North Korea Opened a Changbai Tour to Attract Tourists

North Korean government is trying to attract international tourists with many attractive programs amid sanctions that have not yet been lifted.

According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, DPRKorea Tour, a website promoting Korea tourism, announced a tour to explore the Changbai or
Baekdu Mountain
on July 19. The highest mountain in the North Korean peninsula is also the sacred mountain of the North Korean people.

The program lasts for two days from 30 to 31 July including sightseeing tours in the mountains and some other big cities. According to this page, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the famous gymnastics performance at the stadium in the capital of Pyongyang.

However, visitors will not be able to buy a tour by flying directly to Korea. The DPRKorea Tour page indicates who is interested in getting information through a travel agency based in China. Yonhap commented that this shows that North Korea is targeting more Chinese tourists than other countries.

Earlier, also on the DPRKorea Tour site, North Korea also announced a tour package that allows visitors to take part in a marathon event in Pyongyang in September along with an exercise performance in the country’s capital.

North Korea’s DPRK Today page also announced that the country will launch a tourism program to Mount Kumgang later this month. The program will start from the end of July to the end of November, during which a 4-day Kumgang Mountain tour includes activities such as hiking, fishing and spa services.

Despite the period when Korea restricts foreign visitors, Pyongyang is doing many ways to attract foreign visitors back to the country while international sanctions have not been lifted yet. South Korea’s trade and investment promotion agency said North Korea’s trade had dropped by nearly 50% in 2018 over the previous year due to the impact of the UN Security Council’s sanctions.