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Saturday, February 14

North Korea to allow American tourists to attend Arirang event this year

Details are still sketchy and of course the offer could be revoked any minute. From the Gadling site (H/T AOL News):
More details on American access to North Korea in 2009
by Tom Johansmeyer
Feb 11th 2009

It may not be time to celebrate, but you can certainly be optimistic (with a dose of caution). Koryo Tours has received an update from its partners in North Korea about the upcoming Arirang (i.e., "Mass Games" event). The Mass Games are expected to be held in August and September – and could run into October (based on past experience). Koryo Tours is currently scheduling tours for westerners for this period.

Americans will be able to attend the event this year, but there are some restrictions. North Korea is expected to limit U.S. visits to four nights, and Americans will only be able to enter and exit the country by plane. But, Koryo Tours is willing to remain flexible in the event that longer stays are permitted. For guests who have already been to North Korea, the company is working on itineraries designed for repeat visitors.

Of course, this has not been confirmed yet, but Koryo Tours is confident based on how these developments have unfolded in the past. As we get more information, we'll be sure to pass it along.

(Thanks, Koryo Tours)

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