Yonsa County

Yonsa County
Korean transcription(s)
  Hanja 延社郡
  McCune-Reischauer Yŏnsa kun
  Revised Romanization Yeonsa-gun
Country North Korea
Province North Hamgyong Province
Administrative divisions 1 ŭp;, 1 workers' district, 10 ri
  Total 1,200 km2 (500 sq mi)
Population (1991 est.)
  Total 33,000

Yŏnsa County is a kun, or county, in North Hamgyŏng province, North Korea. It was created following the division of Korea, being split off from Musan county in the 1952 reorganization of local government.


The land of Yŏnsa is high and mountainous, with even the low-lying areas more than 500 meters above sea level. The county is traversed by the Hamgyŏng Mountains and the Paengmu Plateau. Various streams flow through the county, including the Yŏnmyŏnsu (Chosŏn'gŭl: 연면수, Hancha: 延面水), Kuunsu (Chosŏn'gŭl: 구운수, Hancha: 九雲水), Sudongsu (Chosŏn'gŭl: 수동수), and Sŏdusu (Chosŏn'gŭl: 서두수, Hancha: 西頭水). 84% of the county is forested. The highest point is Kwanmobong (Chosŏn'gŭl: 관모봉, Hancha: 冠帽峰).

Administrative Divisions

Yŏnsa County is divided into 1 ŭp (town), 1 rodongjagu (workers' districts) and 10 ri (villages):

  • Yŏnsa-ŭp
  • Sinyang-rodongjagu
  • Kwangyang-ri
  • Namchang-ri
  • P'also-ri
  • Rop'yŏng-ri
  • Samha-ri
  • Samp'o-ri
  • Sinbung-ri
  • Sinchang-ri
  • Sŏksu-ri
  • Yŏnsu-ri


Lumbering dominates the economy of Yŏnsa, and there are numerous lumbermills. Wild roots and fruits are also gathered from the mountains.

There is very little agriculture, due to the lack of arable land; the farming that is carried out is chiefly dry-field farming. Yŏnsa is responsible for more than half of North Hamgyŏng's potato crop. Cultivated land makes up 4.3% of the county's area.


Yŏnsa lies on the Paengmu Line of the Korean State Railway, and is also served by roads.

See also

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