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Old 4th August 2010, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have anyone here been to North Korea?

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

Ask christmas_ , he might know the answer.

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

Originally Posted by yivonn(: View Post
Ask christmas_ , he might know the answer.

north korea princess always di siao

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Originally Posted by lousydk View Post

north korea princess always di siao
where got la

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Originally Posted by yivonn(: View Post
where got la
still ask people for what
chiu just give the entry pass la

di siao siao :x

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

Originally Posted by lousydk View Post
still ask people for what
chiu just give the entry pass la

di siao siao :x
cannot la, later my god father aim missle at me..

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

why no tour group in Singapore organised tour to North Korea?

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cannot la, later my god father aim missle at me..
wont de la
he wont bear to :x

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

nope! guess it'll be interesting place to travel

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

Originally Posted by LaoZhuGe View Post
why no tour group in Singapore organised tour to North Korea?
You can try going to south korea and proceed pass to the boundary line.
You'll get the first class treatment from soldiers of North Korea i guarantee you

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

I have seen most of the tourist who visited North Korea are Caucasians...how do they applied to get there?

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Originally Posted by yivonn(: View Post
You can try going to south korea and proceed pass to the boundary line.
You'll get the first class treatment from soldiers of North Korea i guarantee you
follow this and u might get shot the moment u pass the line
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Originally Posted by LaoZhuGe View Post
I have seen most of the tourist who visited North Korea are Caucasians...how do they applied to get there?
not really sure
but 1 thing is that, u MUST APPLY
follow every rule there
if not they might fire at will

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Originally Posted by lousydk View Post
follow this and u might get shot the moment u pass the line
:x

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not really sure
but 1 thing is that, u MUST APPLY
follow every rule there
if not they might fire at will
if not, you can just

stand behind the yellow line.

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Originally Posted by yivonn(: View Post
if not, you can just

stand behind the yellow line.
ur trolling skill just got a level up

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

http://www.universaltravel.com.sg/No...NorthKorea.php

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Visiting North Korea can be challenging, and you will not have the freedom to explore the country without a North Korean escort, either as part of a group or individual tour. There are those who have called for a boycott on tourism to North Korea, due to human rights abuses in the country or how tourism may help finance the government. There is no official free enterprise activity in North Korea, and all tourist facilities are state-owned so the money goes directly to the government of North Korea. Others cite the possible benefits of Westerners engaging with North Korean citizens, particularly in a positive, friendly manner (i.e., contrary to the stereotypes of Westerners presented by internal propaganda); in practice, however, it is nearly impossible for a visitor to North Korea to have a spontaneous encounter of any kind with a citizen, as most activities of tourists are carefully planned and closely monitored. But regardless of political beliefs, North Korea is generally acknowledged to be a unique place to visit. Travellers must make up their own mind about the rights and wrongs of visiting this country.

Citizens of South Korea are normally not permitted to visit North Korea. In addition, there have been reports of difficulties regarding Israeli, American, British, and Japanese nationals. In January 2010, North Korea lifted the restrictions on American citizens who are now free to visit at anytime of the year. Contrary to rumor, Israelis and Jewish citizens of other countries do not face any additional restrictions. Citizens of all countries will need a visa, which will only be issued after your tour has been booked, approved by the North Korean authorities and paid for. Journalists (or those suspected of being journalists) require special permission, which is quite difficult to obtain. The North Koreans do not allow journalists to visit the country on tourist visas. A specialist North Korean travel agency can help you sort out the complex and ever-changing regulations. North Korea will rarely in practice refuse a visa to a tourist who meets the various requirements.
[edit] Tours

North Korea can only be visited by an organized tour, but this can be a large group or a party of one. Prices start from around $1000/€700 for a 5-day group tour including accommodation, meals and transport from Beijing, but can go up considerably if you want to travel around the country or "independently" (as your own one-person escorted group). Tour operators/travel agencies that organize their own tours to North Korea include:

* Access | Exchange [2] - Beijing, New York (cultural exchange, music concerts, study abroad and tourism)
* Adventure Korea [3] - Seoul
* Asia Pacific Travel, Ltd. [4] - Chicago
* Choson Exchange [5] - US, UK and Singapore. Not a tour agency, rather they provide training in business and economics in Pyongyang, but they occasionally bring people to visit North Korean universities
* Explore North Korea Tour Group [6] - Dandong, New York
* DDCTS [7] - Dandong
* DPRK Travel [8] - Toronto, Beijing
* Geographic Expeditions [9] - San Francisco
* Koningaap [10] - Amsterdam
* Korea Konsult [11] - Stockholm
* Korea Reisedienst [12] - Hannover
* Koryo Group [13] - Beijing
* Lupine Travel [14] - Wigan
* North Korea Travel [15] - Spain, Hong Kong
* The P'yongyang Project [16] - Beijing, Shenyang, Seoul (organizes academic programs)
* Viajes Pujol [17] - Barcelona, Spain
* Regent Holidays [18] - Bristol
* Universal Travel Corporation [19] - Singapore
* VNC Asia Travel [20] - Utrecht
* Young Pioneer Tours [21] - China, Canada

Keep in mind that tourism in North Korea is not in a state comparable to any other country in the world. No matter which company you decide to book with, all tours are run by the Korean International Travel Company (with the exception of a few that are run by KIYTC and ISEG) and it will be their guides who show you around. The average number of tourists per group each company takes will vary considerably so you may want to ask about this before booking a trip.

Most people traveling to North Korea will travel through Beijing and you will probably pick up your visa from there (some agents arrange their visas elsewhere beforehand though). The North Korean consulate building is separate from the main embassy building at Ritan Lu, and can be found round the corner at Fangcaodi Xijie. It is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 0930-1130 and 1400-1730, and on all other days except Sundays from 0930-1130. Bring your travel permission, US$45 and two passport photos.

Your guides will take your passport and keep it during your stay in North Korea, or at least for the first couple of days of your tour, for "security reasons" (or simply because your entry and exit dates must be registered - the black stamps on the back of your visa or passport). Make sure your passport looks decent and doesn't differ from the most common passports from your country.
[edit] Visa-free entry from South Korea

There is one place in North Korea that can be visited without needing any kind of North Korean visa:

* Panmunjom (Panmunjeom), the jointly controlled truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, has regular one-day bus tours from Seoul.

Until 2009, visa-free (or, rather, special group visa) tours were possible to two other places in North Korea — however, at time of writing, these have been suspended until further notice.

* Kaesong (Gaeseong), open to day-long group bus tours from Seoul organized by Hyundai Asan.
* Kumgangsan (Geumgangsan), accessible by group bus tours from South Korea organized by Hyundai Asan. There are daily buses from Seoul to Hwajinpo, the marshaling area for tourists, who then go by special buses through the DMZ to Kumgang. Tours are normally 2 days-1 night, or more appropriately for foreign travelers, 3 days-2 nights.

All three locations are (were) accessible to Americans, South Koreans, and most other nationalities, although a different list of restricted nationalities applies for Panmunjom (see article).

Hyundai Asan was planning to open up tours to Paektusan (Baekdusan), called Changbaishan on the Chinese side of the border, involving a charter flights from Seoul to Samjiyeon near Mt. Paektu, with the rest of the tour by bus and on foot. These never materialized though, so for time being, your options are to visit the Chinese side of the mountain (no special permits required) or add it as an expensive add-on to a standard North Korea tour.
[edit] By plane

North Korea's sole airline, Air Koryo [22], currently has scheduled flights from Beijing, which depart at 11:30 every Tuesday and Saturday, and return from Pyongyang at 09:00 on the same days. Air Koryo also flies to and from Shenyang in Northeast China every Wednesday and Saturday, and to Vladivostok every Tuesday morning.

Air Koryo is the only 1-star (worst) airline on Skytrax's list [23] and has been banned in the EU due to concerns over safety in the past, though is now allowed to fly in to EU territory again. To date, Air Koryo has only had one incident resulting in death, this was in Africa in 1983. The Air Koryo fleet consists largely of Soviet-made aircraft built between 1965 and 1990, plus the pride of their fleet, a 2008 Tupolev Tu-204, which now usually handles the core Beijing–Pyongyang route. Otherwise, you'll most likely end up on one of their four Ilyushin IL-62-Ms (1979-1988 vintage), but Air Koryo also flies Tu-154s dating back to the seventies and Tu-134s from 1983.

The only other airline with scheduled service to North Korea is Air China, which flies three times weekly from Beijing to Pyongyang. Neither Aeroflot nor China Southern continue to fly to North Korea.
[edit] By train

Train K27/K28 connect Pyongyang to Beijing in China via Tianjin, Tangshan, Beidaihe, Shanhaiguan, Jinzhou, Shenyang, Benxi, Fenghuangcheng, Dandong and Shinuiju four times a week. There is only one class on the international train between Beijing and Pyongyang: soft sleeper. It can be booked at the station in Beijing, but reservations must be made several days in advance. Your tour agency will usually do this for you, unless you are travelling on work purposes. It has been increasingly difficult to book space on the Beijing–Pyongyang route, so confirm your tickets well in advance.

Once a week train K27/K28 also conveys direct sleeping cars from Moscow via China to Pyongyang and vice versa. The route is Moscow - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Chita - Harbin - Shenyang - Dandong - Shinuiju - Pyongyang. Departure from Moscow is every Friday evening, arrival at Pyongyang is one week later on Friday evening. Departure from Pyongyang is Saturday morning, arrival at Moscow is Friday afternoon.

There is also a direct rail link into Russia, crossing the North Korean/Russian border at Tumangan/Khasan. This route is served by a direct sleeping car Moscow - Pyongyang and vice versa and runs twice monthly (11th and 25th from Moscow), arriving Pyongyang 9 days later. However, since the mid-nineties this has not been an officially permitted route for tourists, and KITC refuses to organize trips using this route; two Western tourists have been successful in taking this train into North Korea, but report that further trips on this route would unlikely be successful.
[edit] By boat

There is an unscheduled cargo-passenger ship between Wonsan and Niigata, Japan. Only available for use by some Japanese and North Korean nationals, the boat service has been suspended indefinitely due to North Korea's reported nuclear testing; Japan has banned all North Korean ships from entering Japanese ports, and has banned North Koreans from entering the country.
[edit] By bus

A bus is theoretically available from Dandong (China) across the Yalu River to Sinuiju, it's run by the "Dandong China Travel Company" but is only open to Chinese citizens at present.
[edit] Get around

All your transport needs will be dealt with by your tour company. Most of the time this means buses, although tour groups visiting remote sites (eg. Paekdusan, Mount Chilbo) occasionally use chartered flights by Air Koryo.

A carefully stage-managed one-station ride on the P'yŏngyang metro [24] is included on the itinerary of most trips to Pyongyang, but use of any other form of local public transport is generally impossible.


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tks robinkoh for ur useful information...

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Thanks for sharing detailed information about North Korea

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Re: Have anyone here been to North Korea?

thanks for sharing,
seriously i dun see a lot of pictures of tourist in north korea...

perhaps their cameras were blown up???

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