What do you do when you are a communist country with poor economic perspectives and a lot of desire to move forward? You create a tourism site even if you have a banning policy that doesn’t allow tourists to enter the country because they might be Ebola carriers. Believe it or not, this is possible in North Korea.
Being accused of so many threats and attacks, North Korea is trying to prove that it is in fact a peaceful country and that locals want to help tourists discover their country. So on December 1st they launched a tourism website that features photos of ski resorts, modern pools, happy children and missiles. Because they can!
Dprktoday contains information related to the main tourist attractions of the country, great hotels, tour programs and ski resorts. One of the most popular one is the Masikryong ski resort. This was built in just 10 months and it sprawls on 1,400 hectares. The leader Kim Jong-un hopes to increase the annual number of tourists to 1 million in just 2 years.
Besides the tourist banning, the website also seems to encourage Koreans rather international travelers to join their country. How else would you explain the fact that the site is written in Korean? And how will visitors enjoy their vacation there when the problems of poverty, starvation and free speech infringement are common knowledge?
So, the simplest question that one might ask sounds like this: is this site a joke? What do you think? Below you can check some of the photos existent on the website.
The Masikryong ski resort
The inside of the resort has a hotel that features rooms done in a modernist style, spa facilities and complimentary toiletries.
Among details about happy children and ski resorts, the website also includes photos and articles about their missile programme.
Photo source: www.dailymail.co.uk