6 Trips to North Korea This Spring!

Air Koryo

I have a March 30th flight with Koryo Airlines to North Korea – the first of many!

A lot has happened since the last time I was in the DPRK (I went to Iran on my last vacation): nuclear and long range missile tests, new sanctions vigorously enforced by the Chinese, suspect internet hacker attacks to both North and South Korea, a visit by Dennis Rodman, cell phone access, and a brief experiment allowing 3G internet access to foreigners – the handful of foreign residents may still use the service, but access to tourists has been rescinded.

Other changes, less remarkable, but of interest to those traveling to North Korea: the US spy ship Pueblo has been moved to the Homeland Liberation War Museum (the ship and museum are currently closed until this summer), the Mausoleum has reopened with the body of Kim Jong-il on display, and new routes in the North have been opened to tourism – this April I’m set to be the first American tourist to cross the Tumen/Namyang border into the remote North of the country.

There have been big changes for me as well; I make my return to North Korea as a guide for Young Pioneer Tours.   The recent raised tensions have unfortunately made our North Koren partners less than enthusiastic about my new position.  KITC does not want to be seen working too closely with Americans at the moment – visas have been issued, and Americans can still tour, but when I’m in country I need to officially present myself as a lowly agent working through YPT, not for them.  We hope this will change once tensions ease.

I had plans to take advantage of the new 3G access to live blog and interact through social media from inside North Korea, but as mentioned above this service has been rescinded.  When I’m outside North North Korea people can still follow me via the various social media outlets I’m on:

Facebook Page – Instagram @josephferrisiii – Twitter @JosephFerrisIII

The grand lineup of my spring DPRK trips:

March 30th – April 6th: Private/custom Pyongyang, Nampo, Sariwan, Kaesong, and Mt. Myohyang.

April 22nd – April 29th: VIP private investors tour to the Rason Free Trade Zone and first time visits to newly opened sites in the far north – Tumen – Namyang – Hyeryong – Chongjin – Mt Chilbo – Rason – Yanji.

April 29th – May 7th May Day Extravaganza Tour: Working as a guide for Young Pioneer Tours.

May 8th -12th Rason Special Economic Zone of North Korea : Working as a guide for Young Pioneer Tours.

May 13th -May 22nd Fishing trip to Pyongyang, Wonsan, and Kaesong: Working as a guide for Young Pioneer Tours.

May 30-June 3 Rason cruise, Rajin Port, to the Mt Kumgang.

More Air Koryo photos posted below:

Pyongyang Airport Beauty

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All photos by Joseph A Ferris III

3 responses

  1. Your blog is truly awesome!
    I’ll be going to North Korea soon as well and I’m so thrilled about it :) can I ask you questions about it?

    so cool!

    http://stanito.com/2013/03/26/scary-north-korea/

    March 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

  2. Michele Ferris

    Wow Joseph, these tours are almost back to back.  Will you be staying right there in North korea between tours and welcoming the tour groups as they get off the planes?  Or will you be flying back and forth to accompany the groups as they board their planes.  It sounds like you are on a grueling schedule.  You will have to get back on your ship to get some rest!  Have you heard about the newly released movie in the US called “Olympus”?  It’s about the N. Koreans attacking Washington, DC and kidnapping the President.   I hope it doesn’t piss the N. Korean government off.   I’m starting to get nervous about all this that you are into.  Dad suggested that being a tour guide in Cuba might be a safer gig.  I will be praying for your safety, as always.  I hope you will cancel future tours if the situation starts deteriorating in N. Korea.    Good luck.  Love you son.   mom

    March 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  3. darmayoga988

    Great post, i love it

    April 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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