December 08, 2022

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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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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
North Korea’s brief, surreal experiment with passenger cruises

North Korea’s brief, surreal experiment with passenger cruises

Though the project quickly folded, the DPRK demonstrated a surprising openness to new tourism ideas

North Korea’s brief, surreal experiment with passenger cruises
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson July 2, 2021
Why North Korea tourism and cultural exchanges are a force for good

Why North Korea tourism and cultural exchanges are a force for good

Far from supporting the regime, tourism promotes understanding between peoples that view themselves as enemies

Why North Korea tourism and cultural exchanges are a force for good
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson June 25, 2021
The Rason Special Economic Zone: Like nowhere else in North Korea

The Rason Special Economic Zone: Like nowhere else in North Korea

The DPRK’s flirtation with capitalism has led to hotels, casinos, beaches and trade shows in one small area in the North

The Rason Special Economic Zone: Like nowhere else in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson June 18, 2021
What it’s like to be a foreign tour guide in North Korea

What it’s like to be a foreign tour guide in North Korea

Guides occupy a strange middle ground when it comes to North Korea watchers due to all the time spent in the country

What it’s like to be a foreign tour guide in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson June 11, 2021