Pyongyang is the capital and largest city of North Korea
It's one of the oldest cities in Korea
This city has many interesting places to visit such as Tower of the Juchea Idea, Mansudae Grand Monument, Kim Il-sung Square, and Pyongyang Metro
A must-try food in Pyongyang is Kimchi with Soju for the drink
Travel tips: It's recommended to visit Pyongyang with a travel guide
Pyongyang, North Korea is surrounded by many monuments, towers, and statues. Juche Tower is one of them, built to honor the Korean Juche philosophy and to mark the Kim-Il Sung’s 70th birthday. This tower is built at the edge of the Taedong River.
When you’re traveling to Pyongyang, you will find many classic and modern architecture. Kumsusan Palace of the Sun is one of them. It was a palace built by Kim-Il Sung for him and her son. It is located in the northeast of Pyongyang and takes about 20 minutes from Pyongyang Sunan International Airport. There’s also Victorious War Museum, a place of dozens of war vehicles and weapons. You need a travel guide to visit these places.
Finding souvenir shops in Pyongyang might be difficult. But, there’s small stall selling books nearby hotels. It's on Kwangbok Department Store, where you can find the imported items and local products. Another place you can visit is Ragwon Department Store. It's a shopping center dominated by elite and a Japanese Restaurants run by Kim Jong-Il's former chef.
The most popular Korean cuisine is Kimchi. It’s made of fermented cabbage or radish with mixed of ginger, chili, scallions, and garlic. It is usually served alongside with Soju, Korean alcohol. Another famous cuisine from Korea is Bulgogi. It’s a marinated beef mixed with sugar, garlic, sesame oil, pepper, and soy sauce.
Cultural destination in Pyongyang is dominated by museums and monuments. The Korean Central History Museum is a museum that displays the history of Korea since the primitive society to the modern age. It is located at the north end of Kim Il-Sung Square. Korean Art Gallery is also one of the cultural and historical sites in Pyongyang. Remember to get a travel guide before visiting this place.
The best time to visit Pyongyang is from May to September.
Kuryo Hotel is Pyongyang’s most iconic place to stay. It’s located in the heart of the city near the Pyongyang Railway Station. The design of this hotel is claimed as the representation of two warriors that defending Pyongyang. You can also book a room at Hyangsan Hotel. It’s a 6-star hotel with 120 guest rooms and has a restaurant that looks like an air traffic control tower.
Places to eat in Pyongyang are mainly located in downtown. Ongnyugwan restaurant is popular for its Naengmyeon or cold noodle. Most people come to this restaurant because it's located at the edge of the Taedong River. There is also Mangyondae 1,000 Seat Restaurant with one thousands seats that you must see directly.
Not many cafes are available in Pyongyang, but Gumrung Café can be one option to enjoy a cup of coffee. Ryongwang Coffee Shop is also one of the recommendations. It is located around the corner of Kim Il-Sung Square. You can have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake in this cafe.
Taedonggang Diplomatic Club is one of the tourists’ recommendation. This place is perfect for travelers and foreigners serving various drinks. There, you can get Johnnie Walker Whiskey, Heineken beer, and Baileys Irish Cream. It’s a good place to taste local beer with affordable price.
Pyongyang has many interesting places to visit and most of the city’s main attractions are monuments and museums. Tower of the Juche Idea or Juche Tower is a tower built to honor the North Korea philosophy of Juche. It's located in downtown Pyongyang and stand at the edge of the Taedong River. There’s also Mansudae Grand Monument, two statues of smiling “Great Leader” and “Dear Leader” of Kim Jong-Il covered with bronze. This place has attracted local and international tourists.
The huge statue of Kim Jong-Il in Mansudae Grand Monument with two giant statues of North Korean’s first leader will be the perfect places for your Instagram feed. Another Instagramable spot in Pyongyang is Kim Il-Sung Square. It's the place where you can watch parades performed by the North Korean military. If you’re lucky, you can witness the phenomenal military parades in the square.