ATTRACTIONS: (a few major)
A trip to North Korea can be a daunting experience, and western tourists must join an organized tour, one approved by the North Korean authorities. Most of those tours originate in China and require an inordinate amount of paperwork. Independent travel is not permitted. Two government-approved local guides accompany the tour at all times.
Mobile phones can be brought into the country, however there is no network coverage with the SIM card. Local SIM cards may be purchased at the Pyongyang Airport. There is no 3G access or international texting.
Internet facilities are limited. There are no public internet cafes or business centers with web access in the hotels. Most of the larger hotels have internet access available, but this needs to be applied for several days in advance.
There are very strict regulations regarding taking photographs. It is always best to check with the guide as to what is permissible.
Once inside this secretive country, travelers are ushered into the rebuilt capital city of Pyongyang, for endless views of monuments and statues of the now-deceased "Eternal President" Kim Il-sung that grace the extra-wide avenues and sparkling-clean parks.
The biggest attraction in North Korea is undoubtedly its remarkable architecture. Pyongyang has a number of outstanding structures such as the Juche Tower, the Grand Theatre, Palace of Culture, the Gates of Pyongyang and the Arch of Triumph.
Note: From the U.S. Department of State: "The Department of State recommends U.S. citizens to not travel to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). The North Korean government will detain, prosecute, and sentence anyone who enters the DPRK without first having received explicit, official permission and an entry visa from its government."
- Calling Code: 850
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
- Drive on the: Right
- Times to Travel: The favorite times of year for travel to North Korea are May or June and September or October.
July and August tend to be hot, humid and overcast. Winters can be freezing cold with sub-zero temperatures. Tours generally begin in March and end in November.
Mid-August until mid-October is an exciting time to visit as the Arirang Festival's Mass Games take place.
TOURISM SITES AND LINKS:
- Explore North Korea
- Historical Sites
- Juche Travel Services
- Korea Discovery
- Korea Konsult
- Koryo Tours
- North Korea Travel
- Parks and Gardens
- Revolutionary Sites
- UNESCO Sites
- Young Pioneer Tours
PASSPORTS - TRAVEL VISAS - WARNINGS:
North Korea Photographs
An ancient image of the Buddha, Mount Kumgang, North Korea