Every year, thousands of North Koreans come to the streets to celebrate the New Year, not only once, but 3 times in one year. They recognize the Western (Gregorian) New Year, the Asian (Lunar) New Year, and the Juche New Year all in one year. And they celebrate all of them in straight Juche-style!
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.
The Pyongyang Golf Course is a 18-hole course that spans 45 hectres (111 acres) and is located on Lake Taesong in Ryonggang County, North Korea. The Pyongyang Golf Course was completed in 1988. Although there is one other golf course in the Kumgang region, this is the only course that is currently operating and open to the public in the country. It’s said that Kim Jong Il shot a 38 under par on this course in his first round of golf. Here are 5 reasons why YOU should play here.
Want to know what you’ll see on the Pyongyang Marathon run? Read more for the highlights…
Sadly, “The Interview” may be the only association most people will make between North Korea and film. But what people don’t know is that North Korea has its own International Film Festival, held every two years in its capital city of Pyongyang.
A couple of years ago, we visited the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a university privately founded by foreign educators in the outskirts of Pyongyang. We organized an official university recognized trip for Columbia SIPA to the DPRK and took the students to audit a class at PUST and to meet the students and faculty at this new institution. With the Sony hack and The Interview controversy, we thought this post would be timely. Take a peek with us into PUST.
See what 2015 has in store for North Korea travelers.
Get a virtual tour of this impressive and fascinating war museum giving the North Korean perspective of the Korean War.
UPDATE: October 28, 2014
Sadly, the Arirang Mass Games were cancelled in 2014. Get the inside story on the 2015 Arirang Mass Games.
I was given a rare treat. I took a 3-hour ride through all 16 of the stations in the Pyongyang Metro, a priceless experience. Join me for a virtual tour inside one of the deepest subways in the world.
A product review of the NOUL tablet, the DPRK’s alternative to the iPad mini: read on for the good and the bad of this North Korean tablet.
Do you like pro-wrestling? How about diplomacy? Travel, boxing, martial arts? This summer, you can have it all, and in the unlikeliest of places - PYONGYANG! In August 2014, we’re offering a chance to see a historic International Pro-Wrestling Friendship Event in Pyongyang hosted by the famous WWE Hall of Famer Japanese wrestler, Antonio Inoki!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: AUGUST 22, 2014
The Meari Shooting Range re-opened after a year of renovations in March 2014! It’s located in the new Sports District of Pyongyang and we have the first look. Come take a virtual tour!
Want to swim, rock climb, get a haircut and work out all in the same place? Well, now you can at this massive water park in North Korea! The DPRK has opened the Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang open to locals and foreigners alike. It’s 15 hectares in total with indoor and outdoor facilities to cover all seasons. It ain’t no Disney Land, but it’s worth it to go just for the novelty of it. Check out our adventures at this new water park. Our next trip there is with our New Year’s in North Korea tour - Registration deadline is December 20, 2013.
We were the first Americans to visit the Mirim Equestrian Riding Club in Pyongyang this December! This impressive horse riding center has an indoor training facility, 7 outdoor riding courses, a pavilion, restaurants, sauna and more! Read more about our adventures horse riding in North Korea!
This past September 2013, Uri Tours, in partnership with the Temple of Modern Buddhism in NYC 미주현대불교, led a prominent group of Korean-American Buddhists in an exclusive temple tour of North Korea 북한사찰순례. This group was comprised of Korean-Americans from all over the U.S. joined together by their search for peace and common ground in the Korean peninsula. This group also made small history by being the first all Korean-American tour group to visit the DPRK.
For about $20, you can pamper yourself in a fancy health complex in North Korea, owned and operated by the domestic company Haedanghwa. Continue reading for a virtual tour…
Traveling through the DPRK, or North Korea, you’ll immediately notice the multitudes of people wearing casual zip-up suits that may look like military uniforms from afar, but indeed they are for civilian wear. These solid-colored, multi-purpose breathable suits have a uniquely North Korean utilitarian character about them.
So, you want to know how to get your hands on a North Korean suit? Keep reading…
Are you addicted to coffee? Well, good news for North Korea travelers. So is Pyongyang! See here for a list of the best cafes in North Korea.
In the first of this “New DPRK Site Spotted” series, we’re presenting a new site we visited last month: the former headquarters of the KPA, which is now being memorialized as the Revolutionary Museum for Victorious War (전승혁명사적관). The former underground headquarter is located in Pyongyang and served as the working headquarter base for Kim Il Sung and the KPA from January 1951 to December 1953.
Exploration of North Korean Art and Creative Outdoor Studio
Korea Art Forum (KAF), in collaboration with Uri Tours, is pleased to invite professional artists to a creative program in which artists will explore North Korean art along with urban landscapes and will be able to conceive and create artwork in the natural outdoors of the DPRK. This exclusive program is open to all professional artists, including painters, sculptors, architects, poets, creative writers, composers, critics, and other creative artists.
Kaesong, once the capital city of the Koryo Dynasty and the intellectual hub of Korea, now the surrounding city of the DMZ on the North side of the divided Koreas, wins UNESCO World Heritage status! 12 sites in Kaesong were approved for the prestigious UNESCO designation on the grounds of embodying “the political, cultural, philosophical and spiritual values” of the Koryo kingdom, UNESCO said (AFP). Good news is that you can visit Kaesong and some of these historic sites on any one of our DPRK tours.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to travel to North Korea to learn more about Victory Day and the end of the Korean War!
Google maps finally updates their coverage on North Korea, weeks after former Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, visited the DPRK for the first time. A coincidence?