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(Guardian)   Best Korea's ski resort opens for business. Still waiting for ski lifts, facilities, snow, forced labour to stop dying on the slopes   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, North Korea, tourist destination, airbase, South Korean, snow, access roads, Swiss Federal Council  
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6239 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Oct 2013 at 9:34 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-07 11:36:10 AM  
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Satanic_Hamster: Seriously, has this ever come up in a conversation? WHY would anyone visit NK as a tourist? Even ignoring that it's a shiathole, why would anyone risk being kidnapped or just outright shot?

For the life of me I can't understand that. It's one thing to visit a country where you have to worry about getting killed due to crime. But getting murdered by the government of that country?

1. North Korea is notoriously isolated and "mysterious", and as such is intriguing to a lot of people.

2. South Koreans have complex attitudes toward the North, but don't forget that the two nations share a common ethnic, linguistic and cultural heritage that stretches back far longer than the Koreas have spent apart. Many South Koreans have roots in the North and/or family there. It's natural to want to visit your ancestral homeland.

3. At least as a tourist/visitor, it's not difficult (although it's often stifling) to stay on the right side of the government "minders" that accompany foreigners everywhere. You may have things confiscated or be deported, but imprisonment or execution are unlikely unless you really fark things up. They want tourists to show off the glories of Best Korea to, not extra diplomatic incidents.

I've no interest in acting as an apologist for North Korea, but I do have an interest in good information.
Do a search for some stories about visitors to NK. Read articles and such (I really enjoy Guy DeLisle's comic-form travelogue, Pyongyang.) It's very interesting.
2013-10-07 10:53:41 AM  
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Satanic_Hamster: Scaryduck: Satanic_Hamster: Is this the same resort where they shot a South Korean tourist for getting too far from the resort?

Why, yes. Yes it is.

Ooooo.  I hear that resort is....  To die for.

Thank you thank you, please remember to tip your waitress.  And what kind of idiot would go to that resort again?
2013-10-07 10:11:11 AM  
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The ski lift will be 6 death camp inmates carrying you back up the hill.
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