A changing North Korea: Through foreign eyes

Tourist arrivals have surged since North Korea's landmark summits with South Korea and the United States earlier this year.
Pyongyang Metro services 16 stations across two subway lines. The metro is located 110m underground - or about 30 storeys - and can do double duty as a nuclear bunker. Above: Tourists shopping for souvenirs at a shop located in North Korea's side of
The 60m-tall Arch of Triumph, built in 1982 as a tribute to the Korean Resistance against Japan from 1925 to 1945, is modelled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but is 10m taller.ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG

How has North Korea changed after it started to open up following its pledge to denuclearise? In the second of a three-part special report, a year after a team from The Straits Times reported on life in North Korea during the height of tensions, correspondents Lim Yan Liang and Walter Sim find out more about the country's transformation, as seen through the eyes of foreigners.

Tourists are flocking to North Korea in numbers unseen in a decade, following a swift thaw in its relations with neighbouring countries.

The North used to be more known for dark tourism, or travel to places associated with death, disaster or atrocity.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'Through foreign eyes'. Print Edition | Subscribe