The remote city of Wonsan, located on the east coast around half a day’s drive from Pyongyang via a winding scenic route through picturesque mountains, is one of the country’s major seaports and makes for a short but interesting stop-off on a tour of North Korea. The town itself is imbued with a pleasant atmosphere with some interesting museums to peruse and, somewhat rare for North Korea, a lovely, pine tree-lined beach ideal for swimming and bathing.
Highlights include the Kaeson History Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and a visit to the Songdowon Children’s Union Camp – a summer camp that kids from all over the country flock to to enjoy activities such as boating, diving and various sports. Wonsan’s main attractions can be visited in a day and a visit here is usually combined with the spectacular Mt. Kumgang and the city of Hamhung.