Songwon County

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Songwon County
송원군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 松源郡
 • McCune-Reischauer Songwŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Songwon-gun
Country North Korea
Province Chagang Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 1 workers' district, 11 ri
Area
 • Total 1,080 km2 (420 sq mi)
Population (1991 est.)
 • Total 33,000

Songwon County is a kun, or county, in southwestern Chagang province, North Korea. It borders Usi and Kopung counties to the north, Tongsin to the east, and Huichon to the south, as well as North Pyongan's Tongchang county to the west. Originally part of Chosan, it was established as a separate county in 1949, when Chagang province was created.

The Chongchon and Chungman Rivers both flow through Songwon. The terrain is mountainous, with the Pinandok and Chogyuryong Mountains rising in the county's south. The highest peaks are in the north; the tallest is Koambong, 1,744 m above sea level. The climate is continental but relatively wet; the frost begins in early October and lifts in late April.

The chief local industry is logging, with 93% of the county covered by forestland. Livestock, particularly cattle, are also raised, and crops including maize and rice are grown. A 67 km² reservoir has been built across the Chungman (completed in 1980), and is used for hydroelectric power.

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