North Korea to redevelop flagship tourist resort

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Pyongyang

Pyongyang plans to redevelop its flagship Mount Kumgang tourist complex into an international resort, a year after leader Kim Jong Un ordered South Korean-built buildings there demolished, state media reported Sunday. The resort—once a prominent symbol of inter-Korean economic cooperation—was built by South Korea’s Hyundai Asan on one of the North’s most scenic mountains, drawing hundreds of thousands of Southern visitors.
But last year Kim condemned the development with the South as an eyesore and described facilities there as “shabby” and built like “makeshift tents in a disaster-stricken area or isolation wards”, ordering their removal. On Sunday, the official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim Tok Hun, the North’s premier, stressed “the need to build the tourist area our own way” to turn it into a “cultural resort envied by the whole world”.—AFP