4 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT NORTH KOREA
WAR MUSEUM IS A SHIP
The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum is an entire ship, the USS Pueblo, an American spy-ship captured by the North Koreans in 1968.
LUXURIOUS SKI RESORT
One of the East’s most luxurious ski resorts has been built in the mountains at Masikryong, a day’s drive east of the capital. A huge and empty hotel welcome winter sports enthusiasts from Pongyang’s elite. One thing they can be sure of: the slopes will never be crowded!
SHOP IN THREE CURRENCIES
Making any purchase is a complicated business because three different currencies are accepted from tourists. These do not include the local Korean won – tourists may only pay in US dollars, euros or the Chinese currency CNY. Visitors must first ascertain which currency is most convenient for the vendor and then whether they have enough of the relevant currency in a country with no ATMs or tourist-friendly banks. Within a group, IOUs abound.
No rock face is safe from patriotic chisels. Huge carved letters on mountainsides and seemingly inaccessible rocks, proclaim the power and influence of the leaders or of Juche.