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Food & Drinks in North Korea

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Food in North Korea

Despite acute food shortages in North Korea, which have resulted in the deaths of millions of people, you will not have any difficulties in obtaining food. Your guide will place all of your meal orders for you, and you will only dine in places that accept hard money. Vegetarians and those with dietary allergies or aversions to popular items like shellfish or eggs may need to make special arrangements ahead of time. Inquire with your guide about a visit to a “genuine” local eatery. Although your cuisine will be superior than that consumed by 95% of the population, it will not necessarily be excellent. Shortages, coupled with the traditional usage of Korean culinary methods, result in a restricted range of food, which may be exhausting on trips lasting more than a few days.

In Pyongyang, there are a few western cuisine choices today, and these places may generally be visited if booked in advance with the guides. They will almost always need extra payment (unless you have previously negotiated this with your tour operator), since the expenses are not included in the Korean Travel Company’s per diem price. There are two Italian restaurants (one near the Korean circus and one near the USS Pueblo) and two burger restaurants (one on Kwangbok Street near the Korean circus where the pizza is excellent and they have imported a pizza oven and all the ingredients so the quality is extremely good) (the more accessible is in the Youth Hotel). Both are cheap and provide some variety to an otherwise bland dining setting – particularly on lengthy trips! Visit the Vienna coffee shop on the riverside of Kim Jong Il Square for a decent cup of coffee that tastes like it came from Europe.

Drinks in North Korea

Insam-ju, Korean vodka flavored with ginseng roots, is a local specialty.

Taedonggang beer, which is produced locally, is excellent. The brewery was bought from Ushers in the United Kingdom and relocated to Pyongyang, and some of the sojus are also very good. A 650mL bottle of beer costs €0.50 on the local market. Imported beers, such as Heineken, are likewise reasonably priced. However, do not get inebriated and create a ruckus. You and your guide will face severe consequences if you don’t follow the rules and show respect.

Because tap water isn’t always adequately treated, it’s best to consume bottled water instead.

How To Travel To North Korea

By plane Sunan Foreign Airport in Pyongyang handles all international flights. There is no other airport in North Korea that handles international aircraft. Sunan is served by just two commercial airlines: Air Koryo, North Korea's official carrier, and Air China. Aeroflot and China Southern Airlines do not travel to North...

How To Travel Around North Korea

Your tour operator will take care of all of your transportation requirements. The majority of the time, this implies buses, but tour groups visiting isolated locations (such as Paekdusan and Mount Chilbo) may utilize Air Koryo's chartered aircraft. It is not permitted to wander about on your own, and...

Visa & Passport Requirements for North Korea

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Destinations in North Korea

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Accommodation & Hotels in North Korea

This will most likely be your largest outlay while in North Korea. Only "approved tourist hotels" are allowed to stay, and you must pay in hard money. Discounts may be available if you request lower-class accommodations, travel in a group, or visit during the low season (November to March)....

Things To See in North Korea

Every tour is led by a government minder who determines what you can and cannot see. Expect to be escorted by one or more minders from the time you leave your hotel. They examine any photos that they believe do not represent North Korea or its government in a...

Things To Do in North Korea

As previously said, there is virtually little to do outside of the boundaries of your assigned minder(s), with the majority of recreational activities taking place inside the tourist resorts. Bowling and karaoke are two of the most recent additions to the city's astonishing array of leisure options. The karaoke...

Money & Shopping in North Korea

Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) were phased out in 2002, along with all the other colored currencies. There is now just the North Korean won, which is officially valued at about 130 per US dollar or 1315 per euro (Dec 2015). Although black market prices may easily be 20 times...

Internet & Communications in North Korea

Phones You may now bring a mobile phone into North Korea from outside the nation as of January 2013. However, you will be unable to use your existing SIM card in North Korea. The local network, Koryolink, is the only network you are permitted to connect to using one of...

Traditions & Customs in North Korea

It's worth noting that the DPRK leadership, particularly its leaders Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un, are held in high regard in North Korean culture, at least officially. While visitors should not anticipate slavish devotion, particularly because the DPRK's Juche ideology is intended only at the Korean people...

Language & Phrasebook in North Korea

Korean is the national language. It's worth noting that North Koreans prefer to call Koreans Choseonmal rather than hangungmal. North Korea, unlike South Korea, has abandoned Chinese hanja characters in favor of Choseongul, or hangeul characters. Your guides will speak English reasonably well (some better than others) and will translate...

Culture Of North Korea

Despite a significant Chinese influence in the past, Korean culture has developed its own distinct identity. It was attacked during Japan's reign from 1910 to 1945, when the country imposed a program of cultural absorption. Koreans were pushed to study and speak Japanese, adopt the Japanese family name system,...

History Of North Korea

Early history According to Korean foundation mythology, Dangun established the Joseon dynasty in 2333 BC (nicknamed "Gojoseon" to avoid confusion with another dynasty formed in the 13th century; the prefix Go- means 'older,' 'before,' or 'before'). Gojoseon grew to dominate the northern Korean Peninsula as well as portions of Manchuria....

Stay Safe & Healthy in North Korea

WARNING:You should never mention anything that might be seen as an offense to Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-Un, or any member of their family, the North Korean government in general, the North Korean military, the Juche philosophy, the Songbun policy, the North Korean economy, or North Korean people....

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