Changdo County

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Ch'angdo County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Ch'angd-gun
 • Revised Romanization Changdo-gun
Location of Ch'angdo County
Country North Korea
Province Kangwŏn Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 16 ri
 • Total 696 km2 (269 sq mi)
Population (1991 est.)
 • Total 33,000

Ch'angdo County is a kun, or county, in Kangwŏn province, North Korea. Originally part of Kimhwa, it was split off as a separate county in 1952.


Ch'angdo lies to the west of the Taebaek Mountains, in the Ryŏngsŏ region of Kangwŏn, but is nonetheless quite rugged. The highest point is Okpatpong (옥밭봉), 1240 m above sea level. Ch'angdo lies just north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The chief stream is the Pukhan River, which flows southward across the DMZ into South Korea. Roughly 80% of the county's area is forestland.

Administrative Divisions[edit]

Ch'angdo county is divided into 1 ŭp (town) and 16 ri (villages):

  • Ch'angdo-ŭp
  • Changhyŏl-li
  • Chisŏng-ri
  • Ch'ujŏl-li
  • Koksal-li
  • Kŭmsal-li
  • Kuryong-ri
  • Kyoju-ri
  • Myŏng'u-ri
  • P'angyo-ri
  • Sadong-ri
  • Sanwŏl-li
  • Sinsŏng-ri
  • Sŏngdo-ri
  • Songp'o-ri
  • Taebaeng-ri
  • Tangsal-li


The chief local industry is agriculture, including sericulture and livestock farming. Lumbermills have also been developed, but there is little other industry. There are deposits of copper, zinc, nickel, and lead.


Ch'angdo is connected to the rest of North Korea by road, but not by rail.

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