The normally closed, secretive country is trying to open its doors a crack to foreign tourists, particularly from China, as a way of earning hard currency.
Nov. 6, 2011Chinese tourists converge on the house where the late Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s “Great Leader,” was said to be born. North Korea is looking to China as a source of tourism and revenue. Many Chinese say they are fascinated by the neighboring country, which they consider beautiful and "mysterious." But after four days, numerous visitors in this maiden tour group from Harbin, in China's Heilongjiang Province, chafed at being kept away from ordinary North Koreans.Keith B. Richburg/THE WASHINGTON POST
To raise badly needed revenue, reclusive North Korea is allowing foreign tour groups into the country, but under strict admonition to restrict movement and to avoid even the most casual contact with daily life.