If you felt a little skeptical thinking whether North Korea would be a good choice as your next travel destination, the reality is you must try. Of course, scoffing at this very thought is understandable, especially with how things were earlier. But thankfully, tensions have reduced drastically with time. Contrasted to last year when North Korea was said to have detonated a hydrogen bomb, this time things are far more peaceful. In fact, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office had announced a warning to visitors around the globe, and naturally, the British tabloids took advantage of the situation and stirred up a complete ‘media frenzy”, predicting war! Keep aside these worries now and do not give in to the vilifications. There’s no time better than this to set on a voyage for North Korea or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Here’s why.
Change Is In The Air
For a long time, people kept predicting that the system in DPRK would collapse. Strangely, the atmospheric changes that you see, show the door for a promising future. If you’re one of those who not lament at the loss of not touring around the USSR, but just visited East Germany after Berlin Wall fell down or even missed out on China before Wham! giving good opportunities- then it’s time you act on your toes for North Korea.
Wait for a few more years and the country will progress to such an extent that it would seem familiar to us. Some call North Korea a ‘parallel universe’, thanks to the isolated state it is in the world. It’s remote, but inevitable changes will soon catch up. Believe in what Elon Musk confirms- it’s cheaper to be in North Korea, even before outer space!
Scope And Quality Of Life
Tourism potential in North Korea remains intense and largely untapped. As the country is becoming more aware of this reality, authorities are now doing their part to clamor up and allow explorers to unravel the mysteries and beauty that the state has. Once upon a time, it was called the ‘hermit kingdom’. There was a time (close to two decades back); when it took no less than a week to see what’s allowed in the country.
With the vast expanse of lands, today it will take close to a month! Alongside the ‘cultural delights’, several special interest tours will now be possible, including train and public transport tours, trekking in Taekwondo, and even aviation. To speak of infrastructure, the overhaul can surprise anyone- from roads and railways and even real estate properties and hotels to even massive transformation in the total economy.
The Journey From Communism To Cosmopolitanism
Just about a decade back in Pyongyang, nobody could depend on what was called the ‘disposable income’. Now the capital strength is replete with a monetary outlook and cosmopolitanism. Surprisingly, pizzerias, microbreweries, and cafes are regular hang-out zones in Pyongyang. Not to miss out on some of the plush hotels, restaurants, and luxury destinations- the place has it all.
You would call it certainly one of the most ‘bizarre’ capital cities on the surface of the Earth. But a trip made and you can enjoy from a host of activities, comfortable rides, and curios, including horse riding lessons in the Mirim Riding Club or even some flights over the city.
Unmatched Charm And Hospitality
Mass tourism is mainly absent here and that should be reason enough to pick this place for your next tour. A little mistrust around North Korea is nothing out of the ordinary, but if you attempt to unravel the beauty of this place- you’re likely to be rewarded with never-seen-before hospitality.
So, whether it’s the beaches or parks or any scenic spot in the nation for picnics with friends and families (since picnics are kind of national obsessions!), you’ll certainly be welcomed by locals who will offer the best of cuisines, share a couple of glasses of Soju (Korean rice wine) or even engage you in their traditional dances.
This kindness might appear strange and unbelievable to few, especially since the place is North Korea. But till the time you’re not bent on keeping this in the travelers’ list and doing all it can to make it happen, you’ll never know what you’re missing out on.