Photo/IllutrationConstruction of buildings is under way in the Wonsan Kalma coastal tourism area in Kangwon province in North Korea. (From the Rodong Sinmun website)

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SEOUL--Buoyant North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talked about wanting major commercial projects as he inspected a beach in southeastern North Korea that is being developed as a major resort area.

Kim's inspection of the Wonsan Kalma coastal resort area in Kangwon province was reported by the online edition of the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun on its front page on Aug. 17.

In the images posted on the page, buildings that are scheduled to be completed by October 2019 are taking shape.

According to the photos and a map, construction of more than 20 buildings is now ongoing along the beach.

During the tour, Kim said happily, “This is one of the projects I wanted to implement the most."

He then instructed officials to increase the number of such facilities as 25- or 30-story hotels and commercial complexes.

“Let’s construct a marine park that has never been seen before in the world and present it to the people on Oct. 10, 2019, (anniversary day of the founding of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea),” Kim directed.

The beach resort project is believed to be the one that Kim is prioritizing now. The country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said that Kim had also inspected the area on May 26.

According to experts in South Korea, there is a possibility that North Korea used a beach in the U.S. state of Florida as a model.

When Kim visited Singapore in June for his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, he stopped by the Marina Bay Sands resort.

At that time, while enjoying a view of the city lights at night, he said, “I want to learn about Singapore’s knowledge and experiences in various fields.”