March 22, 2019
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Destination DPRK: the ethics of North Korea tourism – NKNews Podcast ep.11
Destination DPRK: the ethics of North Korea tourism – NKNews Podcast ep.11
A frequent visitor discusses the ethics of visiting the DPRK and shares some of her experiences
April 9th, 2018

Month in Review

North Korea is a controversial travel destination. While considered a relatively safe place if one abides by local rules and customs, the ethics behind tourism to the DPRK remains a topic of wide debate.

While some argue that it is a form of positive engagement, and that profits from tourism are so tiny as to not represent a substantial contribution to the nuclear program, others argue that tourism lends support – and legitimacy – to the regime.

These arguments notwithstanding, thousands continue to visit the DPRK every year: including Ayesha Sitara, a frequent traveler to the North.

This week, we sat down with Ayesha, who has gained access to places and experiences most do not ever get to see, to discuss her most recent trip to North Korea, as well as the ethics of tourism to the North, how to remain a responsible photographer, and some memorable encounters with guides, minders, and locals.

About the podcast: the “North Korea News Podcast” is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interviews with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.


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Featured Image: Young North Korean artists dancing with tourists at the end of their show in Mangyongdae children's palace, Pyongan Province, Pyongyang, North Korea by Eric Lafforgue on 2012-09-13 11:46:47

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