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NORTH KOREA


Location - North East Asia; Capital - Pyongyang; Population - 24 million; Currency - North Korean Won MORE NORTH KOREA

We continued to the Kumgang mountains from Wonsan, and on the way back to Pyongyang took lunch at Lake Sijung - September 2009.

 

dprknote8100 North Korean Won

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk778Some lovely countryside on the way from Wonsan to Kumgang

 

 

dprk780Countryside - Wonsan to Kumgang

 

 

dprk782Empty roads on the road from Wonsan to Kumgang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk785We stopped at the roadside and took a short walk up a rocky path into the Kumgang mountains.
The East Sea is visible in the distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk787Though we only saw a small area it was beautiful - Kumgang mountains

 

 

dprk789A small lake in the Kumgang mountains

 

 

 

 

dprk790Kumgang mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk794Walking through the vegetation in the Kumgang mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk797Much of the Kumgang mountains has been given over to the Hyundai Corporation of South Korea. Hyundai suspended their tours following a shooting in 2008 - more info here (the Hyundai tourist area is different to the section where we went).

 

 

dprk791Kumgang mountains

 

 

dprk800Heading back north from Kumgang to Wonsan we stopped for lunch at Lake Sijung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk805'Let us devote ourselves to the homeland, holding responsibility for our nation' - Lake Sijung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk808Fixing something in the bus (not ours) at Lake Sijung

 

 

dprk812We had an hour or so to enjoy the beach at Lake Sijung

 

 

dprk814The beach is only a 2 minute walk from Lake Sijung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk815Some of the tour group with guides & cameraman at Lake Sijung beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk817This guy was with us for our time in Wonsan. He had a mobile phone so he must be important - Lake Sijung.

 

 

dprk824Ryohaengsa is the Korean International Travel Company. All tour companies must book via KITC - Lake Sijung.

 

 

dprk819A drinks stall in Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk821A common method of transport in North Korea - Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk823The ferry that sails between Wonsan and Japan. It's operation has been suspended, the Japanese citing hard currency smuggling - Wonsan

 

 

dprk826A quick break at a scenic viewpoint on the Wonsan to Pyongyang road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk828I remember the opening of this Pyongyang pizzeria making the international news

 

 

dprk830Our guide Lim tries pizza for the first time - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk831And the trip is over! We're back at Pyongyang train station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk834I wonder if Tsung and Lim want to come with us? Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


dprk3aaThe train arrives at the border town of Sinuiju

 

 

dprk3aaaThere's a lot going on in this photo but I don't know what it is - Sinuiju

 

 

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LINKS

www.koreakonsult.com - Korea Konsult is a Swedish based company that I booked my tour with. For me it offered the best itinerary and was flexible enough to cater for travelling by train to Pyongyang. The group size, at 23, was rather large however (but a great bunch of people!)

www.koryogroup.com - Koryo Tours is the market leader

www.nkeconwatch.com - plenty of independent news stories and analysis of North Korea

www.kcckp.net - news portal on behalf of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (ie. North Korea)

www.kcna.co.jp - news from the 'Korean Central News Agency'

www.korea-dpr.com

www.nk-news.net/extras/insult_generator.php - definitely not an official DPRK site - the Random Insult Generator

Other tour agencies -

www.dprktravel.com

www.explorenorthkorea.com - USA/Dandong, China

www.geoex.com - USA

http://koningaap.nl - Netherlands

www.lupinetravel.co.uk - UK

www.nordkoreareisen.de - Germany

www.northkorea1on1.com - USA

www.north-korea-travel.com - Hong Kong

www.regent-holidays.co.uk - UK

www.universaltravel.com.sg - Singapore

www.vnc.nl - Netherlands

www.youngpioneertours.com - China

 

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