North Korea

Probably the most inward-looking country in the world, the totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship of North Korea can only be visited as part of an official tour, commonly starting from Beijing. Government-approved guides accompany all tourists at all times.

The sights you will be allowed to see and the photos you are allowed to take will be up to the guide and you will be highly unlikely to meet any people who are not vetted in advance. Expect lots of statues. Tensions with South Korea are high, and military action is an ever-present possibility. The May Day Stadium in Pyongyang holds 150 000 people and is the highest-capacity stadium in the world.


North Korea flag

Why you should go:

You are a George Orwell fan.

Why you shouldn't:

You refuse to hold your tongue.

Map of North Korea