Top things to do in North Korea

Top Choice Monument in Pyongyang

Tower of the Juche Idea

This tower honours the North Korean philosophy of Juche and was unveiled to mark President Kim Il-sung's 70th birthday in 1982. Indeed, the tower is made up of 25,550 granite blocks – one for every day of Kim’s life…
Top Choice Coffee in Pyongyang

Kumrung Coffee Shop

This rather stylish place in Eastern Pyongyang is a good place for a relaxing drink and a pastry. The low-lit space is presided over by an all-female team who pride themselves in their excellent brews. It's certainl…
Top Choice Bar in Pyongyang

Mansugyo Beer Bar

This regularly visited beer bar is a great way to socialise with locals who come here in droves after work. You'll find a boisterous crowd standing around tables drinking one of seven types of locally produced beer …
Top Choice Museum in Myohyangsan

International Friendship Exhibition

This exhibition hosts a massive display of gifts given to Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un. Housed in a mountainside vault that is vaguely reminiscent of a Bond villain's hideout, on display is everything fr…
Top Choice Tomb in Kaesong

Tomb of King Kongmin

The 31st Koryo king, Kongmin reigned between 1352 and 1374 and his tomb is the best preserved and most elaborate in the country. It is richly decorated with traditional granite facing and statuary, including sheep s…
Top Choice Korean in Pyongyang

Lamb Barbecue Restaurant

The Lamb Barbecue Restaurant has some of the friendliest and most boisterous staff in the country. Once the delicious lamb barbecue has been served at your table the waitresses will burst into song and encourage din…
Top Choice Korean in Pyongyang

Pyongyang Number One Duck Barbeque

Pyongyang Number One Duck Barbeque is one of the best places in town and will often be where groups go on their last evening. Here you’ll be served delicious strips of duck meat you cook at your table.
Monument in Pyongyang

Mansudae Grand Monument

Every itinerary includes an homage to these vast bronze statues of the smiling Great Leader and Dear Leader, the latter in his trademark parka. The first statue was unveiled in 1972 to celebrate Kim Il-sung's 60th b…
Architecture in Pyongyang

Pyongyang Metro

Visiting the impressive Pyongyang metro is definitely a highlight of the capital. The network, which is made up of two lines, has a simultaneous function as a nuclear bunker in the event of a long-anticipated Americ…
Square in Pyongyang

Kim Il-sung Square

Pyongyang’s central square is where North Korea’s massive military parades normally take place. The plaza is ringed by austere-looking buildings: most impressive of these is the Grand People’s Study House, the count…