The traveller Simon Cockerell owns Kyoro Tours and has been to North Korea more than a 100 times.
Pyongyang: Simply mentioning North Korea brings to mind people living under a brutal dictatorship and being cut off from the world. But for some, that's not something that truly defines the North Korean experience.
A British traveller Simon Cockerell is trying to introduce the world to another side of North Korea, as he has been to the country more than 100 times. Although he visits often he has to follow strict tourism rules and is accompanied by a guide. Despite this Cockerell is sharing what he has observed about the region’s food culture.
Cockerell argues that food in the country is better than South Korea and starts off with talking about Taedonggang, North Korea’s favourite beer which is named after a river running through the capital, and for which Ushers were imported from rural Wilthshire in the UK.
The traveller then shares images of a cup bearing the logo of coffee giant Costa and a packet of crisps with ‘KHC’ printed on it, raising curiosity about fast food chains there. He also shared images from Pyongyang culinary festival and dog ribs being served at a restaurant.
Cockerell runs popular firm Kyoro Tours and has been accused by many of helping fund a government which is known for crimes against humanity in the country. But he defends himself saying that most of the money is spent on goods and services and the regime only gets money through taxes. He added that people having issues with their money going to the North Korean government shouldn’t travel there.