4 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT NORTH KOREA

Timeless Travels Magazine - - 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.

MOD­ERN PETROGLYPH­S

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.

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