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

Riwon County (also spelled Iwon) is a county in South Hamgyong 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 Iwon, shown with US troops landing. 1950

Riwon is mountainous, although there are also small plains, and is home to the Taedok Mountains (대덕산맥). The highest peak is Taedoksan (1,442 m). There are some 10 significant streams; the chief of these is the Namdaechon, 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.


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.


Riwon is served by roads, and also by railroads, including the Pyongra Line, Riwon-Cholsan Line and Chaho Line.

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