Sakchu County

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Sakchu County
삭주군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer Sakchu-gun
 • Revised Romanization Sakju-gun
Location of Sakchu County
Country North Korea
Province North P'yŏngan
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 6 workers' districts, 18 ri
Area
 • Total 2,807 km2 (1,084 sq mi)

Sakchu County is a kun, or county, in northern North P'yŏngan province, North Korea. It lies on the Yalu River, bordering the People's Republic of China to the north. Within North Korea, it borders Ch'angsŏng to the east, Ch'ŏnma and Taegwan to the south, and Ŭiju to the west.

Geography[edit]

The Kangnam Mountains rise in the southeast of Sakchu. The highest peak is Munsan, at 1046 m. The terrain overall is rugged, with only 13% of the county's area under cultivation, as compared to 80% which is forested.

Administrative Divisions[edit]

Sakchu county is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 6 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 18 ri (villages):

  • Sakchu-ŭp (삭주읍)
  • Ch'ŏngsŏng-rodongjagu (청성로동자구)
  • Ch'ŏngsu-rodongjagu (청수로동자구)
  • Namsa-rodongjagu (남사로동자구)
  • Sap'yŏng-rodongjagu (사평로동자구)
  • Sup'ung-rodongjagu (수풍로동자구)
  • Taedae-rodongjagu (대대로동자구)
  • Chwa-ri (좌리)
  • Ch'ŏn'gap-ri (천갑리)
  • Ch'udae-ri (추대리)
  • Kugong-ri (구곡리)
  • Kŭmbu-ri (금부리)
  • Naeung-ri (내옥리)
  • Okkang-ri (옥강리)
  • Pangsal-li (방산리)
  • Pup'yŏng-ri (부평리)
  • Puksa-ri (북사리)
  • P'anmang-ri (판막리)
  • Ryongam-ri (룡암리)
  • Sanggwang-ri (상광리)
  • Sinp'ung-ri (신풍리)
  • Sinsŏ-ri (신서리)
  • Tang'ong-ri (당옥리)
  • Toryŏng-ri (도령리)
  • Yŏnsang-ri (연상리)

Climate[edit]

The year-round average temperature is 8.1 °C, with an average of -10.1 °C in January and 23.4 °C in August.

Economy[edit]

Livestock farming is important to the local economy; Sakchu leads the province in the number of hogs raised. Other local crops include rice, soybeans, sweet potatoes, gochu peppers, and fruit. In addition, there is a large hydroelectric power station on the Yalu at Sup'ung Dam.

Transportation[edit]

The P'yŏngbuk Line of the Korean State Railway passes through the county, on its way between Chŏngju and Ch'ŏngsu (청수). The Yalu is also used for passenger and freight traffic.

Education[edit]

There are eight colleges in Sakchu. These include Supung Industrial College, Sakchu Industrial College, and Supung Specialized College of Electricity (수풍전기단과대학).

Military[edit]

Under the control of the Thirty-second Division, some of North Korea's chemical weapons factories are located in the city.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Bradley (2006). Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader. USA: Macmillan. p. 487. ISBN 9780312323226. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  • International Information Research Institute (국제정보연구소) (1999). "삭주군". 北韓情報總覽 2000 [Bukhan jeongbo chong-ram 2000]. Seoul: Author. p. 837. 

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Coordinates: 40°23′17″N 125°02′41″E / 40.38806°N 125.04472°E / 40.38806; 125.04472