Pyongyang at night: Not much in the way of nightlife!
This is a shot I took of a view over Pyongyang at about 8pm from my hotel room on the 39th floor of the Yanggakdo Hotel. I think most people have seen a night satellite image of the whole of North Korea where there is hardly any lights to be seen. Well a few lights are on but the streets lights are not on. Things are pretty gloomy at night. You wouldn't be allowed out at night apart from going to the odd restaurant so foget about it!
City without Seoul
The North Korean propaganda machine likes to depict South Korea as a cesspit of debauchery fuelled by the unhealthy desires of capitalism. And the photo shows how the Pyongyang Film Studio imagines Seoul. Okay, it is perhaps Seoul of a few decades ago, but it still looks livelier than Pyongyang. Nightlife is not really a concept that has caught on in the North. As a tourist you can either sit in your room, writing postcards and watching BBC World, or have a couple of beers with other tourists in the hotel bar. Old Cliffie advises you to avoid the snake wine.
only in hotels; only for foreigners: NO nightlife
When it comes to a nightlife, Pyongyang (and N.Korea) is not good choice.
You can't go out on your own. There aren't places to go out by night.
1. go to sleep around 2200 because you're tired of whole day monuments-visiting
2. go to hotel bar and drink
3. go to hotel casino and spent some money
4. go to hotel bowling area and relax
5. go to hotel karaoke bar and disgraced yourself
6. go to hotel massage place
7. go to your hotel room filled up with drinks and ...
Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang: Your hotel....
You can call yourself lucky if you have the chance to go out in town.
Usually you can enjoy the nightlife in your hotel. A casino, a bar, billiard, karaoke.. the usual stuff.