Extra! Korea

April 10, 2010

North Korea wants YOU as a tourist!

Filed under: North Korea, travel — extrakorea @ 1:38 pm

North Korea must be desperate for money. They’ve seized South Korean assets, and now they’ve put out a full-page advertisement in Time Out New York‘s back cover in an attempt to lure tourists. (Be very sure not to enter illegally.) Here’s one quote that they included:

“An eye-opening experience” — Anderson Cooper, CNN

A lie of omission. Here’s the full quote:

“Watching 5-year-old children being forced to battle feral dog packs for scraps to eat in Pyongyang garbage heaps was an eye-opening experience. Particularly the local police placing bets… On the dogs!”

Of course, you won’t see the gulags where they imprison entire families and murder half-Chinese babies.

But you don’t need to go there (and line Kim Jong-il’s pockets). Just watch Vice Guides series of videos which they made when they went there (and pissed off some of their handlers in the process).

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

The videos are also on YouTube, but in 14 parts. Here’s Part One (use the search function to find the others).

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