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#1 Posted by TOA_Doom (70 posts) -

I've watched the video a couple times now, and I've been looking over the tour group's site (here http://www.koryogroup.com/index.php for those interested). I just think it would be such an awesome, unique experience, and i find myself now seriously considering saving up and taking a tour. The idea of going to somewhere so almost completely unknown to outsiders is really appealing to me.

#2 Posted by JonSmith (169 posts) -

You don't 'consider' a visit to North Korea. You wake up there and never come back.

#3 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

don't be crazy

#4 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Why would you. That country is not made to be lived in.

#5 Edited by mandude (2669 posts) -

They're just going to turn you into a holiday package for your family by allowing them (to pay) to visit you in prison.

#6 Posted by YoThatLimp (1880 posts) -

Me and my wife plan to visit in a few years. I don't understand why you wouldn't. it is like visiting soviet run Russia. It is like living history.

#7 Posted by Papa_XIV (149 posts) -

I would love to see it,but I fear I'll accidentally break one of their laws haha

#8 Posted by Wacomole (815 posts) -

See, you made the rookie mistake of watching the video without wearing your Filtering Glasses to block out the subliminal "Come to North Korea" images the authorities embedded in Drew's pictures

#9 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1255 posts) -

Fuck Yeah I'd go! I think it would be an awesome experience. That, plus you have the added bonus of blowing away other peoples lame vacation stories. "Oh, you had fun in Disneyland eh? Well, check this out.", and floor them with pics of you standing at the Kim Il Sung Mausoleum. No one beats a North Korea vacation.

#10 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

It would be interesting, but I'd rather visit South Korea first.

#11 Edited by egg (1450 posts) -

Why would you want to, especially now that someone else did it for you and there are documentaries and such you can watch.

I mean wouldn't you rather go to Disneyworld or something?

Also even if you wanted to see horrible things, there's also Foxconn.

#12 Posted by Ramone (2959 posts) -

Yeah, but I imagine it's extremely expensive.

#13 Posted by Trilogy (2645 posts) -

No. There's too many other amazing places on this earth to visit before I die. I understand people's fascination with that place but it's definitely not for me.

#14 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

@Azteck said:

Why would you. That country is not made to be lived in.

If i was born in North Korea I'd be so pissed off at you right now. Anywho... Giantbomb was payed by the North Korean government to send Drew there, so that they may influence the capitalistic American youth!

#15 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

North Korea is a shithole of a country, but the funny thing is that if you're going there you're basically travelling back into the past, because everything is aged and old there. Its the only "living example" of a 1960-70 nation that never advanced forward, they're still stuck in the past. Its also the only dystopian society left on the world, so I can understand why some people might find it interesting to visit North Korea.

#16 Posted by Jayzilla (2555 posts) -

People used to think like this in the Cold War Era about The USSR. Heck, even in the 90's people were still petrified to go there. I would be more afraid to go to Gaza or Cambodia or Colombia than North Korea.

#17 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

If I ever go to Korea, it'll be because we lost a war or something and that i've become slave labor.

#18 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4909 posts) -

I'm not.

#19 Posted by Spoonman671 (4555 posts) -

Why don't you go hiking in Iran while you're at it?

#20 Posted by habster3 (3595 posts) -

I think that'd be a little bit more than just a visitation.

@Spoonman671 said:

Why don't you go hiking in Iran while you're at it?
#21 Posted by Venatio (4482 posts) -

As someone who has no money for a subscription right now, what did Drew say? Why did he visit? How long was he there?

#22 Posted by Pepsiman (2458 posts) -

As a Japanese resident, I feel something of a bit of a personal obligation to better get to know the neighboring countries on both a personal and political level, so North Korea is on that list in some capacity. Knowing that there is an official venue to go through for visiting it rather than just pestering some consulate and hoping they let an American in out of the kindness of their hearts has admittedly raised my interest in visiting the place, although it was actually on my to-do list for travelling before I'd even been to Japan. It's understandable why people are (and understandably should be) wary of the place, but I mostly travel to see what life means to other people and how they approach things with that sort of mindset and I'm sure North Korea would offer that sort of perspective in spades. Unless the government under Kim Jong-un suddenly relaxes how outsiders can travel within its borders, the tour will undoubtedly continue to be sanitized, but in my mind, what you don't see can be just as telling as what you do actually see in a country if you approach it with the right mentality. As such, I personally hope to visit it within the next ten years, should I be able to sufficiently save up for it.

#23 Posted by Blackhebrew2 (68 posts) -

I wouldn't like to visit it myself, I just don't like it, do you think they will ever bcome a nation that is open like nations in Europe and America?

#24 Posted by Demoskinos (14562 posts) -

I've never been out of the country before so if I do get the chance my first choice would be Japan.

#25 Posted by TooWalrus (13135 posts) -

Eventually maybe, but there are plenty of other places I'd rather visit first.

#26 Posted by ThePickle (4153 posts) -

@Venatio said:

As someone who has no money for a subscription right now, what did Drew say? Why did he visit? How long was he there?

He went during the celebration for Kim Il-sung's 100th birthday. He said the people were just regular people, proud of their country and having a great time celebrating. He said the food was bland and cold. He was there for 6 days.

#27 Posted by GooieGreen (453 posts) -

After watching the "Vice Guide [...]" years ago, I've maintained the belief that it is a horrible idea.

#28 Posted by mikey87144 (1664 posts) -

There are much more interesting and amazing places to go before I go to North Korea. South Korea for example.

#29 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3050 posts) -

I'd love to, but there are other places I'd rather go to first.

#30 Posted by The_Grindilow (429 posts) -

I loved Drew's images, such a fascinating country. I'd love to go if I wasn't an impoverished student, but as mentioned above, Russia is high on my list also. The trouble about visiting N.Korea is that you just see the facade you've seen on the tv so many times before, I doub't we will ever get to see the 'real' North Korea and the shadiness that lies under the polished capital.

#32 Posted by Danteveli (1160 posts) -

Going to south Korea this summer and my friend mother works in Polish embassy in north so I could get there trough China.

#33 Posted by YoThatLimp (1880 posts) -

@Jayzilla said:

People used to think like this in the Cold War Era about The USSR. Heck, even in the 90's people were still petrified to go there. I would be more afraid to go to Gaza or Cambodia or Colombia than North Korea.

The North Korea trip is the safest adventure you could possibly have. Do you think they are going to let anything happen to a guest of the country? Heck no.

#34 Posted by The_Grindilow (429 posts) -

@YoThatLimp said:

@Jayzilla said:

People used to think like this in the Cold War Era about The USSR. Heck, even in the 90's people were still petrified to go there. I would be more afraid to go to Gaza or Cambodia or Colombia than North Korea.

The North Korea trip is the safest adventure you could possibly have. Do you think they are going to let anything happen to a guest of the country? Heck no.

I totally agree. Anything happening to particularly a US visitor could really be the tinder that starts the fire. North Korea are on a fine line, they rely on the 'openness' they present to visitors like Drew.

#35 Posted by natetodamax (19170 posts) -

I never really considered it before I watched the video about Drew's trip there, but now it's definitely an experience I wouldn't mind having at some point. I've sadly never been out of the United States, so my interest in foreign countries is pretty high. Literally everything shown and talked about in that video was absolutely fascinating to me.

#36 Posted by Mikemcn (6955 posts) -

One day, it would require some serious planning. I think it would be fascinating.

#37 Posted by Nux (2304 posts) -

I was thinking I wanted to visit NK during the video but now after a few days after watching the video I don't really want to visit it.

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#38 Posted by captain_max707 (479 posts) -
@Jayzilla said:

People used to think like this in the Cold War Era about The USSR. Heck, even in the 90's people were still petrified to go there. I would be more afraid to go to Gaza or Cambodia or Colombia than North Korea.

Cambodia isn't that bad, just really really poor. (And annoying, as every five steps someone offers you a massage or a tuk -tuk ride.)
#39 Edited by pyromagnestir (4240 posts) -

Let's all wear our GiantBomb T-shirts and have a meet up in North Korea!!!

(if I had money to do so I'd be interested in doing so, but there are other, more fun places I'd rather go first.)

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#40 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

I'd rather go to South Korea.

#41 Posted by Undeadpool (4908 posts) -

@MoleyUK said:

See, you made the rookie mistake of watching the video without wearing your Filtering Glasses to block out the subliminal "Come to North Korea" images the authorities embedded in Drew's pictures

He clearly didn't listen to Rowdy Roddy Piper...

#42 Posted by gamefreak9 (2344 posts) -

I heard from a friend that CUBA was very down to earth and had very moral and humane citizens, I imagine the culture is similar in NK. Sure I would go but not neccesarily because of Drew since I aint no premium member and I can't see the video.

#43 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1843 posts) -

Yeah that thought has been floating around in the back of my mind since watching Drew's video, too. I have a buddy in China already so we could meet up there and go together. Only thing is, unlike Drew, I doubt my work would be so cool with me leaving for an unspecified Asian country for a week

#44 Posted by Hailinel (23874 posts) -

It would be interesting to visit, as Drew's adventure has demonstrated, but at the same time, there are a lot of risks involved. The sort where committing even a seemingly minor, accidental offense could result in a long stay at a prison colony. A very long stay.

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#45 Posted by ShaggE (6328 posts) -

If this snowballs into people talking about their summer homes in NoKo...

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#46 Posted by Marz (5642 posts) -

nope, not when WW3 is around the corner.

#47 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

Good rule of thumb to follow when deciding where to travel: If most of the people who live there don't even want to be living there, it's probably not a great vacation spot.

#48 Posted by PenguinDust (12450 posts) -

Cuba is closer and nowhere near as horrible. Thanks to the US embargo, it still looks like something from the 60's (at least in many of the photos I've seen) if that's what you're after. Google "streets of Cuba" and click images to see what I mean.

#49 Posted by JasonR86 (9608 posts) -

No thanks!

#50 Posted by aspaceinvader (256 posts) -

would rather go to the south and watch a star craft tourney