North Korea: Beyond the Bamboo Curtain
The division of Korea in 1945, the Korean War which spanned from 1950 to 1953, and resulted in the separation of the Korean peninsula, are some of the events that have left deep wounds in the people of both nations and continue to influence relations with North Korea. Further straining the region are the United States’ military presence in South Korea and North Korea’s nuclear development program which have brought it much attention in recent years.
Since 2003, both the U.S. and North Korea have participated in the Six-Party Talks meant to address the threat posed by a nuclear North Korea. In April 2009, North Korea quit the talks and announced that it would reverse the ongoing disablement process called for under the Six-Party agreements and restart its Yongbyon nuclear facilities. Given the history and legacies of the Korean War, decades of economic sanctions on the DPRK by the U.S., and current political tensions on the Korean peninsula that have been exacerbated by both increased U.S. military presence on the border and the DPRK's emerging nuclear program, it is vital for Americans to travel to this country to in order to help establish people-to-people ties.The Citizens Diplomacy Reality Tour to North Korea will give participants the distinct opportunity to see inside this tightly guarded nation and gain first-hand perspective the effects of both U.S. and North Korean policies. Participants will have a chance to put a human face on this ongoing political dispute and help facilitate understanding and respect between people of different nations. Experience a slice of daily life at a school, farming coop, and temple and visit landmarks like the Sinchon War Museum and the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
Together they will give you a unique peek into a culture that few outsiders experience for themselves. During this delegation you will be attending the Arirang games and assist to the celebration held on July 27th for the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
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If you want to learn more about what is like to travel to North Korea check our past participants blog post:
- Mangyongdae native house (birth place of President Kim Il Sung)
- Arch of Triumph
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
- Pyongyang Metro
- Kim Il Sung Square, Central Art Gallery, Foreign Language Bookshop, Tower of Juche Idea, Monument to Party Founding, USS Pueblo
- Kaesong and Panmunjom (DMZ), Koryo History Museum
- Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon.
- International Friendship Exhibition and Pyohyon Temple
- Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace
- Pyongyang Skate Park & Pyongyang Folk Park
- Kaeson Youth Amusement Park
- Mount Kumkang
- Arirang Games (3rd class Tickets)
- Grand People’s Study House, Kim Il Sung University
- Mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung
- Songdowon International Children’s Camp, Sondowon Sea Bathing resort, Wonsan revolutionaty sites
- Double-room accommodations in a 3 or 4-star hotel in Beijing and North Korea (singles supplemental is $500)
- All ground transportation in the DPRK
- Transfer to the airport in Beijing on July 25
- Three meals a day
- Entrance to the Pyongyang Folk Park
- North Korean visa
- Round trip flight from Beijing to Pyongyang
- Entrance to the Arirang Games
- Reading materials
- Not Included: International airfare, tips, additional beverages, personal expenses, entrance to the Pyongyang circus or symphony (have to be paid in Euro directly at the door:20 Euros), double entry visa to China - (if your length of staying in Beijing is longer than 72hrs, otherwise you can apply for the 72hrs free transit Visa)
To register, please send in your application form and a deposit of $400. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled by Global Exchange.
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This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants