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Tell Me A North Korean Tale

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1. Posted by Jonads (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

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Alright you handful of folks who have managed to gain entry to Kim Jong Il’s backyard – tell me about your experiences in this strange land, and also how you managed to get in there in the first place.

2. Posted by Jonads (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

While awaiting your North Korean tales I have become increasingly interested in visiting this country. I have contacted two tour companies and I am wondering if anyone has any experiences with one of them, both of them, or with a different company altogether. The two I have contacted are Koryo Tours and Korea Konsult.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

As you already know by now, the only way to visit the country unfortunately is by taking a tour. But actually this only adds to the experience I think. I know most people like to travel independently, but this is just not possible here. Even if you are going alone, you will have a guide, driver etc. with you. Program is fixed and there are almost no exceptions possible on this program, although with a bit of asking you might get lucky to visit some other sites, mainly around Pyongyang.
I booked a tour right from my home country, including visa etc, as I did not want to wait and spend time in and around Beijing.
The country is not paricularly beautiful or so, but it is the most bizar country I have been to and you step 50 years back in time. Almost no (privately owned) cars, old bikes and a few tractors on the land. Cooperative farms, massive buildings like the Juche Tower and a pyramid shaped hotel which is never finished because of a lack of fonds (of course..). Also nice is a 10 lane highway with no traffic at all! And of course the Demilitarised Zone at Panmunjom, on the border with South Korea. Not to forget the International Friendship Exhibition a few hours north of Pyongyang in the mountains. You will see an amazingly collection of present for both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from leaders around the world, including Stalin.
Have a look at some photos of mine for an impression.
Cheers, Michael