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Tumangang Travel Company

   This international travel company, situated in Rason, provides interesting tour services of various themes such as visits to the natural and historical attractions by the Tuman River, folklore experiencing, sightseeing and so on.  

   Tourists will have a golden chance of enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the scenery of the three countries (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China and Russian Federation) while standing on the Sungjon Pavilion, as well as that of fishing at the wide Sobonpho, cruising and sea bathing in the crystal-clear water of the Kulpho bathing resort.

Oechilbo Hotel

   This hotel is located in the Jangsubong section in Outer Chilbo in Mt Chilbo.

   Divided into five blocks, it has 27 bedrooms, a shop and a restaurant.

   The mysteriously-shaped peaks seen nearby and afar and the crystal-clear water that flows in front of its garden−tourists have a good rest enjoying a refreshing view of a valley. 

   Dishes prepared with various wild herbs that grow in different seasons in a clean environment, especially those prepared with the famous pine mushroom, a health food, are peculiar in their tastes, giving strong impressions on the tourists.

July 27 and Heroic Korea

   Since the first heroes of the DPRK were produced in July 1950, over 530 were awarded the title during the Fatherland Liberation War (June 25, 1950-July 27, 1953).

   In the battlefields and the rear, millions of the Korean People’s Army soldiers devoted their blood, sweat and even lives to the country, brilliant future and victory in the war.

   With the V-Day July 27, Korea and its people and army became known to the world as heroic Korea, heroic Korean people and heroic Korean People’s Army. 

   The history of miraculous victory of the 2-year-old DPRK in the fierce 3-year-long war is being continued as a history of eternal victory.

We Will Ensure Close Cooperation in Golf and Tourism.

   I’m Ri Kwang Chol, coordinator of the China market department in Ryomyong Golf Travel Company.

   Last year our company established contacts with many Chinese companies and intensified cooperation with them in golf.

   Many golf-related businesspeople and golf fans from China including Ren Da Wei, CEO of Dandong Huiyuan Export & Import Trading Company, Ltd., Bian Yong Nan, General Manager of Dandong Huiyuan Golf Promoting Company, Ltd. and Zhang Qiang, Vice-President of Pacific Union, visited the DPRK. While looking round the refurbished golf course, they said that the golf course and luxury lodgings were quite suited to the characteristic features of a mountainous golf course and that they would be proactive in cooperation with us in golf and tourism,.

   Our company will arrange visits to Kangso Mineral Water Factory, Kangso Three Tombs, Ryonggang spa as well as other tourist attractions in Pyongyang, Kaesong, Nampho, Hoechang and Mts Kumgang, Myohyang and Chilbo to meet the tourists’ likings and tastes. It will also arrange golf tour in close contact with the golf associations and golf fans.

Kuryong Falls

   Situated in Outer Kumgang in Mt Kumgang, a world-famous mountain, the magnificent and thrilling Kuryong Falls is 74m high..

   The waterfall with roaring water columns cascading down like a piece of silver cloth is counted as one of the three famous waterfalls in Korea and is registered on the list of national natural monuments.

   Under the falls is the 13m-deep Kuryong Pool that looks like a large and deep stone mortar dug by waterfall.

   The names of waterfall and pool originated from the legend that nine dragons, defending Mt Kumgang lived here in ancient times. Kuryong means nine dragons in Korean.

   Oppsite the waterfall is the Kwanphok Pavilion, where visitors can enjoy its magnificant view and have a pleasant time.

   In the valley over the waterfall there are the Upper Eight Pools associated with the legend that for their beautiful scenery and clear water eight fairies in heaven would descend to bathe there.

Anhwa Temple

   Anhwa Temple is located on the side of Mt Songak which is 4km away from the Namdae Gate in Kaesong.

   Built by Wang Kon (877-943), founder king Koryo, to pray for the soul of his cousin Wang Sin who died for territorial unification of the country, the temple consists of the Taeung Hall, Opaek Hall, seven-storeyed stone tower and domitary for Buddhist monks.

   It was originally a small temple, but it was expanded during the reign of King Ye Jong (1106-1122), the 16th monarch of Koryo.

   It was so magnificent and graceful that it was known to other countries.

   As the scenery around the temple was wonderful, many kings of Koryo frequented it and many people composed poems there.

   In Opaek Hall, 500 Buddha’s followers with different gestures and looks are arranged in seven tiers on both sides of Buddha. The hall is quite worth a visit as the images of the relics are still vivid and impressive.

Kangwon Provincial Art Gallery

   Inaugurated in February 1995 and situated on a picturesque beach in the city of Wonsan, the seat of Kangwon Province, the provincial art gallery is well known among the people for having hosted many exhibitions.

   Though not big in its size, the gallery displays a large number of Korean paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, and porcelain works produced by famous fine artists from the capital and local areas. 

   All the works leave a deep impression on the visitors for the refined skills applied to portrayal, characteristic ways of description and truthful and vivid depiction.

Laudable Deeds for a Chinese Tourist

   I am Jong Kum Byol, an interpreter at the Air Koryo Travel Company.

   I cannot forget what happened in June last year. The story is related to a man from Langfang, Hebei Province, China.

   During his visit to my country, the 63-year-old man toured Mt Ryongak in Pyongyang. While taking a break, he lost his cell phone.

   At that time, I was at a loss for what to do.

   After much effort, I managed to find it. At supper time that day, I gave him his cell phone.

   The tourist was very pleased and deeply moved. Just before his return to China, he said as follows:

    “At that time, many people including me were quite moved, and some of them shed tears. The tears were not for the value of the cell phone.

    “They were tears of gratitude for this great socialist system and for the social climate established by the system. They were also tears of gratitude for the people who work and live under this system, and for the ennobling spiritual world of these people who make selfless efforts for their community. On this occasion, I have keenly felt the friendly feelings shared by the Chinese and Korean peoples and become fully aware of the history of friendship between the two countries.”

Mt Jangsu

   Mt Jangsu has been called  Hwanghae Kumgang from olden times for the picturesque scenery of mysterious rocks and cliffs, deep valleys and many hills. 

   Pojok, the major hill in Mt Jangsu situated between Jaeryong and Sinwon counties of South Hwanghae Province, is 745m high.

   The name of the mountain originated from the fact that the people in this region live long because of the good air, clean water and various kinds of medicinal herbs in the mountains.

   The mountain was called Hongak in spring when azaleas and royal azaleas dye the entire mountain with red colour, Chongak in summer when the mountain is thickly wooded, Phungak in autumn when the whole scene blazes with crimson leaves, and Paegak in winter when the hills are covered with white snow. It was also called Chiak for the large number of phesants.

   Mt Jangsu consists of twelve-meanders region, Myoum Temple region and Jangsusan Fortress region. 

   People find themselves attracted to the beauty spots with the scenic beauty like the Sesim Falls, Yaksu Falls, Samhyongje Falls and historical remains like the Hyon Hermitage and Jangsusan Fortress.

Meaningful Tour−Watching Migratory Birds

   I am a guide at the Korea International Travel Company and my name is An Mi Song.

   In October last year I participated in the World Migratory Birds Day -2019 events which took place in Mundok Migratory Bird Reserve as a guide for a Chinese academic exchange tour group. 

   When they see migratory birds flying in a row, people fall in deep thoughts, and accustomed to seeing them flying high up in the sky.  

   However, with which words will they describe the scene of thousands of rare migratory birds landing on the near water side?

   Moreover, such scene attracts the attention of the people more and more today when biodiversity is rapidly destroyed with climate change and environment pollution throughout the world.  

   I still recall vividly how the tourists expressed their feelings of admiration and satisfaction as they saw various rare birds like thousands of swan geese among the migratory birds.

   I was also deeply moved to be at the migratory birds reserve which is of international significance as a guide.

   I think the tour of seeing migratory birds is very interesting and meaningful.

Pipha Headland

   The Pipha Headland is one of the tourist attractions in the city of Rason, the northern tip of the east coast of Korea. Pipha means lute in English and the headland is named so as it looks like a lute-shaped dagger. 

   Unearthed here are primitive relics of the Neolithic Age and the relics of the things used by the natives.

   The headland, 4.3 km in circumference, has sights worth seeing. There is a thick forest of ever-green needle-leaved trees and broad-leaved trees and the sea surrounding it, where black-tailed gulls, herring gulls and guillemots are soaring high, has abundant marine resources. 

   There are hotels, shops, restaurants and other service facilities as well as angling sites and rest areas in the seashore. 

   The tour boat, which carries tourists to the seal reserve not far from headland, is very impressive.

   Its best tour season is between May and October, and many tourists come here to relax.

Hyon Hermitage

   The Hyon Hermitage is situated at the entrance to the Twelve Curves of Mt Jangsu, which is known as Mt Kumgang in Hwanghae provinces.

   Affiliated to the Myoum Temple, the then largest one in the mountain, the hermitage is also called Squirrel Hermitage as it looks as if hanging on a rock on a cliff as high as 120 metres.

   Its floor space is 71.12 square metres with six-bayed front and three-bayed sides, and the pillars are 2.2-metres high. It is quite large when compared to those built on cliffs.

   As it bears many characteristics of the buildings built in the period between last days of the Koryo dynasty and early days of the feudal Joson dynasty and stands on a peculiar site, it demonstrates the brilliant architectural skills and artistic talents of the Korean nation.

   It was built before the 10th century, and the present one is that which was rebuilt in the middle period of the feudal Joson dynasty.

Wau Island

   Wau Island, one of the scenic spots on the west coast, is situated in Waudo District, Nampho. It was named so as it looked like an ox lying. Wau and other low hills covered with various trees, mysterious rocks and cliffs, sandy beach and pine forest blend well with the Taedong, presenting spectacular scenery.

   In spring all flowers are in full bloom, in summer foliage grows thick and vivid and in autumn crimson leaves cover the island.

   The renovated recreation ground consists of a pavilion of the Korean architectural style on Wau Hill, bathing beach, boating ground, volleyball court and other cultural, sports and public service facilities.

   Atop Wau Hill one can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Nampho, a port city.

Nam Gate of the Taesongsan Fortress

   There is the Taesongsan Funfair in the Mt Taesong area in the capital city of Pyongyang, and in a wide space in the middle of the funfair stands the Nam Gate of the Taesongsan Fortress.

   The gate was first built before the Koguryo dynasty (277 BC-AD 668) moved its capital to Pyongyang in 427, and was rebuilt in Juche 67 (1978).

   On every May Day, greeting the international holiday of the working people of the whole world, a colourful sports and recreation meet took place in the area in front of the gate. The foreign tourists who had a chance to be there on this day enjoyed themselves together with the Korean people.

   As the day is coming round this year, many foreigners, who experienced a good time with the Korean people, will look back with deep emotion the merry events at the funfair.

Mangyongdae in Spring

   Spring has come to Mangyongdae, too.

   Mangyongdae is covered with beautiful blossoms of azalea, golden bell, apricot and royal azalea, boasting its beautiful scenery of spring in April.

   From olden times, people have divided the scenery of Mangyongdae into ten, and called it “ten famous scenes in Hwachon.” Among them, the scenery of Mangyongdae in spring ranks first.

   So fascinating the scenery was that there still remains an old document, reading, “Pyongyang and the surrounding area are beautiful everywhere, yet the scenery of Hwachon is the finest.” A talented poet of Pyongyang in the 18th century tried to compose a poem depicting the beautiful scenery of Mangyongdae covered by the clouds of jade colour; but he could not find proper words to depict it as the more he saw it, the more beautiful it was.

   The scenery was so outstanding and beautiful that it was no inferior to the eight scenic spots of Pyongyang, and was regarded as a pride not only of Pyongyang but of the country.

   It has become ever more famous for President Kim Il Sung, the great leader of the Korean people, was born here on April 15, 1912.

Mandarin Ducks Have Met Green

   From olden times people have said, “Mandarin ducks have met green,” when one has faced a wonderful environment or time, with valuable mandarin ducks in mind.

   This is the Pothong River in Pyongyang in spring. 

   Beautiful couples of mandarin ducks, that are said to live together for life once mated, would not leave this quiet place.

   After the liberation of the country (August 15, 1945) from Japanese military rule a large-scale Pothong River improvement project (May 21-July 15, 1946), the first-ever nature remaking project by the Korean people, was conducted, bringing radical changes to the flow of the river and the life of the people living by the river.

Spring Has Come

   The buds are now out of the land, which was frozen hard during the cold winter, and so are the drooping branches dressed with light green sprouts; the white, light pink or yellow flowers are in full blossom and birds are chirping on the tree branches.

   Spring in Pyongyang is always beautiful.