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Anbyon County

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Country  North Korea
Province  Kangwon Province
Local time  Thursday 9:23 AM
Anbyon County
Administrative divisions  1 ŭp, 2 workers' districts, 28 ri
Weather  1°C, Wind NE at 0 km/h, 83% Humidity

Anbyŏn is a kun, or county, in Kangwŏn province, North Korea. Originally included in South Hamgyŏng province, it was transferred to Kangwŏn province in a September 1946 reshuffling of local government.

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Map of Anbyon, Kangwon, North Korea

Physical features

The southwest portion of the county is bounded by the Masingryŏng (마식령산맥) and Taebaek mountains, which meet at the pass of Ch'ugaryŏng (추가령). The highest point is Paegamsan.

Anbyŏn's major streams include the Namdaech'ŏn and the Hakch'ŏn. The Anbyŏn Plain is situated along the Namdaech'ŏn's course. The temperature is warmer in the north than in the south.

Administrative Divisions

Anbyŏn county is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 2 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 28 ri (villages):

Economy

Agriculture

In the Anbyŏn Plain, rice-farming is the predominant industry. Orcharding also plays an important role.

Manufacturing

Tile manufacturing also takes place.

Mining

There are local deposits of gold, silver, copper and zinc, but they are not widely exploited.

Electricity generation

In 2000, construction of the Anbyŏn Youth Power Station, a hydroelectric facility, was completed. The workers were honored with a personal communique from Kim Jong-il.

Film-making

Anbyŏn is the setting for many North Korean films. Thus it has been dubbed the Hollywood of North Korea.

Chemicals

A chemical weapons storage facility is believed to be located in the county's Chiha-ri precinct. The facility is said to include numerous tunnels dug deep into the mountains, and may also host some biological weapons.

Transport

The Kangwŏn and Kŭmgangsan Ch'ŏngnyŏn lines of the Korean State Railway pass through the county, which is also served by road.

Wildlife

Anbyŏn contains a 1000 ha site, Anbyŏn Field, that has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it is a wintering ground for red-crowned cranes.

References

Anbyon County Wikipedia


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