Pihyon County

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Pihyon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer P'ihyŏn-kun
 • Revised Romanization Pihyeon-gun
Country North Korea
Region North Pyongan Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 2 workers' districts, 21 ri
 • Total 439 km2 (169 sq mi)

Pihyon County, also spelled Phihyon County, is a kun, or county, in northwestern North Pyongan province, North Korea. It is bounded to the north by Uiju, to the east by Chonma, to the south by Yomju and Tongrim, and to the west by Ryongchon and the large city of Sinuiju. It was established as a separate county in 1952, and was subsequently reorganized in 1954, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1967 and 1978.

The land of Pihyon is generally flat in the west, rolling in the center, and rises to the low Munsu Mountains in the east. The chief of these peaks is Munsusan (문수산, 736 m). The chief local stream is the Samgyochon (삼교천), a tributary of the Yalu. The year-round average temperature is 8.5 °C, dipping to a January mean of -9.5 °C and rising to 23.6 °C in August. The annual rainfall averages 1065 mm. Forestland covers 57% of the county's area (of that, pine forests account for 80%); 31% of the county is cultivated.

Crops raised on that cultivated land include rice, maize, soybeans, and sweet potatoes. Peanuts are also raised; Pihyon ranks second in the province in peanut production, and third in sheep production. The county is known for its hogs.

The Pyongui (Pyongyang-Sinuiju) and Paekma Line (Yomju-South Sinuiju) railroads pass through the county.

Pihyon is home to the Pihyon College of Land Administration.


  • International Information Research Institute (국제정보연구소) (1999). "피현군". 北韓情報總覽 2000 [Bukhan jeongbo chong-ram 2000]. Seoul: Author. p. 839. 

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