Today, February 9, on an Air Koryo flight from Vladivostok to Pyongyang, a group of Russian tourists went to ski holiday to North Korea.
How reported Head of the International Cooperation Agency of the Government of Primorye Alexey Starichkov, “almost 100” people went to “a beautiful and amazing country.” Director of the tour operator company Vostok Intour, Inna Mukhina, explained that the group of tourists included residents of many regions of Russia: “From Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and to Moscow.”
“On the first day, tourists will arrive from Vladivostok to the capital of the DPRK, the city of Pyongyang, and will explore its key attractions, including the Triumphal Gate, the Juche Idea Monument, the monument to the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Il Sung Square and others. After Pyongyang, tourists will go directly to the Masikryong ski resort,” it says in the message press service of the regional government.
According to the offer of the tour operator Vostok Intour, the trip lasts 4 days/3 nights it will cost to a Russian tourist at $750. The price of the tour includes an entry tourist visa to the DPRK, flights (Vladivostok-Pyongyang-Galma-Pyongyang-Vladivostok) and accommodation in four-star (one night) and five-star (two nights) hotels.
“Russian-speaking guides accompany tourists throughout their entire stay in the country, from meeting at the airport to departure from the country,” Vostok Intour clarifies. Use of the slopes at the ski resort and rental of sports equipment are paid separately. For example, a comprehensive skiing service for eight hours is estimated at $100.
“The highest point of the resort is 1360 meters, which can be reached by one of four lifts, and the steepest slope is almost 40 degrees. There are a total of ten multi-level trails at the resort, including a trail for students. In addition, there is an outdoor skating rink, a snowball area, a children’s skating rink, and sled runs,” the press service of the Primorye government advertises Masikren.
Read about how Primorye is expanding ties with the DPRK in the Kommersant publication “North Korea has opened up slightly to Russia.”