Introduction

The area around Chilbosan (Mt Chilbo, 칠보산) is one of the most beautiful places in North Korea. It’s also incredibly remote – the only way to get here in reasonable time is to charter a flight from Pyongyang to Orang airport, from where Chilbosan is a three-hour drive down a rather Mediterranean-looking coastline of high, jagged cliffs, small fishing villages and sandy beaches.

There’s little to do here save enjoy the spectacular scenery, and you’ll usually be driven around the attractive valleys, peaks and viewpoints of Chilbosan, including a stop at various beaches and the Kaesim Buddhist Temple, which dates from the 9th century. The unusual Mt Chilbo Homestay Program is another reason to visit – this is a unique accommodation option that allows you to stay with a local family (more or less).