“Honey, what do want to see on vacation this year? The Parthenon, Machu Picchu, or the Kim Il-sung mausoleum?” You just can’t make this stuff up: according to Yonhap North Korea is “is trying to lure more foreign tourists” while at the same time telling their diplomatic representatives to flee due to imminent conflict. Huh? [...]
In honor of Marcus Noland’s recent post inspired by The Clash, Rolling Stone Magazine’s 28th greatest band of all time, here’s a tribute to the 26th greatest band of all time. Here’s hoping The Ramones had North Korea in mind in their song titles as well. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World In one of [...]
Vacation time can be hard to come by and the price tags for travel are rising. The pressure to find a top notch vacation destination on a budget is forcing travelers to consider alternatives to traditional destinations. The folks at Koryo Tours have a suggestion. How about North Korea? Granted, a trip to North Korea [...]
It is clear that change is underway in North Korea and that China will play an important role, though the jury is still out on where it will all end up. The survey that Steph Haggard and I did indicates that Chinese enterprises are unhappy about the North Korean regulatory environment and corruption, and last [...]
Mariko Ikehara passed along this ad from the North Korea Tourism Board. Magnanimous of her insofar as according to the press release, she won’t be allowed in.
Our man in Ann Arbor, Fred Zimmerman, sent along this interesting travelogue written by Ryan Romanchuk, bearer of one of those great, only-in-the-Western-hemisphere names. Members of the quora website where it appears have added their own extensive commentary to the original post.
It’s been at least a week since we’ve had a post on tourism, so we must be overdue. We’ve got golf, juche study halls, study tours, radical chic. There’s so much activity on that front that you’d think Wonsan was Miami Beach. Now from the good folks at Koryo Tours, we’ve got the heavy metal [...]
We came down sort of hard on Kumgang tourism. We argued that tour companies should not be using the site in any way as long as the political and legal issues between South, North and Hyundai Asan remain unresolved. But fair is fair. Chad O’Carroll at KEI hosts the Korean Kontext podcast series, and he [...]
When I loaded my CDs into Itunes, I noticed that somehow the Dead Kennedys’ “Holiday in Cambodia” came out as “Holiday in China.” I ascribed it to the black humor of the lowly paid Chinese tech coding the catalog. Well, maybe in the next version of Itunes it will come out as “Holiday in North [...]
John Lee from Uri Tours which organizes trips to North Korea wrote to inform me about a golf event to be held in Pyongyang on Oct. 1 – Oct. 8. “This week long event is open to any level player and is a fun way to see North Korea and create an opportunity for cultural [...]