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Kim Jong Un’s Luxury Ski Resort Steals Olympic Spotlight

  • North Korean resort built to cater to international tourists
  • ‘Propaganda coup’ for South Koreans to use Kim’s ski slopes
Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea’s east coast port city of Wonsan.
Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea’s east coast port city of Wonsan.Photographer: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
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North Korea’s abrupt cancellation of a joint cultural event this week leaves only one venue in the country that will host events for next month’s Winter Olympics: Kim Jong Un’s luxury ski resort.

South Korean skiers will begin training Wednesday at North Korea’s Masikryong resort as part of an agreement to spur reconciliation ahead of the Games starting Feb. 9 in South Korea. North Korea on Monday scrapped a joint cultural performance at Mount Kumgang, a resort built while Kim’s father was in power, in a move that revealed underlying tensions between the nations.