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North Korea Tours (4 itineraries)
Different from any other countries, North Korea is permeated with hidden mysteries and unspoiled charms. Focusing on the most popular destinations of the country, these private North Korea tours will satisfy your desire of approaching this 'Hermit Kingdom'.
North Korea Travel Guide
Basic FactsLocation: in the north of Korean Peninsula in the east of Asia
Area: 47,400 mi²(122,765 km²)
Population: 25.16 million (2015)
Time Zone: UTC+8:30
Administrative Division: eleven provinces including Pyongyang, Rason, South Pyongan, North Pyongan, Chagang, South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, Kangwon, South Hamgyong, North Hamgyong, Ryanggang and Sinuiju.
Religions and Beliefs: Cheondoism
Top Destinations & Attractions:Pyongyang: Kim Il-sung Square, Arch of Triumph, Mount Myohyang, Former Residence of Mangyongdae
Sinuiju: Yalu River Bridge, Tonggun Pavilion
Kaesong: Panmunjom, Koryo Museum, Tomb of King Wanggon
Best Time to GoThe best time to visit North Korea is in spring from March to May and autumn during September to October. In general, the country has a continental monsoon climate. There are also features of maritime climate in the south. The country has four distinctive seasons with an annual average temperature of 45~54F (8~12C). Summer is hot and rainy while winter is cold and dry. Visitors may wear T shirt, short pants in summer and bring thick clothes in winter.
The public transportation system in the country is not very developed, but the condition in Pyongyang is relatively better with subways, buses, and trains available.
You don't need to exchange for North Korea Won. Foreign visitors are only allowed to use Chinese Yuan, Euros, and US dollars in shops especially opened for foreigners. What's more, visitors should memorize some contact information in case of emergency.
HistoryBefore the cold war, the North Korea and South Korea used to be a unified feudal country on the Korean Peninsula. The first recorded feudal dynasty was Gija Joseon (1120 - 194 BC) and Pyongyang was its capital. Japanese came in and took control of the whole country since 1910. After the WWII, the Korea was divided into North Korea and South Korea ruled by the Soviet Union and the US respectively. At the end of Korean War, the North Korea, led by Kim Il-sung, gained its independence and established a socialist system. Many monuments were built to commemorate his leadership, such as Kim Il-sung Square and Arch of Triumph.
GeographyNorth Korea occupies the northern portion of the Korean Peninsula, sharing land borders with China and Russia on the north, and bordering South Korea along the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Yellow Sea and Korea Bay are on its west while the Sea of Japan is on the east. The longest river is the Amnok (Yalu) River which flows for 490 miles (790 kilometers).
The majority of the landscape of the country is hills and mountains separated by deep and narrow valleys. The highest point is Paektu Mountain, a volcanic mountain with an elevation of 9,003 feet (2,744 meters) above sea level. Mount Kumgang in the Taebaek Range, which extends into South Korea, is famous for its scenic beauty.
The coastal plains, where most North Korean people live, are wide in the west and discontinuous in the east. According to a United Nations Environmental Program report in 2003, forest covers over 70% of the country's land area, mostly on steep slopes.