Establishment of the Wonsan-Mt Kumgang International Tourist Zone was proclaimed by Decree No. 48 of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on June 11, 2014, as a measure of the state to activate international tourism in the scenic spots on the eastern coast including the Wonsan district and Mt Kumgang, one of the celebrated mountains in Korea, which are being developed into an international tourist resort.
With abundant tourist resources and solid economic foundations, the zone has good prospects for development.
Although it is not long since the proclamation was made public, interest of foreign tourists and enthusiasm among investors are growing day by day
Situated in the central part of the Korean peninsula, the zone includes some areas of the city of Wonsan and Anbyon, Poptong, Chonnae, Thongchon, Kosan and Kumgang counties in Kangwon Province. It is also within a 3-hour fl ight distance from over 40 metropolitans, each with a population of over one million, including Khabarovsk and Vladivostok in Russia and Beijing, Shanghai and Shenyang in China.
As it has good climatic and natural conditions for tourism, including Mt Kumgang, a worldfamous mountain, tourism in the zone is winning popularity at home and abroad.
There are hundreds of scenic spots including over one hundred historical relics, sand beach, natural lakes and mineral water resources, as well as millions of tons of mud, effi cacious for neuralgia, enteritis and colitis.
Increasing worldwide demand for visit to this zone constitutes an economic guarantee for the interests of investors.
The foundations and infrastructure of industry (electricity, shipbuilding, foodstuff, footwear, etc), agriculture, fi shing industry, tourism and service industry built already in this zone ensure its fast development.
As Kangwon Province has long been developed into an international tourist zone and the special zone for international tourism in Mt Kumgang has been operated for over ten years, offi cials and residents of this zone have a good understanding of tourism and are friendly towards tourists, and also the service industry is on a high standard.
The specialist tourism course at Wonsan Jong Jun Thaek University of Economics, and other universities, including those of agriculture, fi shery, medicine and education train talented persons for the development of the zone.
Development Plan of the Wonsan-Mt Kumgang International Tourist Zone
The zone will be developed, divided into the districts of Wonsan, Masikryong Ski Resort, Ullim Falls, Sogwang Temple, Thongchon and Mt Kumgang.
The general direction of the zone development is to build up Wonsan as a world-level tourist district whose various recreational and cultural facilities blend well with its ecological environment, and at the same time develop and operate the districts of Mt Kumgang, Thongchon and Sogwang Temple as districts for sightseeing historical relics with well preserved ecological environment, as districts for international tourism and for medical treatment.
The zone will observe in its development the principles of developing by stage according to the plan, inviting investment from various countries, protecting the natural and ecological environment of the zone and its surroundings, utilizing the land and resources rationally, enhancing the international competitive edge in production and service, and providing both convenience for the economic activities and interests for the public