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Monday 15 January 2024

A picnic in Pyongyang anyone?

A friend asked at the weekend what destinations were left on my bucket list.

I struggled to think of any, other, perhaps, than North Korea.

I've always been fascinated by the hermit kingdom and this weekend came the news that North Korea is set to allow in its first organized foreign group tour for over four years.

A group of Russian tourists and skiers will visit next month on a four-day trip - the first group visitors since the start of the pandemic four years ago.

The tour will include a visit to the capital of Pyongyang (above) and then to a ski resort at Masik Pass in Kangwon Province, Travel Mole reports.

Who knew North Korea had a ski resort? But then there are so many mysteries about the country.

The tour has been sold and marketed by Vladivostok-based tour agency Vostok Intur.

News agency Tass said the trip was made possible following an agreement with Oleg Kozhemyako, governor of Russia’s Primorye region, and North Korea officials.

North Korea imposed some of the strictest border controls in the world during the spread of Covid-19 and has been slow to reopen to foreigners.

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