The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea aptly earns its title as the Hermit Kingdom. Deliberately isolated from the world in order to pursue its Juche (self-reliance) philosophy, the visitor enters a surreal world that idolises the Great Leader (Kim Il Sung) and his achievements.
It is surprisingly easy to obtain a visa for North Korea – though some categories (such as US passport holders and journalists) require more time. Once inside the country, it is a very safe experience, as long as one follows the heavy controls put upon the visitor during a tour that lauds the wonders of North Korea and decries the evils of imperialist aggressors.
North Korea provides the visitor with a unique opportunity to visit the last communist bastion of the Cold War.
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