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Old 06-16-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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I would like to see Pyongyang, North Korea and get away from the glitter and craze of South Korea.

What are my options? And where do most people stay in North Korea? I am feeling good because during the global financial crisis, North Korean real estate was not affected at all, which is amazing


What do things cost in North Korea and what towns are most and least expensive to visit? Are there river cruises? Just wondering
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:35 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I would reconsider visiting North Korea. It's not exactly the safest place to visit in the world.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:39 PM
 
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Although it may not potentially be the safest place in the world, there are various activities to do. Check this website:

Things to do in North Korea: Check out 36 North Korea Attractions - TripAdvisor

Also, if you are in South Korea, and you are a natural citizen, then you are banned from North Korea.

Juche Travel Services - Apply

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Contrary to what you may have heard, pretty much anyone can visit the DPRK as a tourist. At the present time, only the following categories of people are NOT permitted:
  • South Korean nationals;"
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:42 PM
 
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Although it may not potentially be the safest place in the world, there are various activities to do. Check this website:

Things to do in North Korea: Check out 36 North Korea Attractions - TripAdvisor

Also, if you are in South Korea, and you are a natural citizen, then you are banned from North Korea.

Juche Travel Services - Apply

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Contrary to what you may have heard, pretty much anyone can visit the DPRK as a tourist. At the present time, only the following categories of people are NOT permitted:
  • South Korean nationals;"
You left out "Foreign nationals who are living in South Korea," which is also a large and important exclusion.

Edit: I'm not 100% sure, but I also believe that tourists are required to travel with a government approved escort, and can only see/do approved activities.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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I would like to see Pyongyang, North Korea and get away from the glitter and craze of South Korea.

What are my options? And where do most people stay in North Korea? I am feeling good because during the global financial crisis, North Korean real estate was not affected at all, which is amazing


What do things cost in North Korea and what towns are most and least expensive to visit? Are there river cruises? Just wondering
First of all, what country are you coming from, and what country are you a citizen of?
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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You left out "Foreign nationals who are living in South Korea," which is also a large and important exclusion.

Edit: I'm not 100% sure, but I also believe that tourists are required to travel with a government approved escort, and can only see/do approved activities.
It would be too much of a vacation-planning hassle for me. I'd have to exhaust all of my other options before I'd check into going over there.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:20 PM
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I would like to see Pyongyang, North Korea and get away from the glitter and craze of South Korea.

What are my options? And where do most people stay in North Korea? I am feeling good because during the global financial crisis, North Korean real estate was not affected at all, which is amazing


What do things cost in North Korea and what towns are most and least expensive to visit? Are there river cruises? Just wondering

By all means do it, just as long as you're not a S.Korean, which you won't be able to. I suspect you're a English teacher in S.Korea looking to get away from Psy.. . A few things to remember...don't bring a Bible, if you buy a newspaper there with Kim Jong-Un's pic in it, don't throw the paper in a dumpster after you finish looking at it....j/k somewhat. I would like to go one day, but there a couple of issues that i have to really think about. I've been told Juche travel services(cheap) are very good and organized....also good for independent travelers. There is also Koryo tours, but more pricey. Anyways, there are many tourists who have taken video while there.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtYdci6VS18


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lz8-iJYfek

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Old 06-16-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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You left out "Foreign nationals who are living in South Korea," which is also a large and important exclusion.

Edit: I'm not 100% sure, but I also believe that tourists are required to travel with a government approved escort, and can only see/do approved activities.

Your choice there is package tour #1 or package tour #1, both run by the state propaganda ministry. I've got a friend who ended up there for a business trip, and she hated it- interesting place in many ways, but she felt like she had to be so very careful with every step she took because she was worried about creating an international incident.

If you want the old school Communist bloc experience, complete with architecture that ranges from brutalist to WTF?, I'd say go for Kazakhstan, which is Western-friendly enough that they''re in the process of implementing an entry without visa plan for short (10 day or less) leisure stays, there is full embassy service for American citizens, and the new Astana looks wonderfully weird. (Alas, I don't think Bainkonur Cosmodome does public tours.)
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I don't think you realize what you're getting yourself in to.

If you go to North Korea, you can't just go travel and go where you want and go "off the beaten track", unless you want to end up in prison of course.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:18 PM
 
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Why in the world would anybody want to visit North Korea? It seems like about every other day, I read about them detaining some person or other for no good reason.
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