If you’ve ever wanted to travel to North Korea or just live vicariously through someone who has then you probably want to watch this video.
Lithuanian native Jacob Laukaitis recently published a video on YouTube about his seven day visit to North Korea.
In it, he can be seen riding a roller coaster at an amusement park, partaking in a marathon and going to the cinema with other North Koreans.
Laukaitis said in the video:
“I feel like many documentaries and videos have been made about the politics of North Korea. Whereas, I simply wanted to make a video that would show you how your day to day life would look if you went there as a tourist.
“So, I didn’t really want to offer my opinions about whether things were staged or honest or good or bad. So please judge for yourself and take everything with a little pinch of salt.”
The avid traveler revealed in the video that his trip occurred two weeks after 21-year-old American college student Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
Warmbier was on a similar prearranged tour that all travelers must book to visit the militarized state.
For the past two and a half years, Laukaitis has traveled to over 45 different countries.
However, his fascination with North Korea never faded and he was determined to see it for himself.
“On our first day we went deep underground for a ride on the Pyongyang metro, which is the deepest subway system in the world. This was supposed to be a good chance to interact with the local people, but everyone seems to be too afraid to even look at us. Everytime I turn around I’d see people quickly turning their heads away as if they were never looking at me.”
Laukaitis’s fascinating footage shows viewers what they can expect if they were to book a prearranged tour into North Korea.
Upon arrival from Beijing, travelers must hand over their passports to authorities in Pyongyang.
Local guides are assigned to tourists who are strictly monitored throughout the entire trip. He leaves it at this:
“You can never be sure whether things were staged or not in North Korea because you are only shown what they want you to see. You can’t choose where or when you will be going to specific places, they simply tell you to hop on a bus and ask you to get off at one point or another.
“That is why I didn’t want to offer my opinion about whether things were staged or not, whether they were good or not, or honest or not. My goal was to show you what my day to day life looked like when I was there and let you make up your own mind and judge for yourself.”