Mountain Biking UK - - NORTH KOREA -

There are few places on earth so lit­tle vis­ited as North Korea. Since the 1945 di­vi­sion of the Korean penin­sula into a Rus­sian-backed so­cial­ist North and a US-backed cap­i­tal­ist South, the DPRK has ex­isted un­der a self-styled ‘Juche’ com­mu­nist ide­ol­ogy of state own­er­ship, co-op­er­a­tive farms and mil­i­tary might. While the 1950-53 Korean War caused the de­struc­tion of much of North Korea and US bomb­ing lev­elled most of its cap­i­tal Py­ongyang, the DPRK has as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture that in­clude build­ing tourism. Guided trips o ered by tour op­er­a­tors such as Se­cret­com­pass.com o er a glimpse of a unique na­tion that’s likely on the cusp of change.

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