Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jaclyn Reiss Globe Staff June 12, 2018 President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a document Tuesday asserting that the US president would provide unspecified “security guarantees” to Kim in exchange for the North Korea’s “commitment to complete denuclearization.”However, decades of fraught relations with North Korea didn’t seem to stop Trump from publicly heaping praise upon Kim, who has been accused of sending thousands of North Koreans to brutal labor camps and deliberately starving people in his nation, according to a 2014 UN report.Here’s a look at some things Trump said about Kim and North Korea on Tuesday that had some critics shaking their heads. Kim Jong Un is ‘talented’ and ‘loves his country very much’ Advertisement After meeting with Kim for several hours, Trump told … [Read more...] about Five things President Trump said about Kim Jong Un and North Korea that have critics seething
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Home Advice Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea?Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea? January 29, 2018 by Tim Winship Would I have qualms about attending the games in South Korea? I was recently asked that seemingly simple question, a question that would appear to fall well within my professional area of expertise. My initial response, with nary a hint of hesitation, was: No qualms at all. South Korea is a safe and stable country, with a robust economy, operating under the rule of law. Neither street crime (which was a concern surrounding the Rio Olympics) nor political unrest (a concern during the Beijing games) would be factors. It gradually dawned on me, however, that I was missing the point of the query. The 2018 Olympics (February 9 – 25) aren’t just taking place in South Korea; they’re taking place in Pyeongchang, a city just 50 miles from the border with North Korea. And therein lies the nub of the question: … [Read more...] about Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea?
Considering a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? I recommend you go for it. Not only will you be watching the best athletes in the world at their absolute peaks, but you will also find yourself in the middle of a global event with people from all over the world, and with the eyes of the world watching. These factors come together to make the Olympics a very special experience. I worked at and attended the past five summer Games, and count those sometimes excruciatingly long and hard days among the best experiences of my life. Those concerned with security should be heartened by recent news that North Korea has agreed to send athletes to the Winter Olympics this year. The Olympic Winter Games open on February 9 and close on February 25, while the Paralympic Games open March 8 and close on March 18. How to Get to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang If you are still researching airfares, other gateway options include airports in Yangyang and Wonju. U.S. citizens … [Read more...] about Winter Olympics 2018: Here’s What Travelers Need to Know
You may not be familiar with PyeongChang, the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but it has been a popular holiday destination for South Korean tourists seeking clean air and green pastures for years—even before it gained worldwide attention. With rugged mountains, ornate temples, and delectable local cuisine, this South Korean city has much to offer. PyeongChang, the 2018 Winter Olympic Games Host City Once the Olympics season is over, South Korea will be the eighth country in the world to have hosted both the Winter and Summer Olympics. To make matters even more interesting, this Winter Olympics season will introduce four new disciplines: mixed doubles curling, mixed team alpine skiing, big air snowboarding, and mass start speed skating. Related: 9 Travel Tips from Olympic Athletes What to Do in PyeongChang County The Olympic games have also triggered an infrastructure boom centered around the PyeongChang and its surrounding area. A new high-speed train route is … [Read more...] about Meet PyeongChang, the Host City of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Olympic glory, major celebrations, and out-of-this-world trips—welcome to the most intriguing places to visit in 2018. It will be a year packed with reasons to ditch the daily grind and expand your horizons. The Best Places to Visit in 2018 These 10 travel destinations are going big in the new year, welcoming world-stage events, major openings, and more. Orlando, Florida Orlando. In 2018, Orlando will get new flight routes from Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit, further expanding flight options from cities around the country. Hotels slated to open in 2018 include the boutique Delaney Hotel, Universal Orlando’s on-site Aventura Hotel, and the waterfront Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Orlando’s biggest attractions are getting bigger, too, with the addition of Fast & Furious—Supercharged at Universal Studios, Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plus new and improved rides at SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida. And earning its … [Read more...] about 10 Most Intriguing Places to Visit in 2018
Curious about which new travel trends might dominate your Instagram feed this year? They’re shaping up to be more than just fleeting food trends or hyper-futuristic travel technology—some could change the way you travel for good. 2018 Travel Trends to Watch Here are the travel trends that have been turning heads, and how they might impact you in 2018 and beyond. South Korea on the Rise Winter Olympics are sure to put South Korea on the map when Pyeongchang takes the world stage in February, and there are plenty of other reasons for travelers to start flocking to South Korea. Temples, palaces, cherry blossoms, and street food (read: kimchi) are just the beginning. The “K beauty” trend, focused on skincare products originating in Korea, has recently taken social media and the beauty-blogosphere by storm, but ultra-moisturizing skincare treatments and sheet masks have long been a cornerstone of South Korean beauty culture. Intriguing natural ingredients like snail … [Read more...] about 9 New Travel Trends to Watch in 2018
Looking to plan a trip around a weekend festival or worldly event in 2018? Then check out this list of festivals and events for every month this year. Can’t Miss Events and Festivals in 2018 From the Winter Olympics to a group yacht sail in Croatia, you’ll want to book a trip every month to these can’t-miss festivals and events. January: Harbin Ice Festival You’ll find this festival in northern China, near the country’s eastern border with Russia. Due to its climate and northern location, the city hosts the world’s biggest snow sculpture festival throughout the month of January. With more visitors coming every year, this winter wonderland festival is getting bigger and better. Head to Sun Island and Ice and Snow World to view the illuminated sculptures. Go: Check out G Adventures’ and Intrepid Travel’s tour options to this festival in 2018. Related: Get prices for Harbin hotels February: Winter Olympic Games In what’s sure to be … [Read more...] about 12 Festivals and Events Worth Traveling for in 2018
When the world’s best winter athletes flood into Pyeongchang, South Korea’s Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony, over 240 Team USA members will be in attendance. And while there’s no doubt that each athlete worked hard to get there, few ever really talk about how they got there: I don’t mean the long days of training or strict eating regimens, but how all these athletes actually fly themselves and all their necessities across the globe, often for competition after competition. How Olympic Athletes Travel Related:The Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List Choose the Window Seat Which seat someone selects can tell you a lot about what they value most when it comes to surviving a long-haul flight. Many athletes actually prefer the window seat in order to get as much sleep as possible. “I’ll take the window, because I know I’m going to sleep the whole time,” three-time Olympic luger Chris Mazder says. The average person might not be resting … [Read more...] about 9 Travel Tips from Olympic Athletes
My first, indirect impression of South Korea goes back to 1988, when a Moscow-based journalist colleague became one of the very few Soviet reporters to be sent to Seoul to cover that year’s summer Olympics. On his return, he was unusually taciturn and withdrawn. When I asked him how he liked South Korea, he pondered for a minute, as if mesmerised, and then said: ‘It was amazing: all those cars, buildings, people... It was like a funfair of life!’On the day of my own Korean Air flight from London to Seoul, nearly 30 years later, North Korea launched its most powerful ever ballistic missile into the skies. On the same day, a North Korean soldier escaped to the South by dashing across the border. He was shot at by North Korean border guards, but somehow survived. Probably not the best of times to begin my own search for the ‘funfair of life’. OLYMPIC DREAMSIt is an astounding fact, but the annual per capita GDP in South Korea, a nation that has no mineral … [Read more...] about South Korea – The funfair of life
I was recently asked a seemingly simple question, that would appear to fall well within my professional area of expertise: Is it safe to attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea? My initial response, with nary a hint of hesitation, was: Of course, South Korea is a safe and stable country, with a robust economy, operating under the rule of law. Neither street crime, which was a concern surrounding the 2016 Rio Olympics, nor political unrest, which could be a concern during the 2022 Beijing games, are safety issues for the 2018 Olympics. It gradually dawned on me, however, that the question is more complicated than those facts. Why? The 2018 Olympics (February 9 – 25) aren’t just taking place in South Korea; they’re taking place in Pyeongchang, a city just 50 miles from the border with North Korea. Related:Winter Olympics 2018: Here’s What Travelers Need to Know That’s the question: Could North Korea impact the 2018 Olympics’ safety? Might that … [Read more...] about 2018 Olympics Travel: Is South Korea Safe to Visit for the Games?