Why should you choose Koryo Tours?

Choosing to travel to unusual destinations such as North Korea is a big decision, and choosing the right people to take you is an incredibly important part of that. Learn about how we facilitate tourism responsibly in some of the most interesting and unique destinations on our planet, and at the same time ensure you get the most out of your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Koryo Tours — the experts in travel to rather unusual destinations.

Our mission: to facilitate responsible tourism to the world’s most isolated and least understood countries while encouraging people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects.

Meet Koryo Tours Staff

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Everyone who travels to the DPRK with us gets an extensive pre-tour briefing at our Beijing office from one of our country experts.


Koryo Tours was established in 1993 by Joshua Green and Nick Bonner as a travel company to promote cultural exchange to DPRK (North Korea). Joshua had worked in Pyongyang for over a year setting up TNT courier company and through his contacts arranged the first tour. Nick was trained in Landscape Architecture and used his skills in design to develop the Studio and engagement side of the company. Simon Cockerell studied philosophy at University and his passion for travel led him to Koryo. He joined the company in 2002 to specialise in travel and sport exchanges whilst Nick continues to mainly work in art and film.


Nick Bonner and Josh Green, two Brits living in China, found Koryo Tours. The duo leads a group of seven people on the company’s first-ever tour of the DPRK.
The Festival for Peace is held in April. Guests include Muhammad Ali, and over 100 tourists in attendance thanks to Koryo, which arranges for them to watch the WCW’s Ric Flair wrestle Japan’s Inoki in a 150,000-capacity stadium. It’s the first time that Western tourists visit Pyongyang in significant numbers.
Koryo Tours helps facilitate entry into the DPRK for US citizens for the first time in three years, as part of its mission to encourage engagement and mutual understanding through tourism. This is the year when travel to the DPRK really takes off, thanks in part to the Arirang Mass Games, which runs until 2013.
Following the co-production of three successful documentary films about the DPRK, Koryo starts work on a feature-length romcom with Belgian producer Anja Daelemans and DPRK’s April 25th Film Studio. The resulting movie — Comrade Kim Goes Flying — goes on to become the first DPRK film to be shown at a public screening in South Korea, where it is selected for the Busan International Film Festival.
Building on previous work, this is a watershed year for Koryo’s sporting tours, with a cricket, football, and volleyball team travelling to Pyongyang together for a series of friendly games with their DPRK counterparts. The success of these events shows sport to be one of the best ways to interact with Koreans in a non-political way.
After eight years of letters, proposals and meetings, Koryo finally succeeds in its efforts to have restricted areas of the east coast — such as Hamhung (pictured) and Pujon — opened up to its tourists, who become the first Westerners many Koreans in that region have ever seen. Koryo’s mission to engage rather than isolate continues with the 2013 opening of Sinuiju, new routes in the northeast, and much more.
The Pyongyang Marathon has been a popular event for locals since 1981. Koryo Tours manages to organise entry in to this somewhat closed race some 33 years later, and convinces the race's organisers to allow 92 of its tourists to take part. Once this barrier is broken down, there's no turning back, with 203 foreign amateurs joining in via Koryo in 2015, and close to 600 tourists taking part in 2016. Koryo is now the race's exclusive travel partner, and in charge of all overseas amateur entries.
The Mass Games, which were last performed in 2013, return to Pyongyang. We took hundreds of tourists to see this incredible spectacle of over 100,000 dancers, gymnasts and musicians working in perfect synchronisation in what has been dubbed "the greatest show on Earth".
An exhibition of Nicholas Bonner's book 'Made in North Korea: Graphics From Everyday Life in the DPRK', published by Phaidon in 2017, is hosted at Hongik University in Seoul. This world-class catalogue of North Korean graphic ephemera – from tinned fruit, to cigarette cartons, to washing up liquid – is all from Bonner's private collection based on more than two decades of travel to the country. This is the first time that people in South Korea are able to have such an insight into North Korean culture and daily life.

Why Choose Koryo


    We can provide you with unparalleled access to the DPRK thanks to more than two decades spent developing long-running and deep-seated relationships with our local partners in the country. Travel with Koryo Tours and our access will allow you to go farther and see more than you ever imagined.


    We’ve been running tours to the DPRK since 1993 — our staff have made hundreds of trips, and looked after tens of thousands of tourists over the years. We believe it’s important that if you travel to a country as complicated as the DPRK, you do so with people that have proven experience leading safe and successful tours.


    Koryo Tours facilitated the earliest Western tourism to the DPRK and created the industry as we now know it — and since that first trip in 1993 we’ve been looking to innovate. From opening up new destinations, such as Hamhung, to introducing new activities for tourists, as seen in the country’s first-ever cycling tour, we continue to push things forward to this day.


    We think the DPRK is one of the world’s most fascinating places. We also think it’s one of the least understood. Our unrivalled access, experience and passion mean that the world’s media often call upon us to share the insights gained through our many trips. But we’d much rather share this insider and expert knowledge with you in person — whether that's simply via email, or on a trip to Pyongyang and beyond.


    Koryo Tours is deeply committed to responsible tourism. We take our commitments and responsibilities very seriously, both towards you, and your safety, as well as towards our partners in the DPRK and the country itself. For you, this includes an extensive pre-tour briefing at our office; for the DPRK we’re proud to support a number of humanitarian projects there, and have done so since the ’90s.


    We're able to run a number of important projects thanks to your backing as someone who travels to the DPRK with us. These projects range from charity work, such as our support of eight orphanages within the country, to key cultural-engagement initiatives, such as our role in bringing architects and artists together from both sides of Korea's divided peninsula for the 2014 Venice Biennale.

Koryo Tours, its staff and its trips frequently feature in the media — whether that be as experts discussing travel to the DPRK, or coverage of one of our exciting tours. Please see below for a selection of stories about what we've been up to.


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