North Korea Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 36%, North Korea could probably stand to hire a world class Public Relations Advisor, as most of the world views this small, isolated country as having little to offer to the outside world. But in reality this couldn't be further from the truth. It has a UNESCO-listed site in the Goguryeo Tombs, a network of over 1,000 royal burial tombs that you can explore without a foreign tourist in site. And contrary to popular opinion, North Korea is not totally archaic, which the staggering pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel will prove. Located in the capital of Pyongyang, this 105 story skyscraper stood dormant for nearly two decades until construction resumed a few years back. It will make you realize that not everything in North Korea is small in stature - no, this isn't a reference to Kim Jong-il – or small in scope. Like Ryugyong, this also proven by the massive Reunification Monument, The Arch of Triumph, Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Juche Tower, Mansudae Grand Monument, and Mount Kuwolsan, a biosphere reserve that offers a fantastic range of outdoor activities from hiking to rock climbing. While North Korea cannot be judged totally by media reports, the country may not be easily accessible to the average PlanetHopper! Then perhaps the best way to see this country is to scale Baekdu Mountain - which lies on the border – from the Chinese side and then take out your binoculars to get a peek into North Korea.
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While it may not be possible to scale Baekdu Mountain from North Korea, try your luck from the Chinese side, as it straddles the border between the two countries. Baekdu (also known as Changbai Mountain) is the tallest peak on th....
|Coordinates:||40 00 N, 127 00 E|
|Government:||Single Party State|
|Currency:||North Korean Won (KPW)|
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