Frozen in Time: Top 5 Most Beautiful Place in North Korea

With a capital city shrouded in Mystery and a country side rarely glimpsed. North Korea draws extreme curiosity. We listed 5 known travel destination in North Korea.

Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea. In 1945, the 25h army of the Soviet Army entered Pyongyang, and it became the temporary capital of Provisional People's Committee for North Korea. Pyongyang Commercial School was on Mansudae Hill, with the provincial government building behind. Pyongyang Metro is the deepest metro system in the world at over 110 metres. There are large socialist realist murals in the platforms of the stations, with each station designed to embody a different ideal. Most tourists only see Puhung and Yonggwang stations on the Chollima Line.

Panmunjom also P'anmunjŏm, is on the demarcation line between North and South Korea. It is considered one of the last vestiges of the Cold War. It should not be confused with the Joint Security Area (JSA) nearby, where discussions between North and South still take place in blue buildings that straddle the Military Demarcation Line. Tourists are allowed to go to Camp Bonifas, at the southern entrance to DMZ. This is the US/South Korean military base standing "In Front of Them All" should an attack come. Visitors to Panmunjeom will change buses and get briefed here before entering the DMZ.

Kaesong is a city in North Korea, near the DMZ and the South Korean border. The earliest archaeological signs of habitation in the Kaesong area date from the Neolithic Age. Artifacts such as Jeulmun pottery, stone ware, and stone axes have been excavated from Mount Osong and Kaesong Nasong (double-walled fortress of Kaesong).  It is a former Directly Governed City, and the capital of Korea during the Koryo Dynasty. The city is near Kaesŏng Industrial Region and it contains the remains of the Manwoldae palace. It was formally named Songdo while it was the ancient capital of Koryo. It prospered as a trade center that produced Korean ginseng, which is famous internationally. It is now the DPRK's light industry centre. It has a population of 308,440 as of 2008. What can also be found in Kaesong is the Nam Gate, or the South Gate, it was built between 1391 and 1393, at the same time as the inner citadel of the walled city. The citadel used to have seven gates, but only Nam Gate is left. During the Korea War it was severely damaged and rebuilt in 1954.

Paekdusan is a mountain on the Chinese-North Korean border. It is sacred to all Koreans, because according to Korean mythology it is where the 'Son of the Lord of Heaven' descended to earth and the first Korean kingdom began. The mountain's mythology has been appropriated by Kim Jong-il, who claims the mountain as his birthplace as well. Paekdusan is actually an extinct volcano with a vast crater lake at its centre, it is the country's highest mountain at 2744m (9000ft), and also of huge mythical importance to Koreans.

Geumgangsan, or Mount Geumgang is a 1,638 metres (5,374 ft)-high mountain in Kangwon-do, North Korea. It is one of the best-known mountains in North Korea. It is located on the east coast of the country, in Kŭmgangsan Tourist Region, formerly part of Kangwŏn Province (38.58N, 128.17E). Pyohon Temple, established in the year 670 is one of the most important Zen monasteries in Korea. Once the temple contained several treasures and valuable cultural assets, however these were either lost or taken to Japan during the times of Japanese colonial rule.


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