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#1    Queen in the North

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

I was going to post this in Other World News, as it is current affairs, but it's not news so posting here.

Question as per title: would you visit North Korea, i.e. for a holiday?

I recently received an email from a well known coupon company advertising a discounted 6 night all inclusive escorted tour of North Korea. I also read some pages on this website, where they outline their views on the morality of visiting such a place.*

Personally I don't think I'd like to spend any money essentially supporting the regime there, but I'd like to find out others' opinions on this. I have to admit I was quite suprised to find an email in my inbox suggesting I go to North Korea!

*too long; didn't read: Westerners visiting will show the ordinary people that Westerners aren't the 'evil characters' they have been portrayed to be by propaganda. My problem with this is how many truly 'ordinary' people are they going to be allowed to come across on a rigid, closely escorted tour?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:48 PM

You couldn't pay me to go to north korea


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

Hell no.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:01 PM

The well respected former basketball player Dennis Rodman was on tv the other day telling everyone how great a person lil kim is/was .So what should we believe 50-60 years of attrocities or a pop culture icon?Sounds easy enough for me,give me those damn tickets :lol:  jk btw

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

I would because there's only one yellow peril!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:07 PM

View PostCrimsonKing, on 04 March 2013 - 07:01 PM, said:

The well respected former basketball player Dennis Rodman

LMAO!!!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:16 PM

View PostCrimsonKing, on 04 March 2013 - 07:01 PM, said:

The well respected former basketball player Dennis Rodman was on tv the other day telling everyone how great a person lil kim is/was .So what should we believe 50-60 years of attrocities or a pop culture icon?Sounds easy enough for me,give me those damn tickets :lol:  jk btw

think he was talking about that gangnam style guy which makes rodman even dumber since that dudes from south korea...


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:23 PM

View PostIron_Lotus, on 04 March 2013 - 07:16 PM, said:

think he was talking about that gangnam style guy which makes rodman even dumber since that dudes from south korea...

No iron was north korea he was talking up haha

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:24 PM

I have no desire to visit that oppressive, opium smoking/trafficking regime.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:26 PM

View PostCrimsonKing, on 04 March 2013 - 07:23 PM, said:

No iron was north korea he was talking up haha

yeah no i got that bud lol but i was just responding to the lil kim part dunno if he said anything about lil kim but i was just reading about this http://www.news.com....i-1226587287173


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:30 PM

View PostIron_Lotus, on 04 March 2013 - 06:48 PM, said:

You couldn't pay me to go to north korea
See that was my first thought, let alone give them £600 to do it.

But there must be the market for it, otherwise they wouldn't bother, would they?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:31 PM

I'd go there... if it was a decent-priced trip and if I had a habit of going to a holiday to the outside world, and if there was some assurance that they wouldn't keep me there for whatever reasons. The vacation would probably suck, but if you think of being able to visit the place like that, sure. It'd be a shame if it was only a "tourist" tour though, not seeing the actual local life (which I know should be like seeing a concentration camp). I wouldn't want to see it because of being able to pity them more nor for any sadistic pleasures (dont swing that way much, more in the M than S side here) but it'd be good source of insight to what creates and maintains such a status quo. Why millions of people abide to it.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:36 PM

Looking up the travel company offering these trips, they also offer trips to Chernobyl. Wouldn't wanna go there either, myself.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:37 PM

View PostQueen in the North, on 04 March 2013 - 07:30 PM, said:

See that was my first thought, let alone give them £600 to do it.

But there must be the market for it, otherwise they wouldn't bother, would they?

sure theres a market for it im sure theres a fair number of curious people out there who want to visit to see what its like, unfortunately they will only be seeing state monitered areas and lots of smoke and mirrors.

i've read from a few people who have visited that along with being constantly monitered everything seemed entirely staged while they were there like its a few hours of show before youre rushed back to your hotel.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:38 PM

View PostIron_Lotus, on 04 March 2013 - 07:26 PM, said:

yeah no i got that bud lol but i was just responding to the lil kim part dunno if he said anything about lil kim but i was just reading about this http://www.news.com....i-1226587287173

Lmao gotcha did not mean the real lil kim as in the woman rapper,just making a pun on their leaders name haha.That is funny as hell he doesnt even know the north from south hahaha

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