Shopping in North Korea

  • Shopping in Pyongyang

    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 a good amount of local produce. You can roam freely inside, change money at the market rate and see what the middle class are spending their money on.

  • Shopping in Pyongyang

    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 into half a dozen languages, including the complete works of all three Kims in various volumes, leaflets and collections. There are also hand-painted propaganda posters, postcards, stamps and many other souvenirs on sale.

  • Shopping in Pyongyang

    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 large selection of socialist-realist art available for sale, as well as more traditional landscape paintings.

  • Shopping in Pyongyang

    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 postcards are also on sale.

  • Shopping in Pyongyang

    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, Kim Jong-il's former personal chef.