February 21, 2024

New residential construction project underway in Chongjin

New housing project ignored by official media is exposed by satellite imagery analysis

Housing renovations in Pyongyang have received plenty of attention in the DPRK's official media, with the above KCNA photo a good example. However, a large-scale redevelopment in Chongjin, the distant capital of North Hamgyong province, has received no official coverage in North Korean media.

Ironically, the only news outlet to have reported on the drastic changes to downtown Chongjin has so far been the Daily NK, which published rumors of mismanagement and political cronyism at the project in August of 2012.