The West Sea Barrage is located 15 km away from Nampho city. Covering a length of 8 km across the estuary of the Taedong River, the West Sea Barrage was built by the Korean People's Army in 5 years by 1986 (Juche 75).
The observation platform,
which is shaped like an anchor on the Pi Islet, allows a people enjoy a
panoramic view of the barrage on which a motorway and railway run. The
barrage links both shores of the Taedong River.
President Kim Il Sung and former US President Jimmy Carter
visited the West Sea Barrage together in 1994 and you can actually take
a picture on the exact spot where they were both photographed (this is
clearly marked at the West Sea Barrage).
The West Sea Barrage has not only helped the economy of the area but has also turned the Taedong River in a man-made lake, separating it from the West Sea and therefore guaranteeing fresh water for agriculture and people's daily lives. It provides electricity for itself and the surrounding area, avoids the risk of floods and allows ships to sail inland.
You will ride on the barrage on the motorway by the railway with the Taedong River on one side and the West Sea on the other.
There are several small beaches in the area where locals hang out.
When we go to the West Sea Barrage we will be able to watch a video explaining how it was built and its features and can then ask the local staff member there any questions regarding it. The video shows how much importance and pride is attached to this impressive structure. It is also interesting to see how its construction is portrayed, with scenes of heroic DPRK soldiers battling the sea in order to build it successfully and military music played in the background. The construction of the barrier is themed in a military almost war-like tone.