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Is the new North Korean tourist portal tourist?
According to The Telegraph, the DPRK authorities have launched a new Internet portal, which is designed to attract foreign tourists. However, let's see how this portal corresponds to the proclaimed mission.
The first thing that catches your eye when you go to dprktoday.com is that all information on it is presented in Korean.
According to RIA Novosti, the site is visually broken into several parts. It really is. The site is divided into three columns, of which only the extreme right contains information intended for the tourist: the geographical location of the country, national symbols, data on an independent national economy and external relations. And only in the lower right corner is information on the routes of excursions, visas, immigration procedures, customs inspection and currency exchange. The remaining two columns and the lower space of the page, that is, most of the site, is filled with completely different information. These are mostly ordinary news (politics, economics, society and culture), along with which there are revolutionary hymns, classical masterpieces and historical reviews.
The video presented in the upper right corner of the site is intended, according to media reports, to “meet the growing interest and expectations” among foreigners. However, like the site itself, loading it presents some difficulties for the user.
At the same time, it seems important to note that, until now, the quarantine for all foreign citizens arriving in the country has not been lifted, introduced in October due to the threat of the spread of the Ebola virus. In this connection, medical control has been sharply strengthened at Pyongyang’s international airport, railway stations and ports.