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 videos are often backed with dramatic historical footage from the Korean War or troops from the People’s Army who are goose-stepping.
Three amusement parks exist in North Korea, two of which have been abandoned owing to a lack of interest and power. Unfortunately, the Kaeson Youth Fair has now closed, taking with it the notorious “Roller Coaster of Death.” The shooting galleries with backgrounds of snarling American and Japanese troops are still visible, but your guide is unlikely to let you go into any abandoned sections. The only surviving amusement park in North Korea has several attractions that are really very contemporary and non-lethal, at least by North Korean standards, and is about as worth a visit as anything else you’ll see there.
In comparison to the capitals of other countries (save maybe Reykjavik in Iceland), Pyongyang’s nightlife is surprisingly peaceful and non-violent; citizens are not a danger in general. However, depending on what you say or do, the plain-clothes secret police may or may not constitute a danger. Expect an assault of 80s classics from the West (some clearly illegal copies, judging by the quality), interrupted by the strange caterwauling of Korean folk songs, and at the very least attempt to appear excited about the entire situation.
There are no newspapers or periodicals published outside of North Korea (since media from outside the country is generally banned for ordinary North Koreans). Foreign transmissions are banned, and the only radio and television stations permitted are those broadcasting official propaganda, but many foreign news sources (like as BBC World News and NHK World) are accessible in tourist hotels. Fortunately, alcohol is inexpensive and readily available, but it is not recommended to get inebriated and cause a disturbance. Furthermore, authorities penalize both drugs trafficking and use harshly; traffickers may expect to face the death sentence if found.
Finally, keep in mind that power outages may occur unexpectedly and in the midst of any activity. While this may be beneficial if the jukebox is getting to you, it is not ideal if you are in the midst of an amusement park ride, especially because these blackouts may continue for hours at a time.
North Korea’s sole ski resort, Masikryong, opened in the winter of 2013. A visit to the resort, which is located near the western city of Wonsan, may be incorporated as part of a larger DPRK trip.