Puryong County

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Puryong County
부령군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 富寧郡
 • McCune-Reischauer Puryŏng kun
 • Revised Romanization Buryeong-gun
Country North Korea
Province North Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp;, 3 workers' districts, 5 ri
Area
 • Total 1,900 km2 (700 sq mi)

Puryong County is a kun, or county, in North Hamgyong province, North Korea.

Most of the county is mountainous, being traversed by the Hamgyong Range and its outlying spurs. The highest point is Kosŏngsan (Chosŏn'gŭl: 고성산, Hancha: 姑城山), 1,754 meters above sea level. Many other high peaks are also found in the county. The chief stream is the Susŏgch'ŏn (Chosŏn'gŭl: 수성천. Hancha: 輸城川).

90% of the county is forested. Rare mammals inhabit the area, including the marten, brown bear, and Amur leopard. The climate is affected by both maritime and continental influences.

The local economy is dominated by metalworking, mining, and electric power. Deposits of gold, copper, quartzite, and limestone are found in the county. The intermontane valleys are home to grain farms where corn, soybeans, rice, wheat, barley, proso millet, and millet are harvested. Rice fields make up 2% of the county's area. Sericulture is also practiced.

Puryong lies on the Hambuk Line and Musan Line railroads, and is also served by roads.

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Puryong was one of the six post/garrisons (Chosŏn'gŭl: 육진; hancha: 六鎭) established under the order of Sejong the Great of Joseon (1418–1450) to safeguard his people from the hostile Chinese and Manchurian nomads living in Manchuria.

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