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Pyongyang

Pyongyang is the capital of the North Korea (DPRK). The city is formed by 18 administrative districts, housing over two million people. This is the oldest city of the entire Korean Peninsula. The name Pyongyang can be translated into “flat land” or “soulful environment” in North Korean language. A legend says that the city was established in 2333 BC by Dangun Wanggeom who is the mythological founder of the state of Korea. The written history begins in 108 BC with the establishment of a Chinese commercial colony in the vicinity of the city. In 427, Pyongyang became the capital city of the Kingdom of Goguryeo. In 668, the city was captured by the Chinese until the Japanese army occupied it from 1592 to 1593.

In 1627, Chinese invaders seized and overtook the city again then set it on fire. During the First Sino-Japanese War from 1894 to 1895 and the subsequent epidemics, Pyongyang was mostly destroyed. In the Japanese colonial period from 1910 to 1945, Pyongyang developed into an industrial center. During the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, the city was again razed by air raids. After the war, the city was rapidly reconstructed. There were a lot of huge parks, wide lined streets and large socialists style-buildings erupted. Pyongyang soon became the political, economical and cultural center of the DPRK (North Korea). The city is situated in the temperate climate zone making summer weather very hot and humid, especially during the monsoon season from June to September. The winter features the cold winds from Siberia and are therefore it turns very cold, but usually dry that time.

Reunification Monument
Reunification Monument
Arch of Triumph
Arch of Triumph
Mansudae Grand Monument
Mansudae Grand Monument
Schoolchildren's Palace Tour and Performance
Schoolchildren’s Palace Tour and Performance
Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition
Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
Mansudae Art Studio
Mansudae Art Studio
American Spy Ship Pueblo
American Spy Ship Pueblo
Mangyongdae Native House
Mangyongdae Native House
Moranbong Park
Moranbong Park
Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun
Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun
Revolution Martyrs' Cemetary
Revolution Martyrs’ Cemetary
Juche Tower
Juche Tower
Kim Il Sung Square
Kim Il Sung Square
War Victory Monument Park
War Victory Monument Park
Pyongyang Metro
Pyongyang Metro
Monument to Party Foundation
Party Foundation Monument
Mansudae Fountain park
Mansudae Fountain Park
Tomb of king Tongmyong
Tomb of king Tongmyong
Taedong Gate
Taedong Gate
Chollima Statue
Chollima Statue
Grand People's Study House
Grand People’s Study House
Shooting Range
Shooting Range
Pyongyang Embroidery Institute
Pyongyang Embroidery Institute
Keason Funfair
Keason Funfair
Moranbong Theatre
Moranbong Theatre
Kwangbok Temple
Kwangbok Temple
Sungnyong and Sungin Temples
Sungnyong and Sungin Temples
May Day Stadium
May Day Stadium
Three Revolution Exhibition
Three Revolution Exhibition
Kim Il Sung Stadium
Kim Il Sung Stadium
Pyongyang Grand Theatre
Pyongyang Grand Theatre
Pyongyang Folk Park
Pyongyang Folk Park
Pyongyang Film Studio
Pyongyang Film Studio
Korean Revolution museum
Korean Revolution Museum
Korean Central Art Gallery
Korean Central Art Gallery
Party Foundation Museum
Party Foundation Museum
Pyongyang Metro Museum
Pyongyang Metro Museum
Korean Folklore Museum
Korean Folklore Museum
Tomb of king Tangun
Tomb of King Tangun

 

AROUND PYONGYANG:

Nampo
Nampo
Myohyang
Myohyang
Kaesong DMZ
Kaesong DMZ
Haeju
Haeju

 

WHERE TO STAY:

– Potonggang Hotel (5*)
– Changwang Hotel (5*)
– Yanggakdo Hotel (4*)
– Koryo Hotel (4*)
– Moranbong Hotel (4*)
– Haebangsan Hotel (4*)
– Sosan Hotel (3*)
– Ryanggang Hotel (3*)
– Changwangsan Hotel (3*)

WHERE TO PLAY:

– Golden Lane Bowling Center
– Pyongyang Zoo
– Botanical Garden
– Pyongyang Circus
– Diplomatic Club
– Pyongyang Gold Course
– Changwangwon Health Complex
– Youth Hotel Swimming Pool

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK:

– Teadonggang brewery
– Viennese Coffee shop
– Pyolmuri Coffee Shop
– Pizza Restaurant
– Paradise Bar
– Pyongyang Sweet Meat Restaurant
– Hana Electronics Restaurant

HOW TO GET TO PYONGYANG

By plane

Most of foreigners travel to North Korea (DPRK) via China with the either by flights or by train. The North Korean national airline Air Koryo (JS) has 5 regular flights per week linking China and DPRK (3 between Beijing and Pyongyang and the 2 left from Shenyang). Chinese air company Air China (CA) runs 3 times a week the regular flights Beijing-Pyongyang.

By train

It is also possible to travel between Beijing and Pyongyang by train which will surely makes your DPRK trip more memorable. You can even enter DPRK from Russia (Vladivostok) on Mondays or Fridays by flights operated by Air Koryo or take long train trip from Moscow by Trans-Siberian railway (through Zabajkalsk).