Puryong County

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Puryong County

Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja富寧郡
 • McCune-ReischauerPuryŏng kun
 • Revised RomanizationBuryeong-gun
Map of North Hamgyong showing the location of Puryong
Map of North Hamgyong showing the location of Puryong
CountryNorth Korea
ProvinceNorth Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions1 ŭp;, 3 workers' districts, 5 ri
 • Total1,900 km2 (700 sq mi)

Puryŏng County is a kun, or county, in North Hamgyŏng province, North Korea.


Most of the county is mountainous, being traversed by the Hamgyŏng Range and its outlying spurs. The highest point is Kosŏngsan (Chosŏn'gŭl: 고성산, Hancha: 姑城山), 1,754 meters above sea level. Many other high peaks are also found in the county. The chief stream is the Susŏngch'ŏn (Chosŏn'gŭl: 수성천. Hancha: 輸城川).

90% of the county is forested. Rare mammals inhabit the area, including the marten, brown bear, and Amur leopard. The climate is affected by both maritime and continental influences.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Puryŏng County is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 3 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 5 ri (villages):

  • Puryŏng-ŭp
  • Komusal-lodongjagu
  • Musu-rodongjagu
  • Sŏngmang-rodongjagu
  • Choehyŏl-li
  • Ch'angp'yŏng-ri
  • Hyŏngje-ri
  • Kŭmgang-ri
  • Saha-ri


The local economy is dominated by metalworking, mining, and electric power. Deposits of gold, copper, quartzite, and limestone are found in the county. The intermontane valleys are home to grain farms where corn, soybeans, rice, wheat, barley, proso millet, and millet are harvested. Rice fields make up 2% of the county's area. Sericulture is also practiced.


Puryŏng lies on the Hambuk and Musan lines of the Korean State Railway, and is also served by roads.


Puryŏng was one of the six post/garrisons (Korean육진; Hanja六鎭) established under the order of Sejong the Great of Chosŏn (1418–1450) to safeguard his people from the hostile Chinese and Manchurian nomads living in Manchuria.

Notables personalities[edit]

  • Ri Chi-si (Korean리지시; Hanja李之詩), the prefect of Puryŏng (Korean부령 부사; Hanja富寧府使)

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