October 31, 2020

How Saigon’s premier night spot ended up in North Korea

The odd story of the first floating hotel's 13000 km journey to the DPRK

From the world’s first floating hotel, to one of Saigon’s premier nightspots in the 90s, the Hotel Haekumgang's quiet exterior near the scenic North Korean Mt. Kumgang tourism resort belies its colorful history.

The 89 meter floating structure, which now sits in the bay to the North of the DPRK’s currently shuttered Kumgang Tourism Project, has travelled over 13000 km to arrive at its current location.