“North Korea is renowned for its intensely strict laws, extreme censorship of the outside world and fearsome leader Kim Jung Un. ”

If you are planning a trip to North Korea, don’t make the mistake which young and healthy student Otto Wambier made in stealing a souvenir from a hotel to bring home.download 2.jpg

Crying … he apologized at his trial.  Tears and apologies do not matter to a Communist Judge.  He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor and several months later was released from prison and sent home in a coma.  He died at home.

What Is It That Is Forbidden In North Korea?

Drinking Alcohol                                                             Citizens are only allowed to drink on special holidays.  In 2012, a North Korean official was executed by mortar shell for drinking during the 100 day mourning period of the late ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il.  Kim Jong-Lin demanded the official be ‘obliterated’ with ‘no trace of him behind, down to his hair’


Watching TV                                                                        Citizens are forbidden from watching anything but state propaganda.  In the last two years, North Korea has executed around 130 people for watching South Korea TV.

Practice of Religion                                                          Atheist North Korea technically has a freedom of religious belief.  However in 2013, 80 Christians were executed in a stadium for owning Bibles.

Playing Music                                                                       All music in North Korea is controlled by the state and must glorify the regime.  All western music is seen as a crime against the state and will get you killed.

Communication with the Outside World                    International calls will incur the death penalty.  In 2013, a North Korean man was publicly executed by firing squad for calling his friend in South Korea.

Traveling Abroad                                                              The ultimate crime is to leave North Korea.  defectors will try to seek refuge in China but if they’re caught, they’ll be forcibly returned and executed.

Pornography                                                                          Viewing or selling pornographic material can lead to the death penalty.  In 2013, it was reported that leader Kim Jong-Un had an ex-girlfriend executed in front of her own family for partaking in a sex tape.

The Express  www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/632732/kim-jr         by Charles J. Lidguard  

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