Taechon County

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Taechon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-Reischauer T'aech'ŏn-kun
 • Revised Romanization Taecheon-gun
Country North Korea
Region North Pyongan Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 28 ri
 • Total 720.9 km2 (278.3 sq mi)

Taechon County, also spelled Thaechon County, is a kun, or county, in central North Pyongan province, North Korea. It borders Taegwan and Tongchang to the north, Unsan and Nyongbyon to the east, Pakchon and Unjon to the south, and Kusong to the west.

Mountains are scattered across the county, with the Pinandok mountains rising in the east. The tallest of these is Paegundoksan (백운덕산, 868 m), but the county's highest point is in the north, at Samgaksan (삼각산, 936 m). The county is drained by the Taeryong River and its tributaries, which include the Chonbang River and Changsong River. The year-round annual temperature is 8.5 °C, with a January mean of -10 °C and an August mean of 23.8 °C. The annual rainfall is 1,338 mm (53 in). On average, there are 40 foggy days per year. Some 64% of the county's area is forestland, while 30% is cultivated.

Crops raised on the cultivated land include maize, rice, tobacco and vegetables; Taechon leads the province in maize production. In addition, various animals are raised including silkworms, rabbits, cattle and hogs. There are numerous deposits of gold and graphite. The Chongnyon-Palwon Line railroad passes through the county, on its way between Kusong and Kujang.

The Silla-era temple Yanghwasa still stands in Taechon.

Educational institutions in Taechon include Taechon Technical School (태천전문학교).

The construction of the Taechon nuclear power plant (39°55′41″N 125°34′08″E / 39.928°N 125.569°E / 39.928; 125.569) was halted in 1994 in accordance with the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework.

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  • International Information Research Institute (국제정보연구소) (1999). "태천군". 北韓情報總覽 2000 [Bukhan jeongbo chong-ram 2000]. Seoul: Author. pp. 840–841. 

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Coordinates: 39°55′16″N 125°29′38″E / 39.921°N 125.494°E / 39.921; 125.494