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Sonbong Destination Guide

Delve into Sonbong in North Korea

Sonbong in the region of Najin Sŏnbong-si with its 27,331 residents is a city in North Korea - some 334 mi or ( 537 km ) North-East of Pyongyang , the country's capital .

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Current time in Sonbong is now 04:23 AM (Monday) . The local timezone is named " Asia/Pyongyang " with a UTC offset of 9 hours. Depending on your travel modalities, these larger destinations might be interesting for you: Wonsan, Hamhung, Vladivostok, Yangmulinzi, and Wangqing. While being here, make sure to check out Wonsan . Are you curious about the possible sightsseing spots and facts in Sonbong ? We have collected some references on our attractions page.


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Interesting facts about this location

Sonbong County

Sonbong County, formerly called Unggi, is a subdivision of the North Korean city of Rason. It is located at the northeastern extreme of North Korea, bordering Russia and China. It lies on Unggi Bay, an extension of the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea). A uranium mine is allegedly located there, as is a 200 megawatt oil-fired power plant. The word Sonbong means "Vanguard" in Korean.

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Located at 42.35 130.40 (Lat./Long.); Less than 1 km away
Tags: Counties of North Korea, Mining in North Korea, Rason, Uranium mines

Rason

Rason is a North Korean city and ice-free port in the Sea of Japan 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".

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Located at 42.34 130.38 (Lat./Long.); Less than 1 km away
Tags: Cities in North Hamgyong, Directly Governed Cities and Special Administrative Regions of North Korea, Port cities and towns in North Korea, Rason

Rason Special Economic Zone

The Rason Special Economic Zone, earlier called the Rajin-Sonbong Economic Special Zone, was established in the early 1990s by the North Korean government near Rason to promote economic growth through foreign investment. It is similar to the Special Economic Zones set up by the People's Republic of China and elsewhere to pilot market economics in a designated controlled area. Chinese and Russian companies have invested in the economic zone, and the use of foreign currency is permitted.

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Located at 42.37 130.42 (Lat./Long.); Less than 3 km away
Tags: Economy of North Korea, Special Economic Zones

Tumangang

Tumangang Workers' District is a town in Sonbong, Rason, North Korea. It is the closest town of North Korea to the border with Russia. Tumangang sits on the Tumen River, and across the river is the Russian settlement of Khasan and the Chinese settlement of Fangchuancun. A train connects Khasan with Tumangang and from there to Rason. A road also connects Tumangang and Sonbong.

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Located at 42.42 130.60 (Lat./Long.); Less than 19 km away
Tags: Korea–Soviet Union relations, Neighbourhoods in North Korea, North Korea–Russia border crossings, Rason

Tumen River

The Tumen River is a 521 km-long river that serves as part of the boundary between China, North Korea, and Russia, rising in Mount Baekdu and flowing into the Sea of Japan. The river flows in northeast Asia, on the border between China and North Korea in its upper reaches, and between North Korea and Russia in its last 17 kilometers before entering the Sea of Japan.

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Located at 42.43 130.61 (Lat./Long.); Less than 20 km away
Tags: Border rivers, China–North Korea border, Geography of Jilin, International rivers of Asia, North Korea–Russia border, Rivers of Jilin, Rivers of North Korea, Rivers of Primorsky Krai

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