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Old 11-19-2009, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I know they have a horrible government, probably the worst in the world, but I think it might be interesting to see the world's most secretive country. It would be completely different from anything you had ever seen before. There is no country like North Korea. You would just need to be careful and not say the wrong thing, even in private as they might bug your hotel room. It would make some interesting stories to tell your friends too.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Yes i would, i have looked into it, its not too hard to get into from my understanding, you have to book a tour with a registred tour company in Beijing. It is also extraordinarily expensive, up to 300 euros per day are figures that i have heard. I have also read stories of people being thrown in Jail for very small off the hand remarks such as saying king jong is looking a little bit fat. If the money were not an issue I think it would be an extrodinary once in a life time experience, I found the DMZ to be an great experience and i am very happy to have being their.

Are thoes tours accessible to people holding american passports?
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:41 PM
 
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That and you'd have to enter illegally, get caught, and thrown in jail (I'm assuming you hold an American passport)
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Eyewitness: US tourist in North Korea
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Austin
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There are ways to legally enter North Korea. Probably doesn't look good on your passport though.
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I know they have a horrible government, probably the worst in the world, but I think it might be interesting to see the world's most secretive country. It would be completely different from anything you had ever seen before. There is no country like North Korea. You would just need to be careful and not say the wrong thing, even in private as they might bug your hotel room. It would make some interesting stories to tell your friends too.
There is no way I'd spend the kind of money it takes to get there in order to be subjected to a constant dog-and-pony routine under ubiquitous surveillance where I couldn't even interact with normal average people without actually putting them at great risk. Plus, I'd be supporting it with my tourist dollars, and I'd feel more moral donating them to a Mexican drug gang (at least they might be an equal opportunity employer). Even spending them at Wal-Mart would be more socially responsible than giving them to the North Koreans.

South Korea, yes, without question. I think I'd really enjoy getting to know the people, based on the Koreans I knew in college. I have a real good feeling about that one. Sure, there would be differences, things I'm not used to, but part of the fun of travel is learning new ways and flowing with the environment rather than trying to adjust it to be like where you came from. Plus, my experience is that travelers who make a good acceptance of those differences, try the food and drink and arrange to like some of it, and try their best to use the local language usually find a friendly welcome many places.
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:49 PM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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I don't think it would be that interesting once you get past the allure of being in a "reclusive" country. Just poverty and boredom mainly.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:16 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Seeing that article I might be tempted to say "yes" as an American in North Korea is odd enough you apparently can get articles published on it. That might be neat. Also I am curious about such a bizarre regime.

That being said I think skidamarink is likely right. Except for some occasional weirdness it's probably such a constrained visit it'd be poor and dull. Also the other concern about funding such a regime would be a moral issue.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:53 AM
 
Location: SWE
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It's actually been on my "to do" list for quite some time. I hope i'll actually get to visit it before the show collapses, you never know.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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I would never support a dictatorship.
Besides I don't know what to see and do.
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