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Travel video of the week: Inside the most isolated country in the world

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is perhaps the least known country in the world today. Based on a political ideology known as ‘Juche’, the socialist government controls every source of information and the national leader, Kim Jong-un, preserves the peace and defends the state’s historical, spiritual and cultural heritage. It’s hard to overestimate the Commander-in-chief’s role in the country: his likeness adorns the streets and squares in every city and village. Through official portraits and statues, he is, literally, everywhere and kindergarten children are taught to sing his praises. Locals adore Kim Jong-un and consider him the Father of the Nation, he encourages everyone to be patriotic and surpass all other nations. Watch as RT takes an exclusive look at North Korea, the world’s most closed-off country.
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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I’ve watched so many documentaries about North Korea over the years, and it still never ceases to intrigue me how the difference between the North Korean societies is so vast. Also, how they treat their leader as a god, most of them without question. Then you cross the border to South Korea and it’s like a world away!

  2. I’ve given four decades of blood, sweat and tears to the British economy yet the Government have stil not given me a 240 sq metre flat, a new sofa and 51 items of kitchenware. Maybe North Korea does have its advantages. This Marshall guy sounds like across beteeen Argos and IKEA but without tills and with home delivery.

  3. I didn’t know that North Korea is beginning to open its borders to tourism. Even if the tours were restricted and heavily chaperoned that in itself would be a worthwhile experience. As far as I’m concerned now is the time to go.

  4. I can not help but wonder what sort of documentary the same team would have produced if their target had been London.

    Iconic images of that symbols of democracy at Westminster? Or mass Brexit protests? Crowds battling on an overcrowded tube platform when the Central Line is stoke hit? Reassuring red buses passing Trafalgar Square?

    And that’s before we even imagine the commentary.

  5. I’ve been wanting to visit North Korea out of sheer curiosity, so I visited the country over a year ago. Though tours should be heavily planned and guided, I can say that tourism in this country is rising, very surprisingly. It’s really not what I expected but it was a memorable one indeed. If you plan to visit North Korea, anticipate the mandatory briefing and everything will go well.

  6. I think the allure of North Korea is really because of all the mystery and secrecy that surrounds it. We all know that people are subjugated to the whims of the political leaders and they are very strict about the influences outsiders might impart on the citizens. However, many curious travelers, as I am myself, want to have an inside look, a first-hand experience of what really goes on in North Korea. This documentary gives us an informative look inside a hermit nation. What left an impression on me is what one of the inteviewees’ observation that people rarely smile. And when you take a second look, they really don’t!

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