Want to go to summer camp in North Korea?
To many people in the world, this must be a crazy joke, right?
But it’s not. Here’s the story from China Daily online and our audio news department.
A summer camp in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea? It’s got one -and it’s got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts, not to mention a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il surrounded by children.
After some on-the-spot guidance from DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and a major facelift, the Songdowon International Children’s Camp reopened on Tuesday for this year’s foreign campers – more than 300 young children and teenagers from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland and Tanzania.
It goes on to say that the kids get to cook, swim, go boating and meet young people their own age from North Korea, officially known in China as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The annual camp has operated for almost 30 years. Campers sleep in air conditioned cabins and experience the best the country has to offer. There are TVs and video games and other luxuries, the article says.
Officials organized the summer camp to help deepen relations with friendly socialist and other countries. Young people from any country are welcome - even the United States.
So what do you say, fellow Americans? Ready to send your kids north of the 38th Parallel next summer for a couple of weeks?