamgyong Mountains and the Puksubaek Mountains both pass through the county. The highest peak is Paeksan. There are many streams; the chief among them is the Hochon River. Some 88% of the county's area is occupied by forestland.

There are several hydroelectric power stations in the county. There is also a great deal of dry-field farming; the chief local crops include hops and flax. In addition, potatoes, wheat, soybeans, and barley are grown, and livestock are also raised. In addition, there is some manufacturing and mining, with deposits of gold, nickel, graphite and iron sulfide found in the county. Kimhyŏnggwŏn is served by road, but not by rail.

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