September 24, 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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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
How Kim Il Sung’s friendship with a king led North Korea to the World Cup
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How Kim Il Sung’s friendship with a king led North Korea to the World Cup

Cambodia hosted the preliminary match against Australia, setting the stage for the DPRK's iconic upset of Italy

How Kim Il Sung’s friendship with a king led North Korea to the World Cup
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 2, 2021
Tourism off the beaten path in North Korea’s capital city

Tourism off the beaten path in North Korea’s capital city

Pyongyang offers an array of entertainment, from laser tag to water parks, beyond the typical statues and monuments

Tourism off the beaten path in North Korea’s capital city
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson July 23, 2021
Sinuiju, North Korea’s most popular destination at the Chinese border

Sinuiju, North Korea’s most popular destination at the Chinese border

The feeling of crossing the bridge by train from China for the first time is a truly unforgettable experience

Sinuiju, North Korea’s most popular destination at the Chinese border
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson July 16, 2021
A lack of flights, hotels is holding back North Korean tourism

A lack of flights, hotels is holding back North Korean tourism

The DPRK will need to scale up infrastructure, mend broken diplomatic bridges to blossom as a tourist destination

A lack of flights, hotels is holding back North Korean tourism
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson July 9, 2021