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Southwest of Pyongyang lies the industrial powerhouse of Nampo, the center of North Korea's shipbuilding industry. Once a sleepy fishing village, Nampo was opened for foreign trade in 1897, and has never looked back. Because of the crucial role Nampo played in receiving foreign trade and, recently, aid, it was designated a special city - almost on par with the capital of Pyongyang itself.
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Along the way from Pyongyang to Nampo, stop at the Chonsamri Cooperative Farm, a community of 2,500 people living and working together, with their own shops, schools, theaters and services. Chat with the members of the farm, and hear about their life and work amid the cooperative system, which includes essentially free housing, education and healthcare.
West Sea Barrage
Visit the West Sea Barrage, a nearly 5-mile (8 kilometer) long system of dams and an engineering feat of which the country is extremely proud. Completed in 1986, the multi-purpose barrage was built to control flooding and generate power, and allows 50,000-ton ships to pass through its three lock chambers and up the increased water level of the Taedong River.
Sea Vessel Repair Shop
An active facility for the repair and maintenance of North Korean fishing boats and commercial ships, the Sea Vessel Repair Shop is an interesting glimpse at North Korea’s shipping industry. Indeed, the Repair Shop is the only North Korean industrial structure that foreigners are allowed to visit.
Take a tour of the Nampo Orphanage, a colorful, modern facility where you can spend hours playing with the children and talking with their caretakers about their lives and work with the orphans. The children appear very clean and happy, and are well cared for by their loving, affectionate teachers.
Step off the beaten tourist path and into one of the world’s most reclusive nations on this exciting 5-day North Korea journey. You’ll stop at all the must-see sites, from Pyongyang’s Kim II Sung Square, to the famous Demilitarized Zone, where you’ll stay in nearby Nampo Hot Springs hotel, and more.
Once a singular, unified country, North and South Korea are now vastly different cultures. This 17-day itinerary takes you on an extensive historical tour as you visit the DMZ and see where much of the conflict took place with your own eyes, explore an inactive volcanic island, and observe complete political devotion.
Winding through the previously unexplored areas of the northernmost reaches of North Korea, this culturally eye-opening tour takes in the factories and kindergarten of Chongjin city, the panoramas of Mount Chilbo, the natural spring waters of Kyongsong and the Special Economic Zone of Rason.
Nampo Hot Springs Resort
The Nampo Hot Springs Resort is a small secluded compound of a dozen or so villas, each room with its own hot spring bath. Dine in the resort dining room and play some pool after dinner.