Golden Triangle Bank / 황금의 삼각주은행 / 金三角银行

The Golden Triangle Bank is the primary bank of the Rason Special Economic Zone. Exchanges rates here are at local market exchange rates of 8,000KPW/US$1 instead of the usual 100KPW/US$1. The exchange rates here are also much better than in Pyongyang. 황금의 삼각주은행은 라선특별경제구역의 전문은행입니다. 이곳의 환율은 지역 시장의 환율과 같은 1 미달러당 8,000원입니다. 보통 […]

Kaesong Border Town Near Ganghwa-gun 강화도에서 가까이 보이는 개성 국경 마을

Zoom-able, high-resolution panoramic photo of the Kaesong border town, situated 4 km away from Ganghwa-gun (강화군) in South Korea.

Kaesong Industrial Area Seen from Dora Observatory 도라전망대에서 바라본 개성공업지구

The Kaesong Industrial Area panorama was captured while facing the North-West direction at the Dora Observatory (도라전망대) in South Korea

Wonsan Kalma Beach 2013 원산 갈마 해변 2013

This is Wonsan Kalma beach in 2013 before the area was redeveloped as part of the Wonsan Kalma Resort. When I first visited this place, I was only told there were some big plans for renovations “very soon”. No additional details were given at that time. It wasn’t until 2015 that I heard about the […]

Fish Names of Korea 한국의 물고기

Zoom-able, high-resolution photo of a school poster with the North Korean names of various sea creatures. This photo is 6220 × 9000 pixels at over 42mb. Please be patient while the image loads in the background. Use your mouse (or fingers) to navigate the image 이 사진은 다양한 해양생물의 북한식이름을 볼 수 있는 6220 x 9000픽셀의 고화질 […]

Chongun Rock 천군바위

This spectacular rock formation is known as Chongun Rock. The formation sits mostly on the Chinese side of the border so the best view of it is actually on the North Korean side.

Taedonggang Diplomatic Club 대동강 외교단회관

The Taedonggang Diplomatic Club was built in 1972 to host the meetings between North and South Korea. However, these activities slowed to a halt and the building was converted into a recreational facility for all foreigners, not just diplomats. Tourists, business people, diplomatic staff and even the occasional foreign students are welcomed to come and […]

Turkeys, the alternative source of meat in North Korea. 북한에서는 육류의 대체물로 칠면조가 뜨고 있다.

Turkeys are kept by enterprising North Korean farmers as they multiply well and provide food throughout the whole year.

Religion in North Korea 북한의 종교

Based on the North Korean constitution, citizens are granted freedom of religious beliefs. I would think that with such a constitution in place, there would be a tangible manifestation of religious activities…

Air Koryo

Air Koryo was founded in 1955. All existing airline pilots are ex-military pilots converted to civilian service. The airline is 100% state owned and operates primarily from Pyongyang Sunan International Airport. The official website is www.airkoryo.com.kp . Due to sanctions and limited flights, air ticket prices have become prohibitively expensive. A short 90 minutes return […]