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N. Korea to establish tour zone near Mt. Paektu

N. Korea to establish tour zone near Mt. Paektu

Seoul, April 23 (CNA) North Korea has decided to set up an international special tourist zone in a district on Mount Paektu, the peninsula's highest peak, the country's state news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Thursday. The Supreme People's Assembly Standing Committee on Wednesday promulgated a decree designating some areas of the Mubong workers' district near Paektu as a special zone for international tours. The district, located in Samjiyon County, Ryanggang Province at 1,200 meters above sea level, is well positioned for a tourist zone as lodging houses and other facilities have already been built there, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. An airport is also situated near the county, raising accessibility to the district and making it an ideal location for the development of tourism industry, Yonhap said. Experts said that the latest move is aimed at luring dollars from foreign tourists by boosting tourism at Mt. Paekdu at a time when inter-Korean exchanges have been suspended since 2010 following a deadly warship sinking, according to the South Korean news agency. The two Koreas had originally reached an agreement in July 2005 to promote Mt. Paekdu as a tour demonstration zone but they have not yet implemented the plan. The Mubong zone will be the second special zone for international tours in the North, along with a special zone at Mt. Kumgang, a scenic resort on the North's east coast, which was established in 2011 and aimed at attracting foreign investments, according to Yonhap. (By Chiang Yuan-chen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-21 02:27 GMT+08:00