Typical English village with telephone booth and trams – on the border of NORTH KOREAOn March 13, 2018 by Margot
North Korea is not thought of as a home away from home for most Britons, however, there is one spot that many Britons might be surprised to recognise.
The typical quaint English village is home to quintessential British icons such as telephone boxes, trams and castles.
Yet this village isn’t found in the UK – it is actually on the border of North Korea, one of the most dangerous places in the world.
Just a few miles from the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which separates North Korea and South Korea, it is found in the town of Paju in Seoul.
Dubbed ‘mini England’ – with its official name being ‘The Gyeonggi English Village’, it is home to a number of recognisable British items.
Bright red telephone boxes, a Post Office, and even trams can be found scattered throughout the faux British village.
Landmarks are also part of the village including Tower Bridge, Stonehenge and even Beefeaters.
Fancy some culture? English musicals are shown in both indoor and outdoor theatres.
Tourists can end the day with some local fish and chips washed down with a beer.
Over 8,824km from the UK, sadly it hasn’t been the most successful venture.
It opened in April 2006 at a cost of $83.1 million (£59.8 million), but visitors have fallen over the years.
Renovations are hoping to entice Korean students to the area who want a taste of the British lifestyle.
Whilst it is mainly home to English-speaking tutors of which 700 live on the campus, tourists do still visit the area for a day trip.
Claudia Hart, from Florida, wrote on TripAdvisor: “At Gyeonggi English Village, they have the unique opportunity to create, produce, and perform the own musical.
“Each year they produce three original musical theatre productions, three interactive mini-musicals, and two big musical revues (for Christmas and a Korean holiday called Children’s Day).
“They also tour shows during the year which the perform in Korean schools throughout the Gyeonggi Province…they are very talented young people.”
Travellers heading to North Korea should check the current travel advice as it has been cited one of the most dangerous places in the world in 2018.