Taedong River at Pyongyang
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Songnim is known as the largest iron and steel center in North Korea. It is also known as a river port in the Taedong-gang River. Known initially as a poor riverside, the establishment of the iron center in 1916 during the Japanese colonial period in Korea helped immensely in development of Songnim.

Formerly known as Kyŏmip’o, Songnim is also called Kenniho, Kenziho, and Kenjiko among many of its variations. It is located in Hwaenghae-bukto. It has been destructed by a bombing during the Korean War and was later rebuilt.

Buddhist Temple

In Songnim, there is a temple at the foot of the hills in the Palgong-san Provincial Park. It is a brick pagoda standing at almost a meter tall and is believed to have been in existence since the 9th century. The pagoda was ruined in 1959 and upon its reconstruction, several items of value such as a Buddhist statue and a sarira case was found inside. These items are now in the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. This is one of the places that you need to visit in Songnim. It is open to visitors during daylight where you will be able to see the beautiful temple.

The Taedong River

The Taedong River can also be seen in Songnim. It is a large river that runs from the capital Pyongyang to Songnim. It is known in Korea as the cradle of its civilization. It is widely used for river transport.

Upon your visit to Songnim, make sure to view this places in order to make your vacation worthwhile.

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