Wonsan Area Guide
Wonsan is a port city of approximately 356,000 inhabitants, situated on the East coast of the DPRK, Kangwon Province.
Wonsan is one part of the wider ‘Wonsan – Mount Kumgang International Tourism Zone’, announced as a central-level Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on June 11, 2014 by way of an ordinance by the Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA). It is part of the large-scale tourism belt that includes Wonsan district, the Masikryong Ski Resort, Ullim Falls, and the Sogwansa, Tongchon, and Kumgangsan districts.
The DPRK Government has placed great importance in developing the Wonsan – Mount Kumgang region into a world-class tourist destination, and the area is blessed with wonderful natural scenery including kilometres of fine sandy beaches and picturesque mountain ranges.
Situated at the end of a lengthy pier, this viewpoint offers a picturesque panorama across the city of Wonsan, especially at sunset. The walkway to the islet is dotted with local stalls where you can try some freshly caught seafood.
Situated right on the coast, this area of pleasure grounds stretching to around 500 hectares is dotted with verdant pine trees and clear waters, and it is possible to bathe in the sea here on the white, sandy beach. There is a botanical and zoological garden providing an attractive backdrop. Songdowon is also known for the International Children’s Union Camp, a large extracurricular centre for local and foreign children that was recently refurbished to a very high standard.
Originally the site of Wonsan railway station, it is now a historically preserved spot as the place where Kim Il Sung started his ground journey to Pyongyang after Liberation.
This is another model cooperative farm where visitor will have a chance to learn about farming in the DPRK. It is a substantial size, self contained settlement with farm buildings, accommodation, theatre, barber, shops and medical centre. The speciality crop of the farm is the persimmon, and there is the chance to buy dried ones from the farm shop.
Wonsan University of Agriculture
Founded in 1948, this was the first agricultural university in the country and possesses faculties in farming, agricultural biology, animal husbandry, fruit farming, veterinary and other related areas. It has its own miniature practice farm and greenhouses.
A delightful, still lagoon, it is situated just to the south of Wonsan. Visitors find the calmness of the waters very relaxing. Locals also come here to fish. It is possible to stay on the shores of the lake at the Sijung Lakeside Guesthouse.
One of the country’s most celebrated waterfalls. They descend some 75 metres at a rate of 25 cubic metres per second.