Hochon County

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Hochon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 虛川郡
 • McCune-Reischauer Hŏch'ŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Heocheon-gun
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 5 workers' districts, 17 ri
 • Total 1,684 km2 (650 sq mi)
Population (1991 est.)
 • Total 100,000

Hŏch'ŏn County is a county in South Hamgyŏng province, North Korea. It was created after the division of Korea, from portions of Tanch'ŏn and P'ungsan.


Most of the county is steep and mountainous, and particularly so in the southeast. There are numerous high peas. The Pujŏllyŏng and Kŏmdŏk Mountains (검덕산맥) pass through the county, which reaches its highest peak at Kŏmdŏksan.

The chief stream is the Namdaech'ŏn. Some 90% of the county is forestland.

Administrative Divisions[edit]

Hŏch'ŏn county is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 5 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 17 ri (villages):

  • Hŏch'ŏn-ŭp
  • Mandŏng-rodongjagu
  • Ryongwŏl-lodongjagu
  • Sangnong-rodongjagu
  • Sangsal-lodongjagu
  • Sinhŭng-rodongjagu
  • Changp'yŏng-ri
  • Chungp'yŏng-ri
  • Ha'nong-ri
  • Hwachang-ri
  • Hwan'gong-ri
  • Hwangmyŏng-ri
  • Kŭmch'ang-ri
  • Sangnam-ri
  • Sat'ap-ri
  • Sinp'yŏng-ri
  • Suŭi-ri
  • Tonghŭng-ri
  • Ŭnhŭng-ri
  • Unsŭng-ri
  • Ŭr'am-ri
  • Wap'o-ri
  • Yangŭmp'yŏng-ri


Mining and electrical power are the chief local industries. There are deposits of copper, iron ore, lead, and zinc. Local crops include maize, soybeans, and potatoes, but cultivation is difficult due to the mountainous terrain.


Hŏch'ŏn county is served by the Hŏch'ŏn and Mandŏk lines of the Korean State Railway, and by various roads.

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