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Currency used in North Korea

by Al

What currency can we use in North Korea? As tourists can we use their local currency?

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Mar 22, 2013
Bank notes in North Korea
by: KTG

Hi Rosa,

Terribly sorry for such a late reply to your comment! Those currencies are fine. Regarding the conditions of the notes you are right that they should not be torn or spoiled, we always explain this to travellers before their departure date to the DPRK. Serial numbers - we have never heard of this and have never had any customers have issues with the serial numbers of their bank notes.

It's also worthwhile pointing out that you should try to avoid taking in large denomination bills as they may struggle to find change for this (and you may received change in a variety of currencies).

Please do let us know if you have any other questions regarding money in North Korea.



Nov 14, 2012
Currencies for North Korea.
by: Rosa

I have been informed to take US$, Euros Pounds Sterling and RMB in coins and notes must be straight off the press must not be bent or have nay nips in them and all in certain serial numbers.

I have been advised that there are three exchange rates: Airport, Official and Street Rate. What coinage and bills do you recommend taking? How does one find out what serail numbers are acceptable as I believe that there are similar problems like this in Burma.

Feb 09, 2011
Using money in North Korea
by: KTG

Hi Al,

We recommend taking around 50 Euros per day. Not that you will necessary use it, but as there are not ATMs and cards cannot be used in North Korea, you'd be better off having more on you than less.



Feb 08, 2011
How much money should we take to North Korea?
by: Al

Thanks for your thorough answer!

You mention taking cash to North Korea for any souvenirs, snacks and so on. How much would you recommend for say a 5 day trip?


Dec 29, 2010
Money in North Korea
by: KTG

Thanks for your message.

As a tourist you can use Euros, Chinese Yuan and USD in North Korea but not the local currency.

Please bear in mind the following:

All your costs in the DPRK are included in our rates i.e. your accommodation, meals, transportation, guides, entrance fees etc. However, you will need to take cash for extra costs such as any evening drinks you may want, souvenirs (travellers tend to buy more than what they anticipated given that they are pretty unique), the Mass Games (these start from 80 Euros), extra activities such as going up the Juche Tower (5 Euros)

- You will not be able to use your credit card or ATMs in North Korea, so you will have to take cash with you.

- If using Euros, USD please avoid taking large bills as it may be hard to find change for this. Sometimes you may be given change in several currencies if your bills are too large.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


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