September 28, 2021

Pack Your Bags, We’re Going to The Socialist Paradise!

Archive photos reveal how tourist authorities promoted North Korea as a holiday destination to friendly nations within the communist bloc

From 1945 until the fall of the USSR, only a small number of foreign guests were welcomed to visit North Korea, with the majority of visitors arriving from Communist bloc or non-aligned nations. Distant memories and scattered tourist snapshots aside, few archives remain of this fascinating time.

A new blog run by Christopher Graper of Koryo Tours now tells the story of North Korea's outreach to foreign tourists during the 1980s with some truly fascinating pictures. The tourism brochures and advertising materials reflect the type of marketing DPRK tourism authorities used to market the Club Med of North Korea, Hamhung's Majon Beach Hotel.