Must-see shopping in North Korea

  • Kwangbok Department Store


    Notable as the venue for Kim Jong-il's final public appearance, this multi-storey department store stocks a good range of mostly imported goods, but also…

  • Foreign Language Bookshop


    The best-stocked bookshop in the city, this place is nearly always visited by groups, who can choose from a vast range of North Korean books translated…

  • Mansudae Art Studio


    Art is another popular purchase in Pyongyang. Mansudae is a centralised art studio employing thousands of painters, embroiderers and sculptors. There’s a…

  • Korea Stamp


    Next door to the Koryo Hotel is Korea Stamp, a good place to buy North Korean stamps, which are generally spectacular propaganda pieces. T-shirts and…

  • Ragwon Department Store


    A department store full of imported goods that's popular with the Pyongyang elite. On the top floor there's a Japanese restaurant run by Kenji Fujimoto,…

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