East Asia's craft beer revolution: the ultimate guide to Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China
There’s something brewing in the Orient, something that will make beer drinkers positively hoppy with glee...
The island-hopper's guide to Korea
Mention Korea and several things probably spring to mind: the division of North and South, the sparkling city of Seoul (headquarters to Samsung, Hyundai and other Korean powerhouses) and Psy’s manic and flashy ‘Gangna...
Places in North Korea
It’s no exaggeration to say that the North Korean capital is unlike any other on earth. 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. Every visit to North Korea focuses heavily on the capital.
Panmunjeom & the DMZ
The sad sight of a pointlessly divided nation remains one of the most memorable parts of any trip to North Korea. While military history buffs will really be in their element, you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate the weirdness of the site where the bloody Korean War ended in an unhappy truce more than half a century ago.
Though just a few miles from the DMZ and the world’s most concentrated build-up of military forces, Kaesong is a fairly relaxed place just off the Reunification Hwy from Pyongyang. The city is dominated by a massive statue of Kim Il-sung atop a large hill, while the city’s main street runs from the hill to the highway.
Tips and articles
Travel literature review: Nothing to Envy
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick Rating: 4...
A journey into the Hermit kingdom of North Korea
As we hurled balls down the bowling alley lanes and sipped draught beer from the onsite microbrewery, it felt like we could be anywhere in the world...
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...
Korea: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Korea guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...