Using tourism to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula

Seong Seop Kim, Bruce Prideaux, Jillian Prideaux

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This paper assesses the proposition that tourism has some potential to act as a mechanism for promoting international peace by examining the reactions of South Korean tourists who have visited Mt. Gumgang, a newly developed resort area in North Korea. The paper finds that the opportunity to visit the latter country had a positive impact on South Koreans and there are positive indications of an opportunity for tourism to facilitate better intergovernmental relations. From a theoretical perspective, the paper draws on the international relations literature to examine possible roles for tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-309
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • liberalism
  • Mt. Gumgang
  • North Korea
  • peace
  • realism
  • South Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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