The Dear Reader: DPRK Observations & Musings

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Hotel of Rhetorical Doom

Here are just a few of the questions I have been asking myself since it was announced last week that luxury hotel chain Kempinski is working towards a partial 2013 opening of Pyongyang’s infamous Ryugyong Hotel – a.k.a. “Hotel of Doom” – that will encompass 150 top-floor rooms:

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One U.S. Magician, Three Pyongyang Trips

There are many impressive photos on the personal website of Dale Salwak, a professional magician who rose to prominence in the 1970s while also beginning a long and still active teaching and literary career at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. Among the celebrities pictured with Salwak are Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart and Don Rickles.

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Deconstructing the DPRK Tour

After visiting North Korea in June of this year, a group of young, male west coast U.S. travelers have posted both a YouTube video of their trip and a lengthy Reddit IamA. The latter is an absolute must-read.

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North Korea Travelogue, with a Twist

There are more and more videos being posted to YouTube by travelers who have taken the DPRK package tour. Including, as I wrote about previously, an extensive share by a Pennsylvania father and son.

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A Father-Son Trip to the DPRK

I’m not sure how many American fathers and sons have chosen to journey together to North Korea, let alone document their trip in slick fashion with a half-hour video. But that’s the case with Jay and Todd Snider, who traveled from Philadelphia to the DPRK this past August.

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