The lived travel experience to North Korea

Philipp Wassler, Markus Rolf Schuckert

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As a consequence, the experience of visiting the country is still poorly understood by academics and practitioners alike. In order to fill this research void, this study aims to describe the essence of the lived experience of travelling to North Korea, following an approach embedded in the philosophical underpinnings of transcendental phenomenology. Based on eight narratives by tourists who have visited the country, the essence of the lived North Korea travel experience is identified as comprising dimensions of trepidation, self-regulation, doubt, and catharsis. Discussing the findings through a tourism lens, suggestions for further research are made and theoretical as well as methodological contributions are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Lived experience
  • North Korea
  • Phenomenology
  • Transcendental

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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