the name of the heavy-ion accelerator, is a native Korean word meaning “Happy”
The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST; Minister: Ju-ho
Lee) and the Rare Isotope Science Project (RISP; Director: Sun Kee Kim) at the
Institute for Basic Science (IBS) announced that, after having held a contest
on the new name for the Korean heavy-ion accelerator from September 20th
to October 7th, they have selected “RAON” as the new name for the Korean
A native Korean word meaning “joyful” and “happy,” RAON reflects the hope
that the use of heavy-ion accelerators will be a “joyful gift” to scientists
around the world and that the results of research conducted using them will
“present happiness” to the future of humanity.
In addition, the alphabetic transliteration of the Korean name, RAON, has
been adopted as the English name, thus increasing its use in the international
A total of 639 names were submitted to the contest, thereby serving as an
occasion to foster the nation’s interest in and enthusiasm for the
International Science Business Belt and heavy-ion accelerators. Out of the
names submitted, a total of eight were selected after the preliminary screening
and the expert screening. The prizes were: Grand Prize to one name (prize
money: 2 million won); First Prize to two names (1 million won each); and
Second Prize to five names (100,000 won each (Cultural Certificates)).
The honor of the Grand Prize went to Hwi-sung Hwang, a college student
(Hankyong National University) who submitted “Raonhaje.” A native Korean
expression meaning “happy tomorrow,” the name was created from the wish that
the Korean heavy-ion accelerator would bring a happy future to the nation. The
name received high points for its outstanding intention and use of native
While preserving its intention, the name selected for the Grand Prize was
modified slightly for easy pronunciation and international use, thus giving
rise to RAON, the new name for the Korean heavy-ion accelerator.
A joint organizer of the contest, RISP Director Sun Kee Kim stated he was
happy that, through the contest, a beautiful and sophisticated new name for the
heavy-ion accelerator was created. He also expressed his wish that RAON, the
new name for the heavy-ion accelerator, would be widely used as another name
representative of Korea.
The results of the final screening can be found on the contest’s website (http://www.isbb-idea.com) and the
International Science Business Belt’s website (http://www.isbb.go.kr).
and Collaboration Team