"Nampo - North Korea's industrial port" Namp'o by Willettsworld

Namp'o Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 106 photos

Nampo is a large industrial port city located about 50km south-west of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River. It was little more than a small fishing village but opened as a port for foreign trade in 1897 and today is the country’s largest and most important port. Not only is it a port but it is also home to the country’s main heavy industry plants such as a steel complex, general tractor works, a smelting complex, shipbuilding yards, a heavy machinery complex and a glassworks. I never saw any of this as we stayed overnight outside the city at a posh villa complex that used to be a holiday resort for North Koreas top officials. We did, however, drive through some of the city on our way back to Pyongyang after visiting the city's main attraction - the huge 8km long West Sea Barrage built to close off the Taedong River from the Yellow Sea in order to supply fresh drinking water and water for irrigation. It is quite impressive and about the only sensible project to have been built under the 'Kim' regime.

  • Last visit to Namp'o: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 9, 2008
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Interesting page!

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    We didn't get to see the Co-operative Farm when we visted Nampo. We did have some Coke from the fridge though. ;-)

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