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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