Photo journey: Travelling to North Korea
North Korea had been on my bucket list for a long time. But I had pretty mixed feelings about visiting the country, since I knew the only way to get there is going with a tour, which is both expensive and pretty strict in terms of what you are allowed to see. I also guessed that most of the tour fees evidentially ends up in Kim’s pocket.
Despite the cost and my own morality, I let the curiosity beat me; the thought of visiting the most secluded country in the world was just too difficult to resist.
I went with a budget tour company called Young Pioneers. The plan was to go during the 70th anniversary of the Worker’s party of DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name). I started my tour in the Chinese border town, Dandong, where I took a 7 hour train ride through the countryside of North Korea before arriving in the capital, Pyongyang.
My quick visit was both strange and enlightening, proving and disproving many of the rumors I'd heard and read about before my visit.