Yonggwang County

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Yŏnggwang County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja 榮光郡
 • McCune–Reischauer Yŏnggwang-gun
 • Revised Romanization Yeonggwang-gun
Location of Yŏnggwang County
Country North Korea
Province South Hamgyong
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp, 1 workers' district, 24 ri
Population (2008)
 • Total 103,532 [1]

Yŏnggwang County is a county in South Hamgyŏng province, North Korea.


The county is primarily mountainous, and is traversed by the Pujŏllyŏng Mountains (부전령산맥). However, there are areas of rolling and level ground, especially along the Sŏngch'ŏn River (성천강). Other significant streams include the Hŭngrim River (흑림강), Chadongch'ŏn (자동천), Ch'ŏnbulsanch'ŏn (천불산천), and Kigokch'ŏn (기곡천). Roughly 80% of the county is occupied by forestland. The highest point is Mataesan.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Yŏnggwang County is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 1 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 24 ri (villages):

  • Yŏnggwang-ŭp
  • Sujŏl-lodongjagu
  • Chadong-ri
  • Changhŭng-ri
  • Chŏndong-ri
  • Chungsang-ri
  • Ch'ŏnbulsal-li
  • Huju-ri
  • Hŭngbong-ri
  • Hwajang-ri
  • Inda-ri
  • Kisang-ri
  • Kwansu-ri
  • Ponghŭng-ri
  • P'ungho-ri
  • P'ungsang-ri
  • Ryongdong-ri
  • Samhŭng-ri
  • Sanch'ang-ri
  • Sangt'ong-ri
  • Sanjung-ri
  • Sindŏng-ri
  • Sinsang-ri
  • Ssangsong-ri
  • Tongjung-ri
  • Tongyang-ri


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 Yŏnggwang, glory. It is the site of one of the steles erected by Chinhŭng of Silla in the 6th century.


Despite the rugged terrain, there is agriculture in Yŏnggwang. 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 and Changjin lines of the Korean State Railway pass through the county, which is also served by roads.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DPR Korean Central Bureau of Statistics: 2008 Population Census Archived May 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (Population 2008, published in 2009)

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