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Silent pall hangs over North Korea's ski resort

Luxurious Masikryong resort boasts a wood-panelled reception and groomed pistes that snake down wooded hillsides, but the runs are empty

Masikryong was part of a regional development plan, driven by authorities' view that a prosperous country should have a ski resort.

Masikryong, North Korea

ON THE ski fields of Mount Taehwa, groomed pistes snake down wooded hillsides to a luxurious hotel and a giant screen showing a North Korean army choir. But the runs are empty.

Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild

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