North Korea’s tourism hardly affected by tensions

North Korea’s tourism hardly affected by tensions

North Korea’s tourism hardly affected by tensions

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An ultralight aircraft flies over the city of Pyongyang on Sunday. With the support of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who has vowed to give North Koreans more modern and cultured ways to spend their leisure time, a Pyongyang flying club has started offering short flights over some of the capital’s major sights. Photo: AP

Chinese tourist Liu Zhun has always known that security checks in North Korea were unique in the world, but was still shocked when a North Korean security officer asked him to hand in his cellphone and iPad when he landed at the Pyongyang airport during the National Day holiday. The stern officer deftly clicked on iQiyi, a streaming App, trying to see if there were any downloaded South Korean dramas or American movies, both forbidden in North Korea. Other security officers, some speaking fluent Chinese, asked Chinese tourists to form a line and open their luggage for inspection. Liu was one of thousands of Chinese tourists who visited North Korea for the seven-day National Day holiday in early October. Despite North Korea’s nuclear tests this year and the strictest UN sanctions, tourism in North Korea was hardly affected. “During the National Day holiday, we sent around 100 tourists each day to North Korea,” said an anonymous staff member from the Dandong branch of CYTS Tours in Northeast China’s Jilin Province, adding that the number remains relatively the same as in previous years. He said that the majority of Chinese visitors to North Korea are middle-aged or seniors, who share a special affinity to the country because of the Korean War. Many young people were simply curious.The routes are always the same. They are designed to cover the main landmarks in Pyongyang, including the Tower of the Juche Idea, Kim Il-sung Square, the Triumphal Arch and the Monument to the Korean Workers’ Party.They also ride the Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, and enjoy a 40-minute performance of well-trained children from the Pyongyang Children’s Palace, the top institute for children’s extra-curricular activities.Besides Pyongyang, visitors also head south to Kaesong, the capital of ancient Korea, as well as Panmunjom to visit the border between North and South Korea.”You can barely feel the tensions. On the contrary, the North Koreans were very proud of their nuclear tests and missiles,” Liu told the Global Times.”But I heard that the visits to Panmunjom were canceled for most tour groups, which might be an effect of the tensions,” he said.Liu said that while visiting Panmunjom, the military border that separates the Korean Peninsula, the North Korean tour guide asked him to cover a T-shirt with a US flag printed on it.Tourist experienceThe tour usually takes from a day to a week, ranging from 750 yuan ($115) to more than 10,000 yuan per person.A 2015 report said that North Korea attracted 100,000 foreign tourists in 2014, including around 95,000 Chinese, which netted $30.7 million, Chosun Ilbo reported.”The North Korean tour does not limit the type of tourists, except for some public servants, whom China prohibits from visiting North Korea,” Arirang travel agency’s Wang Xia told the Global Times in Beijing.Tourists can only take a tour run by the State-run tourism corporation inside North Korea.They often stay in the country’s largest hotels, including Yanggakdo International Hotel and the Sosan Hotel in Pyongyang, and are provided local cuisine, such as pork hotpot or “Samgyetang,” ginseng-chicken soup, with waitresses singing and dancing as they dine.Tourists are taken by bus from one venue to another, hardly meeting any locals.At Mansu Hill, where the landmark 22-meter Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il bronze statues are located, tourists would be asked to lay flowers and bow to the statues before they are allowed to take photographs. Tourists may notice that they are constantly being watched at almost all the spots in Pyongyang by young men with cautious looks. Joshua Dummer, a 25-year-old Welshman who visited North Korea in 2015, told the Global Times that it was a strange experience for Westerners to visit North Korea. “As a Westerner, you do have a sense that you have to behave because the rules are enforced strictly,” Dummer said. “The experience is fine. North Korean tour guides are very nice. They genuinely want you to have a good time there, but more importantly they want you to respect their country,” he said.

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North Korea’s tourism hardly affected by tensions