When visiting North Korea, it is important to know the MOST important rule.... FOLLOW THE RULES....Or else.

Are Americans allowed to visit North Korea?

Simple answer. Yes.

However, there are some hoops that one has to jump through to get there. Plus, one MUST follow the RULES when visiting Pyongyang.

For 3 days and nights, my husband was an American in North Korea.

American In North Korea

Back in 2006, Dan came to me and said, “I’d like to go to North Korea.”  

The important thing to note here, is that my husband Dan is probably the MOST curious and interested person I have ever met. He wants to know about EVERYTHING.

My husband’s mission in life is  simple:

  • See the world
  • Eat new foods
  • Check out local strip clubs (global research, of course)

American In North Korea

I had just started my AMAZING new job (and I don’t say that about the other 150 jobs I’ve had) as Executive Assistant to Kevin O’Malley, Publisher at Esquire Magazine. It wasn’t exactly the right time to ask for a vacation after only one month in.
American In North Korea

Plus, I was a bit scared. “WHO GOES TO NORTH KOREA? They will kidnap you,” I shrieked. “I’ll never see you again.”
American In North Korea

And just like that. He was gone. Dan doesn’t let any grass grow under his feet. He is what we call a Bucket List BOOMer! 
American In North Korea

Koryo Tours  takes care of everything for tourists who wish to visit North Korea. Heres’ an idea of the cost/pricing for travel to Pyongyang North Korea.

Budget Private Tour Packages (from Beijing) – cost in EUR per person
No. of People 2 nights
(flight/flight)
3 nights
(flight/flight)
4 nights
(flight/flight)
5 nights
(flight/flight)
1 1400 1700 2000 2250
2 – 4 1250 1450 1675 1875
5+ 1180 1380 1600 1750

 

Standard Private Tour Packages (from Beijing) – cost in EUR per person
No. of People 2 nights
(flight/flight)
3 nights
(flight/flight)
4 nights
(flight/flight)
5 nights
(flight/flight)
6 nights
(flight/flight)
1 1500 1800 2100 2400 2700
2 – 4 1350 1550 1775 1975 2230
5+ 1280 1480 1680 1850 2025

 

Standard Private Tour Packages (from Beijing) – cost in EUR per person
No. of People 7 nights
(flight/flight)
8 nights
(flight/flight)
9 nights
(flight/flight)
10 nights
(flight/flight)
11 nights
(flight/flight)
1 2750 3225 3525 3850 4150
2 – 4 2240 2625 2850 3100 3300
5+ 2120 2425 2650 2850 3050

American In North Korea

The crown jewel of the trip is attending the MASS GAMES in North Korea.

American In North Korea

Each of those squares  in the bleachers is held by a small child, who holds it up and flips from color to color, as a stunning war propaganda story is told through song and dance.

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Mass Games North Korea

The documentary A State of Mind by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon captures a rare glimpse into North Korean daily life. Gordon followed the lives of two North Korean schoolgirls, 13-year-old Pak Hyon Sun and 11-year-old Kim Song Yun, as they trained for the Mass Games.

American In North Korea

Children practice dance for 8 hours per day. Sometimes they get a cookie AND an apple.

Mass Games North Korea

Mass Games North Korea

100,000 people participate in elaborately choreographed, dazzlingly colorful, jaw-dropping gymnastic displays, after months of daily, grueling rehearsals.

Hotel North KoreaThere are some rules that you MUST OBEY as an American in North Korea.

DO NOT  leave your hotel room unless you are told to do so, and definitely…….DSC01136.JPG

DO NOT take posters off the wall.
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Recently an American Student from University of Virginia took a poster off the wall and he is now in a North Korean prison regretting that he didn’t follow the rules.

American Student to Suffer “Auschwitz”-like Torture in North Korea- these people mean business. 

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Everything in Pyongyang has an eerie glow because of electricity restrictions.
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Through the haze, you can see how oddly deserted it is.
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Obligatory Food Pic

Subway Map Pyongyang North Korea

Subway Map Pyongyang North Korea- There are 2 lines

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The Longest Indoor Subway Tunnel in North Korea

American in North Korea

American in North Korea

Needless to say I was VERY HAPPY when Dan arrived back home with so many stories, photos and videos. But Bless His Heart.

Dan is the perfect example of a BUCKET LIST BOOMER. He lives his life as if there might not be a tomorrow and if there is something he wants to do…he just does it.

Do you want to visit North Korea? Is it on your BUCKET LIST?

Vicki Winters

Thanks for being my guest on The Vicki Winters Show.

I'm A Food, Travel, Video Blogger with ADHD.

"I'm All Over The Place."

Winters, a Bucket List Boomer has been living life to its fullest.

She can usually be found riding her bike around NYC or on some interesting adventure, somewhere around the globe.

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