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North Korea's Information

Flag of North Korea
Land Area 120,408 km2
Water Area 130 km2
Total Area 120,538km2 (#97)
Population 25,115,311 (#51)
Population Density 208.59/km2
Government Type Communist State
GDP (PPP) $40.00 Billion
Currency Won (KPW)
More Information North Korea
Largest Cities

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.



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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

North Korea Trivia

What Type of Government Does North Korea Have?

The government of North Korea has been dominated by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea since 1948. It has been described as a socialist state and a totalitarian dictatorship.

What Type of Government Does North Korea Have?

Who is the Current Leader of North Korea?

Kim Jong-Un is the current leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, often called North Korea. He was born on either January 8, 1984 or July 5th, 1984, however, no literature has documented his exact date of birth.

Who is the Current Leader of North Korea?

Which Is The Most Popular Religion In North Korea?

Officially, North Korea is an atheist state. 64.3% of the nation’s population is irreligious. Korean Shamanism, Chondoism, Buddhism, and Christianity have a significant presence in the country. The first two of these religions are practiced by 16% and 13.5% of the country’s population respectively.

Religious Beliefs In North Korea

What Is The Juche Ideology Of North Korea?

The Juche Ideology is North Korea’s official state ideology. The country’s government works on the basis of this ideology whose core principle states that “man is the master of everything and decides everything. Juche is also considered guide North Korea’s people to inculcate a “spirit of self-reliance” and take an “independent stand.”

What Is The Juche Ideology Of North Korea?

What is the Biggest City in North Korea?

Pyongyang is North Korea's capital and largest city with more than 3 million residents.

Biggest Cities In North Korea

Which Is The Largest Ethnic Group In North Korea?

North Korea has a racially homogeneous population comprising of ethnic Koreans. Only a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese reside in the country.

Ethnic Groups Of North Korea

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