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The Taedong River
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
Korea Bay
at Namp'o.[3] In between, it runs through the country's capital, Pyongyang. Along the river are landmarks such as the Juche Tower
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
Korean peninsula
and the second longest in North Korea. Pyongyang
Pyongyang
is approximately 110 km upstream from the mouth, Sunchon 192 km upstream, and Taehŭng
Taehŭng
414 km upstream.[citation needed] 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.

Contents

1 History 2 Dams and bridges 3 Gallery 4 Notes 5 References

5.1 Citations 5.2 Bibliography

6 See also

History[edit] The kingdom of Koguryo
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.[4] Dams and bridges[edit] In 1986, the government completed the 8 km long West Sea Barrage, with three locks and 36 sluices, at the mouth of the Taedong River
River
near Namp'o.[3] The dam acts to control floodwater and to irrigate lands newly reclaimed from the Korea Gulf.[3] The dam has reduced the river's natural ability to purify itself and tends to concentrate contaminants.[5] Other dams, such as the Nyongwon Power Station, have been built to provide energy to the country.[6] In Pyongyang, there are six bridges on the Taedong, including the Okryu Bridge, Rungra Bridge, and Taedong Bridge.[7] Gallery[edit]

Yanggakdo, Pyongyang

The Taedong River
River
in Pyongyang

Taedong River
River
in 1889

USS Pueblo (AGER-2)
USS Pueblo (AGER-2)
on the Taedong River

Taedong River
River
in Nampho

Taedong River
River
in Nampho

Notes[edit]

^ In the 19th century, the Taedong was known as the Tai-tang River
River
or Tai-tang Kang.[2]

References[edit] Citations[edit]

^ "Encyclopædia Britannica Online : Taedong River". Encyclopædia Britannica.  ^ EB (1878), p. 390. ^ a b c Suh, Dae-Sook (1987) " North Korea
North Korea
in 1986: Strengthening the Soviet Connection" Asian Survey 27(1): pp. 56-63, page 62 ^ (1973) Transactions of the Korea branch of the Royal Asiatic Society vol. 48, page 59 ^ Tenenbaum, David J. (2005) "International Health: North Korean Catastrophe" Environmental Health Perspectives 113(1): p. A26, page A26 ^ (209) Korea Today No. 640 ^ "옥류교 [Okryu Bridge]", Doosan Encyclopedia, retrieved 2010-07-02 

Bibliography[edit]

"Corea", Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. VI, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1878, pp. 390–394 .

See also[edit]

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North Korea
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River
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Coordinates: 38°51′54″N 125°31′32″E / 38.86500°N 125.52556°E / 38.8650

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