Hyangsan County

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Hyangsan County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Hyangsan-kun
 • Revised Romanization Hyangsan-gun
Country North Korea
Region North Pyongan Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 20 ri [1]
Population (1990[2])
 • Total 100,893
Map of Hyangsan, Pyongan-pukto

Hyangsan County is a kun, or county, in North Pyongan province, North Korea. It was established, following the division of Korea, from portions of Nyongbyon county. The area of Myohyangsan mountain, which stands on the county's border, has been developed as a tourist destination. Accordingly, there are numerous tourism-related institutions in the Myohangsan area.

The Myohyangsan and Pinandok ranges pass through Hyangsan. The terrain is primarily mountainous, with numerous peaks. The highest of these is Pirobong. There are also many streams, of which the chief are the Chongchon and Kuryong Rivers. Some 77% of the county's area is occupied by forestland. The eastern side of Hyangsan is generally high, while the western side is lower; as one goes from east to west, the elevation of the peaks drops from above 1000 m to less than 300 m.

The chief local industry is agriculture, dominated by dry-field farming. The principal crops include maize, rice, and soybeans. In addition, there are also orchards and livestock farms; the chief fruit products are apples and pears. Sericulture is also practised, and there is some manufacturing.

The Manpo Line railroad passes through the county. In addition, there are various roads.


  1. ^ Some sources, including Encyber, give the number of ri as 9.
  2. ^ "향산군". Pascal Encyclopedia (Nate.com). Retrieved 2006-11-23.  Also supported by Korean Britannica.

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