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N. Korean tour attracts 3,000 S. Koreans.

SEOUL, Dec. 3 Kyodo

A sightseeing tour initiated by South Korea's Hyundai Business Group in mid-November to North Korea's Mt. Kumgang has attracted 2,957 South Korean tourists as of Thursday, the National Unification Ministry said. The figure, which covers a period of less than two weeks since a Hyundai cruise ship left Nov. 18 for the North Korean port of Changjon with 1,400 passengers, surpasses a nine-year tally until Thursday of 2,450 South Korean visitors to North Korea through other means. Meanwhile, the Hyundai group has decided -- with the ministry's approval -- to offer a four-day tour package to Mt. Kumgang, one day shorter than the duration of the current tour. The tourist ship service, the first of its kind since the end of the Korean War in 1953, was launched after Hyundai founder Chung Ju Yung returned from a trip to the North in October saying he was granted exclusive rights to develop a tourism project at Mt. Kumgang.
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