Kimchi in Cambodia
January 19, 2012 11:40 AM Subscribe
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The small village of Siem Reap, Cambodia has mushroomed since the 19th century French discovery
of Angkor Wat
. It is now Southeast Asia's most visited tourist destination, notably among South Koreans. In 2010, they accounted for 12% of foreign visitors to the region, ranking just below neighboring Vietnam
. But the sprawling temples of Angkor may not be the first stop on every South Korean's itinerary.
On the frosty Korean Peninsula, relations between North and South are perennially tense. But here amid the balmy breezes of this Cambodian tourist town, Koreans from both sides of the border are enthusiastically fraternizing at the North Korean restaurant as if reunification were just days away [NYT].
FTA: A meal at a Pyongyang restaurant is one of the more expensive in town. In a country where a bowl of noodles costs $1.50, a hungry customer can easily pay $100 for a simple meal of kimchi, beef shoulder, stir-fried squid and a bottle of wine.
Cash-strapped North Korea has been exploring capitalism outside its borders, opening several more "Pyongyang" restaurants in Dhaka