In 1991 and in 1995 I visited North Korea. Each trip lasted about 2 weeks. On our first visit my then current girl friend and I traveled as independent tourists (we had a North Korean guide). At the time we were told that we were the first American civilians to visit the country. Four years later we returned with a group.
Last year I made inquiries about returning and I was told that North Korea was closed again to Americans. Has anyone heard anything different.
Both trips were quite an experience. The average North Korean (in 1991) did not know that man had landed on the moon.
I have been living in Bangkok for the past 6 1/2 years and I am married to a Thai girl.
Yes, US citizens are usually not allowed entry to North Korea. Did you use a different passport back then? US passport holders are sometimes (very seldom) allowed entry to North Korea, and the visit is usually limited to a maximum of 3 days and 2 nights.
Yes, we had US passports. Back in 1991 they told us we (self and former girl-friend) were the first American (non-government) US citicens allowed in NK. In 1995 we went with a group to see the WWF matches that were held in Pyongang. On the earlier trip we went on the Phoenix (that boat that was captured by NK years ago) at Wonsan. Both times we visited the DMZ and other sites away from Pyongyang. On the second trip my daughter, who is a photographer, took a lot of photos.
( http://www.corkscrew-balloon.com/annie/korea/index.html )
It was an interesting place to visit.
We even saw Kim Jung Ill's movie studio.
I took some photos of the DMZ looking south. The NK officer who showed us the DMZ never smiled.
Hi, I'm in South Korea at the moment (but getting ready to move on) and I was checking on the same thing. Americans are not being granted North Korean entry right now - UNLESS you go with specific tour groups who stick you on a very regimented and closely monitored schedule.
hope that helps.