With its huge water slides, busy playgrounds and vast beaches it looks every inch the perfect summer camp, but this holiday venue is to be found in a rather surprising part of the world.

For this is Songdowon International Children's Camp in North Korea, where youngsters from around the world can spend their summer taking part in traditional activities such as swimming, hiking and making new friends.

The secretive state's news agency KCNA said children from Russia, Ireland, Vietnam and Tanzania had already attended the camp in the eastern coastal city of Wonsan.

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The camp boasts numerous sporting facilitiesReuters
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The holiday venue even has its own aquarium Reuters
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Youngsters take part in singing and dancing competitions during their time at the campReuters

The holiday camp was built in 1960 but was remodelled this year, and has an outdoor playground, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool and water park, an aquarium and an aviary.

In July North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited Songdowon and inspected its facilities ahead of the arrival of its first foreign visitors.

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Kim Jong-un poses next to one of the refurbished swimming pools at SongdowonReuters
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Statues of North Korea's former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were unveiled during the opening ceremonyReuters
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The North Korean leader is mobbed by children at a sports event held to mark the completion of work at the campReuters
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Kim Jong-un pictured admiring one of the bedrooms at the state-of-the-art holiday venueReuters
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North Korea hopes the camp will attract foreign revenue from tourismReuters
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 Kim Jong-un waves to soldiers who helped to rebuild the campReuters