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N. Korea completes construction of nature museum, remodeled zoo in Pyongyang

All News 11:29 July 25, 2016

SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has completed the construction of a nature museum and remodeled a zoo in Pyongyang, the country's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Monday.

The KCNA said that an inaugural ceremony took place on Sunday and was attended by Premier Pak Pong-ju, along with Choe Thae-bok and O Su-yong, both vice chairmen of the Workers' Party Central Committee.

Pak said in an address that the successful construction of the Nature Museum and the Central Zoo was the "fruition of the wise leadership of Marshal Kim Jong-un who is devoting his all to the work for providing the people with the world-level base for cultural and leisure activities," according to the KCNA.

The news agency said the Nature Museum, covering more than 35,000 square meters, is a modern mass educational and science research center as well as a leisure complex. The museum has a Space Hall, Paleozoic Era Hall, Mesozoic Era Hall, Cenozoic Era Hall, Animals Hall, Plants Hall, Gifts Hall, E-Library and Sci-tech Disseminating Room, it said.

In regards to the zoo, more than 40 animal pens have been built for reptiles, monkeys and other wild animals to match the surrounding scenery, the KCNA said.

Opened in 1959, the central zoo located in Mount Taesong in the North's capital has been a major attraction for the capital city. Remodeling work began on the order of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late 2014.

Kim had visited the museum and zoo in late May of this year, expressing satisfaction that the "Party's intention to provide the people with an excellent condition for cultural recreation was successfully realized despite difficulties in every work, thanks to the dynamic struggle waged by builders," the media report said.

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