North Korea is by no means an ordinary tourist destination! Unless there is a major change in the country’s circumstances under the new leadership of the youthful Kim Jong-un, visiting North Korea will remain something rarely available, and only for the fortunate few. Probably the most mysterious country in the world, sometimes known as ‘the Hermit Kingdom’, it has historically been controversial and has shut out the rest of the world. Therefore by only periodically opening and closing its doors to foreigners, it consequently remains one of the world’s most inaccessible countries with few international friends.
Tourists are drawn to this country out of pure curiosity. It is predictably austere. But simply put, North Korea’s sometimes dubious charms are absolutely fascinating. Most travellers come away quite impressed by the cleanliness and orderliness of the society. They marvel at things like the absence of everyday traffic, and relatively empty streets devoid of commercial advertising. On the other hand, visually North Korea has stunningly beautiful mountains surrounded by rich green agricultural regions untouched by tourism. The sea is beautifully clear and unpolluted. The country also has much to offer apart from scenic countryside. Many discerning travellers rank a visit to North Korea as their most interesting and memorable travel experience.
• Panmunjom and the DMZ
• Kim Il Sung Square
• 12th century tomb of King Kongmin
• The International Friendship Exhibition
• Pyongyang Metro
• The Children’s Palace
• USS Pueblo Kumsusan Memorial Palace
• Co Operative Farms
• The Great Wall & One Step Across
• Shanghai, Dandong & Beijing
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