The 5 best places to visit in North Korea

 

Built in a traditional style in 1978, to the north of the capital, Pyongyang, in the centre of the country is the International Friendship Exhibition. The museum complex consists of around 150 rooms that house gifts presented to former Supreme Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Rough estimates indicate that the building holds between 60,000 and 220,000 gifts.

5. International Friendship Exhibition

 

In the far south west of the country, close to the border with South Korea is the ancient city of Kaesong. Once the capital of the country during the Taebong Kingdom and subsequent Goryeo Dynasty, it holds a wealth of North Korea's historical sites. Visitors to Kaesong have spoken about feeling as though they have walked back in time, with small old buildings and empty streets that haven't changed in decades. Home to the tombs of almost all the Goryeo kings, the Historic Monuments And Sites In Kaesong have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. Kaesong

In the extreme south east of the country, close to the border with South Korea is the 530 square kilometre (205 square mile) Mount Kumgang National Park, encompassing the Taebek mountain range. Named after Mount Kumgang, meaning Diamond Mountain, the parks highest peak rises 1,638 metres (5,374 ft) above sea level, one of 60,000 peaks that stand over 1,000 metres (3,280 ft). This pristine area of untouched wilderness is a place of steep mountains, large forests, lakes and waterfalls, an area where very few people from in or outside of North Korea ever venture. 

3. Mount Kumgang National Park

 

In the west of the country, home to over three million people, the beating heart of North Korea, is the capital city, Pyongyang. Almost entirely destroyed during the Korean War, since 1953 the whole city has been rebuilt to a design reflecting Kim Il Sung's vision. Today it is a place of wide tree lined boulevards, colourful high rise terraced buildings and one off iconic landmarks. The least visited capital city on Earth in terms of tourism, Pyongyang with its lack of congestion, quiet and extremely clean streets is certainly one of the most unique.

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2. Pyongyang

 

In the extreme north of the country, located on the border between China and North Korea is Mount Paektu, meaning White Head Mountain. With an elevation of 2,750 metres (9,003 ft) above sea level it is the highest mountain of the Paektudaegan and Changbai mountain ranges, and the highest peak in the Korean Peninsula. At its summit lies the beautiful Lake Chon, meaning Lake Of Heaven, a huge azure pool of water that happens to be the deepest crater lake in the world. Considered sacred by North Koreans, Mount Paektu is also considered the heart of the Korean Revolution and the location of their ancestral origin. At the time of writing only North Korean citizens are permitted to visit the mountain.

1. Mount Paektu

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