May 18, 2022


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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What the future holds for North Korea tourism after the pandemic

China’s COVID situation will affect the timing of any reopening, and the DPRK is sure to take steps to minimize risk

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonFebruary 15, 2022

Christmas in Pyongyang: How devout tourists can worship in North Korea

Visitors are not banned from attending church services or carrying a Bible, but proselytizing is strictly off-limits

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonDecember 27, 2021
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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Outdated infrastructure means travel is slow, but trains offer a unique chance to see the country and meet real Koreans

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonNovember 15, 2021
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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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonOctober 29, 2021
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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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonOctober 15, 2021
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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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonOctober 6, 2021
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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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonSeptember 10, 2021

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonSeptember 3, 2021
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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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonAugust 27, 2021

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonAugust 20, 2021
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