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Samjiyŏn County is a kun, or county, in Ryanggang Province, North Korea. It has its own airport. It takes its name from three lakes in the county, which are known as the Samjiyŏn. Samjiyŏn is situated near Mount Paektu, and tour groups fly to the district's airport to see the fabled mountain.Many houses and buildings in Samjiyŏn have been recently upgraded, and many new buildings, including a recreational centre for youths, were finished in 2005. Popular activities in Samjiyŏn are skiing and various activities for schoolchildren, who use the surrounding area of Mt. Paektu for various scouting-like operations in conjunction with school-led vacations or outings.Administrative divisionsSamjiyŏn county is divided into 1 ŭp (town) and 10 rodongjagu (workers' districts):TransportationAirSamjiyŏn is served by the Korean People's Air Force along with the national flag carrier Air Koryo which operates scheduled flights and charter services between Samjiyŏn and P'yŏngyang, Wŏnsan and Ch'ŏngjin.. In 2005, the airport was closed due to major renovations, which were partially underwritten by the Hyundai corporation.RailSamjiyŏn county is served by the narrow-gauge Samjiyŏn Line of the Korean State Railway. Construction of a new, standard-gauge line from the Pukpu Line at Hyesan to Samjiyŏn is underway since 2008, with 80% of the roadbed and 70% of lineside structures being complete as of June 2015; the new terminus station is to be at Chunghŭng-rodongjagu, Samjiyŏn county.
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