July 01, 2022

North Korea producing new open-air ‘tourist’ tramcars despite closed borders

Officials appear to be taking steps to expand travel sector, though COVID outbreak casts doubt over tourism this summer

North Korea has begun producing more “tourist” tramcars despite no sign its borders will open to foreign travelers soon, state media recently revealed, in a sign that authorities are pushing forward plans to expand the country’s travel sector during the pandemic.

Workers at the Kim Jong Thae Electric Locomotive Complex appeared in a state television clip last week to be putting together a tramcar designed without side windows, likely for use by tourists in fair weather conditions.