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North Korea Flag North Korea, known officially as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is a country located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in eastern Asia. It is bordered by the People's Republic of China and Russia to the North, and to the South, across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by South Korea.

North Korea has one of the most isolated and secretive regimes in the world. The country is a single party state led by the Korean Workers Party, and some commentors have compared the regime to that of the Stalinist era in the USSR.

As of 2009, the population of North Korea was estimated as being 24,051,218. The country's capital and largest city is Pyongyang, which, as of 2008, had an estimated population of 3,255,388.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea Country Details


Country Name North Korea

Also Known As

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Northeastern Asia
Flag Democratic People's Republic of Korea Flag
Principal Language Korean
Capital Pyongyang


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North Korea (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Robert Willoughby

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (288 pages)

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A new edition of the first travel guide to cover the practical aspects of travelling to and around North Korea -- a country which both intrigues and concerns the international community. Everything a genuine traveller needs is here, including red tape and security issues, access from South Korea and Beijing, routes outwards from Pyongyang, and opportunities for excursions into unspoilt countryside. Altogether a fascinating insight into the culture and history of a country that currently exists in virtual isolation from the rest of the world.

Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Trent Holden, Rob Whyte & Phillip Tang

LONELY PLANET PUBLICATIONS
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Korea is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Walk along Cheong-gye-cheon's long-buried stream, hike around Jeju-do's volcanic landscape, or jump into a vat of mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Korea and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Korea Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, dance, architecture, politics, and wildlife
  • Free, convenient pull-out Seoul map (included in print version), plus over 97 local maps
  • Covers Seoul, Incheon, Jeju-do, Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, Cheongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Sokcho, Samcheok, Chungju, Daejeon, Gongju, Daegu, North Korea, Pyongyang, Panmunjom, the DMZ, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Korea, our most comprehensive guide to Korea, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Seoul? Check out our Lonely Planet Seoul guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

The Rough Guide to Korea (Rough Guides)
By Rough Guides

Rough Guides
Released: 2015-10-06
Paperback (392 pages)

The Rough Guide to Korea (Rough Guides)
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The Rough Guide to Korea is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating peninsula.

Discover Korea's highlights with stunning photography, thoughtful itineraries, colour-coded maps and comprehensive, up-to-date descriptions of Korea's best hotels, restaurants and bars, for all budgets. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do, from the ancient palaces, hip art galleries and noraebang (singing rooms) of open-all-hours Seoul to the beaches of beautiful Jeju Island and the tombs of the Silla kings in Gyeongju - as well as the magnificent hiking trails and temples of Korea's many national parks. The country's wonderful cuisine - bibimbap, kimchi, barbecued meat and more - is covered in detail, and there's plenty of advice on how to make best use of Korea's excellent public transport system.

The Rough Guide to Korea also includes a chapter on North Korea, explaining what to see and what to take with you, along with the dos and don'ts of the world's most intriguing country.
Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Timothy N Hornyak

Lonely Planet
Paperback (416 pages)

Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Korea is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Walk along Cheong-gye-cheon's long-buried stream, hike around Jeju-do's volcanic landscape, or jump into a vat of mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Korea and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Korea Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, dance, architecture, politics, and wildlife
  • Free, convenient pull-out Seoul map (included in print version), plus over 97 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Outdoor Activities, and Walking Tours
  • Coverage of Seoul, Incheon, Jeju-do, Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, Cheongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Sokcho, Samcheok, Chungju, Daejeon, Gongju, Daegu, North Korea, Pyongyang, Panmunjom, the DMZ, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Korea, our most comprehensive guide to Korea, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Seoul? Check out Lonely Planet's Seoul guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond, Timothy N Hornyak, and Shawn Low.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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North Korea: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Robert Willoughby

Brand: Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (248 pages)

North Korea: The Bradt Travel Guide
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This new Bradt guide explores every aspect of visiting North Korea, from day-to-day practicalities to an overview of the history that lies behind this troubled region and the culture that still unites the Korean people. While travelers are obliged to be part of a formal tour, there are plenty of possibilities for the more adventurous, including the Pyongyang International Marathon and the opportunity to traverse the country by motorbike. Routes outwards from the capital, Pyongyang, and via the Hyundai ferry from the South are explored in depth, ensuring that travelers are aware of both the possibilities and pitfalls of travel in this relatively untrodden part of the world. A whole range of information is provided--from red tape and security issues for the independent traveler to festivals and natural history of the mountain landscape for those wishing to explore the background of North Korea either while touring or from an armchair.
North Korea 1:750,000 Travel Reference Map (International Travel Maps)
By ITM Canada

Unknown
Released: 2007-02-01
Map (1 pages)

North Korea 1:750,000 Travel Reference Map (International Travel Maps)
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This is the first map ever published of this secretive country. Needless to say, gathering information was difficult but, thanks to cartographic input from around the world, the project was completed in only four years. The information shown is designed to encourage people to visit this interesting country locked into a 1950s mind-set. Includes inset map of Pyongyang and Pyongyang Metro System.
North Korea, 2nd Edition (Bradt Travel Guides)
By Robert Willoughby

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (248 pages)

North Korea, 2nd Edition (Bradt Travel Guides)
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A new edition of the first travel guide to cover the practical aspects of travelling to and around North Korea, a country which both intrigues and concerns the international community. Everything a genuine traveler needs is here, including red tape and security issues, access from South Korea and Beijing, routes outwards from Pyongyang, and opportunities for excursions into unspoilt countryside. Altogether a fascinating insight into the culture and history of a country that currently exists in virtual isolation from the rest of the world.

Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite
By Suki Kim

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Released: 2015-10-13
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A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign
 
Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime.

Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged.

Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."
Don’t Go There: From Chernobyl to North Korea—one man’s quest to lose himself and find everyone else in the world’s strangest places
By Adam Fletcher

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How much would you risk to change your life? After Spiegel bestselling-author Adam Fletcher is accidentally tear-gassed in street protests in Istanbul, he goes on a journey to change his humdrum life, taking his eccentric German girlfriend, Annett, along with him. Their quest to better understand themselves (and everyone else) threatens their world view, sanity, and relationship. Don’t Go There is a hilarious travelogue full of interesting characters, uncomfortable moments, unusual destinations, and British humour that will appeal to lovers of Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, and David Sedaris. Whether freezing in a blizzard in China, ruining a mass dance in North Korea, experiencing the corruption of Soviet-breakaway Transnistria, pondering the apocalypse in Chernobyl, getting stopped by police boats on the way to the newest country in the world (libertarian utopia Liberland), or meeting the devil incarnate on a night bus in Moldova, Adam keeps his sense of humour and his fascination for the weird things people do to each other when they think no one is looking, in the places few of us ever go. Take a trip with Adam Fletcher today, visa and mosquito free. You won’t regret it.

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