North Korea !! I bet you heard that name, at least one time during this month. Either on tv news or you read it in a social media post.
As humans, we will always have this childish curiosity in us. we always want to discover new Unknown destinations. Well lucky you !! we will tell you everything you need to know about this mysterious; yet interesting country!
North Korea officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The country is bordered to the north by China and by Russia and to the south by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two.
It is one of the last standing communist countries nowadays! still having the same architecture and environment, especially in its capital pyong yang . Giant North Korean Leaders status, Leaders pictures everywhere, some strict rules for both tourists and North-Korean citizens.
Before we start spilling the sauce about how to travel to NK, here’s a Quick Disclaimer so that you understand fully the risks you’re taking :
– Tourism in North Korea is unlike anything you will have experienced anywhere else in the world. Your every movement is controlled, watched and carefully planned by the Government
-Forget any notions of independent, adventure, or solo travel, it just doesn’t work that way in North Korea.
-Travel throughout the country is only possible as part of a guided tour. Independent travel is not permitted.
– disrespect against the North Korean nation, its leaders, and its symbols such as its national flag, portraits of their leaders, propaganda posters, etc. are regarded by North Korean authorities as very offensive. The tolerance level for disruptive behavior is minimal and as such can lead to imprisonment.
-If you are not prepared to accept severe limitations on your movements and behavior, you should not go to North Korea.
voila! that’s it! so if after this quick disclaimer you still have the enthusiasm and curiosity to go well I congratulate you for such an adventurous spirit!
I- How to get to North Korea?
The big question everyone asks is how to get to North Korea. First, if you’re a citizen of the United States, South Korea, or Malaysia, you cannot currently visit North Korea. At all.
For the rest of us, the only way to visit North Korea is with a registered and approved tour operator providing state-approved trips.
II- How to Get a Visa for North Korea
You’ll need to fill out a booking form with your respective tour operator, a DPRK visa form, sign the terms of the travel agreement, provide a copy of your passport and a passport photo with a white background. Your tour company will provide these upon booking.
Some state-approved tour operators:
Korea konsult: http://www.koreakonsult.com/index_eng.htm
Young pioneer tours: https://www.youngpioneertours.com/
Uri Tours: https://www.uritours.com/
Koryo Tours: https://koryogroup.com/
III- Do I have Other options than Pyong yang?
Well, you’d be happy to know that pyong yang isn’t the only destination in North Korea. There is also the special economic zone, Rason, or you can go skiing in Masik, hike the highest peak Paektu Mountain, or attend special events such as the Mass Games.
IV- Conclusion :
As a final conclusion to this article, my dear reader I would say that traveling to North Korea is both an interesting but quite risky experience so if you think that you’re both self-controlling and mature enough to travel to such a closed country I can assure that you will be one of the rare people that visited this mysterious country.