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Korea, North

Korea, North

Etymology

The name Korea derives from the name Goryeo (also spelled Koryŏ). The name Goryeo itself was first used by the ancient kingdom of Goguryeo (Koguryŏ) in the 5th century as a shortened form of its name. The 10th-century kingdom of Goryeo succeeded Goguryeo, and thus inherited its name, which was pronounced by visiting Persian merchants as “Korea”. The modern spelling of Korea first appeared in the late 17th century in the travel writings of the Dutch East India Company’s Hendrick Hamel. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

The North Korea Network – North Korea is the most isolated country on the planet.  There are no modern nations in this world that can compare to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  In order to learn about and take action regarding this modern day enigma, we must band together. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Korean Cupid – KoreanCupid is a leading Korean dating site helping thousands of single men and women find their perfect match. Whether you’re looking for a friend, a date, or the love of your life, find them in a fun and secure environment on KoreanCupid. [korean cupid]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Koryo Tours – A trip to the DPRK (North Korea) is the ultimate experience. Travelling with us to Pyongyang, and beyond, is something you’ll remember forever. If you need any help deciding which tour is best for you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re happy to answer all and any questions. [koryo group]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Juche Tower –  The symbol of North Korea and perhaps of it’s political ideologies. When Kim Il Song drew up his Juche school of thought I’m sure he’d never thought it would be so far reaching. The tower is an impressive sight, you can take the elevator to the top and see of all of Pyongyang (5 Euro) which again is a great view. What’s perhaps even more interesting is the wall of plaques indicating who helped fund this icon of North Korean socialism and no matter what you think, I’m sure people from your country helped contribute to. [one step 4ward]

Kim Il Song Square – The centre of Pyongyang and in fact the entire country. Wall to wall socialist propaganda and after the untimely death of the Dear Leader Kim Il Song an area for us to pay our respects to him, ahem, right. This is the scene of the numerous mass rallies held every month and when we hadn’t had permission from our minders to go there I attempted to go anyway. I stopped after he told me I could be shot. The tributes to Marx and Lenin are pretty interesting too. [one step 4ward]

Pyongyang Subway – It literally feels like a time machine, unreal. This was built over 50 years ago and hasn’t been updated since. Green suede seats, old shiny wooden carriages, marble stations with chandeliers and it’s all in great condition. I might have had a few strange looks wandering the subways of Pyongyang but it was definitely worth the awkwardness. Oh and I had 4 guards check my camera after they thought I had taken a photo of an undesirable. [one step 4ward]

The DMZ –  Wow, just wow. This is the most heavily fortified border in the world and has been called ‘the scariest place on earth’ and I can see why. During my time in South Korea I had been lucky enough to see this from the other side too but the North’s perspective is a lot more intense. Watching the North Korean military line up in the old-school, socialist uniforms inches away from the US-backed South Koreans in all the new hi-tech gear is a sight to see. They don’t share a word with each other ever, even though the border is only 6 inches high. You could cut the tension with a knife. Unreal. [one step 4ward]

The Worker’s Party Monument – One arm for farming, one for education and one for industry, this huge monument is walking distance from the Juche Tower. I’m not quite sure what it is about communism but my God they love a good old massive monument, and they don’t let us down here. Enjoy. [one step 4ward]

Festivals

Festivals

Dragon Boat Festival – Dragon boat races are as popular in North Korea as they are in China, with the annual Dragon Boat Festival taking place at the beginning of spring in early June. A visit to the major event in Pyongyang is an approved tour activity. [iexplore]

Kim Il Sung Birthday Celebration – The celebration of the life of North Korea’s founding father, Kim il Sung, is held every year on April 15. The capital, Pyongyang, sees military parades and parties, while smaller events take place across the country. [iexplore]

Liberation Day – Liberation Day is a national holiday in North Korea, held on August 15 as part of the huge Mass Games festival in Pyongyang’s main stadium. [iexplore]

May Day – International Workers’ Day is celebrated in North Korea, as it is elsewhere in world, on May 1, with Pyongyang seeing a huge folk festival in Toesongsan Park along with sporting events and parades. [iexplore]

Victory Day – This important festival on July 27 marks the day on which the Korean War armistice was signed, and involves mass dancing and military parades. [iexplore]

Workers’ Party of Korea Foundation Day – This event celebrates the founding of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, a cornerstone of the country’s ruling elite. Held on October 10, it is a chance to see one of the country’s Mass Dances as well as the last days of the famed Ariring Mass Games in Pyongyang. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Boats – Boats are not the most common form of transportation in North Korea, but it is possible to take a boat ride around the Taedong River, cruising through the middle of Pyongyang. Restaurant boats are available. This is used as part of exclusive tours in North Korea. [north korea travel]

Buses, coaches and Vans – These tend to be used for larger groups. Our group sizes tend to be relatively small, with an average of less than 10 people. However, sometimes we are offered larger coaches regardless of the amount of travellers in a group. Several of the coaches and buses used are from former East Germany, giving the trip an extra retro touch to it. [north korea travel]

Cars – If going on a private trip and only consist of one or two people you may be assigned a car for your local transportation. Please note however that sometimes these are not available and you may end up using a coach even if only one traveller! [north korea travel]

Pyongyang Metro – You will have the chance to get on the metro with locals and enjoy a ride in the world’s deepest subway. We offer extended rides which allow travellers to see several stops and explore several metro stops. [north korea travel]

Trains – If you have the chance to either enter or exit by train, we strongly recommend to hop on and enjoy the ride! The train ride to and from China is around 25 hours but not as daunting as it sounds! The overnight leg of the ride is spent in China, meaning that travellers have the chance to ride through second tier cities, counties and villages in North Korea seeing parts of the country that are completely sealed off to tourists and allowing them have a glimpse of life in some of the more isolated areas of North Korea. [north korea travel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

A Capitalist in North Korea – Counter-narrative by the impartial author of “A Capitalist in North Korea” and bits & pieces you can’t read in biased mainstream media. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in North Korea – The mystery that surrounds North Korea fascinates wide-eyed travelers hoping to peek in the secretive and isolated country. Foreigners visiting North Korea will be met with structured ordinances, regulations; you’re not allowed to wander on your own. While this seems restrictive, it just means you’re not bound to get lost, which is a good thing. If you’re one to try something out of the ordinary, and experience the constant rhythm of North Korea, have read through on some info we’ve put together. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in North Korea – Annyeonghaseyo and a warm welcome to InterNations North Korea! Our network for expats in North Korea is tailored to your particular needs and our members can assist you while you settle into your new surroundings, providing useful tips and information. Any move to North Korea does come attached with rules that you need to be aware of and that’s where the expat community can help, having gone through the same or at least similar situations themselves. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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