Boat tours offer fleeting inter-Korean interaction

first_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Boat tours offer fleeting inter-Korean interaction North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Guard post with the 31st Border Guard Division overseeing Uiju, Sakchu, and Yomju Counties. Nowadays, North Korean border guards are very familiar, and at times very friendly, withtourists. Indeed, one young guard in his 20s leisurely approached the boat ferrying an [undercover] Daily NK reporter and flashed a broad smile at the visitors on board.One member of the group shouted in Korean, “Hello! We’re Korean[too]!” Despite the unexpected admission in his native language, the guardappeared unfazed and slowed his pace even more to follow alongside the boat. The captain informed us thatthis was his way of asking for money.  NewsEconomy In the Chinese city of Dandong, which sits just across the Amrok (Yalu) River from Sinuiju, North Korea, boat tours offer a chance to glimpse inside North Korea without actually stepping foot inside the country and, on rare occasions, exchange a few wordswith the border guards patrolling the area. The three border countries–Uiju, Sakchu,and Yomju–of North Pyongan Province are under the jurisdiction of the 31stBorder Guard Division. Historically, only soldiers with favorable songbun (family background and political loyalty) wereselected to serve in this region; however, upon a recent trip to the area, Daily NK found that this seems to no longer apply.  *The previous articles in this series were brought to you thanks to support from the Korea Press Foundation. This final piece was funded by Daily NK alone. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News News A young guard calmly saunters towards the tour boat. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest One of the tourists folded 100 yuan and threw it onto theriverbank. A female North Korean guard stuck her head out of the post to have a look at the commotion below. She looked down in envy as the young guard scooped up the money then gave the tour group a nod and smile of appreciation. News Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2016.07.22 11:11am A guard pockets 100 RMB tossed onto the riverbank by a tourist.last_img read more