Tongchon County

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Tongchon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer T'ongch'ŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Tongcheon-gun
A view of downtown Tongchon-ŭp, North Korea.
A view of downtown Tongchon-ŭp, North Korea.
Location of Tongchon County
Country North Korea
Province Kangwon Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 30 ri
Population (1990 est.)
 • Total 67,000

Tongchon County is a kun, or county, in Kangwon province, North Korea. It abuts the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) to the north and east. Famous people from Tongchon include former Hyundai chairman Chung Ju-yung, who is believed to have been born there.


The region has long been a popular destination due to the proximity of Mount Kumgang and, in recent years, tourists from South Korea have passed through the area in great numbers.

Physical features[edit]

The terrain is mountainous in the west, sloping down to the coastal plains (including the Tongchon Plain and Hupkok Plain) in the east. The plains are used for rice cultivation. The area is prone to fog. As elsewhere along the Kangwon coast, there are various lagoons.


Due to the extensive plains, agriculture is a major local industry; in addition to rice, the county produces barley, wheat, oats, millet, maize, soybeans, and potatoes. Lumbering and fishing also play a role.



A highway runs along the coastline.


Tongchon Station is on the Kumgangsan Chongnyon Line.

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