Who are we? We are Visit North Korea. Our goal is to promote travel to the world’s most unique and isolated country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. For some people, this is unusual. However, we pride ourselves on being different. We want to create a better world, a more open one and a more connected one. In 2015, we created our organisation because we believed travel to the country could make a positive impact, not only on North Korea itself but through helping people obtain educational and cultural travel experiences which broaden their horizons. Above all, we believe that through travel, humanitarianism and culture exchange, we can build bridges, promote unique experiences and facilitate mutual trust.
To achieve this, we promote a variety of programs in North Korea and work consistently to invite people to join us. Our itineraries include short budget tours to the country, longer premium tours and also the opportunity to even study in North Korea itself. In each itinerary and program, we pay attention to the quality and detail carefully, focusing on opportunities to engage with ordinary people and understand the country in an objective light. We place emphasis upon obtaining cultural knowledge and specification to also ensure that our customers can enjoy a smooth, enjoyable and beneficial experience.
Some people might wonder if we are directly affiliated with or representing the North Korean government. We are however, an independent organisation ran by westerners and we do not endorse the controversial elements of the country’s politics. Instead, we care deeply for the ordinary people of North Korea. We believe that the DPRK is not just a man, a regime, or a bomb, but rather it is a culture and a people, one that together with its southern counterpart goes back thousands of years. Through our own travel experiences, we have grown to appreciate the kindness, hospitality and humility of the locals we have encountered.
Given this, because we are about thinking differently, we encourage people to set aside their deeply held stereotypes and fears regarding this country and to come and explore it in a different light. It is time to see beyond the media and extreme sensationalism which have clouded a proper assessment of this country and its situation. We are offering a new way, a hopeful way and an educational way.