Riwon County

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Riwon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Riwŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Riwon-gun
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 3 workers' districts, 21 ri

Riwŏn County is a county in South Hamgyŏng province, North Korea. It is located at the province's northeastern tip, and borders the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) to the southeast.

Physical features[edit]

The beach at Riwŏn, shown with US troops landing. 1950

Riwŏn is mountainous, although there are also small plains, and is home to the Taedŏk Mountains (대덕산맥). The highest peak is Taedŏksan (1,442 m). There are some 10 significant streams; the chief of these is the Namdaech'ŏn, which drains into the Sea of Japan. There are various bays and islands along the coast. Thanks to its coastal location, the county enjoys a mild maritime climate. Forestland (70% of which is coniferous) takes up 73% of the county's area.

Administrative Divisions[edit]

Riwŏn county is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 3 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 21 ri (villages):

  • Riwŏn-ŭp
  • Ch'aho-rodongjagu
  • Hwalsŏng-rodongjagu
  • Rahŭng-rodongjagu
  • Changch'ung-ri
  • Chungp'yŏng-ri
  • Ch'ŏngsal-li
  • Haksadae-ri
  • Hajŏl-li
  • Kiam-ri
  • Kokch'ang-ri
  • Kokku-ri
  • Kuŭp-ri
  • Kyŏngsŏng-ri
  • Mun'am-ri
  • P'ung'am-ri
  • Ryongpung-ri
  • Ryulji-ri
  • Songdong-ri
  • Sŏnggung-ri
  • Songjŏm-ri
  • Tabo-ri
  • Taedŏng-ri
  • Wŏnsa-ri
  • Yusŏng-ri


Mining and manufacturing[edit]

Machine manufacturing dominates the local economy, accounting for half of annual industrial production. Deposits of iron, iron sulfide, talc, limestone, graphite, quartzite and silica are found in the county. The Riwon Mine produces talc.


Agriculture is carried out in the plains and along the streams; major crops include rice, soybeans and maize.


Riwŏn is served by roads, and by the P'yŏngra line of the Korean State Railway.

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