The first group of tourists from Russia returned from the DPRK: residents of more than 10 regions of Russia visited North Korea
On Monday, February 12, the press service of the regional government announced the return of the largest group of Russian tourists in the last five years from a trip to DPRK.
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The composition of this tourist group included residents of various regions of Russia, such as
- Primorsky Krai.
- Khabarovsk region.
- Irkutsk region.
- Leningrad region.
- Sakhalin region.
- Kaliningrad region.
- Novosibirsk region.
- Ryazan Oblast,
- Moscow, Moscow region
- Saint Petersburg.
Students from the regional sports school of the Olympic reserve from Arsenyev also took part in the trip. It was the largest group of foreign visitors to visit North Korea since its founding.
For four days and three nights, Russian tourists vacationed in the DPRK. On the first day, they visited the main attractions of Pyongyang, including the Mansudayi complex, the tallest monument to the Juche Idea, Kim Il Sung Square, the Monument to Soviet Liberator Soldiers, and the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace, where about 10 thousand children are received daily.
The group from Russia spent the following days at a ski resort, where they had access to 10 slopes of varying difficulty with a total length of more than 17 kilometers. The resort also provided rental services for sportswear and equipment, various ski lifts, an ice skating rink, hotels, cafes, restaurants, spas and shops.
The next trips of Russian tourists to the DPRK are planned for March, as reported by the head of the Primorsky Krai International Cooperation Agency Alexey Starichkov. Each trip will also last four days and three nights, from March 8 to 11, with the second trip being a day longer, from March 11 to 15.
In the coming years, the DPRK authorities plan to complete the construction of the Wonsan-Kalma tourist zone, which will include 17 hotels, 37 inns, shops and a huge beach. This tourist zone with an area of more than 2.8 square kilometers will also be open to Russian tourists.