• Central square in Sinuiju, DPRK (North Korea) with KTG Tours
  • Folk park in Sinuiju, DPRK (North Korea)

Sinuiju North Korea

A Major Border City Trade Hub

Introduction

Sinuiju is the capital of North Pyongan province and is a border city with China, just across the Yalu River (Anmok River in Korean) from Dandong. It is the main trade hub between both countries and the busiest overland point of entry and exit for tourists exiting and entering Korea. If you go on any of our tours and take the train in and/or out of Korea you will go through Korean customs at Sinuiju.

Central Square in Sinuiju, North Korea (DPRK)

This city only started receiving western tourists in 2013. We are glad to say that we can arrange trips here either as an extension when leaving Pyongyang by train or directly from China for one day.

Sinuiju in North Korea (DPRK)

We now combine the Sinuiju tour with one in Dongrim Town. The drive between these two places is very bumpy but a a truly fascinating ride as you go through villages, over old bridges and rural areas where very few westerners go, all while seeing a bustling Dandong city in the background.

Location

Location of Sinuiju city on a map of North Korea

Sinuiju is located northwestern tip of the Korean peninsula, just across from Dandong in China.

Given its proximity to China, there are hundreds of Chinese tourists visiting this city each day, most of them for a day trip lasting a few hours, some of them for an overnight trip. You do have to bear in mind that you will bump into many Chinese groups when going to Sinuiju, especially when going to places within the city itself, such as the Kindergarten, Art Gallery, lunch, etc.

Sinuiju has several special economic zones set up in the early 2000s to experiment with market economies. Although the contrast with China, just across the river, is stark, there are signs of rapid development in Sinuiju.

History

The city was turned into a major industrial hub by the Japanese under their occupation of Korea. Given it’s strategic location, it was used to transport material along the Anmok River. It was also developed as an industrial hub after the construction of the Sup’ing Dam.

Statue of Mao An Ying in Hekou Village, north of Dandong, China, just across from North Korea (DPRK). Mao An Ying was Mao Ze Dong’s son and he died in the Korean War

The now broken bridge was built by the Japanese to connect Sinuiju on the Korean side of the border with Dandong on the Chinese side.

Ms Kim, North Korean guide from Pyongyang having lunch at the Myohyansgan agency restaurant in Sinuiju city in North Korea, DPRK, just across from Dandong in China. The bridge in the background is the friendhsip bridge that connects both countries. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Our dear friend, Ms. Kim from Pyongyang, having lunch with us in Sinuiju. The bridge in the background is the friendship brigde that connects China and North Korea

During the Korean War Sinuiju was bombarded by the US and vastly destroyed. The broken bridge was destroyed by the Americans and this prompted China’s intervention in the Korean War. In fact, Chairman Mao’s son, Mao An Ying, perished in this war. There is a statue in Hekou Village, which is where Chinese troops entered North Korea, north of Dandong, commemorating him.

What is there to see in Sinuiju?

So can one see and do in Sinuiju? Let’s dive right in to it!

Grand Monuments in Sinuiju

Initially there was one giant bronze statue of a younger President Kim Il Sung but not the statues of both leaders President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il stand high in one of the busiest parts of town. The building behind it is the revolutionary history museum.

Grand Monuments in Sinuiju

Ponbu Kindergarten

This kindergarten is famous nationwide. The children here are the ones who attend the Mass Games and perform on the field.

North Korean and Chinese friendship in the Ponbu kindergarten in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, North Korea (DPRK)

The Ponbu Kindergarten caters for a vastly Chinese audience, given that many Chinese groups to Sinuiju for day-trips. In the picture above children depict the friendly relationship between North Korea and China, referred to as "lips and teethc" since China's intervention in the Korean War

After walking around the classrooms we will be able to attend several performances held by the children and by their teachers.

Children dressed as North Korean and Japansese soldiers at the Ponbu kindergarten in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, North Korea (DPRK)

Scene of North Korean and Japanese soldiers at the Ponbu kindergarten

Please note that this place tends to be backed with Chinese groups, so we recommend you to ask your guides to take you to the performance room a bit earlier so that you can have a great spot secured!

Chinese tourists pose with children at the Ponbu kindergarten in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, North Korea (DPRK). Tour arranged by KTG Tours

Chinese tourists pose with the kindergarten's children

Art Gallery

This is a fascinating spot in Sinuiju. The bottom floor is full of portraits of the leaders and of propaganda posters portraying their devotion to the Korean people. On the top floor it is possible to purchase some of the artwork. Some shows scenes of daily life in North Korea; schools, libraries, policemen, soldiers, etc. It is also possible to ask for a local staff member to sketch your portrait and sign it for only 20 Chinese RMB.

painting of President Kim Il Sung, Sinuiju, North Korea

North Korean art - painting of General Kim Jong Il in Sinuiju, DPRK

Painting of e-library in North Korea at the Sinuiju Art Gallery

Eternity Tower

Located near the train station and across the street from the giant portraits of the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the Eternity Tower was erected to state that the leaders remain for eternity in the Korean people’s heart and that they live forever.

Eternity Tower in Sinuiju, North Korea (DPRK)

You can see the portraits of the Leaders President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il across the street from the Eternity Tower.

Portraits of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, North Korea (DPRK)

Revolutionary Museum

Right in the city centre, behind the grand statues of the leaders, it explains the revolutionary activities of the leaders.

History Museum

It explains the history of the Korean Peninsula, from pre-historical times to modern day DPRK. Portraits of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, North Korea (DPRK)

Entrance of the history museum in Sinuiju

The museum hosts several original ancient relics including skeletons and original ancient tools found in the region. Pictures cannot be taken inside the museum in order to conserve these relics well.

Cosmetics Factory

One of the main brands of cosmetics in the DPRK produces its goods here.

cosmetics factory in Sinuiju, North Korea (DPRK)

Coming here offers us a unique chance to see how soap is produced from scratch and packaged.

Sinuiju cosmetics factory, North Korea, with KTG Tours

We can walk around the factory’s facilities and see how Koreans work as well as how much importance is attached to the guidance of the leaders in the production of the goods. These goods are used for domestic consumption and are also exported. Another plus of a visit here is that you can purchase their products at a very cheap rate.

Sinamri Cooperative Farm

One of the largest rice producers in DPRK. We usually stop here on the way from Dongrim to Sinuiju.

Sinuiju cosmetics factory, North Korea, with KTG Tours

Look-out post with views of Sinamri farm's fields. The label on the marble slab states the exact dates that Chairman Kim Jong Il visited the farm.

There is a look out post where you can see the rice fields expanding for kilometres on end.

Three Tigers of Mt. Paektu; Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk

Portraits of President Kim Il Sung, Chairman Kim Jong Il and Comrade Kim Jong Suk referred to by Koreans as Mother Kim Jong Suk.

Folk Park

A casual stroll here is a great way to see locals having fun and celebrating their weddings.

Folk Park in Sinuiju in North Korea, DPRK, with KTG Tours

It is common to see new married couples here with their families taking pictures and videos.

Accommodation

We now no longer stay at the Anmok Hotel in Sinuiju but instead stay overnight in Dongrim Town at a new deluxe hotel that they have there.

Swimming pool at the Dongrim Hotel in North Korea, DPRK, with KTG Tours

The Dongrim Hotel is a Deluxe Hotel built in late 2014

The hotel has a lot to offer; live music performances, spa, large indoor swimming pool, sports facilities and barbecue, all tucked in a quiet, tranquil location in between small hills.

Swimming pool at the Dongrim Hotel in North Korea, DPRK, with KTG Tours

Swimming pool at the Dongrim Hotel

It is used a lot by local Korean business people, who tend to be very opened about meeting foreigners.

Walk by the Dongrim Hotel in North Korea, DPRK, with KTG Tours. Dongrim town is also spelled Tongrim

The main activity in Dongrim consists of walking through the hills to a local waterfall. Do not expect it to be an impressive one like the Ullim Falls near Wonsan, but the hike is nevertheless a pleasant one. Arguably, the main highlight of Dongrim is the hotel itself as well as the ride from there to Sinuiju city (and several of the stops made on the way). We now actually go directly from Pyongyang to Dongrim by train, get off at Dongrim and carry on with the Sinuiju tour the next day.

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