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.
Koryo’s co-founder was a lecturer at a Beijing university in the early 1990s when he met a DPRK citizen, and took his first trip to Pyongyang. The experience inspired him to set up Koryo in 1993, and he’s been travelling there ever since. Nick’s unprecedented approach in the DPRK has resulted in three documentaries, and a feature film. His work on the award-winning Korea pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale broke new ground by uniting creatives from both sides.
Originally from the UK, Simon moved to Beijing in 2000, before joining Koryo in 2002. As the company’s GM, he has travelled to the DPRK more than 150 times. His in-depth knowledge of DPRK tourism has led him to become a respected speaker on the subject. Simon’s tireless work, alongside our partners in Pyongyang, has been essential in opening up new territories within the DPRK to tourists, and he is often the first Western traveller to previously closed locations.
Koryo’s co-founder, Nick Bonner, was a lecturer at a Beijing university in the early 1990s when he met a DPRK citizen, and took his first trip to Pyongyang. The experience inspired him to set up Koryo Tours in 1993, and he’s been travelling there ever since. Koryo is now the world's leading travel specialist to DPRK (North Korea), and takes more than 2,000 people to this extraordinary destination every year.
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.
Explore the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in this intriguing time-lapse of a city rarely seen by foreigners.video.nationalgeographic.com
A British expat who leads tours to the isolated DPRK explains why there are things to like about it.telegraph.co.uk
Meet the Beijing-based Briton seeking to promote ties with DPRK (North Korea) via travel and film.ft.com
A Beijing-based tour company specializing in North Korea tours is offering a rare train journey that goes far beyond the country's "already exposed" capital.edition.cnn.com
Simon Cockerell, general manager of Koryo Tours, tells the BBC about why tourists want to go on holiday to North Korea.bbc.co.uk
A group of tourists have become the first to complete a cycling tour of North Korea — on a trip organised by a British-run travel company.