March 02, 2024


Gareth Johnson

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.


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

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

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonAugust 13, 2021

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonAugust 6, 2021

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonAugust 2, 2021

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonJuly 23, 2021

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonJuly 16, 2021

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonJuly 9, 2021

North Korea’s brief, surreal experiment with passenger cruises

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

Gareth JohnsonGareth JohnsonJuly 2, 2021