St Patrick’s Day North Korea boozy tour could be a new tradition.
How are you spending St Patrick’s Day 2020? No plans yet? Well, what about a St Patrick’s Day North Korea boozy tour?
British-based travel company Smiling Grape Adventure Tours launched a new North Korea St Patrick’s Day tour that will take you through the surprising number of pubs and microbreweries that the state holds.
“Join us to discover what the beer is like in one of the most secretive nations of the earth as we celebrate St Patrick's Day by visiting the famous microbreweries, pubs, bars, and restaurants in Pyongyang!” the tour site reads.
“We will also be showing you the must-see sights such as the mausoleum, the Korean war museum, the DMZ, the mysterious Pyongyang Metro, and Kim Il Sung Square. Another tour highlight will be a visit to a vineyard in Sariwon with a tasting of North Korean wines. We will be some of the first Westerners to be invited here so join us for this historic moment!”
Taking place over six days from Sunday, March 15, 2020, until Friday, March 20, 2020, the tour costs over $1,300 (£1295) and doesn’t include flights to China, a North Korean visa or additional tips but does cover your accommodation and transportation there as well as entrance fees to any of the places you visit.
“The drinking culture is big in North Korea,” Company director Matt Ellis told the Daily Mail.
“A shortage of fuel due to the sanctions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs makes it difficult for beer to be shipped around the country, so there are many microbreweries.
“Microbreweries are everywhere – in hotels, restaurants, bowling alleys, karaoke bars, and department stores.
“The North Koreans have many celebrations similar to St Patrick's Day throughout the year, from the birthdays of the leaders to significant dates in the country's history,” he said.
“As in Ireland, North Korea uses these holidays to celebrate its cultural identity.
“I'm sure experiencing an Irish celebration will be quite new to them, but the North Koreans are friendly, kind and inquisitive folks.
“When you visit you will find the people are warm, welcoming and will ask many questions about your life.
“We will be mixing with the locals in the microbreweries, pubs, bars, and restaurants,” Ellis added.
“It is well known that alcohol can bring people together as well as helping to bring their guard down.
“With lower inhibitions from both sides, our guests can learn much about their lives in this fascinating and isolated country.”
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