Gareth Johnson is the CEO of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company that specializes in tourism to countries including North Korea, Cuba and Iran.
China’s COVID situation will affect the timing of any reopening, and the DPRK is sure to take steps to minimize risk
Visitors are not banned from attending church services or carrying a Bible, but proselytizing is strictly off-limits
Outdated infrastructure means travel is slow, but trains offer a unique chance to see the country and meet real Koreans
Despite logistical challenges, the successful trip showed the creative possibilities of North Korea tourism
Studying Korean allows guests to stay in Pyongyang for a month, just long enough to get a feel for everyday life
Low demand and an aging fleet mean passengers can expect a unique trip but bumpy ride
DPRK beverages outshine their South Korean equivalents, and sharing a drink is a great way for tourists to meet locals
Before North Korean athletes ever participated in the Olympic games, they found success at GANEFO in Indonesia
Foreign travelers can dine at a surprising assortment of Korean and international restaurants in the capital city
Love of athletics goes beyond national pride, with the country most passionate for the beautiful game
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