Hyundai Chairwoman to Visit Mt. Kumgang

Hyun Jeong-eun Hyun Jeong-eun

Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun and some 20 Hyundai executives are visiting Mt. Kumgang in North Korea next Monday to attend a memorial service for Hyun's late husband.

The group will include the CEO of ill-fated tour operator Hyundai Asan, Cho Kun-shik, whose business has dried up since package tours to the North were suspended.

"The government approved Hyundai's application to visit Mt. Kumgang," a Unification Ministry official said on Thursday. "Hyundai has no plan to meet North Korean officials there other than those attending the memorial service."

Hyun last went to Mt. Kumgang last August to mark the death of her husband, who is respected in the North due to his ties with former dictator Kim Jong-il.

Hyun is expected to tour her company's shuttered facilities and return in the afternoon of the same day.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 01, 2014 12:37 KST