North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) is a country in East Asia occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula that lies between Korea Bay and the East Sea (Sea of Japan). It borders China to the north, Russia to the northeast and South Korea to the south.North Korea Map is shown below.
There is quite simply nowhere on Earth like North Korea. Now on its third hereditary ruler, this nominally communist state has defied all expectations and survived a quarter of a century since the collapse of the Soviet empire. This is your chance to visit the world’s most isolated nation, where the internet and much of the 21st century remain unknown, and millions live their lives in the shadow of an all-encompassing personality cult that intrudes on all aspects of daily life.
Few people even realise that it’s possible to visit North Korea, and indeed the compromises required to do so are significant. You’ll be accompanied by two state-employed guides at all times and hear a one-sided account of history. Those who can’t accept this might be better off staying away – but those who can will be able to undertake a fascinating journey into another, unsettling world.All the region can be seen in North Korea Map.
Tourist travel to North Korea is only possible as part of a guided tour. Independent travel is not permitted. If you are not prepared to accept severe limitations on your movements, behaviour, and freedom of expression, you should not travel to North Korea.Last year, tourism officials said the country wanted to attract 2million tourists a year by 2020. the process of obtaining tourist visas for North Korea is actually very simple.The only requirement is that you are booked on a pre-planned tour with two North Korean guides for the company.The guides have to be specially appointed by the country’s Ministry of Tourism and associated with one of the travel services based in the capital, Pyongyang.Even those travelling alone on a private tour must be accompanied by two guides.
North Korea is slowly opening up in terms of what is possible. these days you could probably stay another month as new cities and villages have been opened up.The Koreans are slowly waking up to see tourism as a potential source of income and are taking steps to increase the number of tourists visiting and where they can visit,
South Korea attractions including the statue of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a micro-brewery in Kaesong and light trekking to Mount Kumgang.The operator keeps in regular contact with its ground agents and follows the advice of the Foreign Office
The Foreign Office advice states that most visits to North Korea are trouble-free and that there is no immediate increased risk or danger to those living or travelling there.Moving through the border between North and South Korea requires special permission.Travellers should abide by the rules within the country, which include not walking around unaccompanied and refraining from taking photographs at certain locations if requested.Here is the North Korea Map.
- THE DMZ
- HEAVEN LAKE
- MT. MYOHYANGSAN TEMPLE
The official language is Korean. Note that North Koreans are quite picky about referring to Korean as Choseonmal, not hangungmal. Unlike South Korea, North Korea has abolished Chinese hanja characters and uses hangeul characters, known as Choseongul, exclusively.
Your guides will speak fairly decent and understandable English (some better than others) and will translate something if you wish. Other guides have the ability to speak both Korean and either Mandarin, German, Russian, Japanese, or Spanish, depending on where you come from. A visit to the DPRK around their holidays may give you more of a chance to interact with the locals.
- Kim Il Sung Square and the Arch of Triumph
- Mangyongdae Native House (where Kim Il Sung was born)
- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (Kim Il Sung’s Mausoleum – smart dress required)
- Juche Tower – a symbol of national self-reliance, based on Kim Il Sung’s “Juche Idea”
- Military Exhibition Centre.
- Taedong department store and local micro-brewery.
- Golden Lane Bowling Centre.
- North-South Korean border and DMZ.
- Pohyon Temple and the International Friendship Exhibition.
- Lake Sijung – a retreat during the Yi dynasty
- Ulim Waterfalls
- Mount Kumgang for light trekking
- Samil Lagoon
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