A food factory producing kimchi year-round is being built in the North Korean city of Hyesan, located in Ryanggang Province.
“Construction began in early July. The factory will be 2 square kilometers in size,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK.
“The factory is being promoted by local authorities as a ‘gift from the party to improve the lives of the people.’ The factory is slated to be finished late next year.”
The building will include a factory management office, a cafeteria for factory employees, and other facilities for storing and fermenting the kimchi produced.
The kimchi produced in the factory will be sold to both ordinary residents and tourists visiting the Mount Paektu area, including Tonghongdan and Samjiyon. Some of the kimchi will also be sent to public welfare centers, including orphanages, schools for orphaned children and aged-care facilities, the source said.
The new factory will allow the production of kimchi throughout the year and local residents hope it will improve food supplies in the country. There are also hopes that it will spur growth in the economy given that it will require a great number of workers. ......