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Heading for the sea: North Korea plans to build a beach resort in Wonsan. – AFP
The late North Korean leader’s favourite vacation spot is being developed into a resort by his son.
AFTER workers were urged to speed up development on a world-class ski resort as a matter of patriotic duty, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has now turned his sights to Wonsan, an industrial, port city.
Plans are underway to transform the site into a vacation beach resort.
According to declassified documents obtained by South Korean publication (http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2973720&cloc=rssnewsjoongangdaily) JoongAng Ilbo, North Korea is currently in the process of transforming the city of Wonsan on the country’s east coast into three districts: a financial
district, entertainment and sports area, and tourist destination.
Wonsan is a port city and naval base, and was one of Kim Jong-il’s favourite vacation destinations in the country.
The construction of a beach resort is seen as son Jong-un’s fulfilment of his late father’s wishes.
In 2007, the elder Kim rejected proposals from former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to develop the city into an industrial park and complex, on grounds that the bay is a “holiday destination”.
To transform the region and turn it into a resort town, a source tells the paper, the government plans to shut down the automobile plants and shipyards which operate in the city.
Meanwhile, in a bid to outshine rival South Korea, which will host the Winter Olympic Games in the resort town of Pyeongchang in 2018, Jong-un issued a national appeal in July to speed up the work on the ski hill.
Mount Masik is about 20km from Wonsan. – AFP Relaxnews
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