Wihwado

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Wihwa Island (Chinese: 威化岛) is a river island in the Yalu river, lying on the border between North Korea and China. It now belongs to North Korea, due to ethnic Koreans living on the island at the time of the 1962 border treaty.[1][2]

Wihwa Island is historically famous for the decision of General Yi Songgye in 1392 to there turn back his army southward to Kaesong in the first of a series of revolts that eventually led to the establishment of the Yi Dynasty.[2]

In June 2011, an agreement with China was made to establish a joint free trade area on Hwanggumpyong and Wihwa Islands, and the China border area near Dandong.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weihua Island (Wihwa Island) (in Chinese)
  2. ^ a b Jeong Woo-sang (10 June 2011). "What Is Hwanggumpyong Island?". Digital Chosun. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Robert Kelley, Michael Zagurek, Bradley O. Babson (19 February 2012). "China’s Embrace of North Korea: The Curious Case of the Hwanggumpyong Island Economic Zone". 38 North. U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 

Coordinates: 39°52′16″N 124°17′38″E / 39.871°N 124.294°E / 39.871; 124.294