Nine out of ten websites will warn you against travel to Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK or more popularly North Korea). While some of the concerns may be genuine, some may not. North Korea may not feature high on travel lists, but for those who nurse a secret desire to visit this hermit kingdom but are put off by the media warning, here is something to cheer about.
Everyone on the trip with me, cam back alive and well. So, there is no real reason to worry!
Here are few reasons why DPRK should be on your travel list.
The beautiful village of Kaesong – the last town before the DMZ (De-millitarized Zone)
The concrete arches straddling the Reunification Highway leading to the DMZ is a great location for pictures. Light to almost no traffic is a great blessing here.
The Miracle Well – drinking from this well ensures a long and healthy life.
The towering statues of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung are something you cannot have imagine. Originally they were gold plated, but upon China’s insistence, it had to be taken off.
A visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum is a lesson in history – albiet a slightly different version to what you have grown up learning. Also, DPRK is the only country NOT to have returned a captured American warship.
Pyongsung in DPRK is a place full of clothing factories. This is the place some of the popular brands including Ripcurl gets made.
The North Koreans love their kids. They actually have practical demonstrations of the Hare & Rabbit story.
DPRK has the world’s most heavily guarded border (with South Korea).
Visitors to this country are served their meals in style. Look at that gleaming cutlery!
The beer is cheap and good…
…the girls serving beer are pretty and friendly. It’s OK to take their pictures as well!