North Korea Nutz and Bolts

The Basics

Country: North Korea

Where is it?: North Korea is in eastern Asia, between China and South Korea.

Why do people go here?: Known as the last true bastion of communism and a Stanlinist Theme Park, only few people visit North Korea. If you’re an American, then your chances are close to nil.

What are the main entry points?: Your guess is as good as ours – stay with from the DMZ!

Currency used: North Korean Won

Country Code for Phones: 850

Area codes for Major Cities: Pyongyang 2

Religion: Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo

Population: 24 million

Ethnic Groups: Korean

Government: Juche Socialist Republic

Languages: Korean

Travel Information

Major Cities: Pyongyang, Haeju

Attractions: If you get into the country, anywhere is a great attraction. Other the capital Pyongyang and Kuwolsan are good attractions

Accommodation: Asia Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: No Tourism Office – especially if you are an American!

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Paekdusan

Health Issues: No Health Risks

Tips for Visiting

When to go: For intrepid travelers, anytime would be good to visit. However, if weather is your concern, and you actually get a visa, then May through September is your safest bet.

Common Phrases: Hello : annyong hashimnigga; Good bye: (to someone leaving) annyonghi kaseyo; Good bye: (to someone staying) annyonghi kyeseyo; Please : put?ak hamnida; Thank you : kamsa hamnida; You’re welcome : gwaench?ansumnida; Yes: ye; No : aniyo; Excuse me: shillye hamnida

Specific Events/Holidays: May Day, Liberation Day

Getting Around: There are few ways to travel around North Korea. Even the citizens aren’t allowed to travel without a permit. Your best chance is to rent a driver and a vehicle.

Good to know: North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world. If you get a chance to peek inside this country, take advantage of it. And tell us at BootsnAll!

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into North Korea is the Sunan International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the North Korea travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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