Every difference this country has from its southern neighbour comes from its political regime (dictatorship of the proletariat). There is not a great deal of interest in travel to North Korea, however, western tourists are not prevented from going. As long as they are in a group, everything will be alright. If not, hello, red tape. Students of political science and curious people "nostalgic" for the great era of communism will be looking out for the next departure of a trip organised by a tour operator that is a specialist in the destination. To discover Korea, the others will first of all go to the southern neighbour.
The DMZ stands for the Korean Demilitarized Zone and marks the border between North and South Korea. It's the most heavily fortified border in the world and both South Korean and North Korean military officials stand at either end not saying a word to each other. If you are keen on plunging yourself into the atmosphere of the country, it's interesting to visit the DMZ but be warned that it can be quite dangerous as it does form a border between two countries where tensions do run very high.International Friendship Exhibition
This exhibition is located in the museum positioned in the Mount Myohyang reserve and holds all the gifts that have been presented to Kim II Sung and his son Kim Jon II over the years by several communist, terrorist and despotic regimes. The museum has been open for over 30 years and has a total of 150 room's worth of gifts displayed. It is estimated that there are between 60,000 and 220,000 gifts in total. It is thought that the museum is a propaganda act that alludes to worldwide support for the North Korean government. Upon entry visitors are told that the collection of gifts is representative of the 'proof of the endless love and respect toward the Great Leader (Kim Il-sung).'The Juche Tower
The tower was built in 1982 in order to mark the birthday of North Korean president Kim Sung, it has a total of 25,550 granite blocks each one representing a day of his life up until his 70th birthday. It is positioned on the eastern bank of the River Taedong in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The tower is 170m high and a trip to the top for 5 Euros is definitely recommended for the views. It is the second tallest monumental column in the world to the San Jacinto Monument which is 2.9 metres taller.Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains
These are a popular tourist attraction in North Korean since they offer a beautiful and stunning backdrop and, as the name suggests, the hard rocks on the mountains sparkle in the sunlight. Mount Geumgangsan, seeing as it stretches over 40 km on each side, can be split up into three different sections. For example, Oeugeumgang on the East, Naegeumgang on the West, and Haeguemgang on the seashore area. The mountains are most sparkly during springtime.
Headstrong people and solitary souls please note: individual trips are not authorised. Stays vary from two to forty days, and are rigorously supervised. You have to bend to the instructions from your guide and not leave the beaten path. According to world organizations, the population is threatened with famine and has no liberty.
Despite recurring tensions with South Korea, North Korea doesn't pose a high security risk as its supervised at all times. However,individual trips are not advised, if you decide to travel on your own you do so at your own risk and peril. In any case, you should listen to advice from your guide, who will be watching if you lose your way. Only certain travel agencies recognized by the North Korean government are authorized to organized trips in the country. Be warned that you are always being closely watched whether it be in your hotel room, on the telephone and even via a fax machine. Even if you're taking photos you must ask the guide for permission.
Wrap up warm if you're coming in winter, the climate is similar to Siberia. The best time to come is in the autumn, from September to October. In summer it's very hot and humid. Monsoon season goes on from the end of June until August with risks of typhoon.
In order to communicate with the locals, you have to speak Korean; English isn't even understood by North Koreans. North Korean authorities want the Koreans to avoid all contact with tourists. You're not allowed to bring phones, tablets or computers with you.