North Korea Warnings and Dangers

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North Korea Warnings and Dangers

  • Americans in North Korea

    This is not really a warning but rather something to be aware off.Anyone with even the most rudimentary knowledge of North Korea will be aware that the United States of America is public enemy number one, the very devil incarnate. Hardly a waking hour of our trip to the DPKR passed without us being reminded of this, whether it was via newspapers,...

  • Photography in North Korea

    There are numerous rules for tourists travelling in North Korea. The ones around photography are the most complicated, confusing and inconsistent.Very few, apart from those who have no camera, visitors make it through a tour of North Korea without being counselled on their photography - or rather, being told off for taking a photo when they should...

  • Caution

    Be extremely cautious at all times of what you are saying in front of anyone. NEVER discuss the poor conditions of North Korea to anyone. Never discuss any negative comments, even in the privacy of your room.Remember, keep your negative comments to yourself until you have returned to your homeland. I find it crucial to avoid any negative...

  • Things have changed in DPRK

    Just returned from DPRK. We had to fill in a form on arrival in which I 'declared' 4 books and a mobile 'phone. They took a note of the mobile 'phone and then gave it back to me (as they did everyone on the flight) and they had no interest in the books at all. Didn't search our bags on arrival at all.We left by train and at the border our bags were...

  • Electricity

    Electric voltage in North Korea is 220 V and electric sockets are of the same type as in Western Europe. Electricity shortages can occur from time to time, so it is recommended you bring a pocket lamp with batteries or an electric torch with you. When night falls, cities are in total dark except monuments.

  • Books

    Do not take with you any books describing North or South Korea or magazines showing the Western way of life. Lonely Planet and other guidebooks about North Korea are NOT recommended to take in. Anyway, one dude brought LP, our guides read a bit and leave him alone.On the other hand, you can buy a bunch N.Korean books (if you're fan), which are rare...

  • Plants

    It is forbidden to bring plants and their seeds to/from North Korea. The local flowers of Kimjongilia and Kimilsunglia are the two flowers that represent the North Korean leaders. You can buy these flowers in the form of potted plants. They cost between 8 and 10 Euro.

  • Taking photos

    It is allowed to take pictures during the trip but, please, always ask for permission if you want to photograph people closely, and especially military people.When we reach exit (DPRK-China border) police officer took our camera and start to erase all photos he didn't like ?!?!!! Imagine our faces ! What you can do? Put one card into camera with...

  • Mobile in North Korea

    Unauthorized cellular (mobile) phones and GPS are forbidden in the DPRK. If you, nevertheless, take them to this trip, please be prepared to surrender it to the customs officer who will keep them for you in the storage at the airport. If you enter the DPRK by train, these items will be sealed by border officers so you won't be able to use them...

  • Insulting the prophet!

    In fact, there are no danger or any risk when visiting NK. The only reason that may be sensible for the traveller is insulting or criticising the Great and Dear Leaders. You normally won't get into prison but a quick deportation by the next train or plane is to be expected...No pictures of military installations and/or soldiers too (but you can try...

  • Beware when visiting the circus

    One of my nights in Pyongyang I went along to see the famous circus troupe with my guides. Not long into the show they asked for somebody to come up on stagde and yours truly was picked. For about 5 minutes I was made the butt of many jokes in front of about a thousand very amused North Koreans.

  • Officially there are no...

    Officially there are no potential risk or dangers in North Korea. There is no pick pocketing on streets and people are friendly everywhere. But if you are such s stupied one as me and you leave your bag with the money in your room while breakfast it's possible that there will one pick some money. In my case it was a lot of money. I haven't seen...

  • You will possibly be...

    You will possibly be dissapointed of not being able to take a stroll in Pyongyang. There seem to be strict rules that non-Korean(looking) ís not allowed to walk even accompanied through centre. However, outside capital it is more relaxed, but even if you are staying in a place your gate will prevent of getting out.

  • If you tell your friends you...

    If you tell your friends you are considering the DPRK for a trip, they'll think you're mad because it's so 'dangerous' - I get more e-mails about the so-called dangers of travel to the DPRK than any other topic. So let's clear this bit up - It is NOT dangerous - not even a little bit. It's safe, safer probably than being in your home city or town....

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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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