Hongwon County

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Hongwon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 洪原郡
 • McCune-Reischauer Hongwŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Hongwon-gun
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 1 workers' district, 30 ri
 • Total 905 km2 (349 sq mi)
Population (1990 est.)
 • Total 100,893

Hongwon County is a county in South Hamgyong province, North Korea. It is flanked by the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) to the south, and by the Hamgyong Mountains to the north.

Physical features[edit]

The northwest region is particularly mountainous. The highest peak is Palbong. The chief streams are the Tongdaechon (동대천) and Sodaechon (서대천). The coastal region is level. The temperature differs greatly from the coastline to the plains to the mountains. The mountains contribute to giving the county a mild climate.


Agriculture and fishery[edit]

The chief local occupation is agriculture. Local crops include rice, soybeans, millet, oats, and potatoes. However, fisheries are also developed, particularly along the coast.


There is a small amount of mining, exploiting local deposits of gold, silver, limestone, fluorspar, and scaly graphite.


The county is served by road and rail. Hongwon Station is on the Hamgyong Line (now Pyongra Line) railroad.

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