This new edition of Bradt’s North Korea has been completely written from scratch and remains the only standalone guide to what is often regarded as the world’s most secretive state, a place never far from media scrutiny but about which very little is actually known in the wider world. Detailed is everything you need to know for a successful visit, from the practicalities of how to get there and who to go with to cultural sensitivities and etiquette, safety, money and travelling around. Amongst the places covered are the supra-centrally planned showcase capital of Pyongyang; Panmunjom, where North meets South face-to-face inside the 4km-wide DMZ – the dividing line between two nations and one people; Mount Kumgang, the chiefly South Korean-built resort offering fantastic hikes; and Mount Paektu, the highest peak in all of Korea and Manchuria.For the intrepid and open-minded traveller North Korea is a truly mesmerising destination with a rich past and fascinating contemporary history. Visitors today are immersing themselves in an unrivalled experience in what is seemingly the last country in the world not to have submitted to globalisation, the last country still clinging on to the 20th-century experiment in communism that for all others crumbled away shortly after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.Outside of the showcase socialist paradise of Pyongyang, visitors will find stunning natural scenery, from beautiful coastline and beaches to spectacular mountains, such as legendary Mount Paektu. Whilst many hold the ill-conceived notion that a visit to North Korea may not be safe, the reality is that visitors are warmly welcomed and still considered more as ‘guests of the state’ than as mere tourists.Written by expert author Henry Marr, who first visited North Korea in 2005 and has since been back more than 20 times, Bradt’s North Korea is an indispensable guide to understanding and getting to know one of the world’s most curious destinations.
|Publisher:||Bradt Publications UK|
|Edition description:||Fourth edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Henry Marr’s love affair with travel to the more unusual parts of Asia began at the age of 18, when he spent a month mountaineering in Kazakhstan. After a summer living in Tbilisi, his next adventure culminated with him spending two years in Ulaanbaatar, where his next-door neighbour was Mongolia’s first (and only) cosmonaut. Seeking employment Henry returned to the UK and now lives outside London, where he satisfies his wanderlust by planning, promoting and escorting tours to niche destinations such as Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabagh and, of course, his true forte, North Korea.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATIONChapter 1 Background Information Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History and economy, Government and politics, People, Language, Religion and beliefs, Education, CultureChapter 2 Practical InformationWhen to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, notable dates and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Photography and video, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively
PART TWO THE GUIDEChapter 3 PyongyangGeography, History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, What to see and doChapter 4 North Hwanghae Getting there and away, The Pyongyang–Kaesong Highway, Panmunjom and the DMZ, The Pyongyang–Wonsan HighwayChapter 5 South HwanghaeGetting there and away, Mount Kuwol and the northern counties, Haeju and the southern countiesChapter 6 South PyonganThe road to Nampo, Nampo and around, Anju, Pyongsong, Hoechang County Chapter 7 North PyonganMount Myohyang and around, SinuijuChapter 8 Chagang Huichon Chapter 9 Kangwon Wonsan, Masikryong Ski Resort, Mount KumgangChapter 10 South Hamgyong Hamhung, Pujon and Mount OkryonChapter 11 Ryanggang Getting there and away, Where to stay and eat, Samjiyon, Mount Paektu, Taehongdan and Pochon countiesChapter 12 North Hamgyong Getting there and away, Chongjin, Hoeryong, Mount Chilbo Chapter 13 Rason Special Economic Zone Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see and do
Appendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Further Information Index