Kaep'ung County is a county in North Hwanghae province, North Korea. Formerly part of the Kaesong urban area, the county was merged with North Hwanghae when Kaesong was demoted in 2003. The area is the site of the royal tombs of kings Kongmin and Wanggon.
Map of North Hwanghae showing the location of Kaepung
|Province||North Hwanghae Province|
|Administrative divisions||1 ŭp, 18 ri|
The county is divided into one town (ŭp) and 18 'ri' (villages).
Amsil is a village in Kaepung, North Hwanghae, North Korea near the South Korean border. It is visible from the Odusan Unification Observatory in the south.Deoksu Jang clan
The Deoksu Jang clan (Korean: 덕수 장씨; Hanja: 德水 張氏) is one of the bon-gwan or Korean clans from Kaepung County, North Hwanghae Province.The clan was founded by Jang Sun Ryong, an Uiguric Muslim civil servant who served in the Goryeo court.
According to the research held in 2015, the clan has 24,185 members.Gwangjong of Goryeo
Gwangjong (925 – 4 July 975), personal name Wang So, was the fourth king of Goryeo.North Hwanghae Province
North Hwanghae Province (Hwanghaebuk-to; Korean pronunciation: [hwaŋ.ɦɛ.buk̚.t͈o]) is a province of North Korea. The province was formed in 1954 when the former Hwanghae Province was split into North and South Hwanghae. The provincial capital is Sariwon. The province is bordered by Pyongyang and South Pyongan to the north, Kangwon to the east, Kaesong Industrial Region and South Korea's Gyeonggi Province to the south, and South Hwanghae southwest. In 2003, Kaesong Directly Governed City (Kaesong Chikhalsi) became part of North Hwanghae.Outline of North Korea
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to North Korea:
North Korea – sovereign country located on the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. To the south, separated by the Korean Demilitarized Zone, lies South Korea, with which it formed one nation until division following World War II. At its northern Amnok River border are China and, separated by the Tumen River in the extreme north-east, Russia. The capital of North Korea is the city of Pyongyang.
North Korea is widely considered to be a Stalinist dictatorship. The country's government styles itself as following the Juche ideology of self-reliance, developed by Kim Il-sung, the country's former leader. The current leader is Kim Jong-un, the late president Kim Il-sung's grandson and son of recently deceased leader Kim Jong-il . Relations are strongest with other officially socialist states: Vietnam, Laos, and China, as well as with Russia, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Following a major famine in the early 1990s, due partly to the collapse of the Soviet Union (previously a major economic partner), leader Kim Jong-il instigated the "Military-First" policy in 1995, increasing economic concentration and support for the military.
North Korea's culture is officially promoted and heavily controlled by the government. The Arirang Festivals or "Mass Games" are government-organized events glorifying the regime, involving over 100,000 performers.Royal Tombs of the Koryo Dynasty
The Royal Tombs of the Koryo Dynasty are a group of tombs of members of the Korean Koryo Dynasty (918-1392).Tomb of King Kongmin
The Tomb of King Kongmin, more correctly known as the Hyonjongrung Royal Tomb, is a 14th-century mausoleum located in Haeson-ri, Kaepung County just outside the city of Kaesong, North Korea. It is one of the Royal Tombs of the Koryo Dynasty.
The site consists of two separate burial mounds, Hyonrung, which contain the remains of Kongmin, 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, and Jongrung, which contains his wife, the Mongolian princess Queen Noguk. Nominated for World Heritage status, it is one of the best preserved royal tombs in North Korea which remains in its original state, having avoided extensive "restoration" under the Communist government.Tomb of King Wanggon
The Tomb of King Wanggŏn, more correctly known as the Hyŏllŭng Royal Tomb, is a mausoleum located Haesong-ri, Kaepung County near Kaesŏng, North Korea. The tomb belongs to the founder of the Goryeo Dynasty, Wanggeon, who adopted the name Taejo upon ascending the throne and was the first king to unify the entire Korean peninsula after subjugation the southern states of Silla and Baekje. Construction on the tomb began after the king's death in 943. Nonetheless, by the end of the occupation period there was little left of the original tomb, which had deteriorated due to abandonment and looting by Japanese forces. The tomb was heavily reconstructed in 1994, and all of the original buildings and statues were cleared away in order to accomplish its "restoration". The site is nominated for World Heritage status.