• Background info
  • Festivals North-Korea
    There are a number of celebrations/commemorations that will take place in North Korea during 2014: -During the departure date of April 7th 2014, you will experience the 101st birthday celebrations of Kim Il Sung (April 15th). -During the departure ...
  • Culture North-Korea
    Despite the sharp political differences between North and South Korea, both countries have a common culture. This is based on a Confucian hierarchy and etiquette. Confucianism is more a social and political philosophy that is ...
  • Food and drinks North-Korea
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included during your time in North Korea. You should ensure your guide is aware of any special dietary requirements so they can reconfirm arrangements in advance. Shortages combined with ...
  • Language North-Korea
    The official language in North Korea is Korean. Your guides will speak good English and will translate something if you should wish. Although locals are often discouraged from speaking with foreigners due to government propaganda that implies foreigners ...
  • Population North-Korea
    More than 23 million people, (half the population of South Korea), live in North Korea. The vast majority of the population is Korean though there are small Chinese and Japanese minorities. ...
  • Religion North-Korea
    Officially there are very few religious adherents in North Korea. Historically though, North Korea has been home to followers of Christianity, Buddhism, shamanism and Confucianism. ...
  • Tipping North-Korea
    Tipping is not expected in North Korea, but is appreciated. If you do intend to tip, allow around 1-2 Euros per person per day for your main guide, and 0.5 – 1 euro per day ...
  • Weather and climate North-Korea
    The climate is generally classed as continental, with rainfall concentrated in summer. Summer months are warm, but winter temperatures can fall as low as -30 °C. Late spring droughts are often followed by severe flooding. ...
  • Practical info
  • Communication North-Korea
    Phones You will not be allowed to take a mobile phone or GPS from outside the country into North Korea. If you do bring one in, it will be wrapped in packing tape and signed ...
  • Other info North-Korea
    As you may imagine, perceived insults or jokes about the North Korean political system and its leadership are severely frowned upon. Foreigners have very occasionally found themselves in trouble for not paying what was deemed ...
  • Electricity North-Korea
    Generally electrical supply is 220V and plugs have two round prongs. Please note that power cuts can occur without warning. ...
  • Health North-Korea
    Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You must have comprehensive travel and medical insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost ...
  • Money North-Korea
    All transactions conducted must be made using local currency (North Korean Won). However, as foreigners are not allowed to obtain Won, the shops and restaurants catering to visitors will exchange foreign currency into Won on ...
  • Photographs North-Korea
    You should always ask permission before taking anyone's photograph and respect their decision if they decline. Photographs of North Korean officials or any non-tourist sites should be avoided. In addition to this you should seek ...
  • Safety North-Korea
    Crime against foreigners is unusual but not unheard of. Exercise normal safety precautions and ensure that valuables are secure. Travel within North Korea is heavily restricted. You will almost always be accompanied by a guide and will ...

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