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North Korean Officials 'Amazed By Dimensions Of Benidorm'

Mark McGowan

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North Korean Officials 'Amazed By Dimensions Of Benidorm'

A lot of people have the perception of North Korea as somewhere that is grey, immersed in a constant dictatorship disaster and has nothing fun about it.

Kim Jong-un is seen as a scary yet bizarre man, who's political decisions frighten not only his countrymen but also people worldwide.

But even he has a soft side away from his apparent evilness, as a Benidorm inspired beach resort proves.

Officials from North Korea were sent to Spain to scour the coast between Barcelona and Alicante, The Telegraph reports, to seek inspiration for Jong-un's own slice of paradise.

Benidorm skyline. Credit: PA

As anyone who goes to Benidorm knows, the only reaction upon walking around is "wow." It could be for different reasons, mind, but the place that made Stick Vicky famous is nothing but awe-inspiring.

It is not yet confirmed whether or not officials met with the retired Sticky Vicky, or indeed her daughter, Demaria Leyton, but they did say that they were 'amazed by the dimensions' of Benidorm, which sounds as if they got a private show.

"We wanted to focus on the beaches because that is what we are interested in," an embassy spokesperson said. "They loved the recreation of the various ancient Mediterranean civilisations. It would be very interesting to apply that concept in our theme park, maybe with Asian civilisations."

Hundreds of tourists and umbrellas are pictured on the beach of Benidorm, Spain. Credit: PA

The resort is planned to be in Wonsan, a port city on the country's eastern coast, and will be aimed at both domestic and international markets. Benidorm's theme park Terra Mítica is said to be the foundations of the theme park they plan to build.

The 20 officials also visited a campsite, which is expected to be the kind of accommodation North Koreans may have to use when the complex is built.

"They asked many detailed questions about the costs of each element in the campsite," Matías Pérez Such, an organiser of the trip, told the online newspaper El Confidencial. "If they want to develop tourism, it's logical that they start from the bottom up with campsites and not 55-floor hotels. But it's positive that they want to stop being the most hermetic country in the world.

"Tourism breaks down barriers."

Could we soon be seeing the Korean version of Benidorm on the television? That's quite definitely some entertainment worth paying for, really.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: kim jong-un, benidorm, North Korea

Mark McGowan
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