April 09, 2020

Two Korean mountain jaunts: near but worlds apart
A veteran North Korea watcher recalls two formative hikes he wrote about in the 1980s, on opposite sides of the DMZ
Why does Mount Kumgang matter? Here’s what it means to me – and more importantly to many others, judging by the responses to the article below when it was first published. That was a long time ago: way back in 1986, on 16 October. A third of a century ago, indeed.Not many people visited North Korea in those days. I was on the first ever tourist group from the UK – though many of us had a