Comparisons Between Pyonggang and Kangwon
In order to better assess the future needs of Kangwon Province in its industrial capacity, we can compare the province to the city of Pyongyang, where many of North Korea’s 200,000 tourists visit every year. If North Korea aims to host 1 million tourists via the Wonsan-Kalma International Airport by 2025, Kangwon Province must build up its tourist, manufacturing, energy, and infrastructural facilities to be on par with Pyongyang’s.
While Pyongyang easily exceeds Kangwon in the number of manufacturing sites, we still see an impressive spread of manufacturing activity in Kangwon. It is also highly likely that a large portion of the manufacturing activities in Kangwon have not been captured in our research.
One of the most notable memories retold by foreign tourists of Pyongyang is the city’s frequent power shortages, which naturally leads us to question if Kangwon can ever meet or exceed Pyongyang’s capacity in energy production. Pyongyang alone has around 20 power plants that serve the city while only 10 plants are known to currently exist in the eastern coast of Kangwon.