November 29, 2023

Tongil Tours: Learning languages in North Korea

Alek Sigley talks bringing in students to study languages at a North Korean university

Despite everything that's going on the Korean peninsula, there seems to be no shortage of people who still want to visit North Korea in some way or another, whether through a general tour of the country or through one of the more specialized - sports, beer, etc - kinds on offer.

And there are plenty of groups willing to take tourists there, with plenty of their own marketing strategies for sucking customers in. Some portray themselves as offering an authentic DPRK experience and a "rare glimpse" at a secretive state, while others portray themselves as selling the ultimate in adventure and adrenaline tourism: a boozy trip to the world's last enclave of Cold War communism.