North Korea What to Pack

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North Korea What to Pack

  • Money in North Korea

    I have put this review here under "What to pack" for want of a "General Tip" categoryMy reader will perhaps be rather perplexed by why my first picture in a North Korean money review is that of some Euro’s and my second is of a Chinese and an American note while the local currency of North Korea, the won, is relegated to picture three.The answer...

  • Customs declaration says it all

    Obviously, you can bring clothing, but would refrain from bring anything with offensive prints. Shorts and tee shirts are acceptable, but the locals will typically be wearing long pants and shirts of various darker and earth tones.The only reason to bring any formal attire is for the day your tour may visit the tomb of Kim Song Il. It is...

  • Essentials, euro’s, dollars, RMB

    Even though it is possible to exchange for North Korea won, you can't actually spend it anywhere. Take with you Euro's, US dollars or Chinese RMB and take these in small denominations as it can be quite an event to get the right change back (basically in whatever they have lying around). Practically everything was priced in Euro's. Also take with...

  • What to take...

    If you travel between June and August you should have an umbrella for the wet weather.If you visit some holy places or monuments appropriate clothing must be worn. Especially when you visit the Mausoleum - Kumsusan Memorial Palace (to pay homage to the embalmed body of the country’s eternal leader, Kim Il Sung). Take with you all medicines that...

  • Camera

    Well, there's seemed to be no more restriction on the zoom lens as previously indicated, of course don't try to bring a huge tele lens, I had mine a 300mm without arousing any problems .. and my roommate was using a 12x Panasonic Lumix.

  • Survival tips...

    Your luggage will be carried and transportet amlost every day. A suitcase or hardcover bag rather than a backbag. Bring good shoes as you will walk quite a lot and bring warm clothes if you go in winter. It is very cold in buildings, too! Bring all you might need! You will not have the chance to get anything else than toothpaste! Do not bring a...

  • Mobile Phones, GPS receivers etc.

    It can rain, in particular in summer. Bringing sufficient medical supplies for all possibilities is certainly a good idea. Bringing photo equipment is ok. Mobile phones, GPS receivers etc. are not allowed. Best is to bring no electronic gadgets at all.

  • Packing List

    I would propose a hard bag like a Samsonite or something like that, especially if you take the train from Beijing to Pyongyang. In Winter it can be veeeery cold. Winter 2000 it was once in Pyongyang -20 degrees. Summers are very hot. Take with you everything you need, I have never seen Clothing or something to buy... They are available at the...

  • Packing List

    Good nice walking shoes. You will be travel by car probably more than you would like. A video camera can be very useful - I had my old video camera with me. Some sources claim that it is not allowed, but only once my North Korean fellow thought I am a journalist when I was using it in the train.

  • Packing List

    Good walking shoes and rainwear - it can get chilly. Leave your disco gear at home. Take everything you need - medical supplies are non-existent. You will not be permitted to take in any video cameras, binoculars or recording equipment. Camera are permitted but must be used only with the guides permission. Don't try to pretend your video is...

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North Korea Hotels

  • Koryo Hotel

    Pyongyang, North Korea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hyangsan Hotel

    I do not write about things that I have not experienced first hand and as I did not actually stay...

  • Ryonggang Hot Spring House

    We had been up since around 6am so when we arrived at our hotel, the Ryonggang Hot Spring House, at...

  • Yanggakdo Hotel

    The are only a small number of hotels in Pyongyang at which tourists are permitted to stay. One of...

  • Youth Hotel

    Chilgol-dong, Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, North Korea

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Ryanggang Hotel

    Chongchun Street, Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, North Korea

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

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