Wonsan, the seat of Kangwon Province, is a cultural and tourist city bounded by the East Sea of Korea.
It is a historic place associated with the revolutionary activities of the three commanders of Mt. Paektu.
In the city stand the statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il.
Opened in the 1880s, Wonsan Port was used as a major port where the Japanese imperialists carried away the precious resources of Korea to Japan in the period of their colonial rule.
During the Korean war the city fell into ruins by the bombings.
After the war Wonsan citizens turned it into a cultural and port city in a short span of time.
The city has many educational establishments, factories and fisheries. The Songdowon Pleasure Ground along a beach gives visitors great fun.
In the Wonsan tourist area there are several scenic spots–Ullim Falls, Masikryong Ski Resort, Myongsasimni, Lake Sijung and so on.
Travelers can get to Wonsan from Pyongyang by train or bus. The 196 km long Pyongyang – Wonsan tourist road extends, passing through over 20 tunnels and more than 80 bridges. On the half way to Wonsan along the road is Sinphyong Tea House which draws the attention of travelers for its particular landscape.