Summer Camp in North Korea

You can now send your kid to summer camp in North Korea.

via Mashable:

Songdowon International Children’s Camp, which has been operational for nearly 30 years, was originally intended mainly to deepen relations with friendly countries in the Communist or non-aligned world. But officials say they are willing to accept youth from anywhere — even the United States.

The statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang (April 2012). By J.A. de Roo

The statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang (April 2012). By J.A. de Roo

The camp is located in Wonsan, east from Pyongyang on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It’s a popular beach destination among North Koreans, with clear water and sandy beaches.

After some guidance from North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, and a major face lift, the camp reopened Tuesday for this year’s flock of foreign campers — more than 300 young children and teenagers from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland and Tanzania.

At the camp, kids spend eight days doing typical camp activities, like cooking, swimming, boating and mingling. The camp offers a unique opportunity for kids of other nationalities to interact with their North Korean peers. The country’s citizens are not prohibited from speaking to tourists who visit the country, but conversations between foreigners and locals are rare, according to several visitors.

Though heavily subsidized by the government, the camp — plus a tour of Pyongyang — costs about $270 per child from outside North Korea.

The camp gives the participants an opportunity to see a country that remains a mystery to most outsiders, and North Korea a chance to show off the best it can offer: sleeping in air-conditioned rooms with TVs and video games is a luxury most North Korean children can’t normally experience.

Read the entire article here.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Just don’t bad mouth dear leader…

  • Echar Lailoken

    What if at a whim Kim Jong-un should decide a youth is a spy? Is this western propaganda speaking?

  • Kragnorak

    I’m dying to know who in Ireland was curious enough to sign their kids up!

  • Haystack

    It sounds like a great way for kids whose parents hate them to come together and form lasting relationships.

  • Mr B

    Good luck to them.

    This is perhaps the first time I’ve seen a positive NK story.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Hello Mudda
    Hello Patron
    Here I am at
    Kamp Songdowon
    We are singing
    We are dancing
    Butt there’s no food here
    And they tell us to stop asking

  • kowalityjesus

    the current autocrat did his schooling in Switzerland. I can hardly imagine how much that makes him spurn the humorless sycophants around him to know about the first world.

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