Crossing the Taedong River, a theme tour, was held under the auspices of the Korea International Taekwon-Do Travel Company on September 17, Juche 108 (2019).
Rising at the southern foot of Mt Rangnim, the Taedong flows through South Phyongan Province and Pyongyang and empties into the West Sea of Korea. One of the five major rivers in Korea, it is 450.3km long and its basin covers an area of 20 247sq km.
In the period of Koguryo, it was called Phae or Wangsong which means a river in the capital city. Since the period of Koryo, it has been called Taedong, in the sense that it is a big river joined by over 600 streams.
The monumental structures such as Kim Il Sung Square, the Tower of the Juche Idea, Okryu Restaurant and Ryugyong Health Complex on its banks add to its beauty.
The tourists swam 680m from Kim Il Sung Square to the Tower of the Juche Idea.
Zhang Bin, a 57-year-old Chinese man said after crossing the river: I am pleased to have taken part in this theme tour held under the auspices of the Korea International Taekwon-Do Travel Company. I know the Taedong is a mother river in Korea like the Huanghe in China. It is an honour for me to have swam across the river. I highly appreciate this theme tour. I extend thanks to the Korean people. I hope that this theme tours will continue smoothly and the friendship between the DPRK and China will be everlasting.
Xiong Rui, a 32-year-old Chinese woman, said: I support this theme tour held under the auspices of the Korean International Taekwon-Do Travel Company. I had a good time in the DPRK. The Taedong is very beautiful. The quality of its water is very good. We like this river very much. I believe that more and more tourists will come to swim across it next year. Through this tour, I have learned a lot about the DPRK. Long live the DPRK-Chinese Friendship!
This theme tour will continue in the future.