"North Korea - The World's Most Isolated Country" Top 5 Page for this destination North Korea by Willettsworld
North Korea Travel Guide: 525 reviews and 1,685 photos
Just the mere words 'North Korea', or to give it its proper title, The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, conjure up visions of an extreme Communist dictatorship, a strict daily allegiance to the 'Kim' regime, a brutal human rights record, economic hardship, poverty and famine due to bad flooding of farmland. All the reasons to stay way clear but I chose to see things for myself even though this is virtually impossible as you can only visit on a pre-determined government tour itinerary as part of a government approved tour group.
I read quite a few reports on the internet and saw other visitor's photo's before deciding that I just couldn't say no to visiting. It fact I was itching to go. It was a mixture of interest, mystery and intrigue that lead me to sign up on a tour in June 2008 so as to delve behind this last bastion of Soviet styled Communism that no other country has. North Korea is the last remaining relic of the Cold War and is the most isolated country on earth, hence its moniker - 'the hermit kingdom'. So to witness daily life in any way, shape or form was just something I couldn't wait to see for myself. North Korea - the so called 'Axis of Evil', as it is today, will eventually 'end' whether through war, revolution, or gradual change. Time will run-out, so if you're just curious like I was, now's the time to go and witness the country as it exists today.
I hope that my page will help you decide whether you should want to visit or not. If you do decide to visit then I hope that the information I give is, in some way, useful for you to make a start. To others I hope it'll just be an interesting read and that you enjoy the photos as they speak for themselves more than me writing about what they depict. I've put a day-by-day account of what and where we visited as part of the tour itinerary on one of my travelogues which I hope is of some use as to what to expect.
- Pros:Surreal beyond belief, like no other country on earth, go see it before it ends!
- Cons:Not allowed to walk around by yourself, always with guides, can never tap into the 'real' DPRK
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