North Korea’s tourism agency is launching a campaign to attract tourists with promises of surfing (and curiously rice planting) despite its murder of Otto Warmbier, 22, who was enticed to North Korea as a tourist and then arrested when he stole a hotel propaganda poster. He was tortured and return to his family years later in a coma (only to die shortly after his return).
Warmbier was one of over a dozen such Americans in custody.
However, the DPR Korea Tour website, run by the North’s National Tourism Administration, is selling such sites as the Majon Bathing Beach, where “surfing has come into vogue among tourists.” You only have to get beyond gorging yourself in a country where an unhinged dictator is starving his people and savagely killing anyone deemed a threat. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is particularly fond of watching people being torn apart by anti-aircraft guns. However, the beaches are awesome.
Of course, North Korea is not the first to see surfing as a distraction in a war zone: