is a county in South Hamgyong
province, North Korea
. It is flanked by the Sea of Japan
(East Sea of Korea) to the south, and by the Hamgyong Mountains
to the north. The northwest region is particularly mountainous. The highest peak is Palbong. The chief streams are the Tongdaechon
(동대천) and Sodaechon
(서대천). The coastal region is level. The temperature differs greatly from the coastline to the plains to the mountains. The mountains contribute
to giving the county a mild climate.
The chief local occupation is agriculture. Local crops include rice, soybeans, millet, oats, and potatoes. However, fisheries are also developed, particularly along the coast. There is a small amount of mining, exploiting local deposits of gold, silver, limestone, fluorspar, and scaly graphite.
The county is served by roads, and also by the Hamgyong Line railroad.
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