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A group of foreign hikers visits a monument near Mount Paektu in North Korea. 
Pic:AP /Ng Han Guan Asia /21 August 2018, 10:46am/Staff Reporter The North Korean guide takes a break during a hike on Mount Paektu in North Korea. Pic: AP/Ng Han Guan Hoping to open up a side of North Korea rarely seen by outsiders, a New Zealander who has extensive experience climbing the mountains of North and South Korea is leading the first group of foreign tourists allowed to trek off road and camp out under the stars on Mount Paektu, a huge volcano that straddles the border that separates China and North Korea. It is considered one of the most beautiful natural sites in North Korea and is still active, though there havent been any big eruptions in recent years. Its revered in the North for its links to the ruling Kim family and is considered the spiritual home of the Korean revolution. Trips ราคา ทัวร์ เกาหลี to the mountain are popular with North Koreans who visit with their schools, work units or other social groups on excursions that are part indoctrination and part recreation. Its also popular with Chinese tourists and smaller foreign tour groups who can stay in nearby hotels and drive right up to its crater to see the blue waters of Lake Chon in Paektus caldera. But Roger Shepherd, founder of Hike Korea, which is based in the South, managed to convince North Korean government officials to let him take his guests off the beaten path for the first time. The area around the mountain features several reconstructed secret campsites said to have been used by national founder Kim Il Sung and his guerrillas in the fight against the Japanese colonial rulers before 1945 a possible reason why the idea of allowing a foreign camping excursion clicked with the local authorities. But Shepherds group has for the most part managed to avoid the typical mini-bus and propaganda lecture experience that often awaits foreign tourists here. Under leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has placed a high priority on developing its tourism industry as a source of much-needed foreign currency and as an industry that can be fairly closely controlled and monitored. It is currently carrying out massive infrastructure projects in several locations, including at Samjiyon, the largest city near Mount Paektu, and in the eastern port city of Wonsan and the adjacent Mount Kumgang area, which was open to South Korean tourists until around 2008, when a South Korean housewife was shot for wandering into a restricted area.

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ตั๋ว เกาหลี width='250px' align='left' /> In fact, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advise against all but essential travel to North Korea. Those hoping to visit the country - ruled by Kim Jong-un - are normallypartof an organised tour. Independent travellers will need a sponsor and permission from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs which is normally only possible for business travellers. Most travellers enter North Korea on direct flights from Beijing to Pyongyang operated by Air Koryo, the North Korean national airline, stated the FCO website. The village affords a perfect view of Stonehenge North Korea: Those hoping to visit the country are normallypartof an organised tour Travelling within North Korea is also extremely difficult and tourists will often be given a one-sided account of history. Whether you are visiting on business or as a tourist, you will almost always be accompanied by a guide and will only be allowed to go where your guide is content for you to go, stated the FCO website. For travel outside Pyongyang, it is your guides responsibility to get the necessary permissions. Military checkpoints at the entry and exit to all towns usually include ID checks. An American man recently revealed shocking details of a location that North Korean officials claim doesnt exist during his guided visit to the country. Public transport is also rarely made available to tourists. Taxis are sometimes available from hotels or outside department stores, stated the FCO, but they will be reluctant to take you without a local guide or interpreter. North Korea: Travelling within North Korea is also extremely difficult The FCO advises travellers to remain alert while in North Korea: While daily life in the capital city Pyongyang may appear calm, the security situation in North Korea can change with little notice and with no advance warning of possible actions by the North Korean authorities. This poses significant risks to British visitors and residents.

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