North Korea Nutz and Bolts
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
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!
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.