Activists come across ‘Big Three Hostel’ in North Korea

South Korean activists, who have unsuccessfully sought for a decades to use some of the remains of the tens of thousands of Korean War dead in North Korea, are now trying their hand at reclaiming North Korea’s luxury accommodation.

In an effort to get back the floating palace, which was used during the Korean War and which was converted into a tourism and training facility in the late 1990s, activists went to the city of Chongjin where it had been submerged. The activists reported seeing an unused “skyscraper” that looked similar to the Big Three Hostel, one of the luxury rooms available in the vessel.

The only thing that was missing was the North Koreans:

Activists reported finding empty rooms, which look like the rooms at the Pyongyang Big Three Hostel (which was also in Chongjin). Unopened food and cooking utensils were also on display, as well as empty liquor bottles and tobacco pipes. Activists also found a “tent city” of many prefabricated shacks. Activists suspect there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of the structures. The activists are now trying to use chainsaws to secure the structures, and they want a government response.

The activists have tried to get compensation from the North Koreans for a decade. Now they have been unable to get it, despite calling on President Moon Jae-in, who was recently on a visit to Seoul, for his help in securing the memorial property.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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