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Wanderlust Wednesday: North Korea

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars. – Jack Kerouac

Did today’s Wanderlust Wednesday title catch your attention? Imagine how I felt typing it!

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Who has ever dreamed of touring the ultra-private North Korea? Can’t say it is on my list of places to go. In fact, it is down there with every war-torn country including Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Dennis Rodman is the one exception here, but then again, didn’t Men in Black also claim he is an alien? Makes sense.

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman plays one-on-one with a North Korean player during a practice session in Pyongyang, North Korea, on December 20, 2013. Rodman and several other former NBA players have arrived in North Korea to take part in a basketball game on Wednesday, January 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

If you have ever had the dream of getting to tour North Korea from above, your dream can now become a reality.

Last month, North Korea unexpectedly announced that they would now be offering tours over Pyongyang via helicopter. The tours will last between 30-40 minutes and will fly visitors over Pyongyang, along the Taedong River, over the May Day stadium, science center, Workers’ Party monument, and the unfinished Ryugyong Hotel that has been under construction since 1987. This tour can be booked through Koryo tours which offers trips in both a Soviet-ear helicopter and an Antonov 24 Soviet prop plane from the 1950s. The tours start at $190.00.

If helicopter sightseeing isn’t really your style, perhaps skiing is. Yep, visitors can also go ski at the luxury resort, Masik Pass. With 11 ski runs, 120-room hotel, swimming pool, bars, cafes, karaoke room, and sauna, it is definitely not at the top of the après ski scene, but it’ll do. You gotta give props to North Korea for trying to up its tourism game.

Personally, I think I will have to pass on visiting North Korea. A small exception would be made only if N’sync decided to reunite for a final concert and their only venue was in Pyongyang.

Have you been to North Korea or perhaps laid eyes on it from across the boarder in South Korea? Perhaps 10 years from now, North Korea will be at the top of the world’s tourism list. Only time will tell.

This article was first seen on Travel & Leisure.

 

 

 

 

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