The North Korean Tourist Trap
To anyone who has never visited, it is a well-known fact that tourists to North Korea only get to see the meticulously choreographed version of the capital, Pyongyang.
Many years ago this may have been true. Most western visitors back then were journalists, generally in pursuit of a sensationalist headline.
North Korea understandably wanted to have their country portrayed as a good place to live, so they did all they could to make sure that journalists were shown the sunny side of everything. Their plan backfired heavily, as their act was all too transparent. The journalists got exactly the angle they were looking for. “We’re only given a show, and their leader is crazy. This must mean that the real North Korea is horrible, and only horrible. Read all about it!”