December 07, 2023

The strange tale of a North Korea tour agency founded by a dead South Korean man

Serial imposter likely turned to identity theft to set up UK company seeking to take tourists to DPRK, NK News finds

Setting up a travel agency specializing in North Korea tourism is a tricky undertaking. It requires navigating international sanctions and travel bans, as well as nurturing contacts with DPRK officials to arrange access. For South Koreans, it’s all but impossible due to restrictions on meeting and doing business with anyone from their country’s communist rival without government approval.

And yet according to U.K. records, a 46-year-old ROK national named An Sang Kwan managed to do just that, registering a company called The North Korean Travel Agency in Europe Limited back in 2017.