Country Rich in Mineral Water
Korea that has long been known as a beautiful country is rich in mineral water.
There are more than 170 mineral springs in Korea, and water from over 110 of them is mineral water. What is characteristic of the distribution of mineral water in the country is that there is no regional one-sidedness. The mineral water resources are widely distributed in all parts of the country including not only Pyongyang and every province but also mountainous districts, flat areas, inland zones and coastal areas.
In Pyongyang alone there are Okryu, Samma, Kobangsan, Konguk, Songbuk and many other mineral waters. All provinces and regions are also rich in mineral water resources like Yangdok and Rangnim mineral waters in South Phyongan Province, Paegun and Ryongchon mineral waters in North Phyongan Province, Kobo and Chongun mineral waters in Jagang Province and Chojong Mineral Water in South Hwanghae Province.
The mineral waters in the country contain a large amount of minerals needed by an organic body, and various gas constituents, organic matters, microelements and radioactive substances, and have unique tastes and special effects on the treatment of diseases.
The Okryu Mineral Water near the Okryu Bridge on the bank of the picturesque Taedong River contains a large amount of chloride ion, ion bicarbonate, calcium ion, sodium ion and so on. As it regulates gastric secretion, it is good for the treatment of chronic gastritis and other chronic digestive diseases, diabetes and anemia.
The Kumgok Mineral Water in Hoeyang County, Kangwon Province, is very good for the treatment of skin diseases. It contains 0.3 grams of minerals per litre, and about 9 mg of sulfur per litre. When you drink or apply it to your skin, it makes your skin elastic and soft. As it helps accelerate the process of cornification, regeneration of epidermal layers and blood circulation of the skin, it is widely used for the treatment of chronic skin diseases like eczema, impetigo and psoriasis.
The Okhodong Mineral Water in Sonchon County, North Phyongan Province is well known as it is good for health and the treatment of diseases. The locality is called Okho-dong as it is surrounded with picturesque hills resembling a jade pot. It has three springs whose mineral waters are called Sin, Jung and Ku, respectively.
Their ingredients are all similar, and belong to simple carbonated spring rich in free carbonic acid gas, hydrogen carbonate and iron. They are widely used for the treatment of diseases like chronic gastritis, a gastric and duodenal ulcer, chronic enterocolitis, nephrolithiasis and chronic pyelocystitis.
Besides, there are world-famous mineral waters in Korea—Kangso Mineral Water in Yaksu-ri, Kangso District, Nampho; Myohyangsan Mineral Water in Hyangam-ri, Hyangsan County, North Phyongan Province; Chojong Mineral Water in Chojong-ri, Unchon County, South Hwanghae Province; and Sambang Mineral Water in Sambang-ri, Sepho County, Kangwon Province.
The country has been long conducting a nationwide undertaking to use the mineral water resources for the people’s well-being and the treatment of diseases. And many sanatoriums and rest homes were built near mineral springs across the country.
Typical of them is Kangso Mineral Water. Before the nation’s liberation (August 15, 1945) from the Japanese imperialists’ military occupation, the mineral water and its locality were used as a means of moneymaking and a pleasure resort by the exploiting classes, but at present, a modern sanatorium and a bottled mineral water factory can be seen in the place.
Now the mineral water has reached a world standard for its efficacy for longevity and medical treatment and for its unique taste, and the locality has changed into a sanatorium area and recreation ground for the working people.
Today the mineral waters in Korea are making a special contribution to the health and longevity of the working people.