Rolling hills, beautiful vistas and more human rights violations than you can possibly imagine.
Welcome to North Korea! The hermit kingdom wants to become your tourist destination of the future, as the country undertakes an aggressive project to spur new visitors. Kim Jong-un (you gotta love that guy) has ordered the construction of a flower park, international meeting hall, stadium and, most importantly, an underwater hotel in the city of Wonsan.
Sure would be a nice break from the usual views of concentration – er, happy camps!
Additionally, some of the old restrictions that kept tourists away in the past are being relaxed (like, you know, having government handlers breathing down your neck). Some packages will now allow visitors to mingle with locals; several bars are also opening themselves up to foreign customers. The government also pledged to complete the airport already under construction in Wonsan, to make travelling into the country easier.
But if you want to visit the isolated country, prepare to feel a little less free than usual. Government handlers are still going to want to know what you’re up to, whether that means taking you on guided tours or reviewing your latest batch of photos. It’s also worth considering that spending your dollars in North Korea will provide the government with hard currency, while probably doing little to benefit the local lifestyle.
In other words, your cash will probably go towards another failed bomb test, while thousands continue to starve.
Ah, North Korea. We
hate love you.