Planning to spend the ghoulish season at the DPRK’s
Hotel of Doom Ryugyong Hotel, the one promised to open any minute?
Well, unless you applied for a visa back in 2012, when one of the many grand openings that never came to fruition was slated, you might not be able to get in.
According to Koryo Tours, “Our partners in Pyongyang…had been instructed from above that all tourist visa applications currently underway are to be frozen. This freeze applies to all tourist visas currently being processed.”
Without a clear explanation as to the reasoning behind the freeze, Uri Tours speculates that it has to do with the 70th Anniversary of the country’s founding— September 9th.
“Large numbers of tourists, journalists and VIP delegations are expected to visit Pyongyang for 9 September festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK, and we’ve been advised this temporary freeze will provide breathing space to tourism resources such as hotels in preparation for this increased demand.”
Right, the Hotel of Doom can hold only so many people.