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Kaesong

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Sinuiju

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P'yongyang

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Myohyang-sanmaek

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P'anmunjom-ni

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Soeul

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Kaesong

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  • Sonjuk Bridge

    Kaesong Things to Do

    This small stone bridge at the southern foot of Mt Janam has been preserved as a historical monument.Originally built in 1215, it is 6.67metres long and 3.36 metres wide. The bridge was the scene of a significant moment in the transfer of power from the Koryo dynasty to the Ri. In 1392, Ri Song Gye assassinated Jong Mong Ju, a civil servant of the...

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  • Songyungwan

    Kaesong Things to Do

    The Songyngwan was founded in 992 as the Kukjagam, an educational institute for the civil service of the Koryo dyanasty, and was renamed Songyungwan in 1308. Under the Ri dynasty it was used for education in Confucianism.Since 1987 the site has housed the Koryo Museum, which has exhibits about life under the Koryo dynasty. These include displays...

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  • Nam Gate

    Kaesong Things to Do

    The Nam Gate was originally built in 1391, in the last days of the Koryo dynasty as the southern gate of the inner castle of the old walled city of Kaesong. The walled city itself was built in the eleventh century, with a royal palace within an inner and outer castle. The Nam Gate was destroyed during the Korean War but subsequently reconstructed....

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Sinuiju

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  • Chairman Mao Zedong

    Sinuiju Things to Do

    Less than an hour out of North Korea and I wondered, was I never going to be able to get away from bronze statues of leaders in squares?Arriving into Dandong from Sinuiju the first thing that caught my attention was Chairman Mao Zedong’s statue in Kim Il-sung Square. Whoops, I mean Mao Zedong’s statue outside Dandong Railway station (picture...

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  • Our short crossing - Sinuiju to Dandong,...

    Sinuiju Transportation

    After lunch our passports, entry permits and exit cards had been returned to us and we were asked to sign the pre-completed exit cards which were written in Korean and completed in Korean. Having jokingly asked our guide what she had written about me on my exit card she had a second look and changed one answer explaining that I had now been...

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  • Ponbu Kindergarten Show

    Sinuiju Things to Do

    Our final activity in Sinuiju, and indeed in North Korea before leaving the country, was a visit to Ponbu Kindergarten where we were shown around the facility by the headmistress (Chief) and then enjoyed a wonderful show put on by the children.Kim Ok Son, the headmistress, is a most amazing woman and both her and her school are famous throughout...

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P'yongyang

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  • Fly to Pyongyang one way

    P'yongyang Transportation

    When I bought in Beijing an individual tour to visit North Korea, I was not allowed to enter the country overland, by bus or by train, and I was forced to fly. But I agreed with the agency that the way back will be by train since I wanted to travel to Russia and taking the train out of North Korea was better.

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  • Yanggakdo Hotel

    P'yongyang Hotels

    I believe that most foreign tourists are accommodated in this hotel, and we were no exception. It's...

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  • Floral Hall

    P'yongyang Things to Do

    Both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il have had flowers named after them, and these plants are treated with particular respect. Kimilsungia is a Dendrobium orchid, cultivated in Indonesia and named after Kim Il Sung when he visited in 1965.Kimjongilia is a red begonia, named in honour of Kim Jong Il by a Japanese botanist 'in the hope of achieving amity...

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Myohyang-sanmaek

  • International Friendship Exhibition

    Myohyang-sanmaek Things to Do

    The International Friendship Exhibition is a huge complex built to house diplomatic gifts presented to the Great Leaders. The buildings are in the traditional Korean style, but the exhibition halls are built into the mountain.Hats, coats, cameras and gloves have to be left at the entrance, before passing through a security scanner. Once inside we...

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  • Hyangsan Hotel

    Myohyang-sanmaek Hotels

    Our journey to the Mt Myohyang area was not particularly pleasant. Leaving Pyongyang on a late...

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  • Pohyon Temple

    Myohyang-sanmaek Things to Do

    The Pohyon Temple is one of the five large temples of Korea and was built in 1042 during the Koryo dynasty. The temple complex covers an area of about 50,000 square metres. Half of the original 24 buildings were destroyed during the Korean War but have subsequently been restored.Visitors enter through the 14th century Jogye Gate, followed by the...

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P'anmunjom-ni

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  • Joint Security Area

    P'anmunjom-ni Things to Do

    The Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where South and North Korean forces stand face-to-face. It is often called the "Truce Village" in both the media and various military accounts. The JSA is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements and, until March 1991, was also the site of military...

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  • ..and having writ, moves on....

    P'anmunjom-ni Things to Do

    Our guides in the DMZ were keen to point out the monument bearing the autograph of Great Leader Kim il Sung, said to be a replica of that on the very last document endorsed by the great man on 7 July 1994, the day before his death. It was one of the first things we saw after exiting our bus in the carpark, en route to the Panmungak (aka The White...

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  • Dining in the DMZ

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    Typically when I travel I am very conscious of exactly where I am. This, of course, is related to the fact that I have to work out how to get to where I am and how to get away. I generally don’t go on tours but in North Korea there is no option. Here one has no say where one is brought, what one sees and where one eats so one tends to switch off...

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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Further to my message of yesterday - Foreign amateurs are now permitted to run in this year's Pyongyang Marathon on Sunday 12 April 2015.

    To run, you must be part of an organised tour.

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    North Korea's borders have been reopened to international tourists with immediate effect (3 March 2015)

    In October 2014 North Korea imposed a ban on the entry of all tourists to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders.

    As per before the ban, tourists may only enter on organised tours.

    Some restrictions remain on those from (or who have recently visited) Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal or Sierra Leone and the Pyongyang Marathon on 12 April remains closed to foreign amateurs. In 2014 I visited during the Marathon and it was the first year foreign amateurs were permitted to take part in the run.

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