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Directly Govrened Ceety
라선특별시 · Rason Directly Governed City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hancha
 • McCune–Reischauer Rasŏn T'ŭkpyŏlsi
 • Revised Romanization Naseon Teukbyeolsi
From top left: Pipasom Island, Emperor Hotel and Casino, & Rason Hotel
Kintra  North Korea
Region Kwanbuk
 • Tot 746 km2 (288 sq mi)
Elevation 27 m (89 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Tot 196,954
 • Density 275/km2 (710/sq mi)
 • Dialect Hamgyŏng

Rasŏn (umwhile Rajin-Sŏnbong; Korean pronunciation: [ɾasɔn, ɾadʑin-sɔnboŋ]) is a North Korean ceety in the Kwanbuk region an location o the Rajin-Sonbong Economic Special Zone. In 2000 the name wis shortened frae "Rajin-Sŏnbong" tae "Rasŏn". Frae 1993 tae 2004 wis administered separately frae North Hamgyŏng as the Directly Governed Ceety (Chikhalsi) o Rasŏn. Prior tae 1993 an frae 2004 tae 2009 the ceety haed been pairt o the North Hamgyŏng Province. Since 2010 the ceety is a "Special Ceety", again breakin frae provincial control but different tae its aulder designation as a "Directly Governed Ceety".[2] It is unclear what this means in practice. Rason borders Jilin province o Cheenae an Primorsky Krai o Roushie. In Sooth Korean pronunciation, the initial "R" o the name is pronoonced as "N," as per staundart Korean phonology.

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