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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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National Gifts Exhibition House in North Korea. Trip arranged by KTG tours

Thousands of gifts given by Koreans from North & South Korea and abroad are housed here.

Unveiling the Enigma | The National Gifts Exhibition House

Date: 24 November, 2023

The National Gifts Exhibition House is situated just outside of Pyongyang, the vibrant capital of North Korea, by Mt. Mt. Ryonggak, surrounded by pine trees a setting that strongly contrasts with...

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North Korean children having fun at the beach in Wonsan. You can see the Wonsa-Kalma beach resort project being built in the background.

Fancy a dip? You can see the Kalma-Wonsan resort in the background.

North Korean Beaches | Sea, Sun, Singing, Soju Sipping & Seafood BBQ

Date: 23 November, 2023

Welcome to the lesser-known paradise of North Korean beaches, where the pristine waters, sandy shores and banter with locals provide a strong contrast to any preconceived notions one might have of...

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Air Koryo plane in Beijing going to Pyongyang

Air Koryo plane in Beijing

North Korean Borders Reopening! | Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Date: 30 August, 2023

As we announced on our Facebook page several weeks ago saying that North Korea was to resume international flights and train routes by the end of August, the DPRK has finally opened its borders...

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Shanghai food

Cycle through Shanghai while enjoying its culinary delights

Shanghai Bike & Food Tour | Cycle through Shanghai's Savoury Delights

Date: 22 March, 2023

As China embraces tourism again, and the DPRK remains closed, we will be updating our China tours. Delve in deep into Shanghai's gastronomic culture, savouring its culinary pleasures, bite by bite!

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North Korean locals celebrating President Kim Il Sung's Birthday, the Day of the Sun, in Moran Hill, Pyonagyng capital of North Korea, DPRK

Locals celebrating President Kim Il Sung's Birthday, the Day of the Sun, in Moran Hill

Fun, Fun, Fun in the Heart of Pyongyang | Welcome to Moran Park!

Date: 30 December, 2022

A new year approaches, another year with the DPRK closed almost gone. We can't help but remember the fun times we've spent celebrating big holidays with locals and Moranbong Park immediately comes to mind.

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North Korean tour guide being kissed by a dolphin at the Rungna Dolphinarium in Pyongyang, North Korea, DPRK. Photograph of North Korea taken by KTG Tours

North Korean tour guide being kissed by a dolphin

Rungna Dolphinarium | Kissing Dolphins, Seals from the East Coast and Water from the West Coast

Date: 31 March, 2022

Kissing Dolphins, Seals from the East Sea of Korea and Water Pumped 50 km directly from the West Coast. What's it like to be there with 1,400 North Koreans?

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Booths used at the Pyongyang Maternity hospital in North Korea for relatives to chat with women who have just given birth

Booths used at the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital for relatives to chat with women who have just given birth

Pyongyang Maternity Hospital | Triplets, Silver Daggers & Golden Rings

Date: 18 December, 2021

One of the most renowned medical facilities in the DPRK, over 70% of its staff are female. Let's see what it is like inside and why they are fascinated at a national level in North Korea with triplets.

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Tibetan lady

Tibetan lady

Tibet | Land of Spirituality | Join one of our tours if you are based in China

Date: 30 September, 2021

Nestled in between the largest mountains on Earth lies what was once a mysterious and almost completely sealed off part of the world. Explore this enigmatic land, its people, traditions and its history.

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locals smile at the Pyongyang metro in North Korea as a western KTG traveller shows a Korean girl a picture she just took, North Korea, DPRK

Locals smile as a KTG traveller shows a little girl a picture she just took

The Pyongyang Metro | German Graffiti & Stunning Art 100 Metres Under

Date: 24 August, 2021

One of the most beautiful subway systems in the world, the Pyongyang metro is also one of the deepest. Lavish chandeliers, marvellous mosaic murals, imposing marble columns, is it all just a big show?

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Mass Dances outside the Pyongyang Grand Theatre

Pyongyang Grand Theatre | Revolutionary Opera in the Heart of Pyongyang

Date: 2 August, 2021

Finished in 1960, it is the first post-war building to be built in traditional Korean architectural style. See mass dances outside the theatre and join us on a bike ride from the theatre to Kim Il Sung Square.

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KTG group by the Monument to Three Charters for National Reunification aka The Arch of Reunification

The Arch of Reunification | A Symbol of Peace and of Korean Reunification

Date: 12 July, 2021

The Monument to Three Charters for National Reunification is a 30 metre tall structure over the Reunification Highway that could potentially connect Pyongyang and Seoul one day, symbolises a reunified Korea.

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KTG Tours tour guide entering the Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK) with 90,000 locals cheering us on!

KTG's Tim shows you what it is like to enter the May Day Stadium with over 90,000 people cheering you on

Rungrado May Day Stadium | Welcome to the Largest Stadium on Earth

Date: 16 June, 2021

What’s it like to be in a stadium packed with over 150,000 people? On the 70th Anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK we were able to see the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in a completely full May Day Stadium.

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Statue of Chairman Kim Jong Il at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea (DPRK)

Statue of Chairman Kim Jong Il at Kim Il Sung University where he studied from 1960 to 1964

Kim Il Sung University | A Training Centre for National Cadres in the DPRK

Date: 9 June, 2021

Take a virtual tour of the most prestigious university in the country. See what the campus is like and discover the secret destination where the university was transferred to during the Korean War in the early 1950s.

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North Korea vs Japan football match

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match at Kim Il Sung Stadium between the DPRK and Japan

Kim Il Sung Stadium | FIFA Football Matches, Fun Runs and 40,000 Fans

Date: 22 May, 2021

What's it like to be cheered at a stadium by 40,000 people before running an amateur marathon in Pyongyang? Mexican waves, goals, parachutists, marathon runners and planes - this stadium has it all!

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Tiger head entrance to Pyongyang Zoo. Discover North Korea with KTG Tours.

Entrance of the Korea Central Zoo (aka Pyongyang Zoo). The zoo was completely renovated and re-opened in 2016.

What is it like inside the Korea Central Zoo aka Pyongyang Zoo?

Date: 7 May, 2021

Pyongyang zoo was completely renovated and re-opened in 2016. This impressive complex hosts “hero” animals and it is a terrific place to mingle with locals. You can explore the grounds of the zoo on camelback.

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The largest residential building in North Korea is located in Ryomyong street in Pyongyang

The tallest residential building in North Korea is located in Ryomyong Street (려명거리). The Ryugyong Hotel is the largest building but it is currently empty.

Ryomyong Street | Retro-futuristic Ecologically Friendly Architecture

Date: 28 April, 2021

Shaping the new skyline of the capital, Ryomyong street has energy efficient sky-scrapers, a lotus shaped establishment and the largest inhabited building in the DPRK rising 270 metres high in the skies of Pyongyang.

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Future scientists street in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea

Future Scientists Street (Mirae Scientists Street | 미래과학자거리); where retro-futurism and socialism blend into one

Future (Mirae) Scientists Street | A trip to the Past and to the Future

Date: 18 April, 2021

Cycle with us through Future Scientists Street, a retro-futuristic 6 lane avenue where colourful atom-themed high rise buildings strongly contrast with the soviet architecture that dominates the capital city.

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North Korean guide at the Masikryong ski resort on the east coast of North Korea with KTG Tours

North Korean guide at the Masikryong Ski Resort

Masikryong Ski Resort | Ready to try out some North Korean slopes?

Date: 7 April, 2021

The only ski resort available to foreigners. It has one of the most luxurious hotels in the DPRK. KTG were one of the first to have travellers go, back in early 2014. See what it is like to ski in North Korea!

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Pyongsong Central Square, North Korea. DPRK Tour arranged by KTG Tours. The building is the history museum.

Pyongsong Central Square when it opened to tourism in 2013

Pyongsong, Capital of South Pyongyan | A Satellite City of Pyongyang

Date: 21 March, 2021

Opened to tourism in 2013, we visit a Revolutionary Site where Kim Il Sung University was moved to in the Korean War, several schools, factories and the city square. It is home to several scientific institutions.

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KTG Tours traveller dancing in Moran Park Pyongyang with North Koreans on the birthday of Leader President Kim Il Sung, DPRK

KTG Tours traveller dancing with locals at Moran Park in Pyongyang on 15th April, the birthday of President Kim Il Sung

Public Holidays in North Korea | What are the main dates in the DPRK?

Date: 1 March, 2021

List of the main public holidays in North Korea. When are they? Any mass dances? Military parades? What celebrations take place then? See pictures and videos of the main holidays in the DPRK calendar.

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DPRK movie the Country I Saw Part 1

Japanese journalist with his guide in Mt. Paektu

DPRK Movie: The Country I Saw Part 1 | A Japanese Man in North Korea

Date: 12 January, 2021

A Japanese journalist, Takahashi Minoru, who spent time with the Japanese military in Korea and China, goes to Korea 40 years later to see if the Juche Idea has been successful and to see how life is like in the DPRK.

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North Korean top guide Kim Sung Mi at the Okryu restaurant ie the Okryu-gwan or okryugwan with a bowl of cold noodles and a bottle of taedonggang beer in the capital of North Korea with KTG Tours

Top guide Kim Sung Mi about to eat some Pyongyang cold noodles at the Okryu restaurant

Okryugwan - the Best Pyongyang Cold Noodles in the World!

Date: 16 December, 2020

Massive and very popular amongst locals, they serve the best Pyongyang cold noodles on Earth at the Okryu restaurant. Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean president Moon Jae In had lunch together here in 2018.

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Korean guides in Sariwon city, late December

Korean guides in Sariwon city, late December

Top 5 Reasons to Visit North Korea in Winter

Date: 8 December, 2020

It's winter and time for us to explore the main reasons why we should consider visiting the DPRK during its below freezing months. Celebrating major holidays with thousands of locals, budget tours, ice sculptures...

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Children's traffic park in Pyongyang with KTG Tours

Fun, fun, fun! The Pyongyang Children's Traffic Park provides children with an entertaining way to learn about traffic. See what our pioneering visit there was like!

The first foreigner ever at the Children's Traffic Park in Pyongyang

Date: 11 November, 2020

Our claim to fame in DPRK tourism. Back in 2017 we were the first foreigners to check out this park where kids drive around a "mini-city" and learn about traffic regulation and history in a fun and interactive way.

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Traffic jam in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea (DPRK). Picture taken by KTG Tours

We encourage visits to places where travellers can see and experience local Pyongyites' daily lives

What is the capital of North Korea like?

Date: 14 October, 2020

A visit to the capital of North Korea is not solely about mesmerising monuments, large boulevards and communist styled buildings mixed with modern looking high rise flats...

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Taking pictures and videos in North Korea

All you need to know about taking pictures and videos in North Korea

Can I take photos and videos in North Korea?

Date: 4 October, 2020

In short, yes, it is ok to take pictures, use DSLR cameras, phones, etc. But we do have to follow some rules. Read all you need to know about taking pictures and videos in the DPRK.

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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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