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Carl Meadows
North Korea Travel Specialist

The world’s most secretive state, this elusive nation provokes intrigue like no other. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea for short, has long kept itself isolated from the prying eyes of the west. But, slowly this fiercely nationalist society is opening its doors to visitors – escorted by government guides, of course. Though the communist-echoing Juche ideology and undying loyalty to the Supreme Leader is imposing, ever-present and often fundamentally bizarre, pioneering tourism through the DPRK remains an enriching and truly unique affair.

Now over thirty years since our group tours first entered the country, visitors to this perplex sate still find it as fascinating as ever. With every passing year, more and more of the remote regions, coastal towns and small villages open up to accept foreign tourists – and, with our roots in pioneering new travel experiences, we’re always the first to take travellers to the frontier of what’s possible. We charter helicopters to take you to remote regions, visit communal farms and kindergartens, offer hikes to the summit of the stunning mountains near the China border, sample the Pyongyang brewery and enter the iconic blue huts which straddle the North-South border at the DMZ under a watchful military eye (or three).

Our tours, long or short, are designed to get you under the skin of North Korea and provide a deeper exploration than just visiting Pyongyang – many of which are also timed to coincide with some of the country’s biggest annual events and celebrations, in which guests can experience the nation in full swing, pomp and propaganda.



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Pyongyang
Top Destination
Pyongyang
The Kim dynasty’s masterpiece, Pyongyang feels more modern than many first-time visitors would expect - aside from the almost traffic-free streets. There are showcase monuments almost everywhere you turn, from the Party Founding Monument and the Juche Tower to the iconic Mansudae Grand Monument, with its towering bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
Kaesong / DMZ
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Kaesong / DMZ
The last town before you reach the DMZ and border with South Korea is Kaesong, where there are several historical sites such as the 13th century Sonjuk Bridge and the Songyungwan Complex, home to the picturesque Koryo Museum, an interesting collection of relics from the Koryo dynasty and depictions of life in ancient Korea. A worthy visit after the more regimented tour of the nearby DMZ.
Mount Myohyang
Top Destination
Mount Myohyang
Situated in the centre of the country, Mount Myohyang is most notable for the vast International Friendship Exhibition, where huge halls have been carved into the mountainside to exhibit gifts that have been given to the Great Leaders from all over the world. The gifts, which number over 220,000,  range from a basketball signed by Michael Jordan to a bulletproof limousine presented by Stalin.
Mount Paektu
Carl Meadows's Recommendation
Mount Paektu
Considered sacred by Koreans, you will have seen many depictions of Mount Paektu before you ever reach it. The mountain is the highest on the Korean Peninsula. Situated on the Chinese border, this volcano can be reached on foot or by funicular railway (when it’s operating) and provides impressive views over the crater’s Lake Chon.
Wonsan
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Wonsan
A gateway to South-Eastern corner of the country, Wonsan is a good stepping off point for those looking to head to Mt. Kumgang, with its varied walking trails and beautiful scenery. The city itself is not without its charms and a pleasant evening can be spent walking along the Jangdok Jetty to the lighthouse, where the locals like to barbecue, fish and paddle in the sea.

Popular Destinations in North Korea

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   Pyongyang
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   Kaesong / DMZ
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   Mount Myohyang



Specialist Recommendations

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   Mount Paektu
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   Wonsan


Regent North Korea Specialist


Carl Meadows
Now is the time to visit this elusive nation. Could the wind of change which swept across much of the globe a generation ago finally be reaching North Korea? With Trump and Kim enjoying a tête-à-tête and increasing dialogue between North & South, those yearning to witness history in the making should get to the country fast, before the last nail in the coffin of communism is hammered down, changing this fascinating country irreversibly. As money slowly creeps in the quality of services in North Korea, from the food and accommodation through to the variety of sights tourists may visit increase year on year. There has never been a better time to visit this country which, before too long, may not exist as we know it today.

Carl's Tips
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Head off on a hike through the rugged peaks, verdant valleys and trickling waterfalls of Mount Myohyang, Kumgang or Paekdu.
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Take in the sights of the capital aboard one of Pyongyang's fantastic vintage trolleybusses.
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Despite being government owned, the farms open for tourist visits give you a glimpse into life in rural North Korea.




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