Secret Compass is not a tourism company but instead an expedition-planning organization. They take their clients to the world’s most intense places, like North Korea.
Sending over socks by balloon to encourage their neighbors By Andrew T. Post Overcast hides the sun as the tour bus disgorges the bleary-eyed foreigners onto the parking lot of a deserted drive-in theater in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Blinking and beating their hands together for warmth, the thirty-odd passengers—American, Canadian, English, Austrian, Australian […]
Peering over the Fence: Korea’s Demilitarized Zone By Lucy Corne If there were any truth to the adage ‘Good fences make good neighbors,’ then North and South Korea would regularly be borrowing each other’s lawnmowers and lending cups of sugar. Fences don’t get any better than this – a heavily fortified strip of land 150 […]
By David Rich Korea crackled from my first day there. I fortuitously arrived on the annual extravaganza of Chusok (also Chu Suk), the annual mid-September Thanksgiving/harvest festival giving Koreans an excuse to pig out, dress up, visit relatives and frolic around their national shrines. This is a story about two Koreas, North and South, which […]
The Legendary DMZ Has Not Changed Much Over the Decades By Susan Miles My friend and host Haemee asked me “Is there anything particular you would like to see on your trip to Seoul?” Knowing my interest in history and art, I suspect she was expecting me to mention the Changdeokgung Palace, the National Museum […]