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First internet cafe opens in P'yang

Written: 2002-05-27 00:00:00Updated: 0000-00-00 00:00:00

An Internet cafe, called "PC room," has recently opened in the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang for the first time. That's according to the Internet homepage Monday of a South Korean businessman doing business there. Jangsaeng General Trading Co., a joint venture between the North's Pan-Pacific Economic Development Association of Korean Nationals and software company Hoonnet of South Korea, opened the 66-square-meter PC room in its building. Hoonnet President Kim Beom-hoon said... since May 18, everybody, not only North Koreans but also foreigners there, has been able to use the Internet cafe just as people in Seoul do." Kim is staying in Pyongyang. The basic charge for the PC room is 50 US dollars for 30 minutes, with an additional 10 dollars being charged every 10 minutes thereafter. He said....the outrageous cost of using the PC room virtually prevents all regular North Korean citizens from accessing it, considering the average monthly wage of most North Korean workers is between 28 to 46 dollars. He said...internet cafe business at hotels in Pyongyang has yet to be allowed. Meanwhile, the businessman insisted he cannot return to Seoul despite the government's rejection for extension of his stay in the socialist country.

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