Taking Lonely
Planet to North
Korea

Lonely Planet first contacted us to assist them with their Korea guide in the mid 90’s, and we have worked with them ever since.

Lonely Planet first contacted us to assist them with their Korea guide in the mid 90’s, and we have worked with them ever since. Now in its 10th Edition, we still regularly help them update the DPRK section of their Korea guide, as they contact us for map updates, info on what is new in the area, and for fact checking.

The founder of the Lonely Planet Guidebooks, Tony Wheeler, also reached out to us in 2002 as he wished to visit the DPRK. He joined a group tour led by our founder Nick Bonner, and traveled to Pyongyang, the DMZ, and Mount Paekdu in the country's far North. In an article after his trip he wrote:

North Korea is so little visited and so little understood that the few “facts" we "know" about the country are quite likely to be wrong. The preconception is that Pyongyang is a grey, sombre city, whose unsmiling citizens are robotic automatons out of some real-life 1984. The reality is that the North Korean capital looks rather like a number of other planned capitals, from Washington DC to Canberra, and although very little English – or any other foreign language, for that matter – is spoken, we still attract a fair number of shy "hellos".

— Tony Wheeler

Tony Wheeler (second left from the bottom) and Nick Bonner (to Tony's right) in the DPRK in 2002.

Nick was the man who held the door open and ushered me in.

— Tony Wheeler

Tony recently also visited our exhibition of graphic design at the House of Illustration in London. You can find his blog about his visit here.

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