Tongchon County

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T'ongch'ŏn County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Chosŏn'gŭl
 • Hancha
 • McCune-ReischauerT'ongch'ŏn kun
 • Revised RomanizationTongcheon-gun
A view of downtown T'ongch'ŏn-ŭp, North Korea.
A view of downtown T'ongch'ŏn-ŭp, North Korea.
Map of Kangwon showing the location of Tongchon
Map of Kangwon showing the location of Tongchon
CountryNorth Korea
ProvinceKangwŏn Province
Administrative divisions1 ŭp, 30 ri
Population (1990 est.)
 • Total67,000

T'ongch'ŏn County is a kun, or county, in Kangwŏn province, North Korea. It abuts the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) to the north and east. Famous people from T'ongch'ŏn include former Hyundai chairman Chung Ju-yung, who is believed to have been born there.

Administrative divisions[edit]

T'ongch'ŏn county is divided into 1 ŭp (town) and 30 ri (villages):

  • T'ongch'ŏn-ŭp
  • Changdae-ri
  • Changjil-li
  • Chasal-li
  • Chungch'ŏl-li
  • Hasu-ri
  • Hwat'ong-ri
  • Kahŭng-ri
  • Kangdong-ri
  • Kŏsŏng-ri
  • Kŭmral-li
  • Kunsal-li
  • Kuŭp-ri
  • Mip'yŏng-ri
  • Myŏnggo-ri
  • Pangp'o-ri
  • Pyŏg'am-ri
  • P'aech'ŏl-li
  • P'ungsal-li
  • Rimong-ri
  • Rosang-ri
  • Ryongch'ŏl-li
  • Ryongsu-ri
  • Sillim-ri
  • Sindae-ri
  • Sinhŭng-ri
  • Songjŏl-li
  • Taegong-ri
  • Toho-ri
  • Tongho-ri
  • Tot'al-li

Physical features[edit]

The terrain is mountainous in the west, sloping down to the coastal plains (including the T'ongch'ŏn Plain and Hupkok Plain) in the east. The plains are used for rice cultivation. The area is prone to fog. As elsewhere along the Kangwŏn coast, there are various lagoons.


Due to the extensive plains, agriculture is a major local industry; in addition to rice, the county produces barley, wheat, oats, millet, maize, soybeans, and potatoes. Lumbering and fishing also play a role.


The region has long been a popular destination due to the proximity of Mount Kŭmgang and, in recent years, tourists from South Korea have passed through the area in great numbers.



A highway runs along the coastline.


T'ongch'ŏn county is served by T'ongch'ŏn Station and five other stations on the Kŭmgangsan Ch'ŏngnyŏn Line of the Korean State Railway.

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