December 02, 2021

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Gareth Johnson

Gareth Johnson is the CEO of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company that specializes in tourism to countries including North Korea, Cuba and Iran.

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Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea

Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea

Outdated infrastructure means travel is slow, but trains offer a unique chance to see the country and meet real Koreans

Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson November 15, 2021
Deep dive in the DPRK: A Danish globetrotter’s unlikely scuba adventure

Deep dive in the DPRK: A Danish globetrotter’s unlikely scuba adventure

Despite logistical challenges, the successful trip showed the creative possibilities of North Korea tourism

Deep dive in the DPRK: A Danish globetrotter’s unlikely scuba adventure
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson October 29, 2021
Combining travel and education on a North Korea study tour

Combining travel and education on a North Korea study tour

Studying Korean allows guests to stay in Pyongyang for a month, just long enough to get a feel for everyday life

Combining travel and education on a North Korea study tour
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson October 15, 2021
Fasten your seatbelt: Traveling in Soviet chic on North Korea’s domestic flights

Fasten your seatbelt: Traveling in Soviet chic on North Korea’s domestic flights

Low demand and an aging fleet mean passengers can expect a unique trip but bumpy ride

Fasten your seatbelt: Traveling in Soviet chic on North Korea’s domestic flights
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson October 6, 2021
Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea

Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea

DPRK beverages outshine their South Korean equivalents, and sharing a drink is a great way for tourists to meet locals

Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson September 10, 2021
When North Korea shined at the ‘Olympics of the Left’
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When North Korea shined at the ‘Olympics of the Left’

Before North Korean athletes ever participated in the Olympic games, they found success at GANEFO in Indonesia

When North Korea shined at the ‘Olympics of the Left’
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson September 3, 2021
A North Korean culinary odyssey: What it’s really like eating in Pyongyang

A North Korean culinary odyssey: What it’s really like eating in Pyongyang

Foreign travelers can dine at a surprising assortment of Korean and international restaurants in the capital city

A North Korean culinary odyssey: What it’s really like eating in Pyongyang
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 27, 2021
North Korean sports fans revel in the highs and lows of competition
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North Korean sports fans revel in the highs and lows of competition

Love of athletics goes beyond national pride, with the country most passionate for the beautiful game

North Korean sports fans revel in the highs and lows of competition
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 20, 2021
No thanks: Places you do not need to visit in Pyongyang

No thanks: Places you do not need to visit in Pyongyang

The DPRK is awash with attractions, but not all tourist sites are created equal

No thanks: Places you do not need to visit in Pyongyang
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 13, 2021
Homestays and adventure travel at far-flung North Korean destinations

Homestays and adventure travel at far-flung North Korean destinations

The DPRK has invested heavily in tourism outside Pyongyang as it seeks to entice travelers with new experiences

Homestays and adventure travel at far-flung North Korean destinations
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 6, 2021
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