Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to go to red China, the forbidden motherland of communism. Then in the summer of 1992, my dream came true and I traveled to Maoist China, where I experienced first hand how decades of communism had deprived the economic well-being of millions and billions of Chinese. We brought tooth brushes and toothpaste from Taiwan and gave them to the village kids in Henan province as presents. Most of them had not even touched a tooth brush or tasted toothpaste at the time. And now, 20 years later, China’s turned capitalistic, and will soon surpass Japan to become the world’s second largest economy.
That’s no fun. China isn’t all that exotic anymore.
But wait, North Korea is still under the tight grip of totalitarian socialism and only a handful get to travel in (and out) of DPRK each year. We read in a magazine article that Koryo Tours from Beijing, ran by a group of foreigner-friendly Westerners, can actually arrange tours from China to DPRK for as little as just over $1000. That is not bad for such an exotic and rare tour. We checked out their website and some of the pictures taken inside North Korea are just so fascinating.
I have actually been to Panmunjom (38 degree parallel, first image above) from the ROK (South Korea) side, but the experience is never complete until a picture is taken from the North Korean side! Check out their website and show some support. Afterall, your being inside North Korea may create some kind of butterfly effect that could eventually change DPRK for the better, forever.