Reasons why I liked North Korea – Visiting DPRK Explicit

João Leitão
Updated on July 11, 2018
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Reasons why I liked North Korea - Visiting DPRK Explicit

Reasons why I liked North Korea – Visiting DPRK Explicit

North Korea

People often point out reasons to dislike North Korea.

Personally I only travel to enjoy places and things such as colors, people, little details, architecture, sounds, tastes, sunsets, smiles, etc.

Because I never travel to dislike or criticize, on this page I will show you 88 images – photos – reasons that made me like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The city of Pyongyang has hundreds of monuments and memorial murals. The mural of the Workers Party Monument if very nice

The city of Pyongyang has hundreds of monuments and memorial murals. Photo of the Workers Party Monument.

Whatever reasons you might have to criticize DPRK, I invite you to indulge yourself to discover one of the least visited countries in the world.

DPRK is indeed a fascinating destination with a very beautiful culture and ancient history.

NOTE: this page is not politically biased nor am I writing on behalf of someone or any government. This page is about DPRK traveling and tourism. The reasons why I enjoyed my time in North Korea are immense – the same way I have many reasons to enjoy all the other more than 120 countries I have visited.

What does North Korea look like?

Upper view over Downtown Pyongyang

Upper view over Downtown Pyongyang

DPRK cities were heavily bombed and turned to rubble by the US during the Korean War, so most of the infrastructure in the country is built in a socialist Soviet architecture style, also called as Socialist Classicism or Stalinist architecture. Some buildings were done in Korean architecture style as well. As in many countries in the world, cities are more developed than countryside villages. In the mountains many wooden Buddhist monasteries survived the war.

Woljong Buddhist Temple in North Korea

Woljong Buddhist Temple in North Korea

In terms of present development, and in my modest opinion, DPRK resembles a mix of many countries in Central Asia like Uzbekistan or Tajikistan, or, it even gives you a glimpse of how some socialist countries in Central and Eastern Europe such as Poland, Russia and Moldova used to be many years ago.

Video of central Pyongyang:

NOTE: Also read my page Visit Pyongyang – A different look at North Korea’s capital

❤️ 88 Reasons why I liked the DPRK

Are you ready for a quick tour in North Korea?

Let’s go!

1- Air Koryo Korean Airways red carpet

Air Koryo red carpet at Beijing airport - welcoming detail. Air Koryo Korean Airways is the national airline of North Korea.

Air Koryo Korean Airways red carpet

Air Koryo red carpet at Beijing airport – welcoming detail. Air Koryo Korean Airways is the national airline of North Korea.

2- Outside Train Station in Pyongyang

Train Station in Pyongyang - this station serves most of the bigger cities in DPRK and also two international night connections to Beijing and Moscow.

Outside Train Station in Pyongyang

Train Station in Pyongyang – this station serves most of the biggest cities in DPRK and also two international night connections to Beijing and Moscow.

3- Bedroom at Yanggakdo International Hotel

My room in Yanggakdo International Hotel - very comfortable and high quality accommodation while in Pyongyang. TV, air-con, private toilet.

Bedroom at Yanggakdo International Hotel

My room in Yanggakdo International Hotel – very comfortable and high quality accommodation while in Pyongyang. TV, air-con, private toilet.

4- Yanggakdo International Hotel welcome card

"Warm Welcome" card in Yanggakdo International Hotel bedroom

Yanggakdo International Hotel welcome card

Warm Welcome card in Yanggakdo International Hotel bedroom.

5- Pyongyang view from hotel window

My bedroom view from the 29th floor at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang

Pyongyang view from hotel window

My bedroom window view from the 29th floor at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang.

6- North Korean donuts

You can get these tasty North Korean donuts topped with sugar.

North Korean donuts

You can get these tasty North Korean donuts topped with sugar.

7- Socialist Art

Socialist Art in North Korea. You can enjoy very nice hand-painted billboards depicting social, cultural, political and military aspects of Korean life.

Socialist Art

Socialist Art in North Korea. You can enjoy very nice hand-painted billboards depicting social, cultural, political and military aspects of Korean life.

8- Sending postcards from DPRK

You can send postcards from DPRK back home to your family and friends. North Korea send to all countries.

Sending postcards from DPRK

You can send postcards from DPRK back home to your family and friends. North Korean postal service sends to all countries in the world.

9- Political hand painted posters

Political propaganda hand painted poster. I love these paintings depicting the enemies of North Korea.

Political hand painted posters

Political propaganda hand painted poster. I love these paintings depicting the enemies of North Korea.

10- People working on the fields

Agriculture is North Korea is booming, all the fields are harvested and cropped during the season. I was surprised with this scenario. Interesting on this picture we can see a traditional way of agriculture - with a cow pulling a plow like in Portugal, my country.

People working on the fields

Agriculture in North Korea is booming, all the fields are harvested and cropped during the season. I was surprised with this scenario. Interesting on this picture is that we can see a traditional way of agriculture – with a cow pulling a plow like in Portugal, my country.

11- Shopping for food and exotic products

Shopping in North Korea is a must. Probably the most famous products of the country is the famous Ginseng root.

Shopping for food and exotic products

Shopping for food in North Korea is a must. Probably the most famous product of the country is the well-known Ginseng root. Exotic liqueurs, cookies and mountain mushrooms are also available.

12- Korean calligraphy

Korean calligraphy is very beautiful and full written  panels create an intense yet balanced script.

Korean calligraphy

Korean calligraphy is very beautiful and full written panels create an intense yet balanced script.

13- Temple Complex of Songgyungwan in Kaesong

Visiting the Temple Complex of Songgyungwan in Kaesong where the Koryo Museum is, will give you a better idea of the history of Korea.

Temple Complex of Songgyungwan in Kaesong

Visiting the Temple Complex of Songgyungwan in Kaesong, where the Koryo Museum is located, will give you a more accurate idea of the history of Korea.

14- Victorious War Museum gate

Victorious War Museum impressive entrance gate in Pyongyang

Victorious War Museum gate

Victorious War Museum impressive entrance gate in Pyongyang.

15- DMZ – Korea’s demilitarized zone

In Panmunjom you can visit the complex of the Korea's demilitarized zone often called as DMZ.

DMZ – Korea’s demilitarized zone

In Panmunjom you can visit the complex of the Korea’s demilitarized zone often called as DMZ. On the picture you can notice a line crossing the blue buildings. That is the actual border line between the two countries.

16- Dragon Mountain pic-nic park

The park in the Dragon Mountain has a huge dragon sculpted in the pic-nic area.

Dragon Mountain pic-nic park

The park in the Dragon Mountain has a huge dragon sculpted in the pic-nic area.

17- Conference Table room in DMZ

You can visit and go inside the building of the DMZ and sit down at the Conference Table in the border of South and North Korea.

Conference Table room in DMZ

You can visit and go inside the building of the DMZ and sit down at the Conference Table in the border of South and North Korea. Two North Korean soldiers stand guard in the conference room inside the demilitarized zone.

18- Panmunjom and Korean War armistice

You can visit the Panmunjom where the Korean War armistice was signed on July 27th 1953.

Panmunjom and Korean War armistice

You can visit the Panmunjom where the Korean War armistice was signed on July 27th 1953.

19- Agriculture and rural life

North Korea is a very non-mechanical country. Like in many parts of Morocco - where I live, cropping and taking care of the land manually is a part of daily life.

Agriculture and rural life

North Korea is a very non-mechanical country. Like in many parts of Morocco – where I live, cropping and taking care of the land manually is a part of daily life.

20- Pagoda in Songgyungwan

Beautiful stone pagoda in the Temple Complex of Songgyungwan

Pagoda in Songgyungwan

Beautiful stone pagoda in the Temple Complex of Songgyungwan.

21- Dogs in DPRK

Although dog meat makes part of the national DPRK recipe book, there are many cute puppies around the country.

Dogs in DPRK

Although dog meat makes part of the national DPRK recipe book, there are many cute puppies around the country.

22- Traditional Korean Pansanggi

Traditional Korean pansanggi is a set of dishes for a table that ranges from 5 to 11 different dishes without counting boiled rice and soup.

Traditional Korean Pansanggi

Traditional Korean pansanggi is a set of dishes for a table that ranges from 5 to 11 different dishes without counting boiled rice and soup.

23- Guided tour with a Korean War veteran

You can meet this North Korean retired officer that explains you about the Korean War and the separation wall

Guided tour with a Korean War veteran

You can meet this North Korean retired officer that explains to you about the Korean War and the separation wall.

24- Korean separation wall

In the Korean separation wall, from the Northern side you can use binoculars to inspect the South Korean bases

Korean separation wall

In the Korean separation wall, from the Northern side you can use binoculars to inspect the South Korean bases.

25- North Korea villages

Villages and countryside of North Korea is simple, clean and very rural. Totally reminds me of Uzbekistan or even Alentejo region of Portugal.

North Korea villages

Villages and countryside in North Korea are simple, clean and very rural. They clearly remind me of Uzbekistan or even Alentejo, a province of Portugal.

26- Pyongyang by night

The upper view of Pyongyang by night is amazing.

Pyongyang by night

The upper view of Pyongyang by night is amazing.

27- Organization, cleanness, order

Organization. The country is very organized and everything goes by the rules. People line up to take the tram something totally opposite to neighboring China for example.

Organization, cleanness, order

Organization. The country is very organized and everything goes by the rules. People line up to take the tram, which is completely opposite to neighboring China, for example – where people fight each other to get into public transportation.

28- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun located in Pyongyang is the actual memorial place for Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il - former leaders of the DPRK.

Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun located in Pyongyang is the actual memorial place for Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il – former leaders of the DPRK. Many people come here to pay their respect to them.

29- Juche Tower

The 170 meters / 560 feet  Juche Tower is great. You can go up on an elevator and enjoy amazing views over Pyongyang

Juche Tower

The 170 meters / 560 feet Juche Tower is great. You can go up in an elevator and enjoy amazing views over Pyongyang.

30- Downtown Pyongyang skyline

Modern Downtown Pyongyang has a lot of new buildings

Downtown Pyongyang skyline

Modern Downtown Pyongyang has a lot of new buildings.

31- Workers Party Monument in Pyongyang

Workers Party Monument in Pyongyang reflects the social-Marxism-Leninism views of DPRK politics

Workers Party Monument in Pyongyang

The Workers Party of Korea monument was erected in October 1995. The monument depicts a hammer, a sickle, a brush seized by a worker, a farmer and an intellectual. The belt represents the unity of the leader, the party and the people.

32- Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il painting

This is a famous painting of the leaders North Korea, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il

Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il painting

This is a famous painting of the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

33- Kim Jong-un haircut

Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un modern haircut. It seems that Kim Jong-Un actually cuts his hair by himself

Kim Jong-un haircut

Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un modern haircut is very stylish. It seems that Kim Jong-un actually cuts his hair by himself.

34- Socialist Classicism buildings

Socialist Classicism buildings in Pyongyang. The capital of DPRK has many great examples of functional Socialist architecture.

Socialist Classicism buildings

Socialist Classicism buildings in Pyongyang. The capital of DPRK has many great examples of functional Socialist architecture.

35- North Korean young soldiers

North Korean young soldiers in the Victorious War Museum in Pyongyang

North Korean young soldiers

North Korean young soldiers in the Victorious War Museum in Pyongyang.

36- Wooden painted ancient buildings

Amazing wooden painted building. North Korean still has great examples of ancient architecture where painted wood depicts amazingly colorful designs.

Wooden painted ancient buildings

Amazing wooden painted building. North Korean still has great examples of ancient architecture where painted wood depicts amazingly colorful designs.

37- Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph

The 60 meters / 197 feet Pyongyang Arch of Triumph is the is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world and was erected to built to commemorate the Korean resistance to the Japanese invasion.

Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph

The 60 meters / 197 feet Pyongyang Arch of Triumph is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world and was erected to commemorate the Korean resistance to the Japanese invasion.

38- Pyongyang-Kaesong highway

Highway road system in North Korea. Although there are not many cars in the country, there is a good highway system. The picture if of the Pyongyang-Kaesong freeway.

Pyongyang-Kaesong highway

Highway road system in North Korea. Although there are not many cars in the country, there is a good highway system. The picture shows the Pyongyang-Kaesong freeway.

39- US vehicles exhibit

US vehicles from the 50's. In the Victorious War Museum in Pyongyang you can see several types of tanks, 4X4 and airplanes from the times of the Korean War.

US vehicles exhibit

US vehicles from the 50’s. In the Victorious War Museum in Pyongyang you can see several types of tanks, 4X4 and airplanes from the times of the Korean War.

40- Sunset over Ryugyong Hotel

Sunset over Ryugyong Hotel and the Victorious War Museum's sculptures.

Sunset over Ryugyong Hotel

Sunset over Ryugyong Hotel and the Victorious War Museum’s sculptures.

41- Socialist five star

The Socialist five star design is present everywhere.

Socialist five star

The Socialist five star design is present everywhere.

42- Victorious War Museum in Pyongyang

The Victorious War Museum in the capital of DPRK is a must visit.

Victorious War Museum in Pyongyang

The Victorious War Museum in the capital of DPRK is a must-visit place and will help you understand a bit more about the Korean War conflict.

43- Kim Il-sung statue in Kaesong

The enormous statue of the Leader  Kim Il-Sung in Kaesong.

Kim Il-sung statue in Kaesong

The enormous statue of the Leader Kim Il-sung in Kaesong.

44- Colors

Colorful North Korea. Highly color contrasts of building are normal urban design practice.

Colors

Colorful North Korea. Highly color contrasts of buildings are normal urban design practice.

45- Pyongyang Ice Rink

Pyongyang Ice Rink located in the city center.

Pyongyang Ice Rink

Pyongyang Ice Rink located in the city center.

46- Korean Cold Noodles

Korean Cold Noodles are strangely tasty.

Korean Cold Noodles

Korean Cold Noodles are strangely tasty.

47- Threshing grains on the road

In DPRK countryside people use the road asphalt for threshing grains.

Threshing grains on the road

In DPRK countryside, people use the road asphalt for threshing grains.

48- Triumphal Arch of Pyongyang by night

The Triumphal Arch of Pyongyang by night is amazing.

Triumphal Arch of Pyongyang by night

The Triumphal Arch of Pyongyang by night is amazing.

49- Downtown Pyongyang

Downtown Pyongyang is clean, modern and colorful.

Downtown Pyongyang

Downtown Pyongyang is clean, modern and colorful.

50- Mansudae Fountain in Pyongyang

The Mansudae Fountain is dedicated to Kim Il-sung. This fountains is located right in front of the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang.

Mansudae Fountain in Pyongyang

The Mansudae Fountain is dedicated to Kim Il-sung. This fountain is located right in front of the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang.

51- Grand Monuments on Mansu Hill

You can buy flowers and respectfully bow before the giant statue of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il.

Grand Monuments on Mansu Hill

You can buy flowers and respectfully bow before the giant statue of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill.

52- South Korean military bases

From the DZM you can spot the South Korean military bases and the separation wall.

South Korean military bases

From the DZM you can spot the South Korean military bases and the separation wall.

53- Kim Il-sung mural

A very beautiful mural in Chollima Steel Factory depicts the DPRK leader Kim Il Sung talking to workers. The actual stone where he sited is still in place.

Kim Il-sung mural

A very beautiful mural in Chollima Steel Factory depicts the DPRK leader Kim Il-sung talking to workers. The actual stone where he sat is still in the same place.

54- Juche friendship’s wall

It seems Portugal is the one that has more commemorative plates on the Juche friendship's wall in the Pyongyang's Juche Tower.

Juche friendship’s wall

It seems that Portugal is the country that has more commemorative plates on the Juche friendship’s wall in the Pyongyang’s Juche Tower. You can read “O Comité Português de Estudo do Kimilsunismo”.

55- Socialist DPRK posters

You can buy very nice socialist art posters from the DPRK

Socialist DPRK posters

You can buy very nice socialist art posters from the DPRK.

56- Chollima Steel Factory Complex in Nampo

Visiting the Chollima Steel Complex in Nampo city.

Chollima Steel Complex in Nampo

Visiting the Chollima Steel Factory Complex in Nampo city. You can tour around a real steel factory and see how workers handle this hard job.

57- Korean Koryo architecture

Stylized and sober details in Korean Koryo architecture

Korean Koryo architecture

Stylized and sober details in Korean Koryo architecture.

58- Korean children

Korean children are so friendly, curious, cute and welcoming.

Korean children

Korean children are so friendly, curious, cute and welcoming.

59- North Korean family life

Koreans are very family oriented and from early age they engage in family life.

North Korean family life

Koreans are very family oriented and from early age they engage themselves in family life.

60- Kaeson Youth Park

Kaeson Youth Park - Theme Park in Pyongyang - DPRK

Kaeson Youth Park – Theme Park in Pyongyang – DPRK

Kaeson Theme Park is located in Moran Hill. Completed in 1984 it has at least 10 different varieties of machines. The Buddhist Temple Ryonghwa is also located in this park.

61- Couple walking near the Tower of Juche Idea

Couple walking in the Tower of Juche Idea complex in Pyongyang.

Couple walking near the Tower of Juche Idea

Couple walking in the Tower of Juche Idea complex in Pyongyang.

62- Autumn in DPR Korea

I traveled to DPRK during the beautiful Autumn season when all the trees have amazing different colors.

Autumn in DPR Korea

I traveled to DPRK during the beautiful Autumn season when all the trees have amazing different colors.

63- Korean people singing and dancing

Korean people love to sing and dance. Apart from the national addiction called Karaoke, Korean men and women love to dance, sing and have fun.

Korean people singing and dancing

Korean people love to sing and dance. Apart from the national addiction called Karaoke, Korean men and women love to dance, sing and have fun.

64- Kim Il Sung native home in Mangyongdae

President Kim Il Sung native home in Mangyongdae. The house is made of traditional straw-thatched construction.

Kim Il Sung native home in Mangyongdae

President Kim Il Sung native home in Mangyongdae. The house is made of traditional straw-thatched construction.

65- North Korean ice-creams

North Koreans love ice creams and you can notice people buying them on a daily basis.

NNorth Korean ice-creams

North Koreans love ice creams and you can notice people buying them on a daily basis.

66- Snow – Winter mural

This mural with snow is probably one of the most beautiful I've see in DPRK. I guess I'm attracted to the contrast of the white snow and the blue coat of middle figure.

Snow – Winter mural

This mural with snow is probably one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in DPRK. I guess I’m attracted to the contrast of the white snow and the blue coat of the middle figure.

67- Inside Pyongyang Train Station

Inside Pyongyang Train Station is amazing. It seems a trip back in time.

Inside Pyongyang Train Station

Inside Pyongyang Train Station it is amazing. It seems a trip back in time.

68- Sunset in Sariwon

Sunset in Sariwon. Amazing strong red colors with the nice reflex on the lake.

Sunset in Sariwon

Sunset in Sariwon. Amazing strong red colors with the nice reflex on the lake.

69- 1700-year-old Anak Tomb No.3

The King Kogukwon's mausoleum often called as the Anak Tomb No.3 has 1700-year-old frescoes. This UNESCO site was one of the highlights of my trip to North Korea.

1700-year-old Anak Tomb No.3

The King Kogukwon’s mausoleum often called as the Anak Tomb No.3 has 1700-year-old frescoes. This UNESCO site was one of the highlights of my trip to North Korea.

70- Korean food

Korean food is so tasty, healthy and with great variety.

Korean food

Korean food is quite tasty, healthy and with a great variety of products.

71- Samsong Temple

Samsong Temple was build in the end of Koryo dynasty to hold memorial services for Tangun, founder of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom.

Samsong Temple

Samsong Temple was built at the end of Koryo dynasty to hold memorial services for Tangun, founder of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom.

72- Pyeonghwa Motors car

North Korean made Pyeonghwa Motors car.

Pyeonghwa Motors car

North Korean made Pyeonghwa Motors car.

73- Mt. Kuwol Natural Park

Forest in Mt. Kuwol Natural Park. In addition to an incredible nature of the beautiful Mt. Kuwol Natural Park there are still several Buddhist monasteries and many tombs of kings of ancient Korean dynasties.

Mt. Kuwol Natural Park

Forest in Mt. Kuwol Natural Park. In addition to an incredible nature of the beautiful Mt. Kuwol Natural Park there are still several Buddhist monasteries and many tombs of kings of ancient Korean dynasties.

74- Mt. Kuwol

Mt. Kuwol literally means Mt. September because it is particularly beautiful in this month of the year.

Mt. Kuwol

Mt. Kuwol literally means Mt. September because it is particularly beautiful in this month of the year.

75- Traditional Korean women dresses

Beautiful yellow traditional Korean dress.

Traditional Korean women dresses

Beautiful yellow traditional Korean dress.

Woman with a traditional Korean blue dress and statues with the past leader Kim Il Sung.

Traditional Korean dress and statue

Woman with a traditional Korean blue dress and statues with the past leader Kim Il-sung.

76- Woljong Temple

The Woljong Temple is arguably the most impressive Buddhist temple in North Korea. Wooden architecture and murals dating from the ninth century. I had the opportunity to have a private Buddhist ceremony given by the monk who takes care of the temple. Fascinating place.

Woljong Temple

The Woljong Temple is undoubtedly the most impressive Buddhist temple in North Korea. Wooden architecture and murals dating from the ninth century. I had the opportunity to attend a private Buddhist ceremony given by the monk who takes care of the temple. Fascinating place.

77- Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang

Kim Il Sung Square is the main square of the country where political events, mass demonstrations, important meetings and parades are held on official holidays.

Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang

Kim Il-sung Square is the main square of the country where political events, mass demonstrations, important meetings and parades are held on official holidays.

78- Pyongyang Metro

Pyongyang Metro is the deepest subway system in the world, 120 meters /  394 feet below ground and can therefore be used as a shelter in case of armed conflict. Some of the subway's stations are breathtaking.

Pyongyang Metro

Pyongyang Metro is the deepest subway system in the world, 120 meters / 394 feet below ground and can therefore be used as a shelter in case of armed conflict. Some of the subway stations are breathtaking.

79- U.S. ship Pueblo

In the Victorious War Museum you can visit the U.S. ship Pueblo seized by North Korean naval vessels.

U.S. ship Pueblo

In the Victorious War Museum you can visit the U.S. ship Pueblo, seized by North Korean naval vessels.

80- Taedongmun Gate

Taedongmun built in mid-6th century was the East gate of the walled city of Pyongyang.

Taedongmun Gate

Taedongmun Gate built in mid-6th century was the East gate of the walled city of Pyongyang.

81- North Korean war memorials

Many war memorials are spread around the rural areas of the DPRK.

North Korean war memorials

Many war memorials are spread around the rural areas of the DPRK.

82- Sariwon City Folk Museum

Mosaics depicting Korean traditional life, with women cooking vegetables. This set of mosaics can be found at the Sariwon City Fold Museum.

Sariwon City Folk Museum

Mosaics depicting Korean traditional life, with women cooking vegetables. This set of mosaics can be found at the Sariwon City Folk Museum.

83- Yellow Sea

Yellow Sea Village in the DPRK.

Yellow Sea

Yellow Sea Village just near the West Sea Barrage.

84- Traffic Police

Traffic Police in North Korea are always very active and maintain road order.

Traffic Police

Traffic Police in North Korea are always very active and maintain road order.

85- Taking photos with DPRK officials

Taking photos with DPRK officials.

Taking photos with DPRK officials.

Taking photos with DPRK officials

86- Marriage celebrations

During weekends many couples profit from the good weather to make pics of their most memorable day. Marriage celebration and family photos.

Marriage celebrations

During weekends many couples profit from the good weather to make pics of their most memorable day. Marriage celebration and family photos.

87- Train from Pyongyang to Beijing

The train from Pyongyang to Beijing takes about a 24-hour journey from the capital of DPRK to the capital of China. The landscape of North Korea is very beautiful and less industrialized than China

Train from Pyongyang to Beijing

The train from Pyongyang to Beijing takes about a 24-hour journey from the capital of DPRK to the capital of China. The landscape of North Korea is very beautiful and less industrialized than China.

88- Korean STOP road sign

Korean STOP road sign.

Korean STOP road sign.

Korean STOP road sign.

I end this page with a small video I made of some friendly DPRK soldiers happily dancing while they relax off-duty.

Is it possible to travel in North Korea? Yes, the country is open to tourism and many companies do organize guided tours.

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