A Korean studies scholar commented on reports about the possible creation of a tourist zone for Russians in the DPRK. He spoke in a conversation with RuNews24 about the features of tourism in North Korea.
According to the specialist, the Wonsan-Kalma tourist area will include 17 hotels, 37 inns, 29 shops and a four-kilometer beach. He noted that construction of the complex began a long time ago, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that the reception of the first tourists will begin in the coming years.
At the same time, the Korean scholar emphasized that the tourist zone is located on an isolated peninsula, so foreign guests will not be able to get acquainted with North Korean reality. However, despite this, in a foreign country one should respect the local culture and customs.
“There is just one important detail. When, for example, a Western tourist, having gone to Thailand, decides to make fun of himself and draw a mustache on the portrait of the king, for which he receives 20 years for lese majeste, the reaction in the media is usually like “you fool, you should have taken into account national and cultural characteristics, you shouldn’t do that. But when the same thing happens to a person in North Korea, there is an outcry about the terrible repressive regime,” he said.
Earlier, ATOR assessed the prospects for creating a tourist zone for Russians in the DPRK.
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