December 08, 2021

New North Korean hotel opens after 10-year construction period

State media touts opening of Jongbangsan Hotel amid complete halt to foreign tourism

A large hotel opened near the southwest North Korean city of Sariwon on Wednesday, official state media reported, following a construction process that stretched more than 10 years.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend the opening ceremony of the Jongbangsan Hotel but paid “close attention” to its construction, giving “detailed instructions” about how it should be built, according to the Rodong Sinmun.