Ryongch'ŏn County is a kun (county) in North P'yǒngan province, North Korea, at the mouth of the Yalu River. The county seat is Ryongch'ŏn-ŭp, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the border with China. The area has a reported population of 27,000 and is a centre of chemical and metalworking production.
|• Chosŏn'gŭl||룡천군 (용천군)|
|• Revised Romanization||Ryongcheon-gun (Yongcheon-gun)|
|Administrative divisions||1 ŭp. 3 workers' districts, 19 ri|
The P'yŏngŭi line of the Korean State Railway, running between China and P'yŏngyang runs through Ryongchŏn and is served by several stations, including in Ryongch'ŏn-ŭp. It is the busiest line in the country, crossing the border in nearby Sinŭiju, North Korea to Dandong, China.
On 22 April 2004, the town suffered a major disaster when a flammable cargo exploded at the town's railway station, causing many deaths and much destruction, known as the Ryongch'ŏn disaster.
In February 2011, the area and others in North P'yŏngan had rare protests, of a few score of people, calling for adequate provision of rice and power. At the time, news of the Arab Spring was spreading via Chinese TV channels and phone calls with defectors.
- Can the 'Jasmine Revolution' Spread to N.Korea?, Chosun Ilbo, 23 February 2011
- View disaster satellite images on Google Earth
- KoreaTimes article about the incident
- Timeline showing events in Ryongchon
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