Drive in Pyongyang virtually without a visa!

Many are those who wish to visit North Korea, few are those who receive a visa to get there. And those who do will definitely not be allowed to drive themselves through the streets of Pyongyang. But now you have the option of doing exactly that right in the comfort of your home, wherever you happen to live.

Pyongyang Racer titleAs a sort of Christmas present to all its past and future customers, Koryo Tours commissioned  a DPRK gaming company to develop a racing game that lets you drive around Pyongyang all by yourself  in a locally made Pyonghwa Motors vehicle. CanKor Brain Trust member Hannah Barraclough of Koryo Tours explains that this is meant to be “a bit of retro fun” as a “free gift from Koryo Tours”.

The computer game, called the “Koryo Tours Pyongyang Racer”, lets you drive past genuine sites in North Korea’s capital city: the triumphal arch, the Juche tower, the skating rink, the pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel and much more. You collect fuel along the way, and try not to crash into any of the local cars, or the DHL vans! Read the rest of this entry »

First Foreigners to visit the top of Ryugyong Hotel – Pictures

[CanKor Brain Trust member Hannah Barraclough sent us this Special Report about her visit to the spectacular pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, which has now been covered in glass, with the insides being gradually worked on, starting at the bottom floors. The photos are quite spectacular. –CanKor]

Ryugyong Hotel Special Report

Koryo Tours Special Report – We’ve been up the Ryugyong!

On Sept 23rd Koryo Tours’ staff were taken to the top of the enigmatic and oddly iconic 105 storey Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang – we were the first foreigners allowed to take pictures there and are able to print a handful of shots of the ground floor and the open air viewing platform more than 300 metres up.

The view was incredible and breathtaking indeed! The inside of the building still has substantial work to be done but the structure of the lobby and dining area and conference room (all on the ground floor) were visible, sources at the site suggest 2 or 3 more years until projected completion at which time hotel rooms, office space, and long term rentals will be available.

Until then the memories of a view over Pyongyang that many have imagined but few have experienced remain with us. As soon as the building can be occupied we will of course offer tours staying there – stay tuned for further info that we’ll beam from the top of the tower! Read the rest of this entry »

Die Pyramidenbauer von Pjöngjang

[For German readers of CanKor, here is an article published in Financial Times Germany by Georg Fahrion, who recounts the fascinating history of the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang. Originally slated to be the tallest building in Asia and largest hotel in the world, this structure remained a concrete shell for decades in North Korea’s capital. Ironically, it is an Egyptian communications multinational that is completing this pyramid-shaped structure in what seems to be a billion-dollar wager on the future opening of the DPRK itself. –CanKor]

Ryugyong Hotel (photo by picture-alliance/dpa)

Seit Jahrzehnten ist das riesige Ryugyong-Hotel in Nordkoreas Hauptstadt eine Bauruine. Jetzt wird es fertiggestellt – von einem ägyptischen Mobilfunkkonzern. Die Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Geschäftsbeziehung. von Georg Fahrion, Pjöngjang. Read the rest of this entry »

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