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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