Renovated North Korean national zoo has a surprising exhibit

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A New Zoo Opens in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un's latest gift to the North Korean people is a renovated central zoo.

The park attracts thousands of visitors every day and has typical zoo exhibits and a high-tech natural history museum, according to AP.

The most popular attraction, though, might be surprising -- it's dogs.

They have many breeds including schnauzers, German shepherds, Shih Tzus and Saint Bernards are on display.

One of the popular dogs is a King Charles spaniel, which was presented as a gift to Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, in 1995.

Though dog meat is a common dish in the country, a growing number of North Koreans are keeping dogs as pets.

Check out the photos from the newly-renovated zoo:

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Visitors feed dogs at the newly opened Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. One of the most popular attractions at the zoo might come as a surprise to foreign visitors. Just across the way from the hippopotamus pen and the reptile house, dozens of varieties of dogs _ including schnauzers, German shepherds, Shih Tzus and Saint Bernards _ are on display in the 'dog pavilion.' (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
A North Korean woman walks past by a donkey pen at the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest gift to the lucky residents of Pyongyang, the renovated central zoo, is pulling in thousands of visitors a day with a slew of attractions ranging from such typical zoo fare as elephants, giraffes, penguins and monkeys to a high-tech natural history museum. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
North Koreans look at bears at the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest gift to the lucky residents of Pyongyang, the renovated central zoo, is pulling in thousands of visitors a day with a slew of attractions ranging from such typical zoo fare as elephants, giraffes, penguins and monkeys to a high-tech natural history museum. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
North Koreans feed an elephant at the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest gift to the lucky residents of Pyongyang, the renovated central zoo, is pulling in thousands of visitors a day with a slew of attractions ranging from such typical zoo fare as elephants, giraffes, penguins and monkeys to a high-tech natural history museum. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
North Koreans wait at the gate of the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest gift to the lucky residents of Pyongyang, the renovated central zoo, is pulling in thousands of visitors a day with a slew of attractions ranging from such typical zoo fare as elephants, giraffes, penguins and monkeys to a high-tech natural history museum. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
North Koreans look at models of dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, part of the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest gift to the lucky residents of Pyongyang, the renovated central zoo, is pulling in thousands of visitors a day with a slew of attractions ranging from such typical zoo fare as elephants, giraffes, penguins and monkeys to a high-tech natural history museum. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
A North Korean man kisses a turtle through the glass of its tank at the newly opened Pyongyang Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest gift to the lucky residents of Pyongyang, the renovated central zoo, is pulling in thousands of visitors a day with a slew of attractions ranging from such typical zoo fare as elephants, giraffes, penguins and monkeys to a high-tech natural history museum. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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