Wiwon County

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Wiwon County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 渭原郡
 • McCune-Reischauer Wiwŏn kun
 • Revised Romanization Wiwon-gun
Country North Korea
Province Chagang Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 2 workers' districts, 21 ri

Wiwon County is a kun, or county, in northern Chagang province, North Korea. It stands across the Yalu River from the People's Republic of China. It was originally part of North Pyongan province, but was annexed to Chagang in 1954. It borders Manpo and Sijungto the north, Kanggye and Songgan to the east, Chonchon to the southeast, Kopung to the south and west, and Chosan to the west.

The main line of the Kangnam Mountains passes along the southeast border. The highest point is Sungjoksan (숭적산, 1984 m). High mountains also rise along the border with Kopung and Chosan. The climate is continental, with cold winters and an average annual temperature of 6 ℃.

The chief local industries are logging and agriculture. There is little valley land, so rice is not grown; however, orchards are cultivated and livestock raised. In addition, dry-field crops include soybeans, maize, and potatoes. In September 2005, North Korea announced the completion of a second power station in Wiwon to supply electric power to the forestry camps.[1]


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