Thanatourism or peace tourism: perceived value at a North Korean resort from an indigenous perspective
Version of Record online: 11 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 71–90, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Lee, C.-K., Bendle, L. J., Yoon, Y.-S. and Kim, M.-J. (2012), Thanatourism or peace tourism: perceived value at a North Korean resort from an indigenous perspective. Int. J. Tourism Res., 14: 71–90. doi: 10.1002/jtr.836
- Issue online: 8 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 11 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 30 JUN 2010
- Manuscript Received: 3 JAN 2010
- peace tourism;
- perceived value;
- Korean Peninsula
This paper examines the underlying factors that affected perceived value among South Korean tourists who visited the North Korean Mt Kumgang resort. Results identified emotional, functional and economic values as core elements that directly affected guest satisfaction, which influenced intentions to recommend and revisit. Seen as a peace tourism site when the Sunshine Policy of rapprochement guided inter-Korean strategy, we argue that the resort project is a heterotopia of comparison combining idealized cultural and contradictory political spaces in one place. Understanding this needs Korean ideas that lead to a thanatourism with an indigenous perspective, which is applicable to other non-Western thanatourism-like sites. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.