I have always wanted to visit North Korea, as it seems like a flashback to the 80s Soviet Utopia that I've always wanted to see.
How would a single traveller visit Best Korea and how much would I be looking at? I'm currently in Europe and an EU citizen.
afaik there are two ways of getting in as a tourist. You can go with an organised tour group (look up Koryu tours) where there is a set itinerary and you are guided by tour group rep and an NK rep/guide, alternatively sometimes foreigners get in for special events (the Pyongyang film festival and that marathon seemed to have arrangements for visitors, but I'm not sure how it was organised).
>How would a single traveller visit Best Korea and how much would I be looking at?
Pay a few thousands euros through a tour agency. That's literally all there is to it.
Don't actually go there, you faggot.
Honestly, you're better off just going to Cuba. Atleast it's safe, way easier to get in and probably a lot cheaper.
I wanted to go this year from the UK, found 2 week beach breaks in Cuba for like £800 a person. It's obviously way different to NK but if you want to feel like you're still in the Soviet Union before it all changes in a couple of years... go to Cuba.
Every DPRK threads, morons like these appear.
OP, go for it. If you are interested in going, you should go sooner rather than later because who knows how much longer the current regime will last. Eventually the country will start to open up.
I went with Koryo tours myself, the whole thing cost about 1500eur. But that's from Beijing, I did this while touring China. Other /trv/lers have used Young Pioneer Tours, apparently they are good as well. It's very easy to get to DPRK, all you have to do is sign up on one of these guided tours and you're all set.
1. It's expensive and not good value
2. You have literally no say over what you will do
3. Your tourism dollars are literally supporting the worst dictatorship in the world
4. One wrong move and you'll get thrown into jail indefinitely
Personally speaking, I'd much rather visit South Korea or Japan.
>Suggesting people avoid traveling to North Korea is moronic
>not good value
It's not a cheap beach resort in Greece if that's what you are looking for.
>2. You have literally no say over what you will do
Yes, you do. The tour itinerary is more or less set but there is flexibility.
>3. Your tourism dollars are literally supporting the worst dictatorship in the world
But it's OK to give tourist dollars to the likes of China and Israel?
>4. One wrong move and you'll get thrown into jail indefinitely
What are you doing on /trv/ anyway? You obviously know jack shit about traveling to DPRK, and yet spew all this diarrhea from your ass and try to disguise them as facts.
>It's not a cheap beach resort in Greece if that's what you are looking for.
Nobody mentioned that. Stop changing the subject.
>But it's OK to give tourist dollars to the likes of China and Israel?
Nobody mentioned that and you don't know my thoughts on those places. Stop changing the subject.
>You obviously know jack shit about traveling to DPRK
Nice ad hominem.
It's clear to anyone who has actually been to DPRK that you have no idea what you are talking about. Why do you pretend to be an authority on the subject?
Or are you from South Korea or have Korean ancestry and that's why you are extremely butthurt?
>that's why you are extremely butthurt?
I assume you're the one who said "You obviously know jack shit about traveling to DPRK, and yet spew all this diarrhea from your ass and try to disguise them as facts."
It seems you are the one who is butthurt. That makes sense though, because you have to justify the large amount of money you spent traveling to North Korea.
piece of advice for OP and anyone else interested in this subject: just ignore anyone that tries to dissuade you or start arguments
They are just people who think that politics matter and since they know you don't care about that shit are trying to slip their opinions in on the dl.
Do you know how the regime treats it's people? If you go to North Korea you are actively contributing to an evil regime, and for what? Cheap thrills and personal curiosity? Disgusting!
I just got back from the DPRK on a YPT tour (cheapest). I had a great time and like someone has already said there's a bunch of idiots here. Don't listen to shit from the vice documentary, its full of bullshit and shane smith&co. are complete asshats.
Ask me anything.
I had a great time and i recommend the guide Charlotte if you go with ypt.
i'm american by the way and had zero issues.
>as it seems like a flashback to the 80s Soviet Utopia that I've always wanted to see.
North Korea is very misunderstood, and this point often highlights that misunderstanding. North Korea should not be thought of as a holdover of the Soviet Union. It's better seen as a holdover of imperial Japan. Understand that when the Empire of Japan ruled Korea, Korean elites either willingly, or were made to turn to the Japanese cause. When Japan was defeated and the Soviets took over the North, they intended to prop up a Soviet style far left government as they'd been doing in Europe. The problem is that unlike in Europe, the birthplace of Communism, Korea did not have a left wing communist intelligentsia in place by which to aid this process. The result is that they just recycled the old elites from the Japanese period, and something different emerged, one that more or less mimicked imperial Japan. When seen in this way, you will observe similarities everywhere.
1. Quasi-divine father figure leader (Kim Dynasty, particularly Kim Il Sung = Japanese Emperor, particularly the Showa Emperor, Hirohito).
2. Ultra-right wing nationalist government based on a concept of racial superiority
3. A military first policy (In Japan "Fukoku Kyohei", in DPRK, "Songun")
Among others. Even the DPRK's mythology of Mount Paektu is lifted directly from similar ideas about Mount Fuji.
There is some Soviet Influence in DPRK, and the USSR did support it financially for years, but it is wrong to think of it as the USSR's child.
Cuba feels nothing like the old Soviet Union.
What exactly do they have you do? Any sort of activities that involve things you do in the states as well? And as a U.S. citizen do you have a seperate tour from what a person from a country with less strenuous ties with the DPRK would have?
Americans get the same tours and same treatment as everyone. There are only a few small differences, mainly that there is maybe 2-3 things or places Americans aren't allowed in. Last time I checked, Americans couldn't take the train to/from China but had to fly. There was also some remote industrial village that was newly opened to tourists but Americans can't go there. If there is something like that in the tour, it'll clearly be mentioned beforehand.
The only reason I haven't been is because I can't afford it. I try to keep my travels under $2,000 including flights because muh poverty.
>tfw when third worlders beg you for your shoes
surely you have more pairs back at your hotel!
he doesn't believe
k come back with me and you can have the other pairs
returns, but there are no more shoes....
I was with everyone else doing the same tour and same things. Must fly in and out and theres some city up northeast where they a 1 night homestay or something in which case americans must stay at the hotel, but that wasnt on my tour.
You wont be treated worse or anything at all