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N. Korea allows foreigners to visit 22 more facilities in Pyongyang: Russian embassy

All News 10:02 August 11, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has allowed foreigners to visit 22 more facilities in Pyongyang, Russia's Embassy in Pyongyang said, in an apparent move to ease coronavirus-prompted restrictions for access to public areas.

On its Facebook page, the embassy said it has received a notice from the Protocol Department of the North's foreign ministry, saying that 22 facilities were added to the list of 299 cultural, sports, entertainment facilities and retail outlets in Pyongyang that foreigners can visit.

Among them are historical sites in the capital city, including Mangyongdae, the Arch of Triumph and Juche Tower, as well as the Pyongyang metro and the Mansudae Art Theatre.

Observers say the North could be seeking to resume tourism on a limited basis given that these facilities are mainly visited by foreign tourists.

North Korea claims to be coronavirus-free, but it has taken relatively swift and drastic antivirus measures since early last year, including sealing its borders and imposing strict restrictions on movement.

The Tower of the Juche Idea, a landmark of Pyongyang, is lit up in the North Korean capital on July 4, 2018. A group of South Korean journalists was in Pyongyang to cover the inter-Korean friendly basketball matches that were being held for the first time in 15 years. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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