Yonggwang County

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Yeonggwang County in South Korea.
Yonggwang County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 榮光郡
 • McCune–Reischauer Yŏnggwang-gun
 • Revised Romanization Yeonggwang-gun
Location of Yonggwang County
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 1 workers' district, 24 ri
Population (2008)
 • Total 103,532 [1]

Yonggwang County is a county in South Hamgyong province, North Korea. It was originally part of Hamju County, from which it was separated in a general reorganization of local government in 1952. Formerly known as Oro, it was named in 1981 after Yonggwang, glory. It is the site of one of the steles erected by Jinheung of Silla in the 6th century.

The county is primarily mountainous, and is traversed by the Pujonryong Mountains (부전령산맥). However, there are areas of rolling and level ground, especially along the Songchon River (성천강). Other significant streams include the Hukrim River (흑림강), Chadongchon (자동천), Chonbulsanchon (천불산천), and Kigokchon (기곡천). Roughly 80% of the county is occupied by forestland. The highest point is Mataesan.

Despite the rugged terrain, there is agriculture in Yonggwang. Local crops include maize, rice, soybeans, wheat, and barley. Small-scale orchards and livestock operations also exist. There are deposits of coal and gold. In addition, hydroelectric power is produced in the region.

The Sinhŭng Line and Changjin Line railroads pass through the county, which is also served by roads.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DPR Korean Central Bureau of Statistics: 2008 Population Census (Population 2008, published in 2009)

External links[edit]