Fancy a heavy dose of propaganda for your Easter holiday?

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am

Ancient sites, alluring natives, exotic markets - these are what you usually see in adverts for holiday tours. But industry leader Wing On Travel is breaking new ground with a tour to North Korea that will, no doubt, offer valuable lessons in history and geopolitics, or at least a heavy dose of state propaganda.

For just HK$7,399 you can visit the hermetic communist state during the coming Easter holiday. The tour next month has been billed as packed with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to see a giant bronze statue of Great Leader Kim Il-sung; the demilitarised zone separating the North from South Korea; and the meeting room in which combatants signed a truce ending the Korean war. There will also be a visit to a war memorial theatre featuring a stage that can turn 360 degrees on which a folk drama about 'love and loyalty during a time of war' will be performed.

By the way, multilingual, specially trained guides - probably from the country's famed intelligence service - will accompany you everywhere, making sure you won't see anything undesirable or talk to strangers. You can't ask for a more educational Easter holiday!