An Australian man opens the first tour company in North Korea


North Korea is world’s one of the most secretive countries. Nevertheless, many people including Australian are interested in visiting the country. Well, to make the journey of curious Aussie visitors to North Korea, an Australian student named Alek Sigley has established a tour company called Tongil Tours.

Sigley has been taking visitors to the isolated country for trips for years. It started in 2012 when he went to the country for the first time for a field trip. He was a student of the North Korean language in northeast China at that point.

Mr Sigley, who is now 27 years old, shared the experience of his first trip to North Korea with He went to the Hermit Kingdom and discovered it as an industrialised country that had no Internet, no advertising, and even no MacDonald’s!

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He established Tongil Tours within a year after his first trip, and since then, he visited the country for numerous times. It’s Australia’s only tour company that has been operating in North Korea.

North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un has focused on the tourism sector of the country. He sets the goal of growing the number of annual international visitors to two million from just 100,000 by 2020.

The country’s tourism association has established various special tourism zones over the last few years. Travellers now can visit several state sites and monuments and enjoy exciting activities such as surfing and snowboarding.

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Mr Sigley found it easy to establish his business in North Korea. However, travellers still have to follow many rules while visiting the country.

You must follow the local laws and be with a group to make a trip to North Korea. According to Mr Sigley, they have to follow the guide and itinerary and have to accept that their movement is restricted.

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