Getting out of the DPRK by Air

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Air Koryo at Pyongyang Airport

If eligible to do so, I actually recommend leaving the DPRK by train. See by separate review “Getting out of the DPRK by train”.

If you do leave by air, repeat, in reverse, the process for getting in – outlined in my review “Getting into the DPRK by Air”. Yes, you will have a rerun of the hamburger experience. Continue reading “Getting out of the DPRK by Air”

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Getting out of the DPRK by Train

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Beijing Train Backs into Pyongyang Station

If you are an American you will leave North Korea by air. Americans, naturally, cannot be trusted to behave for five hours without a guide. All other nationals have the option to leave North Korea by train, as we did. Those leaving by train now have the option to do a stopover at Sinuiju right on the border with China. Continue reading “Getting out of the DPRK by Train”

Have a Coke and Choco Pie

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Coke Zero – Bought in North Korea

As my reader may be aware, North Korea is without doubt the most closed and secretive country on earth. For North Korea, arch enemy number one and the very devil incarnate is the United States which, we are told, is to blame for all the ills and woes of the country despite the heroic efforts of the Kim dynasty.

While the US and many other countries have very strict controls as to what their citizens/companies can export to North Korea, Continue reading “Have a Coke and Choco Pie”

Admire the Flowers of the Leaders

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Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia

Should you visit North Korea it will not take you long to realise that anything of any importance is named after Kim Il-sung or more recently, since his death in 2011, Kim Jong-il.

It will thus come as no surprise that the most important flowers (trumping the national flower, the magnolia) in North Korea are the Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia. Yes indeed, that is what they are called – I kid you not. Continue reading “Admire the Flowers of the Leaders”