Wonsan Kalma Beach 2013 원산 갈마 해변 2013

Wonsan Kalma Beach 2013

This is Wonsan Kalma beach in 2013 before the area was redeveloped as part of the Wonsan Kalma Resort. When I first visited this place, I was only told there were some big plans for renovations “very soon”. No additional details were given at that time. It wasn’t until 2015 that I heard about the grand vision to convert the entire area you see in the 360° image into a massive beach resort.

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This beach is a popular place for locals to hang out during the weekends. I was dropped off at the half of the beach with much lesser people. You can see in the photo how the further half has a lot more locals.

North Koreans are still extremely conservative so you will not see any bikinis. In fact, all the ladies’ swimwear either have a modesty skirt or are swimming tights.

Back in 2013, I also visited a hotel near the beach. I forgot the name of the hotel, but I was told it was planned for a complete overhaul sometime in the near future. These photos show the hotel back in 2013.

As of January 2020, I have yet to visit the Wonsan Kalma Resort. The entire area has already undergone a dramatic change and I really look forward to paying a visit soon.

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