North Koreans living near a major North Korean government-backed construction project are becoming resentful after being forcibly mobilized to prepare for a visit from leader Kim Jong Un for the third time this year.
The Supreme Leader came to town Monday to celebrate the completion of part of the massive Samjiyon tourist zone, said to be an integral part of Kim’s plan to revitalize the country.
Samjiyon is located in Ryanggang province near Mt. Paektu, the birthplace of the Korean mythical figure Dangun, and also claimed by the Kim family to be the birthplace of Kim Jong Un’s late father and former ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong Il. The area’s cultural significance made it an ideal spot for the tourist zone, which completed its second phase of construction.
The zone also includes a ski slope, a stadium, new apartment buildings and other modern tourist facilities.