🇰🇵 North Korea Experience: The Nation of Change Details and Registration: goo.gl/forms/ZblepTZjKSvFVt0p2 💬Please comment on the post or inbox us if you have any questions!
North Korea experienced a series of jaw-dropping events last year: from the remarkable Inter-Korean Summit, to the historical Summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, to co-declaring a disarmed Joint Security Area with the South. With rapid changes inside out, what will 2019 hold for North Korea?
This tour will lead you deep into the core of North Korea’s society: be prepared to witness the authentic lives of locals, both deeply affected by the long-term international sanctions and globalized in recent years. On the train ride to Pyongyang, you will have a good view of North Korea’s suburban areas together with fellow North Koreans heading home from China.
Experience the country through a series of traditional and exclusive activities, wander along the streets of Pyongyang with minimal official intervention, visit department stores and amusement parks, travel the capital by Pyongyang metro – enjoy the real North Korea with Eastern Vision!
Programme Highlight: 📍Chat in small groups with local English students 📍Explore the disarmed Panmunjom and discuss peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula 📍Exclusive Itinerary – Tour around the Pyongyang Health Complex and have a glimpse of the trending hairstyle 📍Visit Kaesong, capital of ancient Koryo Dynasty 📍Learn about the country’s development on newly built streets of Pyongyang
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Recap for 【North Korea Winter Delegation: Countdown for Change】
“It will be cold. Remember where you are. Nothing is for sure in DPRK.”
That is the last slide of my pre-departure briefing powerpoint – and as the tour approaches the end, I am amazed by how accurately these random statements sum up the Winter Delegation to North Korea.
It was indeed cold. The temperature ranged from -20C to -2C, and we found ourselves all heated up in the coach, although it was still below 10C. We survived the crowd of Kim Il Sung Square and the cold on the last night of 2018, in exchange of photos of the spectacular firework, videos of North Korean superstars running in circle on the stage, and a couple of selfies on the locals’ phones.
We indeed constantly remind ourselves of where we are. For every encounter, every experience, every performance, I was constantly asked, “Is that real?” Everything feels too real to be staged, but we also spotted how the students were taught standard questions to start a conversation, how the luxurious neighbourhoods are not entirely filled.
And oh, of course nothing is for sure in DPRK. Broken heaters, random hot water provision time, test of luck with the IDD call operator, trains that run slower than a motorcycle; AND unexpectedly good haircuts, delicious alcohol, Korean BBQ with duck meat. Such uncertainties become profound DPRK memories, and a proof of the authenticity.
It is always an exciting adventure travelling North Korea – winter is off season of local tourism, but the cold indeed gave the country an extra layer of charisma. I am forever grateful to have a group that would spend 8 days discussing life and social system in the cold over alcohol – it was a unique DPRK experience, even for me.
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