Changgang County

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Changgang County
장강군
County
Korean transcription(s)
  Hanja長江郡
  McCune-ReischauerChanggang kun
  Revised RomanizationJanggang-gun
DPRK2006 Chagang-Changgang.PNG
Map of Chagang showing location of Changgang
Country North Korea
Province Chagang Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 3 workers' districts, 10 ri
Area
  Total740 km2 (290 sq mi)
Population (1991 est.)
  Total67,000

Changgang County is a kun, or county, in north-central Chagang province, North Korea. Originally part of Kanggye, it was made a separate county in 1949. It borders Hwapyong and Nangrim to the east, Kanggye and Sijung to the west, Songgan to the south, and Chasong to the north.

Administrative divisions of North Korea

The administrative divisions of North Korea are organized into three hierarchical levels. These divisions were discovered in 2002. Many of the units have equivalents in the system of South Korea. At the highest level are nine provinces, two directly governed cities, and three special administrative divisions. The second-level divisions are cities, counties, wards, and districts. These are further subdivided into third-level entities: towns, neighborhoods, villages, and workers' districts.

North Korea Sovereign state in East Asia

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang the capital and the largest city in the country. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia, under Gwanggaeto the Great. To the north and northwest, the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok and Tumen rivers; it is bordered to the south by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two. Nevertheless, North Korea, like its southern counterpart, claims to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands.

Kanggye Municipal City in Chagang Province, North Korea

Kanggye is the provincial capital of Chagang, North Korea and has a population of 251,971. Because of its strategic importance, derived from its topography, it has been of military interest from the time of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

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The terrain of Changgang is rugged and mountainous, with the Kangnam Mountains in the northeast and the Chogyuryong Mountains in the southwest. The highest peak is Kumpasan (금파산, 1918 m) along the northern border.

Kangnam Mountains mountain in North Korea

The Kangnam Mountains are a mountain range of North Korea, in the central part of the country's northern region. They run parallel to the Amnok River which forms the border with China. They lie west of the Rangrim Mountains, which is the drainage divide between northwestern and northeastern Korea.

Changgang is served by road and rail, with the Kanggye Line railroad passing through the southeast. There are soft-drink and pharmaceutical factories in the county. Rice is grown along the Chongsong River (종성강); other grains as well as grapes are grown in the highlands. Zinc is mined.

Kanggye Line

The Kanggye Line is an electrified narrow gauge line of the Korean State Railway in North Korea running from Kanggye on the Manp'o Line to Rangrim, primarily hauling forest products. An interesting feature of the line is a significant switchback west of Rangrim.

Zinc Chemical element with atomic number 30

Zinc is a chemical element with symbol Zn and atomic number 30. It is the first element in group 12 of the periodic table. In some respects zinc is chemically similar to magnesium: both elements exhibit only one normal oxidation state (+2), and the Zn2+ and Mg2+ ions are of similar size. Zinc is the 24th most abundant element in Earth's crust and has five stable isotopes. The most common zinc ore is sphalerite (zinc blende), a zinc sulfide mineral. The largest workable lodes are in Australia, Asia, and the United States. Zinc is refined by froth flotation of the ore, roasting, and final extraction using electricity (electrowinning).

Administrative divisions

Changgang county is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 3 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 10 ri (villages):

  • Changgang-ŭp
  • O'il-lodongjagu
  • Rangrim-rodongjagu
  • Sŭngbang-rodongjagu
  • Changhang-ri
  • Changp'yŏng-ri
  • Chongp'o-ri
  • Hyangha-ri
  • Hyŏksil-li
  • Mudŏng-ri
  • Myŏngsil-li
  • Sinsŏng-ri
  • Sŏngjang-ri
  • Wŏnp'yŏng-ri

See also

Geography of North Korea

North Korea is located in east Asia on the northern half of the Korean Peninsula.

Korean language Language spoken in Korea

The Korean language is an East Asian language spoken by about 80 million people. It is a member of the Koreanic language family and is the official and national language of both Koreas: North Korea and South Korea, with different standardized official forms used in each territory. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of Jilin province, China. Historical and modern linguists classify Korean as a language isolate; however, it does have a few extinct relatives, which together with Korean itself and the Jeju language form the Koreanic language family. This implies that Korean is not an isolate, but a member of a micro-family. The idea that Korean belongs to the controversial Altaic language family is discredited in academic research. Korean is agglutinative in its morphology and SOV in its syntax.

Coordinates: 41°07′29″N126°46′44″E / 41.1247°N 126.7790°E / 41.1247; 126.7790


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