North Korea opens tourism office in Taiwan

Pyongyang, capital city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) in partnership with Taiwan’s Chung Hsing Travel Service has opened a tourism promotion office in Taipei, capital city of Taiwan (Republic of China) in a bid to entice more Taiwanese to visit the hermit kingdom, reported CN

Two package tours are available, in which tourists can visit three of North Korea’s main attractions during a three or five night visit, valued between NT$30,000 (US$975) and NT$60,000.

Private tourism is banned in North Korea, with sightseers restricted to state-run tours organized by the Korean Heritage International Travel Company.

Chien Shih-chiang from the Chung Hsing Travel Service told CNA he has organized tours of North Korea for more than a decade. Fewer than 1,000 Taiwanese tourists visit North Korea each year.

The package tours will visit the “Shibuya Farm” where tourists can speak to government-vetted farmers, the “Shaliyuan Scenic Area” resort where lessons on North Korean culture and heritage are given and lastly, tourists will be treated to the “Paradise Department Store” in the capital Pyongyang.

The U.S. Department of State rates travel to North Korea at its most dangerous level and advises U.S. nationals to “Do not travel to North Korea due to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals.” The U.K. government advises against all but essential travel to the hermit kingdom.

Chung Hsing Travel Service will continue to promote the North Korea travel packages, and they will feature heavily at the Taipei International Travel Fair in November 2018.

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