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A major port city and military base, Wonsan was established in 1880 by the Japanese colonial administration. As it was the subject of a naval blockade and siege, Wonsan suffered extensive damage during the Korean War. Today, however, the city is an important commercial center, home to a number of institutions of higher education, and a holiday resort. While Wonsan is not a popular tourist destination, it is, nonetheless, an interesting look at everyday life in North Korea - free of pretence and arranged spectacle.
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Relax at Songdowon, a popular stretch of pristine white-sand beaches and nearby groves of 700-year-old pine trees, which conceal both a zoo and a botanical garden, the latter containing ample kimilsungia and kimjongilia, cultivated hybrid flowers named after the Great and Dear Leaders.
Songdowon Schoolchildrenâ€™s Camp
If visiting in the summer months, stop by the Songdowon Schoolchildren’s Camp, which can accommodate up to 1,200 children - some of whom are foreign students on summer holiday.
For another perspective on the DPRK's agricultural system, tour a local cooperative farm often visited by both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and therefore well known throughout the country. Chat with the members about their daily lives, from the morning distribution of each day’s tasks, to communal lunches, news-reading meetings and radio announcements, and culminating in evenings spent at the cinema or in political meetings.
Explore the Ullim waterfalls, discovered only in 2001 by North Korean soldiers doing blasting work, and opened to the public in 2003. Go for a swim in the aquamarine pool at the foot of the falls, which roar down from a height of nearly 250 feet (76 meters).
Ski down the recently opened mountainside in North Korea on this 8-day luxury tour. Tour multiple town squares and impressive monuments dedicated to Kim II Sung to better understand an extremely politically devoted country. You will have a chance to play with local children and sample authentic cuisine as well.
Visit isolated North Korea on this exciting 8-day luxury journey through the country’s most popular spots. You’ll lay flowers at the feet of Kim Il Sung’s statue in Pyongyang, get an incredible view from Junche Tower, visit the Demilitarized Zone, and stay at the acclaimed Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Wonsan is a major port on the east coast of the DPRK with a population of around 400,000. The Dongmyong hotel is the best one in the city but still rather basic. There is 24 hour hot water and the electricity is fairly reliable but the best feature is the views from the rooms looking out over the East Sea of Korea. There is always a lot of activity going on â€“ divers looking for shellfish, fishing boats, old men fishing for the daily catch â€“ very interesting viewing! There is a lobby bar in the hotel and a billiards room with another small bar so enough evening entertainment to keep you occupied.