The Korean people consider themselves mountain people. This is not much of a stretch considering that a mountain system called the “Paektu Daegan” forms the spine of Korea, even extending into the sea before emerging again at Jeju Island. Paektusan (san meaning mountain in Korean) being the most prominent of all these mountains, forms the head of the trail of mountains, and serves as the peninsula’s connection to Asia. Approaching the head of the trail leads to an increase in mountain density, with North Korea’s land mass being 80% mountains, and South Korea having vast fields of fertile plains. The mountains that make up this network are considered holy to the Korean people, and bring life to the entire peninsula. In this post, we’ll cover the top 5 most celebrated of these mountains that are in North Korea.
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Pyongyang, translated to English, means flat land. Anyone who has been here knows that this place certainly is not flat in the abstract sense of the word. There is a rich cultural history in this city and multiple landmarks that have been built in the last 60 years. After the Korean War, it’s said that there was only one standing building left in the city. Once the ancient capital of the Choson, Koguryo and Koryo kingdoms, it’s now a completely modern and rebuilt city. Even though the country may be mysterious to many of us, this city is ready to show itself to the world. Check out these top 10 sites that you can see for yourself if you visit North Korea.
Football is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world. Regardless of the continent or country, there are large groups of people avidly watching the sport. Of course, the most beloved sport must have equally impressive stadiums to host the games. Here is a list of the world’s twenty biggest football stadiums. Guess who’s first?!
Yesterday, one of our fellow North Korea tour operators publicly claimed that they have been granted exclusive rights to register foreigners for the 2017 Pyongyang Marathon. This statement is completely false, as we have confirmed with the Pyongyang Marathon Committee and the DPRK Ministry of Sports. We are not sure why one of our colleagues would choose to fabricate such a statement.
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Want to know what all the hype is about for North Korea’s party congress? We’ll explain it here: North Korea will be holding the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in early May 2016 after more than 30 years since the last party congress. The commencement of the 7th Party Congress comes after the ending of the national 70-day campaign from Feb 23 - May 2 in an effort to propel the economy forward.
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Should you get a Chinese visa or use China’s new visa free transit program? When traveling through China on the way to the DPRK (or any other third country), most travelers have the option of either applying for a Chinese tourist visa, or relying on China’s 72-hour visa-free transit program. Which should you do? To get all the details you need in one place, read on…
We just received news of an American student who is currently detained in North Korea for perpetrating a hostile act against the DPRK government while under the “guise of a tourist”. Although this student was not one of our tourists, we are continuing to gather facts around this situation and hope for a speedy resolution and release of this student.
Professional snowboarders withdraw from North Korea trip amid news of DPRK nuclear test
January 8, 2016
In light of the recent news of the alleged test of a nuclear bomb by the DPRK government, Snowboarder magazine and its group of professional snowboarders have made a last-minute decision to not participate in the trip to the Masik Pass organized by Uri Tours. The rest of the group, including the American travelers in the group, have assembled in Beijing and will embark on their trip to North Korea as planned.
Terje Håkonsen, Dan Liedahl and Mike Ravelson to be the first pro snowboarders to visit North Korea
December 9, 2015
Terje Håkonsen, Dan Liedahl and Mike Ravelson will be the first professional snowboarders to visit the Masik Pass ski resort in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (or the “DPRK,” the official country name of North Korea). The trip is organized by Uri Tours, a New Jersey tour operator with over 15 years’ experience running tours to North Korea, in partnership with SNOWBOARDER, the largest snowboarding publication in the world, based in Carlsbad, California.
Starting August 15, Pyongyang will be setting its clock back half an hour to “Pyongyang Standard Time.”