Taegwan County

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Taegwan County
대관군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Taegwan-kun
 • Revised Romanization Daegwan-gun
Country North Korea
Region North Pyongan Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 1 workers' district, 25 ri
Area
 • Total 865 km2 (334 sq mi)

Taegwan County is a kun, or county, in northeastern North Pyongan province, North Korea. It lies in the province's interior, and is bounded by Tongchang on the east, Kusong and Taechon to the south, Chonma to the west, and Changsong and Sakchu to the north. It was created in 1952 from portions of Sakchu county.

Taegwan's borders are mountainous, with the Kangnam Mountains rising in the north and the Chonma Mountains in the west. The Taeryong River (대령강) flows through the county's ceter, joined in its course by many fast small streams.

Taegwan enjoys a relatively rainy climate, with an average annual rainfall of 1300 mm. The average temperature is 7 °C, fluctuating between an average of -11.2 °C in January and 22.5 °C in August. Some 83% of the county's area is forested; only 8.5% is cultivated. Most of these are dry fields, with maize the chief crop. Forestry, including lumber as well as the harvesting of wild herbs and fruits, is a major local industry; Taegwan is home to the province's largest lumber base, which specializes in wood for mining and construction applications. Gold and graphite are mined in the county, and a small hydroelectric generator harnesses the Taeryong River's stream.

The Pyongbuk Line railroad passes through the county, on its way between Anju and Chongsu.

Educational institutions in Taegwan include the Taegwan Technical School.

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  • International Information Research Institute (국제정보연구소) (1999). "대관군". 北韓情報總覽 2000 [Bukhan jeongbo chong-ram 2000]. Seoul: Author. p. 827. 

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