Who doesn’t know North Korea? One country that is quite closed is indeed always attracting attention. Especially if you can visit the country led by Kim Jong Un, it is certainly a unique and challenging experience. Even though it is known as a fairly closed country, North Korea has a ski resort spread throughout the country. Reported by Insider, one of the resorts that is quite popular in North Korea is Masikryong Ski Resort. The Masikryong Ski Resort built by Kim Jong Un is said to require funding of around 300 million US Dollars, equivalent to Rp. 4 Trillion. So what is a luxury resort in North Korea like?
Opened on December 31, 2013, this resort not only became one of the tourist destinations in North Korea, but became a training ground for North Korean athletes during the 2018 Winter Olympics. The resort has sled slopes, skiing courses and health facilities to support teenage sports. In addition, there are around 120 hotel rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool, pool table, karaoke room and sauna. Masikryong Ski Resort is on the Top of Taehwa Mountain exactly about 20 kilometers outside of Wonsan City in Kangwon Province, North Korea. Interestingly, this resort accepts all payments for different currencies, including US Dollars, Yuan, Yen and Euros. For tourists who want to enter this resort, they must pay an entrance ticket of 40 US Dollars or Rp. 570 thousand.
Whereas if tourists want to ski there at least, they are charged an additional fee of around 100 US Dollars or equivalent to Rp. 1.5 million. In addition, Masikryong Ski Resort also limits the number of visitors, namely only 2,000 people per day. There are several opinions regarding the construction of Masikryong Ski Resort. It is said that the construction of this resort is a manifestation of Kim’s love of skiing. Because in his youth, he had studied skiing in Switzerland. Besides Masikryong Ski Resort, North Korea also has another ski resort called Kanggye Ski Resort. The area of around 50,000 square meters. The size is indeed much smaller than Masikryong Sky Resort. Reportedly, the construction of the resort was built in just 10 months and involved North Korean soldiers. Even so, this resort also has facilities that are not less interesting for tourists.