River (Chosŏn'gŭl: 대동강)[a] is a large river in
North Korea. It rises in the
Rangrim Mountains of the country's north.
It then flows southwest into
Korea Bay at Namp'o. In between, it
runs through the country's capital, Pyongyang. Along the river are
landmarks such as the
Juche Tower and Kim Il-sung Square.
The river is 439 km in length, and generally is deep. It is the fifth
longest river on the
Korean peninsula and the second longest in North
Pyongyang is approximately 110 km upstream from the mouth,
Sunchon 192 km upstream, and
Taehŭng 414 km
upstream. Because of its depth, it is widely used for
river transport; it is navigable by large ships up to 65 km
inland, although most commercial traffic stops at Songrim.
2 Dams and bridges
6 See also
The kingdom of
Koguryo was founded on its shores. Many archeological
sites dating to the neolithic and Bronze ages have been found along
the river, as well as relics and ruins from Koguryo. It was also once
known as the Pae River.
Dams and bridges
In 1986, the government completed the 8 km long West Sea Barrage, with
three locks and 36 sluices, at the mouth of the Taedong
Namp'o. The dam acts to control floodwater and to irrigate lands
newly reclaimed from the Korea Gulf. The dam has reduced the
river's natural ability to purify itself and tends to concentrate
contaminants. Other dams, such as the Nyongwon Power Station, have
been built to provide energy to the country.
In Pyongyang, there are six bridges on the Taedong, including the
Okryu Bridge, Rungra Bridge, and Taedong Bridge.
River in Pyongyang
River in 1889
USS Pueblo (AGER-2)
USS Pueblo (AGER-2) on the Taedong River
River in Nampho
River in Nampho
^ In the 19th century, the Taedong was known as the Tai-tang
^ "Encyclopædia Britannica Online : Taedong River".
^ EB (1878), p. 390.
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^ (1973) Transactions of the Korea branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
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^ Tenenbaum, David J. (2005) "International Health: North Korean
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^ (209) Korea Today No. 640
^ "옥류교 [Okryu Bridge]", Doosan Encyclopedia, retrieved
"Corea", Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. VI, New York:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1878, pp. 390–394 .
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Coordinates: 38°51′54″N 125°31′32″E / 38.86500°N
125.52556°E / 38.8650