North Korea is a very conservative country when it comes to allowing foreigners to visit the country, the country has strict rules for foreign visitors and many countries have issued warnings for their citizens in this regard. But many still want to visit and see how the mysterious country works, here is a list of top ten best tourist places in North Korea for people who want to intrude in the lives of the average North Korean.
10. Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Pyongyang.
The Kumsusan Memorial Palace is located in North Korea’s capital city of Pyongyang. The city of Pyongyang is full of monuments and memorial building and Kumsusan is one of them.
9. Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang.
Kim Il-sung Square is a huge city square located in the center of Pyongyang city. The massive square is spread over an area of 75,000 square meters and can accommodate more than 100,000 people. The square is famous because of the military parade that is held here.
8. North Korea Peace Museum, Panmunjeom.
The North Korea Peace Museum is located near the Joint Security Area in the demilitarized zone. Weapons used to murder US soldiers are kept here on display.
7. Tomb of king Tongmyong, Pyongyang.
The Tomb of King Tongmyŏng is another of North Korea’s well known mausoleum’s situated near Pyongyang. In total there are more than sixty tombs in the area.
6. Arch of Triumph, Pyongyang.
The Arch of Triumph is located in the city of Pyongyang. The structure was built as a tribute to the Korean resistance to Japan. The arch of triumphal is the largest tribute arch with a height of close to sixty meter.
5. Changbai Mountains, North Korea- China border.
The Changbai Mountain Range is a range of mountains located on the border between North Korea and China, the mountain range also extends into Russia and is known there as the Vostochno-Manchzhurskie gory. The Korean side of the mountain is not that developed but tourism is booming on the Chinese side of the mountain.
4. Juche Tower, Pyongyang.
The Juche Tower is another one of Pyongyang’s monuments. From the top of the Juche Tower you can have a panoramic view of the entire city. Or you can simply sit at the steps of the tower in a laid back manner and watch the residents of the capital getting along with daily lives.
3. Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Pyongyang.
The Kumsusan Memorial Palace now known as the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun was the official residence of North Korea’s head of state until the death of the President Kim Il-sung. The mausoleum is the largest of any mausoleum dedicated to a Communist leader. The building is located in the northeast of Pyongyang city.
2. Paektu Mountain, Changbai Range.
Paektu is the highest mountain of the Changbai range the mountain is also an active volcano. It is located in the border between North Korea and China. There is a large crater at the top of the mountain which is known as the heaven lake. The Baekdu Spa which is a natural spring is used for bottled water. Other attractions include waterfalls, hot water springs, and Cairns.
1. USS Pueblo, Pyongyang.
The USS Pueblo also known as the AGER-2 is an American Navy Intelligence ship that was captured by North Korea in 1968. The incident of the capture of the ship is known as the Pueblo crisis, the Koreans said that the ship was captured from Korean waters but the US maintained that the ship was seized from International waters. The ship was relocated to the Taeodong River in Pyongyang and is used as a museum. The ship attracts thousand of visitors every year.