North Korea Shopping

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    High Street Shopping - A Bakery
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    Foreign Language Bookshop - My Mementos
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    Koryo Museum - Gift Shop
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North Korea Shopping

  • Buy your Propaganda and learn the truth

    In all the tourist shops and/or hotel gift stores that you will be able to stop at, there are very few things that you can take as souvenirs.North Korea is famous for their ginseng. You can buy that as either natural root form, or as a tea.However, if you want something that lasts the testament of time, look no further than the books of propaganda....

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  • TV's, lap-tops, beds & furniture - want...

    You'll get the chance to do some shopping whilst in Pyongyang and we stopped by this small department store which had selections of food items on the ground floor that included some western chocolate products. The next floor up had some electrical and furniture items that you average North Korean could never afford in a million years such as...

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  • Stamps and more souvenirs

    This shop is right beside the Koryo Hotel which is where you could be staying as it's one of the few hotels where foreigners can stay. The stamp shop displays every single stamp that has ever been issued in North Korea and many of them are available for purchase. Other items to buy here include postcards, A3 reproductions of propaganda posters you...

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  • Souvenirs

    This small bookshop lies very near to Kim Il Sung Square - just a stone's throw away, in fact. As the title for this tip suggests, this bookshop is full of books in English, Spanish, French and German so it should suit most visitors. The bookshop also sells pin badges (but not the ones that every adult North Korean wears of Kim Il Sung) and flags....

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  • Communist capitalism

    Even though North Korea is the last bastion of Communism, they know how to make money out of you. Virtually every place you visit will have a souvenir shop selling books, leaflets, postcards, pin badges and such like. To me it was a really big surprise and something I wasn't expecting to see. I'm glad they were there actually as you just can't buy...

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  • Stamps

    Welcome to world of stamps. If you are fan, you'll cry there. And probably spend a fortune. DPRK has serious production of stamps each year so you'll really have excellent choice for present or for collection. Stamps A lot :-)

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  • Shopping is not a THING in DPRK

    All shops look the same and sell the same.1. Books with Great Leader ideas.2. Postcards3. Stamps4. Ginseng products5. Embroidery6. Tapes/DVD/CD7. T-shirt's (I saw only 2 different kind)That's all folks. Hm, choice is not big so you'll probably end up with propaganda posters, some Ginseng (because is really great there), send some postcards (they...

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  • Extra cost

    • international telephone calls (it is very expensive to call overseas from North Korea). It is not possible to use Internet and/or mobile phones in the country.• laundry at the hotel. If you have some washing to do it is not cheap either.• different leisure activities at the hotel such as bowling (not that expensive)• swimming pool, casino, and...

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  • Shopping in no-shop-country

    One of few interesting items in the tourist shop was "Hangover Chaser Tea" made in North Korea. With "liver booster"! Who can live without it?

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  • Shopping in no-shop-country

    The basic rule is that there aren't any shops in North Korea. Goods (the little there is) are distributed to the population through local distribution centres which might be located in the apartment block, factory or farm where people are working. These distribution centres are off limits for foreigners as the regime doesn't want to show outsiders...

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  • Korea's Tourist Map

    You should have the chance to get some English books at the hotels or shops that the guides bring you too. One of the useful buy would be the Korea's Tourist Map by the Korea International Travel Company, well is not a map actually ... it's a travel guide with decent information on the north korean attractions Should cost about 2 euros

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  • North Korean money

    In Dandong (Liaoning province, China) it is possible to purchase North Korean currency and coins as well as stamps.It is possible to actually step on North Korean soil at one tourist destination in China's Liaoning province.You can read more about North Korea at my Dandong and Hushan pages. If you want to buy something in North Korea, you might...

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  • Hotel Shops

    In practically all hotels you will find shops that sell the most important items for tourists, in particular, drinks, water, souvenirs, CDs, videos, books etc.These shops usually also do sell other articles for Koreans, such as fruit, clothes, household articles, computers etc.

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  • A local department store

    Ask to go to the Pyongyang Department Store Nr. 1. You will get a feeling for local products, we bought a traditional Korean women´s dress there. You can also get local beer and cider. Traditional Korean dress for women, local beer and cider. 18 EUR for the dress, 0.5 EUR for the bottle of beer, even less for the cider.

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  • Not a lot of Shopping possibilities over...

    Well, you don't find a lot of shops over here in the DPRK. There are a few and the once you will have access are mostly located in your hotel anyway. They are not cheap and they don't have a lot of different things so bring everything you need with you!Beside the hotel shops you will be able to find a few other possibilities to shop for souveniers,...

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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...

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  • Ryonggang Hot Spring House

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

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  • Yanggakdo Hotel

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

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  • 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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