Is it Ethical to Travel to North Korea?

Lots of insightful opinions and analysis from top DPRK watchers and North Korea travel industry experts in James Griffith’s  article on the ethics of traveling to North Korea:

North Korea, one of the world’s last remaining closed societies and perennial geopolitical troll, is on many world travellers’ bucket list. Few places are as unique or just downright weird as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The DPRK’s attraction as a tourist destination aside, is it ethical to visit a society completely under the control of a dictatorial regime?

My photos are used throughout the article – continue reading here.

The article shows that the majority of experts interviewed believe travel and interaction with North Korea serve as a positive instrument for change –  glad I’m with the cool crowd on that one.

2 responses

  1. Slippery slope when asking whether it’s “ethical” to visit any place, methinks. Would see the works of the philosopher AJ Ayer on this one

    March 10, 2013 at 1:16 am

  2. Chosun

    Joseph and Western Friends, you can date North Korean women. I dated two. They are called Chosun Jeok– Chaoxianzu (Chinese: 朝鲜族) or Joseonjok (Hangul: 조선족). I met one Chosun Jeok North Korean girlfriend in China near Dalian. I dated her for six (6) months. Her ethnic province was from ChoJilin (Chinese: 吉林) which is the ethnic Korean province in PRC. The other Chosun Jeok girlfriend I met was in Seoul at a Chosun Jeok repatriation center there. If you would like to meet and help North Korean women you can go to Jilin in PRC or places where they are looking to be rescued from their situation in Seoul.


    Frozen Chosin

    March 19, 2013 at 12:56 am

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