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Published on : Thursday, June 16, 2016
The growing popularity of North Korea for intrepid Australians has prompted Canberra-based travel company, Active Travel, to offer a new, eye-opening tour of the mysterious country that few travellers get to visit.
The escorted, week-long tour this October will focus on the striking art and architecture of the reclusive, headline-grabbing Democratic People’s Republic of Korea . The inclusive itinerary coincides with one of North Korea’s most important holidays – Party Foundation Day – which sees millions of citizens dance and sing in the streets and attend processions and giant military parades.
Active Travel Director, Nick Carter, said North Korea had become increasingly popular with Australian travellers eager for new and unique experiences. “A visit to North Korea is a great, dinner-stopping conversation starter because so few people have been there and so much fascination surrounds the mysterious country,” Mr Carter said. “As Australians become more travelled, they are searching for new horizons to explore and North Korea is definitely one of the most intriguing destinations on the planet.
“The aim of these rare tours to North Korea is to offer an exciting, safe and educational look inside a completely different destination and cultural realm few people get to experience, with opportunities to interact with locals and immerse yourself in the country’s history and culture.”
Escorted by an American expert in North Korean art and architecture as well as two local guides, the seven-night tour begins in Beijing on October 7, 2016, with a two-hour flight to the DPRK capital of Pyongyang. The group tour will visit various monuments, statues and museums dedicated to North Korea’s former Supreme Leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, including the 170m-high, flame-topped Juche Tower. A visit to a palace where both leaders are buried is also included.
The itinerary also features visits to universities, schools, libraries, art galleries, musical conservatories, homes and parks where guests can talk with local students, artists, architects and residents as well as join commuters on Pyongyang’s underground Metro trains. The tour of the capital and countryside also takes in outdoor ice skating rinks, the Kaeson Youth Funfair – an amusement park with adrenalin rollercoasters and rides – and the Demilitarised Zone where travellers can look at South Korea from the northern side and even step across the border to the South inside one of the guarded ‘negotiation huts’.
On October 10 – Party Foundation Day – the group will join in huge, public holiday celebrations, sip local brews in a micro brewery and visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum which depicts the Korean War from the North’s viewpoint. The group will fly back to Beijing on October 14.