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The World’s New Hot Surfing Spot is… North Korea?


When you think of North Korea, do you picture a brutal dictatorship and years of depressing history, or do you imagine sun and surf? Apparently the controversial country is trying to reposition itself as a hot new tourism destination.

The Korean International Travel Company is now selling four night surfing tours to three resorts in North Koreas—and foreigners are welcome, according to Yahoo Travel.

The tours offer stays at three resorts on North Korea’s east coast, and include visits to historical landmarks in the country’s capital, Pyongyang.

For what it’s worth, the state-controlled newspaper, the Pyongyang Times reports that, “The North American surfers said they had a very good time in a bathing resort of [North Korea] with fascinating scenery and refreshing environment.” We would love to see some uncensored TripAdvisor reviews of these tours instead!

Interested? North Korea now allows American tourists to visit the country on guided trips. However, the U.S. State Department strongly recommends against American citizens visiting North Korea, due to the risk of “arbitrary arrest and long-term detentions.”

Would you ever visit North Korea? Tell us in the comments.

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