News & Opinions

Start typing to see suggestions or browse Australia

Tourism 'booming' in North Korea

February 20, 2013, 10:38 am AFP Yahoo!7

SEOUL (AFP) - Foreign tourism is "booming" in North Korea, state media said Tuesday a week after the country triggered global outrage by conducting its third nuclear test.

Tourism booming in North Korea
Rating:

SEOUL (AFP) - Foreign tourism is "booming" in North Korea, state media said Tuesday a week after the country triggered global outrage by conducting its third nuclear test.

The number of foreign visitors to the North has grown steadily since 2000 and witnessed a surge after 2009, especially in the number of European visitors, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"The global popularity of tourism to (North Korea) is booming," the agency said, without providing any breakdown on the number of visitors.

A range of "shining, socialist accomplishments" made under the leadership of the ruling Kim family have elevated North Korea's status and sparked interest in travelling to the country, KCNA said.

It did not mention if the "accomplishments" included its long-range rocket launch in December -- condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test -- or the February 12 nuclear test.

"Most tourists gave positive reviews about their experiences in (North Korea) on the Internet and other media ... and the range of travel routes is expanding," KCNA said.

North Korea's direct air links with other countries are extremely limited, with China the main conduit for most travellers heading to Pyongyang.

The state carrier, Air Koryo, also flies to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malaysia, Switzerland, Russia and Thailand, according to its website.

North Korea is not a cheap tourist destination, as the hard currency-strapped nation charges high prices for everything from beer to accommodation.

More on North Korea

Gallery: Daily Life in North Korea

Gallery: Inside North Korean theme parks: even soldiers need to play

North Korea's Phantom Hotel

Follow TotalTravel on Facebook

Follow @totaltravel on Twitter and Instagram

Show:
Newest First
Oldest First
Top Rated
Most Replies

16 Comments

  1. John10:53am Monday 25th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    All the negative comments posted here are just what Robert says, "imaginary" !!!! That's the unfortunate thing about Australians, they actually believe their own publicity, which is polite way of saying, "they believe their own #$%$ cleverly thinking they've disguised it as "fact" !!! But the rest of us generally know better !!!! lol

    1 Reply
  2. Ugnisaet09:27am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    40 million people in America are hungry and homeless, how does North Korea look in comparison, In Australia I dont need to tell you how our indigenous folk are looked after or our elderly for that matter, you biased and uneducated bafoons can it ok

    1 Reply
  3. Justme08:48am Saturday 23rd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    why would someone want to go to a country where the ruler starves its own people due to wasting money on armaments...lol@Ian.those bombs america dropped on the #$%$ helped stop the war..Hiroshima was Japans main supply depot for their army.Damn i would drop one on them now lol for fun.And on China...

    2 Replies
  4. BigJohhny12:29pm Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Snuff tourism. Would you have liked to visit operation concentration camps as well?

    1 Reply
  5. John06:39pm Thursday 21st February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Gotta love North Korean propaganda, pure BS at it's finest, i especially loved this quote from the North Korean tourist agency, A range of "shining, socialist accomplishments" made under the leadership of the ruling Kim family have elevated North Korea's status and sparked interest in travelling to the country, KCNA said. LOL, apart from building missles and nuclear warheads North Korea hasn't achieved anything else, it's a disaster and a country thats in shambles, the people there are starving and it's economy is dead. No one outside of North Korean is going to be silly enough and naive enough to believe the propaganda.

    1 Reply
  6. Ian05:01pm Thursday 21st February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    why can america have nuclear weapons and the rest of the world cant?? what disgusting pigs dropped a nuclear weapon on women and children killing millions of innocent people?? i think it was america, home to more war criminals than any other

    4 Replies
  7. Ugnisaet08:47am Thursday 21st February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Great people and great country, such a pity we have a media owned by biased people who write such tripe, but ask who owns the media for the answer...why say this in the middle of a positive story........................."It did not mention if the "accomplishments" included its long-range rocket launch in December -- condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test -- or the February 12 nuclear test.".....SHAME SHAME SHAME

    Reply
  8. Dieter11:28pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Bargearse Gilfarts favourite Country

    1 Reply
  9. Steve06:08pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I am seriousl thinking of going on one of those North Korean "Hostage Tours". I want to make sure I am there during one of those Missile Tests so when the Americanos blow up the Missile with the special North Korean Banzai guidance systems, right on the launch pad, I want to make sure I am in "Hostage Hall" along with every other clod who raised a hand to these NK nutbags.

    Reply
  10. Sonia05:29pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    most of you people have been fed lies from media again why don't you people get it, don't believe what the media says, people that gave positive view on north korea have been there to tell, obviously people that bad mouth north korea haven't .

    1 Reply