North Korean leader arrives in Russian village on Baikal

ULAN-UDE, August 23 (Itar-Tass) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s motorcade arrived on Tuesday in the village of Turka on Lake Baikal, a well-informed source told Itar-Tass.

His tour on Lake Baikal is kept secret as well as other events on the schedule of Kim’s visit to Russia.

However, the schedule of high-level guests’ visits to the coast of Lake Baikal in the Republic of Buryatia remains unchanged, as a rule.

It includes a short visit to the construction site of Baikal Harbour, where a modern port, congress hall and tourist accommodation facilities will be built. A motor-boating trip on the lake and a dinner serving up local Buryat food, mainly meat dishes and famous Baikal omul, are obligatory trip items. Swimming is ruled out as water in Lake Baikal is cold in this time of the year. However, several hotels propose spa and swimming pools with heated water from Baikal.

It is still unknown which of these items the North Korean leader will be offered.


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