Ryongchon County

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Ryongchon County
룡천군 (용천군)
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl ()
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Ryongch'ŏn-kun (Yongch'ŏn-kun)
 • Revised Romanization Ryongcheon-gun (Yongcheon-gun)
Country North Korea
Region North Pyongan Province

Ryongch'ŏn County is a kun (county) in North P'yǒngan Province, North Korea, at the mouth of the Yalu River. The county seat is Ryongchŏn-ŭp, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the border with China. The area has a reported population of 27,000 and is a centre of chemical and metalworking production.


The P'yŏngŭi railway line between China and P'yŏngyang runs through Ryongchŏn and is served by Ryongchon Station. It is the busiest line in the country, crossing the border in nearby Sinŭiju, North Korea and Dandong, China.

Ryongchon disaster[edit]

On 22 April 2004, the town suffered a major disaster when a flammable cargo exploded at the town's railway station, causing many deaths and much destruction, known as the Ryongchŏn disaster.


In February 2011, the area and others in North Pyongan had rare protests, of a few score of people, calling for adequate provision of rice and power. At the time, news of the Arab Spring was spreading via Chinese TV channels and phone calls with defectors.[1]


  1. ^ Can the 'Jasmine Revolution' Spread to N.Korea?, Chosun Ilbo, 23 February 2011

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Coordinates: 39°59′N 124°28′E / 39.983°N 124.467°E / 39.983; 124.467