If you goAbout 300 U.S. tourists travel to North Korea annually between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, the period coinciding with the Arirang Festival (commonly called "mass games") in the capital city of Pyongyang. This is the only time American tourists are allowed, according to Walter Keats, president of Asia-Pacific Travel in Kenilworth, Ill. Truly independent travel is not permitted; visitors are required to have government "escorts," who are with you whenever you leave your hotel.
FOR THE RECORD
North Korea: In Sunday's Travel section, an article about visiting North Korea, where tourism is highly controlled, contained incorrect contact information for an agency that arranges trips to the country. The correct telephone number for Koryo Tours, based in Beijing, is 011-86-10-6416-7544, and the e-mail address is email@example.com.