December 05, 2020

New, sleek railway cars will haul tourists up North Korea’s ‘holy’ mountain

A North Korean factory says it tested out new funicular cars that will carry people up to the peak of Mount Paektu

When Kim Jong Un isn’t mulling over important policy decisions on a white horse atop Mount Paektu — or riding his Lexus SUV to the peak to catch awesome views with the South Korean president — the “holy,” symbolic mountain on the country’s northern border is serving tourists on outdated funicular and cable cars.

But a factory in Pyongyang recently claimed that it tested out a new funicular car running from the base of Mount Paektu up to the peak that overlooks the crater lake (named Lake Chon, or Heaven Lake), and state media this week released the first picture of the new car.