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North's first convenience stores
Bokwang Family Mart and Hyundai Asan are partnering up to bring North Korea its first convenience stores later this month. Located in the Mount Kumgang Onjongkak rest area, these Family Marts will join the existing restaurant, souvenir shop, and Kumgang Village lodge. With over 500 products and 10 to 12 projected deliveries per month, these convenience stores are expected to attract tourists. North Koreans, however, will be barred from using these stores. The US dollar will be the only accepted currency, and books related to North Korea will be banned from sale.