SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) – North Korea is ramping up construction of new apartment buildings in its capital, state media said on Sunday, with a goal of providing 10,000 new homes this year and 40,000 more by 2025.
North Korea has cleared tens of thousands of square meters of land in the western Pyongyang region of Mangyongdae to build more houses, according to its official journal Rodong Sinmun and Uriminzokkiri, a propaganda site.
North Korea claims Mangyongdae is the birthplace of Kim Il-sung, its founding leader and the late grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un.
Rodong Sinmun also said that the North recently completed construction of new apartment buildings of more than 100 units in the eastern district of Pyongyang.
At the ruling Workers’ Party’s eighth congress in January, the North decided to build 50,000 apartments in Pyongyang by 2025, with the goal of creating 10,000 units per year.
In March, Kim attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the capital’s 10,000 apartments and urged authorities to move the project forward despite “tougher than ever” challenges.
The North’s large-scale construction project comes amid several economic challenges, including crippling international sanctions and protracted efforts to stave off the coronavirus pandemic.