As most of us are aware, North Korea is not really a friendly nation. The regime here is quite conservative and exercises absolute authority over everything, including tourism. So, it does not matter whether you are here in North Korea on a professional or a leisure trip, you will have to go through tough scrutiny from the authorities even before you make it here.
Despite the restrictions, North Korea, due to its much-isolated character, attracts a lot of interest of tourists—and if you are one of them, then this article might be useful to you. So, read along and find out where you can go when you are in North Korea.
1. Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Pyongyang
The city features a number of monuments and memorial buildings, but none can compare the grandeur of Kumsusan. Located in the capital city of the Hermit Kingdom, Kumsusan Memorial Palace is a beautiful sight to behold. Its grand architecture and symbolic relevance make it one of the most respected establishments in the entire country.
2. Gaeseong District
If you are a history geek, you might want to spend some time in the historical city of Gaeseong. It has been a witness of a number of watershed moments in great Korean history—and this is quite ascertainable by myriad historical sites you will come across in the region.
The most popular sites in this region are the Seonjukgyo Bridge featuring stunning calligraphic details and the Gaeseong History Museum. In case you wish to explore nature’s best, then you might want to pay a visit to the majestic Parkyeon falls, which comes with two little ponds.
Home to the Buddhist religion, Mt. Myohyangsan has been a rich source of information about Buddhism. You will instantly experience strong Buddhist influence when you visit the famous Bohyunsa temple which houses there mains from the Koyro dynasty.
The name of the mountain—which means unique fragrance—is in itself a giveaway as there are a plethora of scented trees to be found in the nearby forested region. The beauty of the mountain is such that tourists rank it as one of the top destinations of the country.
Considered to be the birthplace of the Korean revolution, Mt. Paektu is an aesthetically arresting mountain in North Korea which incidentally is the highest in the Peninsula. The mountain is gifted with so many features that one can never get enough of it.
There exists a huge crater lake known as Chon, meaning Lake of Heaven, which is the deepest such lake in the world and amongst the coldest too. If you walk around the area, you would come across a number of revolutionary sites and camps whose origin can be traced back to the days of Japanese colonization of the Peninsula.
5. Kaeson Youth Park
Well, last on the list is the Kaeson Youth Park which is for those who are looking forward to spending time at a modern amusement park. Unlike many other parks in the region, the Kaeson Youth Park is quite maintained and offers plentiful attractions to the visitors.