Introduction

   It is a tourist region in and around Nampho, a port city on the lower reaches of Taedong River. There are many tourist attractions including Wau Island and other scenic spots, the Three Tombs of Kangso, West Sea Barrage and factories and farms.

   The famous Kangso and Sindoksan mineral waters originate from this region.

   The area is a habitat for a wide variety of flora including mountain and tideland plants. In the forests there are wild boars, roe deers, foxes and other animals, and in the lowlands and parks many pheasants, woodpeckers and larks. A lot of migratory birds such as herons and white herons are found in Chongsan and other fields, tidelands and the lower reaches of the Taedong.

   It is 55 kilometres from Pyongyang to Nampho.

Tourist attractions

Mural Tomb in Yaksu-ri

   The mural tomb, from the late fourth century-early fifth century, the period of Koguryo, is situated on a hill in the northwestern tip of Lake Thaesong in Kangso District, Nampho. The tomb was unearthed in 1958, and the murals consist of paintings portraying figures, customs and four guardian-gods.

   The tomb faces south, inclined a bit to the west. The coffin chamber was built by cutting the hill and laying stones halfway up. The interior consists of an inner passage, front chamber, niches on both sides of the front chamber and a passage. The ceiling of the inner chamber and front chamber is an arch type, finished with a triangular propping.

   The plane view of the front chamber and inner chamber is square, and each wall bends out little by little, so the interior produces a cosy feeling.

   Except the triangular propping, murals were painted on all walls and the ceiling.

   Through its unique structure and murals of various and rich contents, the tomb showcases the might of powerful Koguryo and the basis of its might. It is one of the precious heritages of national culture.