Hamhung Grand Monument
Just inside the Hamhung city limits stands the ubiquitous bronze statue of Kim Il Sung on his plinth on a small hill, presiding over the city and its inhabitants who gather for national occasions in the spacious paved square, lined with beautifully maintained lawns, beneath his outstretched arm.
Tongbong Cooperative Farm
Tongbong Cooperative Farm on the outskirts of Hamhung provides the opportunity to witness North Korean self-sufficiency farming. Visitors are invited to explore the inside the farm buildings, which are beautifully built in the traditional Korean style and tour around the immaculately maintained land, overlooked by giant stone cenotaphs of the country’s illustrious leaders.
Hamhung Grand Theater
This miracle of architecture is the largest theater in all of North Korea and cuts an imposing figure in the city with its grey stonework. At either side of the entrance steps are massive relief stone carvings of poignant moments in the operas performed there, while the marble interior with its chandeliers and murals is breathtaking.
Hungnam Fertilizer Factory
Hungnam’s vast fertilizer factory is a popular destination for visiting tourists and a chance to see North Korean productivity in action. Both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il made visits to this factory to give their legendary rousing speeches about the importance of self-reliance and ‘Juche’ philosophy.
Hamhung Water Park
Visitors to Hamhung Water Park enjoy cooling off and kicking back in Hamhung’s newest attraction, an enormous waterpark on the banks of the Sŏngch'ŏn River. Featuring a number of activities including a variety of slides, a rapid river and indoor and outdoor pools, water-lovers of all ages are kept happily occupied here.
Hamhung’s vast factory dedicated to the production of North Korea’s self-developed national fiber is an important part of the city’s redevelopment, and a prime example of North Korean Juche philosophy. Vinalon (or Vinylon) was first produced in the mid-1950s and the enormous Vinalon Complex is a testament to its importance in North Korean industry.
Majon Beach surfing
A peaceful, calm, unspoiled stretch of beach on the eastern tip of Hamhung Bay, Majon Beach is a perfect spot to relax and unwind with a little beachcombing, shell-gathering and swimming. It is dotted with little local guesthouses and only one or two big resorts have started to take over the area.
Tourism in North Korea may be limited, but the ambitions of its surfers are not. The country’s new Majon Surf School, located just east of North Korea’s second-largest city, Hamhung, accommodates all levels of surfers, from beginners to advanced.
Former Home Of King Ri Song Gye
General Li Song Gye in 1392 was the founder of the Li (or Joseon) Dynasty. The small palace built by his son Yi Wang Bon in about 1400 was later destroyed in a fire, but it was later rebuilt in the 16th century. The main hall is still original and dates from the period. Besides the main hall there are some other buildings, among them a pavilion which was used for recreation by the family. But most of these buildings were destroyed in the Korea War and rebuild in the 1970th.