Hermit Kingdom travel primer: what to know before you visit North Korea
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Places in North Korea
An ideological statement forged in concrete, bronze and marble, Pyongyang (평양; 'flat land') is the ultimate totalitarian metropolis, built almost entirely from scratch following its destruction in the Korean War. It's a fascinating yet simultaneously inaccessible place, where a busy populace go about their daily lives tantalisingly out of reach of the visitor.
South of the port city of Wonsan on the east of the Korean Peninsula, the most dramatic scenery in the entire country begins to rise. Kumgang is divided into the Inner, Outer and Sea Kumgang regions. The main tourist activities are hiking, mountaineering, boating and sightseeing.
Jump at the chance to visit Chongjin (tours rarely go there), North Korea’s third-largest city and a great spot to see how North Koreans really live. This huge industrial centre and port is a world away from gleaming Pyongyang, and despite a few attempts to ape the capital’s socialist grandeur around the city centre, it’s a poor, ugly, polluted and depressing place.
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The island-hopper's guide to Korea
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Travel literature review: Nothing to Envy
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A journey into the Hermit kingdom of North Korea
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Pyongyang's architectural treasures
It may not be high on many people's list of architectural odysseys, but Pyongyang (translated as 'Flat Land'), the capital of North Korea offers one of the world's most monumental experiences - particularly if immense...