North Korea builds 1,000 new homes in a bid to build ‘modern socialist village’

As the old saying goes – “who lives in a house like this?”

Well, if these 1,000 stunning new houses hadn't been built in the dictator-run country of North Korea, it's possible we would all want to live in them.

The North Korean leadership has just finished building the swanky new homes in the northwestern city of Samjiyon – just on the border with China – according to state media on this week.

The project was part of a huge development programme taking place in the birthplace of leader Kim Jong-un's later father Kim Jon-il.

According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), developing the city has been one of the supreme leader's key projects since replacing his father in 2011.

The area is known as a holy place, and it is hoped that the houses will turn “the holy place of the revolution into the modern socialist villages good to live in”.

Although absolutely no details of the interior of the homes, or the price, has been released, from the outside they appear to be large bungalows with little farm plots outside – similar to what you would find in the heartlands of America.

It was meant to be finished end the end of 2020, in time for the 75 th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's foundation, but this didn't happen.

It is hoped that the entire development will open soon, and make it area one of the “wealthiest” in the country.

The project follows on from the failed construction of the Kwangchon Chicken Farm – a large-scale poultry farm near the capital of Pyongyang.

Development started on the site in May 2019, and it was meant to open within 18 months – however, this didn't happen.

According to, the farm is going to produce “thousands of tons of delicious and quality meat, and tens of millions of tasty and quality eggs every year”.

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