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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 & 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.

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

Simmons Wendy E
Released: 2016-05-03
Paperback (312 pages)

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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.
North Korea 1:750,000 Travel Reference Map (International Travel Maps)
By ITM Canada

International Travel Maps
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.
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
Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite
By Suki Kim

Kim Suki
Released: 2015-10-13
Paperback (320 pages)

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A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign
 
Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime.

Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged.

Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."
North Korea
By Michel Poivert

Thames & Hudson
Hardcover (208 pages)

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An unprecedented photographic tour of North Korea that examines life under the Kims' totalitarian regime.

For more than half a century, North Korea has been the epitome of a rogue state. Since the defeat of the Japanese occupation in 1945 it has been a nation apart, ruled by father-and-son autocrats—the late Kim Il-sung, known as the Great Leader, and his successor Kim Jong-il, known as the Dear Leader—who have expanded the cult of personality to unparalleled lengths.

No regime, past or present, has ever created an environment of such ubiquitous propaganda. In finely orchestrated detail, flags, murals, and slogans praise the party, while monuments, statues, and portraits glorify its leaders. Philippe Chancel's neutral but sophisticated photographs explore how the political has been transfigured into an all-encompassing aesthetic. He shows us the wide, car-less avenues of Pyongyang—the capital city rebuilt to plans drawn up by the Great Leader himself—the Children's Palace, and the gigantic May Day Stadium, which seats up to 150,000 people. It is a remarkable scenography of a uniquely chilling reality. 129 color photographs.

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