Landlocked between China, Russia and South Korea, bathed on either side by the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan, North Korea has unexpected landscapes between mountains, plateaus and lush forests. Arriving in this almost impenetrable country, one of the most cut off in the world, provides a unique experience for the discerning traveller who ventures there. A trip to North Korea cannot be improvised: the few tourists who go there are permanently accompanied by an accredited guide and will have to get used to the current practices. Beyond the fact that it is a country with a communist and totalitarian regime, it is also full of an unsuspected architectural and natural heritage that the North Korean tourist guide will help you discover. The Kaesong region is home to remains of the Kingdom of Koryo and the Middle Ages, such as the tomb of King Kongmin, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. The capital Pyongyang is rich in a varied cultural heritage due to its history (Japanese invasion, revolution, American intervention...). From its architecture to its inhabitants and its impressive military parades, everything in the capital exalts the grandeur of the regime. A country that will confuse any traveller and lead him to rethink his prejudices... Little Smart has even decided to write a guide on North Korea!

The must-see places in North Korea

When to go to North Korea?

When to go to North Korea? Tourist numbers remain very low: about 100,000 tourists per year. The concepts of high and low tourist season therefore do not apply to North Korea. Thus, accredited travel agencies organize stays throughout the year

May-June and September-October are the best times to visit. Temperatures are mild and the landscapes magnificent in autumn and spring. It is also an opportunity to attend the May Day celebrations where North Koreans celebrate the regime and the Kim family. Summer is to be avoided, due to its high humidity. And in winter, the snow-covered landscapes are sublime but we must be prepared for the icy cold that falls on the country.

How to go to North Korea? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Accredited travel agencies offer stays ranging from 3/4 days to nearly three weeks, with a predefined program. You also have the possibility to organize your trip directly with an agency (Chinese agencies are more familiar with these requests): this option allows you to personally choose the places you want to visit (within the limits of places accessible to tourists). It is an ideal option for a second stay.

It is impossible to travel alone to North Korea, the only solution is a tour package. It is not possible to go alone in the strict sense of the term, since tourists are always accompanied by a guide. It is therefore impossible to walk alone in the streets of Pyongyang, for example. On the other hand, you can go alone, i.e. outside the framework of a group trip; it is then sufficient to contact a travel agency and organize the planning with it.

It is very easy to move around the country, indeed, there is nothing to do! As we do not walk alone, tourists enjoy a bus that drops off and picks up the group at each stop. Impossible to know where you are and to locate yourself with a GPS: it is forbidden to have a camera equipped with this tool. Everything is done to ensure that no tourist can draw a precise map

Prepare for your trip North Korea

Transportation
    Accommodations
    • Find a hotel
    • Airbnb rental
    • Holiday rental
    Stays
    • Tailor-made trip
    Services / On site
    • Book a table
    • Activities & visits

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    Practical information
    When to travel?

    When to go to North Korea? Tourist numbers remain very low: about 100,000 tourists per year. The concepts of high and...
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    Weather forecast

    North Korea has a temperate continental climate. The weather is an extension of that of the nearby Siberian Maritime...
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    Budget

    In North Korea, the currency is the North Korean won (KPW). Major international currencies are accepted and there is...
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    Formalities

    Since April 2017, all foreigners wishing to travel to North Korea must be in possession of a visa and an authorizatio...
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    Health

    North Korea's health system is failing, lacking equipment, medical supplies and essential medicines. We advise you to...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    It is impossible to travel alone to North Korea, the only solution is a tour package. It is not possible to go alone...
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    How to get organized?

    Accredited travel agencies offer stays ranging from 3/4 days to nearly three weeks, with a predefined program. You al...
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    Getting around

    It is very easy to move around the country, indeed, there is nothing to do! As we do not walk alone, tourists enjoy a...
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