This article is about the North Korean city. For the Australian politician, see Hector Rason
. For his ministry, see Rason Ministry
Rason (formerly Rajin-Sŏnbong; Korean pronunciation: [ɾasʰʌn, ɾadʑin sʰʌnboŋ]) is a North Korean city and ice-free port in the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) in the North Pacific Ocean on the northeast tip of North Korea. It is in the Kwanbuk region and location of the Rason Special Economic Zone.
In South Korean pronunciation, the initial "R" of the name is pronounced as "N," as per standard Korean phonology. In 2000 the name was shortened from "Rajin-Sŏnbong" to "Rason". During the 1930s, the Japanese called it Rashin; at that time it was an important port at the end of a railroad line. It was liberated by Red Army in 14 August 1945.
Before 1991, Rason was used by the Soviet Union as an alternative warm water port in case Vladivostok was unavailable. From 1993 to 2004, it was administered separately from North Hamgyŏng as the Directly Governed City (Chikhalsi) of Rason. Prior to 1993 and from 2004 to 2009, the city had been part of the North Hamgyŏng Province. Since 2010, the city is a "Special City", again breaking from provincial control but different to its older designation as a "Directly Governed City". It is unclear what this means in practice.
Rason borders Jilin province of China and Khasansky District in Primorsky Krai of Russia. China is making investments in the port as it gives it access to the Sea of Japan. In July 2011, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave a green light to the China's domestic trade cargo to be shipped via its port of Rajin from northeast to east China. Coal is shipped from nearby Chinese mines to Shanghai. There is a casino by the sea which caters to Chinese visitors.
Rason is divided into one district (kuyŏk) and one county (kun).
Rajin Station is on the Pyongra Line.
- Dormels, Rainer. North Korea's Cities: Industrial facilities, internal structures and typification. Jimoondang, 2014. ISBN 978-89-6297-167-5
- North Korea Uncovered (North Korea Google Earth) Maps out Rason's economic infrastructure, including railways, hotels, tourist destinations, cultural facilities, ports, electricity grid, and electrified perimeter fence on Google Earth.
- City profile of Rason
Coordinates: 42°20′40″N 130°23′04″E / 42.34444°N 130.38444°E
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:29:41 -0700
Cassie's mother, Jackie Rason, campaigned for a change in the law and this eventually led to the introduction of new powers which allowed the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to revoke licences more quickly. Figures obtained under the ...
Washington Post (blog)
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:05:53 -0700
... disciples of the leader,” it said. Google Earth has also revealed to Melvin that two entirely new statues were installed on a hillside in Rason and that new Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il statues are under construction in the cities of Sariwon, Nampho ...
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:56:15 -0700
"The most memorable day was the time spent in Rason," says Pan. "I was allowed to visit the harbor port, factories and the local market." The open air market is about the size of a football field with rows of stalls covered with corrugated metal roofs ...
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:15:00 -0700
Less than 70 kilometres away in North Korea, the port of Rason offers access to the sea and a shorter trade route to Japan, one of China's biggest trading partners, than almost any of its own harbours. But the ambitious plan relies on Russian and North ...
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:00:39 -0700
Join them on a trip through the north-east of the country, visiting the cities Rason, Namyang, Hoeryon, Chongjin, Kyongson and Chilbo. Follow them on outings to schools, mountains and factories, and watch them behave like typical tourists in a Russian ...
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:52:30 -0700
Her mother, Jackie Rason, campaigned for a change in the law and this eventually led to the introduction of new powers - popularly known as Cassie's Law - which allowed the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to revoke licences more quickly.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:47:53 -0800
But this changed dramatically in September 2014 when I travelled to the Northeast and visited the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Rason (formerly referred to as Rajin-Sonbong). To get straight to the point: Rason is simply mind-boggling. But everything ...
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:07:30 -0800
Factory workers in North Korea star in 'Rason Rhythm'. Factory workers in North Korea star in 'Rason Rhythm' music video featuring music recorded at the Rason Kindergarten performance. Aisleyne and Sam share VERY raunchy kiss... Read More · 0:30min.
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