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North Korea Travel

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North Korea travel probably isn't high on the list of most people. However, the country has recently been trying very hard to lure tourists and travelers for the money that they bring with them.

Located near Japan and the Yellow Sea, North Korea borders China and South Korea. Its continental climate means mild temperatures in autumn and spring, hot, humid and rainy summers and cold, snowy winters. The country's terrain is mainly mountainous with steep valleys

The result of the Korean War (a war where peace still has not been declared), North Korea is the communist governed half of the former country. A mismanaged economy and ramshackle buildings characterize the country. A heavily armed nation, North Korea suffers a lack of necessities yet experiments with nuclear weapons. The government also imposes severe punishment for speaking against the regime so personal opinions may be best kept to oneself while in-country.

The Mass Games held in the summer best epitomize the North Korean philosophy - the show with its grandeur and synchrony even forming a giant portrait of the current leader.

The cult of personality surrounding the country's ruling family is ever present. In fact, Kim Jong II's face decorates all institutions, homes, and even public places. The Kim Il-sung six-meter statue is a major traveller destination. Recently opened to US citizens, the Kumsusan Memorial Palace is a mausoleum, housing the preserved body of the late "Father of the Whole Nation".

Travelers to North Korea must follow the rules and guidelines to avoid imprisonment or an international scandal, and visitors should keep close contact with embassies or their own government to ensure their safe return. Despite its many cons, North Korea is still an exotic place. Four and five star hotels in the capital Pyongyang offer luxurious accommodation for visitors, though outside the city suffers from a lack of serious tourist infrastructure.

Quick Info:

Capital: Pyongyang

Language(s): Korean

Religion(s): Buddhist and Confucian

Currency: North Korean won (KPW)

Electricity Voltage: 220V

Calling Code: +850

Popular Travel Destinations:

  • The Arch of Triumph
  • Mount Kumgang
  • North Hwanghae

Official Website: www.visitkorea.or.kr/

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*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.

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