February 21, 2024
Interviews

Burgers and booze: A Russian man recalls his time at North Korean summer camp

With Russian tourists set to embark to DPRK, Yuri Frolov recalls his visits to Pyongyang and Songdowon camp as a teen

A group of Russian nationals are gearing up to become the first tourists to enter the DPRK since it closed its borders in early 2020. The trip aligns with the ongoing cooperation between Russia and North Korea across various sectors. 

As part of both countries’ efforts to boost such cross-border cooperation, the governor of a Far Eastern region proposed sending Russian schoolchildren to North Korean summer camps. While many parents expressed skepticism on social media about these plans, NK News spoke to Yuri Frolov, who attended such camps twice. He believes that Russian travelers will likely perceive the DPRK as just another vacation spot.