North Korea: Sleepy port city pf Wonsan focus of tourism push

 
 
North Korean women talk over pots of burning charcoal for cooking seafood on a pier leading to Jangdok Island in Wonsan, North Korea. North Korea has been creating special zones across the country to try to boost tourism.
North Korean women talk over pots of burning charcoal for cooking seafood on a pier leading to Jangdok Island in Wonsan, North Korea. North Korea has been creating special zones across the country to try to boost tourism.
Wong Maye-E / AP

Where do you go in North Korea if you’re in the mood for a barbecue by the beach, maybe some pier-side fishing, or a dip in the ocean? For many North Korean vacationers, it’s the sleepy port city of Wonsan, now the focus of one of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s most talked-about pet projects — a campaign to transform the country into a haven for tourism. That may seem far-fetched, since international sanctions and security restrictions make travel in the country difficult. But North Korea is targeting places like Wonsan for development projects — its new luxury ski resort at Masik Pass is just a short drive away — by creating special tourism zones across the country to accommodate foreign guests.

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