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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.

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
By Wendy E. Simmons

RosettaBooks
Released: 2016-05-03
Paperback (312 pages)

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
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Most people want out of North Korea. Wendy Simmons wanted in.

In My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy shares a glimpse of North Korea as it’s never been seen before. Even though it’s the scariest place on Earth, somehow Wendy forgot to check her sense of humor at the border.

But Wendy’s initial amusement and bewilderment soon turned to frustration and growing paranoia. Before long, she learned the essential conundrum of “tourism” in North Korea: Travel is truly a love affair. But, just like love, it’s a two-way street. And North Korea deprives you of all this. They want you to fall in love with the singular vision of the country they’re willing to show you and nothing more.

Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, Wendy chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself.
Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Timothy N Hornyak

Lonely Planet
Paperback (416 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 all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to 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 show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and 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
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Outdoor Activities, and Walking Tours
  • Coverage of 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 those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

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

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond, Timothy N Hornyak, and Shawn Low.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Inside North Korea
By Mark Edward Harris

Brand: Chronicle Books
Hardcover (192 pages)

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All but closed to outside visitors and influence, its public posture guarded and combative, we see almost nothing from inside North Korea. Award-winning photographer Mark Edward Harris has had rare access to this reclusive country, traveling within its borders as well as documenting life along its northern border with China and the highly militarized DMZ dividing North and South Korea. His images are amazing: the monumental architecture and empty streets of the capital; tightly controlled zones of economic and tourist trade with South Korea; mass games featuring 100,000 choreographed participants. Short essays, extended captions, and a foreword by North Korea expert Bruce Cumings further illuminate a country increasingly at the center of international politics.
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
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
By Simon Winchester

Prentice Hall Trade
Hardcover (240 pages)

Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
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In the late 1980s, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea -- from its southern tip to the North Korean border -- in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land.

Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is that rare book that actually defines a nation and its people. Winchester's gift for capturing engaging characters in true, compelling stories provides us with a treasury of enchanting and informed insight on the culture, language, history, and politics of this little-known corner of Asia.

With a new introduction by the author, Korea is a beautiful journey through a mysterious country and a memorable addition to the many adventures of Simon Winchester.


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