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Democratic People's Republic of Korea Travel Information


North Korea Flag North Korea, known officially as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is a country located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in eastern Asia. It is bordered by the People's Republic of China and Russia to the North, and to the South, across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by South Korea.

North Korea has one of the most isolated and secretive regimes in the world. The country is a single party state led by the Korean Workers Party, and some commentors have compared the regime to that of the Stalinist era in the USSR.

As of 2009, the population of North Korea was estimated as being 24,051,218. The country's capital and largest city is Pyongyang, which, as of 2008, had an estimated population of 3,255,388.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea Country Details


Country Name North Korea

Also Known As

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Northeastern Asia
Flag Democratic People's Republic of Korea Flag
Principal Language Korean
Capital Pyongyang


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North Korea (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Robert Willoughby

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (288 pages)

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A new edition of the first travel guide to cover the practical aspects of travelling to and around North Korea -- a country which both intrigues and concerns the international community. Everything a genuine traveller needs is here, including red tape and security issues, access from South Korea and Beijing, routes outwards from Pyongyang, and opportunities for excursions into unspoilt countryside. Altogether a fascinating insight into the culture and history of a country that currently exists in virtual isolation from the rest of the world.

Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Trent Holden, Rob Whyte & Phillip Tang

LONELY PLANET PUBLICATIONS
Paperback (424 pages)

Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Korea is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Walk along Cheong-gye-cheon's long-buried stream, hike around Jeju-do's volcanic landscape, or jump into a vat of mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Korea and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Korea Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, dance, architecture, politics, and wildlife
  • Free, convenient pull-out Seoul map (included in print version), plus over 97 local maps
  • Covers Seoul, Incheon, Jeju-do, Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, Cheongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Sokcho, Samcheok, Chungju, Daejeon, Gongju, Daegu, North Korea, Pyongyang, Panmunjom, the DMZ, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Korea, our most comprehensive guide to Korea, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Seoul? Check out our Lonely Planet Seoul guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

North Korea (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Henry Marr

Bradt Travel Guides
Released: 2019-01-07
Paperback (296 pages)

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This new edition of Bradt's North Korea has been completely written from scratch and remains the only standalone guide to what is often regarded as the world's most secretive state, a place never far from media scrutiny but about which very little is actually known in the wider world. Detailed is everything you need to know for a successful visit, from the practicalities of how to get there and who to go with to cultural sensitivities and etiquette, safety, money and travelling around. Amongst the places covered are the supra-centrally planned showcase capital of Pyongyang; Panmunjom, where North meets South face-to-face inside the 4km-wide DMZ – the dividing line between two nations and one people; Kumgansan Tourist Resort, the chiefly South Korean-built resort offering fantastic hikes; and Paektusan, the highest peak in all of Korea and Manchuria.

For the intrepid and open-minded traveller North Korea is a truly mesmerising destination with a rich past and fascinating contemporary history. Visitors today are immersing themselves in an unrivalled experience in what is seemingly the last country in the world not to have submitted to globalisation, the last country still clinging on to the 20th century experiment in communism that for all others crumbled away shortly after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Outside of the showcase socialist paradise of Pyongyang, visitors will find stunning natural scenery, from beautiful coastline and beaches to spectacular mountains, such as legendary Paektusan. Whilst many hold the ill-conceived notion that a visit to North Korea may not be safe, the reality is that visitors are warmly welcomed and still considered more as ‘guests of the state' than as mere tourists.

Written by expert author Henry Marr, who first visited North Korea in 2005 and has since been back more than twenty times, Bradt's North Korea is an indispensable guide to understanding and getting to know one of the world's most curious destinations.


Korea (Country Travel Guide)
By Simon Richmond & César G. Soriano

Lonely Planet
Paperback (432 pages)

Korea (Country Travel Guide)
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Experience the best of Korea with Lonely Planet. Our 8th edition will have you checking out the chic boutiques and bars of Seoul, watching the spectacular Mass Games, dining on Busan seafood, hiking to volcanic craters and recuperating from it all on the island paradise of Jeju-do.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Detailed Advice from food and drink to culture and transport
Touring North Korea we help you discover Asia's dark star
Itineraries historic sights, activities and gourmet feasts
North Korea 1:750,000 Travel Reference Map (International Travel Maps)
By ITM Canada

Unknown
Released: 2007-02-01
Map (1 pages)

North Korea 1:750,000 Travel Reference Map (International Travel Maps)
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This is the first map ever published of this secretive country. Needless to say, gathering information was difficult but, thanks to cartographic input from around the world, the project was completed in only four years. The information shown is designed to encourage people to visit this interesting country locked into a 1950s mind-set. Includes inset map of Pyongyang and Pyongyang Metro System.
North Korea: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Robert Willoughby

Brand: Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (248 pages)

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This new Bradt guide explores every aspect of visiting North Korea, from day-to-day practicalities to an overview of the history that lies behind this troubled region and the culture that still unites the Korean people. While travelers are obliged to be part of a formal tour, there are plenty of possibilities for the more adventurous, including the Pyongyang International Marathon and the opportunity to traverse the country by motorbike. Routes outwards from the capital, Pyongyang, and via the Hyundai ferry from the South are explored in depth, ensuring that travelers are aware of both the possibilities and pitfalls of travel in this relatively untrodden part of the world. A whole range of information is provided--from red tape and security issues for the independent traveler to festivals and natural history of the mountain landscape for those wishing to explore the background of North Korea either while touring or from an armchair.
Don’t Go There: From Chernobyl to North Korea—one man’s quest to lose himself and find everyone else in the world’s strangest places
By Adam Fletcher

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Paperback (240 pages)

Don’t Go There: From Chernobyl to North Korea—one man’s quest to lose himself and find everyone else in the world’s strangest places
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How much would you risk to change your life?

After Spiegel bestselling-author Adam Fletcher is accidentally tear-gassed in street protests in Istanbul, he goes on a journey to some of the strangest places in the world, taking his eccentric German girlfriend, Annett, along with him. Their quest to better understand themselves (and everyone else) threatens their world view, sanity, and relationship.

Whether freezing in a blizzard in China, ruining a mass dance in North Korea, experiencing the corruption of Soviet-breakaway Transnistria, pondering the apocalypse in Chernobyl, getting stopped by police boats on the way to the newest country in the world (libertarian utopia Liberland), or meeting the devil incarnate on a night bus in Moldova, Adam keeps his sense of humour and his fascination for the weird things people do to each other when they think no one is looking, in the places few of us ever go.

Don’t Go There is a hilarious travel memoir full of interesting characters, uncomfortable moments, unusual destinations, and British humour that will appeal to lovers of Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, and David Sedaris.

Take a trip with Adam Fletcher, visa and mosquito free today!

Amazon US bestseller: #1 Literary Travel, Adventure Travel, North & South Korea

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"Honest, funny, insightful, and informative. This book is a must read for the international traveler."  Amazon US, Susan Mopper

D.P.R. Korea: Grand Tour
By Carl De Keyzer

Lannoo Publishers
Released: 2018-10-31
Hardcover (304 pages)

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• A reissue of ISBN 9789401443876 in a hardback format, this book showcases the 'grand tour' of Magnum Photographer Carl De Keyzer through North Korea


• After his 2016 book, Cuba: La Lucha, comes another unique book about a unique country


"Timing is of the essence but a serious amount of good luck and a decent quality crystal ball are necessary." - Carl De Keyzer in The Guardian.


When it comes to foreign visitors or artists, North Korea must be one of the most restrictive countries in the world. Nevertheless, Belgian-born Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer managed to cross the entire country in 42 days, divided into 3 separate journeys. In his latest book, De Keyzer goes deep into North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the last communist state in the world from an ideological, political and cultural perspective. De Keyzer is one of very few photographers to have almost unlimited access to the country. He photographed more than 200 different locations, many of which had never been captured on camera before. The 250 photos that form his 'Grand Tour' - taken on marches, at the shooting range, in the subway and in family homes - are a testament to this unique and unfamiliar country.
North Korea, 2nd Edition (Bradt Travel Guides)
By Robert Willoughby

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A new edition of the first travel guide to cover the practical aspects of travelling to and around North Korea, a country which both intrigues and concerns the international community. Everything a genuine traveler needs is here, including red tape and security issues, access from South Korea and Beijing, routes outwards from Pyongyang, and opportunities for excursions into unspoilt countryside. Altogether a fascinating insight into the culture and history of a country that currently exists in virtual isolation from the rest of the world.


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