Pukchang County

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Pukch'ang County

Korean transcription(s)
   McCune-Reischauer Pukch'ang-gun
   Revised Romanization Bukchang-gun
DPRK2006 Pyongnam-Bukchang.PNG
Map of South Pyongan showing the location of Pukchang
Country North Korea
Province South P'yŏngan
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 4 workers' districts, 21 ri
 (2008 [1] )

Pukch'ang County is a kun (county) in South P'yŏngan province, North Korea.


In this county is the country's largest power station- Pukchang coal power station - with a production capacity of up to 1600 MW.

Administrative divisions

The district is split into 1 ŭp (town), 4 rodongjagu (worker districts) and 21 ri (villages):

  • Pukch'ang-ŭp (북창읍/北倉邑)
  • Inp'o-rodongjagu (인포로동자구/仁浦勞動者區)
  • Pukch'ang-rodongjagu (북창로동자구/北昌勞動者區)
  • P'unggong-rodongjagu (풍곡로동자구/豊谷勞動者區)
  • Songnam-rodongjagu (송남로동자구/松南勞動者區)
  • Chamsang-ri (잠상리/蠶上里)
  • Hwial-li (회안리/檜安里)
  • Kap'yŏng-ri (가평리/加坪里)
  • Kwangro-ri (광로리/廣路里)
  • Kwanha-ri (관하리/官下里)
  • Maehyŏl-li (매현리/梅峴里)
  • Namsang-ri (남상리/南上里)
  • Pongch'ang-ri (봉창리/鳳倉里)
  • Ryongsal-li (룡산리/龍山里)
  • Sam-ri (삼리/三里)
  • Sangha-ri (상하리/上下里)
  • Sinbong-ri (신복리/新福里)
  • Sinsŏng-ri (신석리/新石里)
  • Soch'ang-ri (소창리/召倉里)
  • Sŏksal-li (석산리/石山里)
  • Songrim-ri (송림리/松林里)
  • Songsa-ri (송사리/松寺里)
  • Suong-ri (수옥리/水玉里)
  • Taep'yŏng-ri (대평리/大坪里)
  • Wŏnp'yŏng-ri (원평리/院坪里)
  • Yŏllyu-ri (연류리/淵柳里)

Prison Camp

Political Prison Camp No. 18 is a large prison labour colony in the western part of the county at the banks of Taedong River. Many of the 50000 prisoners are forced to work in coal mines before “Board Clearance” in 1980s. [2] In 1995, Camp 18 Tukchang part was returned to ordinary society and is called “Tukchang Coal Mine Complex”(득장지구탄광련합기업소). [3] The camp was dismantled in 2006 and maybe reopened in 2016. [4] [5]

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  1. Korean Central Bureau of Statistics: 2008 Population Census (Population 2008, published in 2009)
  2. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea: The Hidden Gulag (Section: Testimony Kwan-li-so No. 18 Bukchang, p. 69 - 76)
  3. <설 특집> ⑤명절이 슬픈 탈북자 망향가
  4. 「私は政治犯収容所に10年いた」(Rimjingang)
  5. Has Camp 18 been re-opened or merged with Camp 14?(North Korea Economy Watch)