Unjon County

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Unjon County
운전군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Unjŏn-kun
 • Revised Romanization Unjeon-gun
Country North Korea
Region North Pyongan Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 25 ri
Area
 • Total 383.8 km2 (148.2 sq mi)

Unjon County is a kun, or county, in North Pyongan province, North Korea. It borders Taechon to the north, Pakchon to the east and southeast, and Chongju to the north. To the south, it looks out on the Yellow Sea. Unjon was created in 1952 from portions of Pakchon and Chongju, and subsequently reorganized in 1954 and 1958.

The terrain is relatively gentle, with low mountains in the west and plains to the south and east. The highest of the western peaks is Mogusan (414 m). The chief plain is the Unjon Plain (150 km²), which is formed by the 40-kilometer course of the Changpochon stream, which flows into the Taeryong River. There are several islands offshore, including Unmudo and Hoesungdo. The year-round average temperature is 9.1°C, with a January verage of -7.3°C and an August average of 23.7°C. The climate is slightly wetter than average for North Korea, with an annual rainfall of 1230 mm. Some 40% of the county's land is taken up by forestland.

Another 40% of Unjon's area is cultivated, with extensive rice cultivation as well as maize, soybeans wheat, and barley. In addition, Unjon leads the province in fruit production. Its livestock industry is centered on hog farming. Fishing is also carried out, and graphite and mica are mined. There are also various factories. Salted fish and salted soy sauce are produced, and the county is known for its handicrafts and ceramics.

The Pyongui Line connects Unjon to Sinuiju, Pyongyang, and points between.

References[edit]

  • International Information Research Institute (국제정보연구소) (1999). "운전군". 北韓情報總覽 2000 [Bukhan jeongbo chong-ram 2000]. Seoul: Author. p. 832. 

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Coordinates: 40°11′49″N 124°31′55″E / 40.1969°N 124.5319°E / 40.1969; 124.5319