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Here's a detailed description of the 2008 trip of two Austrian and Swiss railway enthusiasts to North Korea by train via the (only a few kilometers long) border to Russia, the connection mentioned in Mark's answer. It's a fascinating read, but I get the impression that the only reason these guys were allowed in was that no Western tourist had tried this ...


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Most North Korean visas are issued on separate pieces of paper, not in your passport, and are thus not a problem. Likewise, on entry and exit, they will stamp the paper and not your passport. Even if you do get a visa in your passport, as far as I'm aware no country has a policy of actually refusing entry to people who have visited North Korea; certainly ...


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You can also catch a glimpse of North Korea on the Jayu-ro highway, for instance around 37.802870, 126.683044. Nothing very interesting though, just some hills across the sea. The tour I took to DMZ (you can't get there without a tour) took us via that road, because it's one of the easiest places to see North Korea close to Seoul. According to our tour ...


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There is a lot of misinformation out there on DPRK (North Korea) travel. It is not difficult at all to obtain a tourist visa through one of the several tour companies that operate tours in the DPRK. I am COO of Uri Tours Inc., the only direct provider of North Korea Travel based in the US (there are several resellers). In over 6 years of operation, we have ...


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Well...assuming you have a visa to get in, and assuming the tour company can meet up with you, and assuming the North Korea government allows you to travel on your own... North Korea - by Train Train K27/K28 connect Pyongyang to Beijing in China via Tianjin, Tangshan, Beidaihe, Shanhaiguan, Jinzhou, Shenyang, Benxi, Fenghuangcheng, Dandong and ...


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I have to put in a word for another Dutch agency, VNC Travel who arranged my trip in 1999. It was all done via email, in English, and it all went off without a hitch. The train ride was very interesting, much more than the plane would have been. I have fond memories of a middle aged North Korean man, out of the blue, giving me a bottle of beer for breakfast! ...


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It's pretty hard to prove a negative, but: The largest operator of trips to North Korea, Koryo Tours, doesn't mention long hair as an issue in their extensive FAQ or Rules sections; It's not particularly hard to find trip photos featuring various un-socialist hairstyles like this; And I'm positive I once read a Pyongyang trip report written by a ponytailed ...


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Euros are your best bet. The North Korean won is not convertible, and all facilities for tourists price in and accept euros. Koryo Tours, the largest operator of DPRK tours, says: Currency The official exchange currency in DPRK is now Euros (USD were taken out of circulation in 2003 but can still be used though we advise you bring Euros). It is ...


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The closest you can get on your own would be going to right before the DMZ. The North and the South each control 2km of the DMZ. Other than some special tour packages such as these, access to the DMZ is very controlled. You can see the North from several of the sites that are on the tourist packages.


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Specific to defectors, not really. I think that would aggravate things more then anything. While South Koreans are aware of the "struggle" of many of their Northern brethren, things like the Ministry of Unification look actively to bond both cultures rather then highlight the differences. If you're looking for a glimpse of North Korean life you might want ...


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You're only off by a couple hundred meters. The problem is that the available satellite imagery is not very detailed, not sufficiently to make an object this small (when viewed from above) clearly visible. From above an object of this size is not quite as wide as a lorry, and perhaps as long. So, as we can see from the satellite image, which does capture ...


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Unfortunately, I do not have a positive answer to this question. I have been looking around the web for a few days now and I am almost sure there is no such museum. I have been through the list of museums in South Korea with the help of Google Translate but with no luck. There is not even one comment about such a museum in any website. I think I can safely ...


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In a word (and a meme), no. As you're probably aware, South and North Korea remain (in theory anyway) at a state of war and travel between the two is extremely restricted. In the past, there were organized tours from South Korea to Kumgangsan and Kaesong, but both have been indefinitely suspended since 2008 or so. Pyongyang has never been accessible to ...


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By the looks of things and the comments posted on the photo below it is a North Korean Whiskey. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyfox/7070619751/ This is confirmed by another blogger, which apparently is available from a shop at the DMZ. Additional Info Found another blog with the trip to DMZ with a picture of the alcohol from North Korea but the ...


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There are no direct connections between North Korea and either Japan or South Korea, but it is of course possible to visit North Korea starting in either of the two other countries. From Pyŏngyang, there are only direct flights to a handful of cities in China and Russia: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and Vladivostok. In addition, there are international ...


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I am sure such question can not be answered with any reasonable detailed place. first of all if such place would be known to a broad audience, most probably it would be known to law enforcement and would be closed (like asking on the forum for a suggestion where to find gold in Alaska. It is useless because if people knew where to find it, all of it would ...


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Yeah they really don't care about your hairstyle in North Korea. Juche (their political ideology/system) is for North Koreans only and they won't try and push it's ideals or fashion standards onto tourists. I didn't have any problem with my long hair when i was there.


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I am the COO of the only American direct provider of North Korea Travel (there are several American resellers and overseas competitors) Typically, travelers fly into Pyongyang at take the train out of North Korea by way of Dandong China. In the past, this option is not available to Americans. In 2014, Americans may be able to take the train domestically ...


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Inpung sul is brandy. It's made from grapes. It says so right on the bottle. 인풍술 Inpungsul is 강계포도술공장 which is Kanggye Grape Liquor Factory.


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I went to North Korea last September. You'll be perfectly safe travelling there as a Korean American. For all the failings of the North Korean government, they're not in the habit of arbitrarily detaining foreign tourists. Almost all the foreign tourists detained by the North Korean government in recent years have been detained for trying to bring bibles ...


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This group in Vancouver Canada organizes some things that look like they might be what you're looking for. You could contact them and ask if they could customize something for you. I have no direct knowledge of them or what their political leanings might be, but they do arrange trips aimed at folks with academic credentials or connections. Our programs ...


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I'm not certain, but it sounds like Paekrosul. According to the description on lonely planet forums. Paekrosul: A "well-known liquor," this is a Kanggye specialty from the D.P.R.K. (aka North Korea). Shoddy packaging, with a bottle full of defects (at least no holes beyond the necessary one) and a cap that guarantees it will leak in your ...


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First, if you are traveling on an American passport, the answer is no. If you're a dual citizen (United States and another country), you can probably enter by rail on your second passport, but mentioning that you're an American would be a very bad idea. There have been rumors of North Korea opening up domestic trains to U.S. citizens, but I haven't seen ...



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