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    Showing Kids our 360° Project
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    Rajin Port

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Welcome to KTG's blog! Please see our latest posts in this section.

We have been going to North Korea since 2008 and will use this section to share our experiences, updates and, in some cases, opinions about anything related to tourism in North Korea. If you have travelled with us to DPRK and would like to post anything here please let us know!

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KTG staff with a North Korean soldier at Panmunjom in the DMZ in North Korea, DPRK

KTG staff member with a North Korean soldier at the DMZ

Can I visit North Korea? What if I’ve been to South Korea?

Date: 9 August, 2020

“Can you visit North Korea? I’ve been to Japan, the US and South Korea, is it an issue? Can I go from the South?” Check out some common questions we receive regarding travelling to the DPRK!

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Air Koryo plane. This is the DPRK National Carrier, the only airline company in North Korea

Air Koryo have two flights per week between Vladivostok and Pyongyang

Vladivostok - North Korea: When and How to take this Option

Date: 28 July, 2020

Not the most convenient way to fly into North Korea, but a great option for anyone based there or travelling around Russia. How are visas and tickets arranged? It is possible to join a group tour?

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North Koreans taking a picture in the park at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongan capital of North Korea, DPRK. Trip arranged by KTG Tours

The most sacred place in the DPRK. It is not to be called a mausoleum in Korea.

Kumsusan Palace of the Sun: the Most Sacred Place in North Korea

Date: 24 July, 2020

The most sacred place in the North Korea. It is where the Leaders President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il lie in state. This place is not a tourist spot and is not be called a mausoleum.

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Imperial Hotel and Casino in Rason, Special Economic Zone in North Korea, DPRK. Trip arranged by KTG Tours

London? The Imperial Hotel & Casino in Rason is just one example of how different this fascinating Special Economic Zone is to the rest of the country

Rason Special Economic Zone: Welcome to the Far Northeast

Date: 6 July, 2020

Casinos, Giant Markets, Economic Experiments, Domestic Borders... this is the first and largest SEZ in North Korea. It borders both China and Russia. Check out our updated Rason Travel Guide.

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Korean guide having lunch by the Friendship Bridge that connects Sinuiju to China

Sinuiju: A Major Trade Hub and The Gateway to the DPRK

Date: 9 June, 2020

This border city is a major trade hub in North Korea. It is located just across from Dandong in China and will be your point of entry/exit if you go to Pyongyang from China by train.

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Beach in Wonsan, North Korea. This is Songdowon beach

All the information you need about this port city on the east coast of North Korea!

Wonsan - Venture out to the East Coast!

Date: 2 June, 2020

Check out our Wonsan Travel Guide! Drive across the DPRK through isolated parts of the country, swim with locals, visit a summer camp...

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See what this traditional Korean style hotel has to offer. Part of the old town of Kaesong was actually used to host guests in original courtyard room.

Kaesong Folk Hotel - a Journey to the Past

Date: 25 May, 2020

Part of the Old Town of Kaesong was turned into this hotel which is divided into courtyard rooms in their original state...

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lobby of the March 8 Hotel in Sariwon, North Korea (DPRK)

Named after International Women's Day, right now it is the only hotel where foreigners can stay at in North Korea. See pictures, pluses and minuses of this hotel

March 8 Hotel - Soviet Simple Outside, Barroque Extravagent Inside

Date: 8 May, 2020

Second class hotel with great views of the lively city of Sariwon. Conditions aren't the best but...

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This 6 star rated DPRK hotel is the most luxurious in North Korea

The Hyangsan Hotel: 6* Luxury in the Midst of Nature

Date: 30 April, 2020

See how through our eyes how it changed from being a retro, 1970s looking low budget hotel to one of the crown jewels of DPRK tourism.

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Entrance of the Pyongyang Hotel. It located just across the Pyongyang Grand Theatre in the city centre.

Welcome to the Pyongyang Hotel where the best coffee in town is served!

Date: 24 April, 2020

Despite its prime location and name, the Pyongyang Hotel is a second class hotel economy hotel, used mainly by long-term guests such as business people.

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Check our updated interactive map of North Korea!

Interactive Map of North Korea: Click Away and Explore!

Date: 21 April, 2020

We have updated our North Korea interactive map! Check information about provinces and see pictures of places that are opened to tourism in North Korea

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Click to see a 360° image with sound, as if you were there!

Kim Il Sung Square - Ultimate Guide of the Heart of Pyongyang

Date: 31 March, 2020

Known for its Military Parades and Mass Rallies, there is much more to this place. An Austrian coffee shop? Underground market? See great pictures, a 360° interactive image with sound, videos and how it has changed over the years...

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Currently holding the Guiness World Record of the Largest Unoccupied Building, the Ryugyong Hotel lights up at night as it has an LED display fitted on one entire side. How did it change from being a concrete shell to becoming this sci-fi looking mammoth of a building? Check pictures of it changing throughout time.

The Ryugyong Hotel: It wasn't always Bling Bling

Date: 25 March, 2020

How did the most iconic building in North Korea change from a concrete beast to a crystal beauty? See pictures we have taken of the Ryugyong Hotel since 2008 and find out about its 30 year plus history.

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KTG traveller poses with KPA Officer at the Panmun Pavilion in Panmunjom. The building you see in the background is Freedom House in South Korea

Kaesong - Ancient Treasures, The Cold War and Exotic Dishes

Date: 12 March, 2020

Having swapped sides in the Korean War it was not completely destroyed in the war meaning that traditional Korean houses are still used by locals. The former capital of the Koryo Dynasty, Kaesong boasts 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is just 8 km North of the DMZ.

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KTG traveller poses with KPA Officer at the Panmun Pavilion in Panmunjom. The building you see in the background is Freedom House in South Korea

Panmunjom - The Scariest Place on Earth?

Date: 6 March, 2020

The last Cold War Front, the place where North and South meet, where their military officers stand meters apart, it was allegedly once described by former US President Bill Clinton as the “scariest place on Earth.” But how scary is it to visit Panmunjom in the DMZ? Find out what a trip there is like...

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South Korean military post seen from the North Korean side of no-man's land

The Concrete Wall: A Symbol of Conflict & Division

Date: 1 March, 2020

We set off from Kaesong city and head east for about 50 minutes, driving through remote rural areas on a narrow dirt road. Our destination; a military post in a quiet location where a Korean People's Army Officer smokes away as he awaits our arrival...

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The Mass Games are held in the largest seater stadium in the world

Mass Games

Date: 15 December, 2019

The Mass Games were held again in 2018 and 2019. A backdrop of over 17,000 students, more than 100 thousand people involved... what is this spectacular event all about?

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Sonjuk Bridge in Kaesong

UNESCO Site: Sonjuk Bridge

Date: 2 October, 2019

Kaesong boasts no less than 12 UNESCO sites. Sonjuk Bridge is one of them. The site where Jong Mong Yu was assassinated when the Koryo Dynasty was overthrown in 1392...

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Get your 20% discount on your Bradt Guide by quoting KTG!

Bradt Guide discount with KTG!

Date: 10 December, 2018

KTG has partnered with Bradt Guide, one of the most renowned independent travel guides, to offer our readers a 20% discount. This book will be out in just over a week and its author has been to DPRK 20 times, a feat not many guidebook authors can boast about.

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Children near Nampo city

Humanitarian Work in North Korea

Date: 9 December, 2018

We enable organisations and individuals representing these to visit orphanages and farms and hand them products purchased in North Korea. Last year we visited orphanages throughout the country asking them what they required.

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Northeastern adventure in North Korea’s Special Economic Zone

Northeastern adventure in North Korea’s Special Economic Zone

Date: 8 November, 2017

We just came back from a pioneering tour by train - 30 hours from Pyongyang meandering our way to the northeastern part of the country bordering Russia and China with locals and without our Korean guides on the train.

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KTG Bike Tour in Pyongyang!

Helmets on! Pyongyang Bike Tour

Date: 27 November, 2017

Check out our pictures and a video we took on our bike tour of Pyongyang! This is an amazing way to travel around the capital city. Pyongyang literally means "flat land" so no need to worry if you are not a professional cyclist!

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Unique chance to study Korean in Pyongyang

Summer Language Course in Pyongyang

Date: 5 March, 2018

Study in Pyongyang this summer with KTG! Learn Korean in North Korea. We will offer comprehensive Korean language courses for all levels this summer. The 3 week course will be combined with a variety of cultural activities in the DPRK such as farming, cooking and sports events!

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North Korean bank card obtained at the Golden Triangle Bank in Rajin, DPRK

Day 2 of our Pyongyang - Northeastern Adventure

Northeastern Adventure in North Korea's Special Economic Zone

Date: 16 December, 2017

Day two of our Northeastern adventure that took us from Pyongyang to the far northeastern part of North Korea by train. We checked out a market with hundreds of vendors, opened a bank account at a local bank and much more...

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The Haebangsan Hotel is a small hotel located in the city centre of Pyongyang

Haebangsan Hotel - Second Class Hotel in the Central District of Pyongyang

Date: 10 December, 2017

If you are going on a private trip and would like to cut on costs or just stay at a smaller hotel, this second class hotel may be an option! It is a second class hotel and usually used by Chinese businessmen.

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Very Retro Budget Hotel in Pyongyang

Going Retro; The Youth Hotel

Date: 17 November, 2017

The Youth Hotel was recently rennovated so we thought we'd check it out. Awesome retro decoration that seems straight out from a James Bond movie. Have a look and see!

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Pondering about which option is best for you?

Group Tour vs Private Tour

Date: 25 September, 2017

Our group tours are amongst the smallest. However, if not sure on whether you should join a group or go by yourself this post may be of help!

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East Coast tour in North Korea with KTG. Factory in Hamhung, North Korea

2017 V-Day Tour Report; we went to the east coast of North Korea, exploring the second largest city of the DPRK; the industrial city of Hamhung

'17 V-Day Tour Report

Date: 30 July, 2017

Just got back from an amazing tour where we went to the east coast, played volleyball and swam with locals, visited a factory celebrated V-Day in Pyongyan and much more...

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Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang seen in Winter (a KTG picture)

Weather forecast and pictures of what each season is like - great for you to know what to pack when going to North Korea!

Weather in DPRK

Date: 18 April, 2017

Wondering what to pack when going to North Korea? See what it each season is like and make sure you don't catch a cold!

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Budget hotel located in the Sports Village of Pyongyang. Click for more details!

Sosan Hotel - what is like now?

Date: 17 April, 2017

Located in the Sports Village of Pyongyang, although a budget hotel, the Sosan has been recently renovated and has great facilities. Breakfast can be improved though as it seems to cater more for a Chinese audience.

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Hekou village, just across from North Korea. Boat ride on the Yalu River with KTG

China / DPRK border boat ride

China / DPRK Border Tour - into the Mist...

Date: 23 Sep, 2016

We headed to Hekou village just across the river from North Korea and where the Chinese voluntary army crossed during the War. Factory, farmers, Korean cinema... great glimpse of DPRK!

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Hungnam Fertiliser Factory near Hamhung city

Hamhung City

Date: 11 Aug, 2016

Heavy industrial city, the second largest in the DPRK. It opened up to western tourism in 2010. See what it looks like!

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Pioneering event - marathon near the Masikryong Ski Resort!

Ski Resort Marathon

Date: 30 July, 2016

Masikryong Ski Resort Marathon + Pyongyang Bike Tour

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KTG's tour to Mt. Paekdu in North Korea (DPRK). Image of Heaven Lake

We will charter a plane from Pyongyang to Mount Paekdu and then from there to Chongjin.

Mt. Paekdu Tour

Date: 17 July, 2016

KTG will charter a plane to head north to Mount Paekdu and Mt. Chilbo.

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Check KTG's list of restaurants and coffee shops in Pyongyang

DPRK Food Guide

Date: 27 June, 2016

Check out our Pyongyang restaurant and coffee shop guide. From Pyongyang cold noodles to pizzas made from Korean chefs trained in Italy.

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KTG Tours' official North Korea Travel Guide (free online DPRK travel guidebook)

KTG® Official DPRK Travel Guide!

North Korea Travel Guide

Date: 24 June, 2016

The KTG official Travel Guide for DPRK is finally out! Check out information about pretty much anything; hotels, places to visit, restaurants... you name it!

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Monk in Pohyon Temple in Mount Myohyang, North Korea. Picture taken by KTG Tours

North Korean buddhist monk in Pohyon Temple, Mount Myohyang

Pohyon Temple

Date: 17 November, 2015

Ever thought of meeting a North Korean monk? Pohyon temple is located in the northern interior area of DPRK, in Mount Myohyang

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2015 Pyongyang Marathon at Kim Il Sung Stadium, North Korea

2015 Pyongyang Marathon Report

PY Marathon Report

Date: 16 June, 2015

Running around Pyongyang, having a crowd of over 50 thousand cheer you on, watching two football games, parachutists landing in Kim Il Sung Stadium...

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Mt. Paekdu in North Korea (DPRK) is a sacred mountain for Koreans

Picture of Heaven Lake in Mt. Paekdu. Mt. Paekdu is a sacred place for Koreans.

Mt. Paekdu Guide

Date: 6 January, 2015

Considered a sacred place by all Koreans, half of it is located in China. Check out some pictures and a video we took of this heavenly crater.

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Sariwon city in North Korea (DPRK)

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Sariwon City

Date: 25 December, 2014

Capital of North Hwanghae Province, this lively city is home to some historical sites including a medieval fortress and a temple from the Koryo Dynasty.

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