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Cruising Communist Style - 02 Sep 2011
Cruising Communist Style - 02 Sep 2011
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QPV2
September 03, 2011
A North Korean official prepares a microphone before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise in...
RASON, North Korea
A North Korean official prepares a microphone before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise in...
A North Korean official prepares a microphone before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise in the North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJCI
August 30, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
RASON, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QPV1
September 03, 2011
A woman holds balloons before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the North Korean...
RASON, North Korea
A woman holds balloons before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the North Korean...
A woman holds balloons before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJCC
August 30, 2011
A local resident attends the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
RASON, North Korea
A local resident attends the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
A local resident attends the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QSKU
September 04, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
RASON, RAJIN, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korea launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL SOCIETY)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJCA
August 30, 2011
Local workers rest before the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors at the port of the North...
RASON, North Korea
Local workers rest before the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors at the port of the North...
Local workers rest before the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors at the port of the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QSN8
September 04, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
RASON, RAJIN, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korea launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL SOCIETY)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJBD
August 30, 2011
A man holds plastic flowers during the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North...
RASON, North Korea
A man holds plastic flowers during the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North...
A man holds plastic flowers during the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, located northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJB9
August 30, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
RASON, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJ9X
August 30, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
RASON, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMU1
September 01, 2011
Local residents wait in attendance of the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship at the...
RASON, North Korea
Local residents wait in attendance of the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship at the...
Local residents wait in attendance of the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship at the port of the North Korean especial economic zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/
RTR2QMTT
September 01, 2011
A woman holds balloons before the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the North Korean...
RASON, North Korea
A woman holds balloons before the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in Rason City
A woman holds balloons before the departure ceremony of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the North Korean especial economic zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJA1
August 30, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special...
RASON, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean especial...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of a cruise ship with visitors in the North Korean special economic zone of Rason, located northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QPVC
September 03, 2011
A member of a Chinese tourist delegation carries a box with whisky before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong...
RASON, North Korea
A person carries a box with whisky before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the...
A member of a Chinese tourist delegation carries a box with whisky before the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJEU
August 30, 2011
A visitor posses with a cruise ship at the port of Rason, the North Korean special economic zone, northeast...
RASON, North Korea
A visitor posses with a ship cruise at the port of Rason, the North Korean special economic zone, northeast...
A visitor posses with a cruise ship at the port of Rason, the North Korean special economic zone, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMVK
August 31, 2011
Workers of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship stand on the deck, near Mount Kumgang resort September 1, 2011....
RASON, North Korea
Workers of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship stand on deck, near Mount Kumgang resort
Workers of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship stand on the deck, near Mount Kumgang resort September 1, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMT9
September 01, 2011
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation sleeps next to pictures of North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il...
RASON, North Korea
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation sleeps next to pictures of North Korean leaders aboard Mangyongbyong...
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation sleeps next to pictures of North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il (R) and Kim Il-sung aboard the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural trip September 1, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMUJ
September 01, 2011
Beer and dried fish are seen at a deck area of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural trip...
RASON, North Korea
Beer and dried fish are seen at a deck area of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural trip...
Beer and dried fish are seen at a deck area of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural trip as a cruise ship near the North Korean special economic zone of Rason City August 30, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS FOOD TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMVE
September 01, 2011
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation relaxes in a cabin of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount...
RASON, North Korea
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation relaxes in a cabin of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount...
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation relaxes in a cabin of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount Kumgang resort September 1, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QOYH
September 02, 2011
A waitress onboard of Mangyongbyong cruise ship sits at the bar during a karaoke party near to the North...
RASON, North Korea
A waitress onboard of Mangyongbyong cruise ship sits at the bar during a karaoke party near to the North...
A waitress onboard of Mangyongbyong cruise ship sits at the bar during a karaoke party near to the North Korean special economic zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang September 2, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's 'state tourism bureau' has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QSSI
September 04, 2011
A table with dinner remains is seen on the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near the North Korean Special Economic...
RASON, RAJIN, North Korea
A table with dinner remains is seen on the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near the North Korean Special Economic...
A table with dinner remains is seen on the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near the North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korea launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QOWV
September 02, 2011
A waitress onboard of Mangyongbyong cruise ship dances during a karaoke party near to the North Korean...
RASON, North Korea
A waitress onboard of Mangyongbyong cruise ship dances during a karaoke party near to the North Korean...
A waitress onboard of Mangyongbyong cruise ship dances during a karaoke party near to the North Korean special economic zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang September 2, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's 'state tourism bureau' has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QOPI
September 02, 2011
A waitress throws garbage overboard as Mangyongbyong cruise ship arrives to the North Korean special...
RASON, North Korea
A waitress throws garbage overboard as Mangyongbyong cruise ship arrives to the North Korean special...
A waitress throws garbage overboard as Mangyongbyong cruise ship arrives to the North Korean special economic zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang September 2, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QOPC
September 02, 2011
A waitress eats breakfast on the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near the North Korean special economic zone...
RASON, North Korea
A waitress eats breakfast on the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near the North Korean special economic zone...
A waitress eats breakfast on the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near the North Korean special economic zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang September 2, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMUM
September 01, 2011
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation dance aboard the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural...
RASON, North Korea
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation dance aboard the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural...
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation dance aboard the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural trip as a cruise ship near the North Korean special economic zone of Rason City August 30, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMT3
September 01, 2011
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation relax at the top deck of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount...
RASON, North Korea
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation relax at the top deck of Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount...
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation relax at the top deck of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount Kumgang resort September 1, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMU7
September 01, 2011
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation sit at the deck of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural...
RASON, North Korea
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation sit at the deck of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural...
Members of a Chinese tourism delegation sit at the deck of the Mangyongbyong cruise ship during its inaugural trip as a cruise ship near the North Korean especial economic zone of Rason City August 30, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QMT5
September 01, 2011
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation sits at the deck of Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount Kumgang...
RASON, North Korea
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation sits at the deck of Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount Kumgang...
A member of a Chinese tourism delegation sits at the deck of Mangyongbyong cruise ship near Mount Kumgang resort September 1, 2011. The North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's "state tourism bureau" has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QKRN
August 31, 2011
A cruise ship crew member looks at the port of Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long...
Kumgang, North Korea
Cruise ship crew member looks at the port of Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
A cruise ship crew member looks at the port of Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels, shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/TRADE
RTR2QJCM
August 30, 2011
A woman holds balloons before the inaugural trip of a visitors cruise ship in Rason, at North Korean...
RASON, North Korea
A woman holds balloons before the inaugural trip of a visitors cruise ship in Rason
A woman holds balloons before the inaugural trip of a visitors cruise ship in Rason, at North Korean special economic zone, located northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into its economic relationships with China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in the far north of the country where foreigners are busily helping to rebuild the region's creaking infrastructure. A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centres for the secretive North's Rason Special Economic Zone. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QKSI
August 31, 2011
Members of a Chinese delegation arrive at the port of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31,...
Kumgang, North Korea
Members of Chinese delegation arrive at the port of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
Members of a Chinese delegation arrive at the port of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels , shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/MARKET
RTR2QMSV
September 01, 2011
A local vendor receives members of a Chinese tourism delegation at Mount Kumgang resort September 1,...
RASON, North Korea
A local vendor receives members of a Chinese tourism delegation at Mount Kumgang resort
A local vendor receives members of a Chinese tourism delegation at Mount Kumgang resort September 1, 2011. A semblance of international free market-style activity broke out on a dusty roadside in reclusive North Korea on Thursday when about a dozen budding entrepreneurs from a struggling resort set up shop. Spotting an opportunity to make some hard currency, the workers from the Mount Kumgang resort produced a range of wares from locally made wine, honey and jam to traditional dolls and aphrodisiacs. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QSS2
September 04, 2011
Members from a Chinese tourism delegation visit a beach area at Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September...
Kumgang, North Korea
Members from a Chinese tourism delegation visit a beach area at Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
Members from a Chinese tourism delegation visit a beach area at Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. Picture taken September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL SOCIETY)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QSPQ
September 04, 2011
Members from a Chinese tourism delegation visit a beach area at Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September...
Kumgang, North Korea
Members from a Chinese tourism delegation visit a beach area at Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
Members from a Chinese tourism delegation visit a beach area at Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. Picture taken September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL SOCIETY)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QKXG
August 31, 2011
Members of a Chinese delegation walk over rocks at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang...
Kumgang, North Korea
Members of Chinese delegation walk over rocks at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang...
Members of a Chinese delegation walk over rocks at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels , shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QKXD
August 31, 2011
A member of a Chinese delegation takes pictures at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang...
Kumgang, North Korea
Member of Chinese delegation takes pictures at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang...
A member of a Chinese delegation takes pictures at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels , shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QKVP
August 31, 2011
A member of a Chinese delegation jumps over a rock at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in...
Kumgang, North Korea
Member of Chinese delegation jumps over rock at costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
A member of a Chinese delegation jumps over a rock at the costal area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels, shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QSPV
September 04, 2011
A portrait of North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il (L) and Kim Il-sung are see at Mount Kumgang resort in...
Kumgang, North Korea
A portrait of North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il (L) and Kim Il-sung are see at Mount Kumgang resort in...
A portrait of North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il (L) and Kim Il-sung are see at Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. Picture taken September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL SOCIETY)
KOREA-NORTH/FOOD
RTR2QSM2
September 04, 2011
People point to a map on a wall in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. Impoverished North...
Kumgang, North Korea
People point to a map on a wall in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
People point to a map on a wall in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. Impoverished North Korea appears to have emerged from the depths of a bad winter and late spring in reasonable shape, at least in the far north and south, where a variety of crops are nearly ready for harvest. The North has pleaded for food aid this year due to bad weather and the impact of international sanctions imposed for its nuclear programme, winning donations in recent months from Russia, the European Union and U.N. organisations after sending in their own assessment teams. But South Korea and the United States have so far refused food aid, granting only emergency aid to help the impoverished state deal with flood damage from a series of bad storms in the middle of the year. Picture taken September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QKXR
August 31, 2011
A man walks past an empty shopping area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long...
Kumgang, North Korea
Man walks past an empty shopping area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
A man walks past an empty shopping area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels , shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QOZA
September 02, 2011
A hotel staff pulls a cart at a hotel in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. Long grass...
Kumgang, North Korea
A hotel staff pulls a cart at a hotel in Mount Kumgang resort
A hotel staff pulls a cart at a hotel in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels , shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. Picture taken September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: TRAVEL)
KOREA-NORTH/KUMGANG
RTR2QKXK
August 31, 2011
An empty restaurant is seen at a shopping area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011....
Kumgang, North Korea
Empty restaurant is seen at shopping area of Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang
An empty restaurant is seen at a shopping area of the Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang August 31, 2011. Long grass grows around the idle hotels , shops are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping centre. This is a North Korean ghost-town, one funded by its wealthy southern neighbours. The deserted Mount Kumgang tourist resort was once a symbol of cooperation between the two Koreas, but today is stark reminder of the big divide that still stands between the sides who are still technically at war having only signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, to the end 1950-53 Korean War. Three years ago the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier here resulted in Seoul halting tours to the complex, effectively drying up a source of much needed hard currency for the impoverished North. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS)
KOREA-NORTH/FOOD
RTR2QSLX
September 04, 2011
An employee enters a room at a hotel in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. Impoverished...
Kumgang, North Korea
A crew member smokes a cigarette onboard of Mangyongbyong cruise ship near the North Korean Special Economic...
An employee enters a room at a hotel in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. Impoverished North Korea appears to have emerged from the depths of a bad winter and late spring in reasonable shape, at least in the far north and south, where a variety of crops are nearly ready for harvest. The North has pleaded for food aid this year due to bad weather and the impact of international sanctions imposed for its nuclear programme, winning donations in recent months from Russia, the European Union and U.N. organisations after sending in their own assessment teams. But South Korea and the United States have so far refused food aid, granting only emergency aid to help the impoverished state deal with flood damage from a series of bad storms in the middle of the year. Picture taken September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS FOOD)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QPVS
September 03, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
RASON, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
KOREA-NORTH/CRUISE
RTR2QPVP
September 03, 2011
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
RASON, North Korea
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North...
Local residents attend the departure ceremony of Mangyongbyong cruise ship in the port area of North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang August 30, 2011. North Korean state launched itself into the glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South Korean border. Isolated North Korea's state tourism bureau has teamed up with a Chinese travel company to run the country's first ever cruise aboard an ageing 9,700 tonne vessel which once plied the waters off the east coast of the divided peninsula shuttling passengers between North Korea and Japan. Picture taken August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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