Travel: North Korea has bizarre rules for tourists

(From News.com.au)

It may be the world’s most secretive state, but North Korea is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination — especially for tourists who enjoy being sticklers for rules.

The Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang.

The Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang.

While the mysterious country has come to embrace tourists in recent years, including those from the West, it has not wavered from its notoriously iron-fisted, paranoid and propagandist ways in the process.

Each of the estimated 100,000 international tourists who fly inside dictator Kim Jong-un’s borders each year are bound to strict and often strange laws and regulations, usually spelled out to them by way of a mandatory pre-arrival briefing in China.

And one of the first rules for tourists in North Korea is to not call the country North Korea — calling it the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, will keep you on the right side of trouble.

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