Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
The DPRK, or as it's more commonly known, North Korea, isn't high on many people's "must visit" list, but after visiting South Korea; standing in the Demilitarised Zone and looking over the border, I knew I had to find a way to visit. Luckily, it's not as difficult as it might be thought. Through Koryo Tours I arranged to visit the country and see if the rumours about what it was like were true. What I found was a fascinating country of friendly and patriotic people. While I only saw what I was allowed to see I still came away with a more positive impression than I went with. I spent most of my time in the capital, Pyongyang where I saw the incredible Arirang Mass Games, the Military Circus and the National Day festivities. I was also able to see the cities of Nampho and Kaesong and visit the Demilitarised Zone again, from the other side of the border.

Air Koryo Beijing to Pyongyang

Air Koryo

Arriving in North Korea

Pyongyang airport

Air Koryo fleet

Air Koryo plane

Yanggakdo International Hotel (room)

Yanggakdo International Hotel (bathroom)

Yanggakdo International Hotel (bathroom)

Yanggakdo International Hotel (dining room)

Pyongyang by night

Breakfast at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Pyongyang in the fog

Yanggakdo International Hotel

Fountain Park, Pyongyang

Grand People's Study House

Fountain Park, Pyongyang

Mansudae Grand Monument

Mansudae Grand Monument

Mansudae Grand Monument

Kim Il Sung & Kim Jong Il

Mansudae Grand Monument

Mansudae Grand Monument

Chollima statue

Mansudae Grand Monument

Mansudae Grand Monument

Ubiquitous portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il

Pyongyang Traffic Girl

Party Billboard

Grand People's Study House on Kim Il Sung Square

One of the few traditional buildings in Pyongyang

Closeup, traditional architecture

Yanggakdo International Hotel

Pyongyang from Yanggakdo

Ryugyong Hotel

Juche tower & Rungrado May Day Stadium

Birthplace of Kim Il Sung

Birthplace of Kim Il Sung

Local guide in traditional dress

The Kims on Mars
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