Here’s The Construction Site For North Korea’s Masik-Ryong Ski Resort

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Kim Jong-un, who studied in Switzerland when he was a lad, enjoys skiing, so much so that he wants to build a ski resort in his home country. (Or is it because South Korea’s getting the 2018 Winter Olympics and he can’t be seen as falling behind?) Kim picked out a spot, ordered the military to complete construction by the end of this year, and has reportedly made multiple on-site checks. Everything appears to be going smoothly — except one big, huge hurdle: international sanctions.

Last week, Switzerland blocked a deal between North Korea and Swiss company Bartholet Maschinenbau to ship ski lift equipment into the DPRK. It was reportedly valued at more than $7 million, according to BBC, and was apparently the third deal to fail.

But Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) labelled the resort a “prestigious propaganda project for the regime.”

“It is inconceivable that this resort will be used by the general public,” Seco spokeswoman Marie Avet said.

And so it is that the site for the Masik ski resort continues to look, well, incomplete. Our friends at Koryo Tours recently made a visit, and Simon Cockerell came back with these pictures (including the above):

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It remains to be seen how long this resort remains unfinished. It has 25 years to go, give or take, to match Ryugyong Hotel’s record.

One Response to “Here’s The Construction Site For North Korea’s Masik-Ryong Ski Resort”

  1. Matt

    They seem to be constructing these large scale show pieces, e.g swimming centre, health result, amusement park, Western shopping centre etc, which seem to send a message of we are Western and modern, yet they just seem to be purely show pieces for tourists and North Korea watchers.

    I think North Korea has learnt that the only way it can make money is through tourism, that’s why they recently extended the tourist season. However, lets face it, they are never going to make much money. North Korea is an expensive niche destination for delusional communists, still mentally living in the 1950s. Most normal people want to see a little more than Kim statues and skying.

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