Picture: Ed Jones/Getty
Picture: Ed Jones/Getty

Travelling to North Korea from a Western country is a bit of a rarity, to say the least.

Earlier this year Kim Jong-un built a visitor’s centre in a bid to attract tourists, and therefore foreign currency.

Border controls are also relaxing in certain areas on the China/North Korea border in an effort to encourage day trips to the repressive state.

However, people who claim to have travelled to the remote country are making one thing very clear on TripAdvisor: the hotels in North Korea leave a lot to be desired.

Located mainly in the city of Pyongyang, a city designed to be the envy of Western countries, these hotels apparently elicit slow head shakes and tuts of disappointment.

There are wooden-plate-beds...

Who needs a mattress?

Hot water as a dream...

"Western prisons are more welcoming." Ouch.

Friendly staff. Sort of...

...and padlocks on fire escapes. Of course.

Needless to say, the verdict seems clear.

Traveller Simon K rounds off the reviews with this gem:

Concrete, cold water showers; rock hard beds and power cuts are all to be expected at this soviet retro hotel. Think of it as a form of military training and you’ll love it.

HT News.com.au

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