Is it ethical to visit North Korea? This is a question I asked myself over and over before finally deciding to take the plunge and book a trip to this secretive country. You see, tourism in North Korea is a topic of much debate and controversy- visiting the country is arguably putting money directly into the pocket of a regime that commits some horrific human rights offences. From alleged death camps, extreme poverty, public murder and harsh slave labour as a punishment for trivial crimes, the North Korean regime is certainly not humane. Not forgetting the idea of funding Pyongyang’s…

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Check out part 1 of this story first if you haven’t already: North Korea: My Visit to the World’s Most Secretive State (Part 1)   Day 3 – Mount Myohyang, Monument to Party Founding and The Korean War Museum We awoke early again and made the 3 hour drive to Mount Myohyang, a beautifully scenic area which is home to the International Friendship Exhibition. This is a large museum complex displaying a massive collection of gifts that were presented to Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il during their lifetime. Some of these gifts were incredibly lavish, such as a plane and…

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As my train travelled across the bridge separating China and North Korea, my stomach started to knot in apprehension. “Why am I doing this?” I thought to myself. The current tension between North Korea and the Western World had put doubt in my mind about whether this was safe. The train pulled to a stop and North Korean military flooded onto the train, where they took our passports and thoroughly searched our bags. We waited here at the border for 2 hours before the military got off the train and let us proceed towards Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city. After…

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Taman Festival was an eight hectare amusement park built in 1997, featuring Bali’s biggest swimming pool, a 3D cinema, the world’s first inverted roller coaster, laser shows and many other attractions. However, unfortunately, millions of dollars worth of laser equipment were struck by lightening on Friday 13th of March 1998 and caused irreparable damage, resulting in the close of the park after insurance companies refused to cover the loss. Taman Festival has remained untouched ever since it closed, and so we decided to go and check out what is left. It turns out that the park was so much fun…

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Ubud is a town situated in the uplands of Bali, and is considered to be the cultural heart of the island. The town boasts a myriad of cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries as well as a market selling crafts, clothing and jewellery. It contained beautiful architure, tons of intricately designed barong statues and was surrounded by lush rainforest and rice paddies; I found Ubud to be absolutely beautiful. Where did we stay? Ellie’s mum very kindly paid for us to stay in a beautiful resort during our time in Ubud so we were resided in a ¬†gorgeous location with our…

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