Hwadae County

"Hwadae" redirects here. For the nearby nuclear test site, see Hwadae-ri.
Hwadae County
Korean transcription(s)
  Hanja 花坮郡
  McCune-Reischauer Hwadae kun
  Revised Romanization Hwadae gun
Country North Korea
Province North Hamgyong Province

Hwadae County is a county in southern North Hamgyong province, North Korea, with an area of about 460 km² and a population of approximately 70,000. It adjoins the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) on the east and south. By land, it adjoins Kimchaek and Kilchu to the west, and Myŏngch'ŏn to the north. The county was formed from parts of Kilchu and Myŏngch'ŏn in the 1950s, as part of a general reorganization of local government. Administratively, Hwadae is divided into one ŭp and 20 ri.

The southern region is relatively flat, while the inland north is rugged, with mountains of approximately 1,000 meters. The Musudan-ri missile base is located on the coast.

In April 2002, Paleolithic fossils of approximately 300,000 years age were reported to have been excavated from a lava bed in Hwadae.[1] Goguryeo-period tombs have also been unearthed in the county.

Administrative Divisions

Hwadae County is divided into 1 ŭp (town) and 20 ri (villages):

  • Hwadae-ŭp
  • Chaga-ri
  • Changdŏng-ri
  • Chŏngmul-li
  • Chŭngsal-li
  • Chuŭi-ri
  • Ch'angch'ol-li
  • Hap'yŏng-ri
  • Kŭmsŏng-ri
  • Kyohyang-ri
  • Mokchil-li
  • Musudal-li
  • Pullo-ri
  • Ryongp'o-ri
  • Ryongwŏl-li
  • Sap'o-ri
  • Sŏkhyŏl-li
  • Sŏksŏng-ri
  • Songdong-ri
  • Towŏl-li
  • Yangch'ol-li

See also


  1. 300,000 Years Old Anthropolites Discovered in North Korea

Coordinates: 40°50′27″N 129°29′54″E / 40.84083°N 129.49833°E / 40.84083; 129.49833

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