N.Korea Completes 'Luxury' Resort Hotel

      July 29, 2009 08:48

      North Korea on Monday celebrated the completion of what it has hailed as a "world-class" hotel in the Majon resort area in Hamhung, South Hamgyong Province, North Korean Central Broadcasting reported Tuesday.

      The broadcast said the Majon Hotel "is equipped with top-class accommodation and recreation facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a steam sauna, a public bath, and even a beach resort."

      Although it did not specify the size, the broadcast called the hotel a "creation that illuminates the era of the Korean Workers' Party," suggesting it is relatively luxurious.

      The completion ceremony was attended by key leaders of the party, the government and the military, including People's Armed Forces Minister Kim Yong-chun, party Secretaries Kim Ki-nam and Choe Thae-bok, and Prime Minister Kim Yong-il.

      In a congratulatory speech, Kim Ki-nam said the hotel was "another proud creation built thanks to leader Kim Jong-il's love of the people in the military-first era."

      A view of North Korea's Majon resort area

      The Majon resort area where the hotel is located is famous throughout North Korea. It has a sandy beach park 6 km long and 50-100 m wide along the east coast and 16 recreational buildings, 13 public buildings, and a boy scout camp -- all on an area measuring some 3 million sq.m.

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