North Korea’s Pyongyang Airport Gets A Fancy New Terminal

Published July 5, 2015
Updated January 25, 2018
Published July 5, 2015
Updated January 25, 2018

Most people would never dream of spending their vacation days in North Korea, but that hasn’t stopped the government from trying to lure more international tourists (mostly from Russia and China) with luxury upgrades to its airport. After years of construction, North Korea inaugurated its new terminal at the Pyongyang Airport on July 1st, commemorating the event with a grand opening ceremony.

New Terminal Pyongyang Airport

Source: Reuters

Kim Jong Un Visits Airport

Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju tour the new terminal. Source: In A Gist

Opening Ceremony Pyongyang Airport

People gathered for an opening ceremony that celebrated the July 1st opening of the airport terminal. Source: Reuters

The new glass-faced terminal at Pyongyang Airport has been hyped up by a collection of state-controlled photos that show North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju touring the facilities. The North Korean leader has taken a special interest in the project, visiting four times in the past two years to inspect the construction.

Exterior North Korean Airport Terminal

Source: Reuters

Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongyang Airport Construction

Kim Jong Un visits the new terminal during construction. Source: TIME

Kim Jong Un commissioned the terminal in 2012 following his dissatisfaction with the size of the original airport relative to international rivals. The new terminal is reportedly six times bigger than the temporary terminal, with a mix of standard conveniences and luxury amenities. You’ll find a coffee bar, chocolate fountain, jewelry store and even a pharmacy.

New North Korean Airport Amenities

Source: Metro

Coffee Bar in Pyongyang Airport

Source: Japan Times

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