North Korea Open for Tourism Again

Journalists or South Koreans need not apply

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2012 5:46 PM CST

(Newser) – Where should you take your next vacation? CNN's Business 360 blog notes that North Korea is accepting tourists again after a winter hiatus. As long as you are not South Korean or a journalist, you should be able to get in as part of a tour group. One agency out of Beijing offers a four-day trip for $1,600, which includes visas and all the guides, food, lodging, and transport you'll need. Just make sure you don't lose that tour group.

Only about 3,000 foreign tourists stepped foot into North Korea in 2011, says CNN, although the number of applications to visit has spiked since the death in December of Kim Jong Il. And who knows, maybe you'll get to see new leader Kim Jong Un strutting around on a horse.

In this undated image made from KRT video, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un, third from right, watches jet fighters with North Korean officials.
In this undated image made from KRT video, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un, third from right, watches jet fighters with North Korean officials.   (AP Photo/KRT via APTN)
Thousands of North Koreans gather in Pyongyang, North Korea, at Kim Il Sung Square to hold a mass rally in support for their country's policies and new leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.
Thousands of North Koreans gather in Pyongyang, North Korea, at Kim Il Sung Square to hold a mass rally in support for their country's policies and new leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo)
In this undated image made from KRT video, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse.
In this undated image made from KRT video, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse.   (AP Photo/KRT via APTN)
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