North Korea titillates the curiosity of adventurers looking for thrills and surprises. Strong feelings because if you think you know what you're looking for - randomly and in disorder: the survival of a totalitarian communist state, excessive surveillance, the mark of a stay that almost no one realizes, etc.... - it's very difficult to know in advance what you're going to get out of it. Once there, it is indeed our vision and our initial assumptions that change, for good or for bad. Because this country, however unknown it may be to the general public, is a media star! Thus, far from acting as a repellent, negative media reports on certain destinations, including North Korea, also feed the willingness of travellers to go there to form their own opinion, and the North Korean regime is certainly one of the most attractive destinations for some travellers.This is the case, for example, of Andrew Swearingen, a Danish language student at Oxford, who confesses to having been to North Korea in 2005 out of "morbid curiosity", justifying his trip by the fact that "North Korea must be one of the most totalitarian regimes on the planet. It is the first communist dynasty in the world. I wanted to see this with my own eyes.In this respect, North Korea is indeed a summary of contradictions between increased security for tourists (the regime has no interest in depriving itself of the financial manna they represent) and a complete change of scenery. A little bit like a goldfish in a golden jar sometimes maybe.
Meet the inhabitants of the "hermit kingdom" :
Visiting North Korea is, of course, an expression of curiosity about a regime that has no equivalent in the 21st century. It also means, and perhaps above all, meeting the North Korean population, far from clichés and preconceived ideas. It would be a shame to reduce this country to its regime. North Korea offers a rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and friendly and curious people. So, we go to visit the regime's window, and we come back after getting to know North Korea and its inhabitants. Dominique Auzias, the co-founder of Le Petit Futé, who had decided when he created the publishing house to visit all the countries of the world, said on his return from a three-week trip to North Korea, without further comment, that he had been happy twice when he went to that country: the moment he entered and the moment he left.