Users' questions

Do you need a guide in North Korea?

Do you need a guide in North Korea?

You need to book an organised tour in advance. All tourists must visit North Korea on a guided tour arranged by an approved operator such as Uri Tours where you will be accompanied by guides on excursions outside of your hotel.

Can citizens of North Korea leave the country?

North Korean citizens usually cannot freely travel around the country, let alone travel abroad. North Korean refugees who flee to China are often later forcibly repatriated back to North Korea by authorities, and are routinely beaten and sent to prison camps after repatriation.

What happens if you leave your tour guide in North Korea?

Travel throughout the country is only possible as part of a guided tour. Independent travel is not permitted, you must not leave your hotel without a guide, you will not be allowed to travel on the public transport system at all, and both you and your guide will be punished if you infringe the rules.

Is North Korea a poor country?

North Korea is a mysterious and unknown country to many people. Since 1948, its population has reached 25 million. As a result of its economic structure and lack of participation within the world economy, poverty in North Korea is prevalent. Approximately 60% of North Korea’s population lives in poverty.

When was the North Korea study book published?

Thisedition supercedes North Korea.’ A Country Study, published in 1994. The authors wish to acknowledge their use of portions of that edition in the preparation of the current book. Various members of the staff of the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress assisted in the preparation of the book.

What was North Korea’s policy in the Korean War?

After failing in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern portion by force, North Korea (DPRK), under its founder President KIM Il Sung, adopted a policy of ostensible diplomatic and economic “self-reliance” as a check against outside influence.

When did North Korea become part of Japan?

An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula. Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored communist control.

What kind of missiles does North Korea have?

Since 2019, North Korea has continued developing its ballistic missile program and issued statements condemning the US. Visit the Definitions and Notes page to view a description of each topic.