Check North Korea’s political map showing the boundaries of the provinces along with its capital cities.
Geography of North Korea
A newfound state, North Korea was established in the year 1948 due to the postcolonial establishment passed on by the USSR (Soviet Union) and the United States (US). North Korea is a nation in East Asia and covers the northern part of the Korean cape that protrudes out from the mainland of Asia between the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan (East Sea). The nation covers around 55% of the Cape’s landmass. North Korea is bounded by Russia and China in the North, and by South Korea in the South. P’yŏngyang is the national capital of North Korea and the chief transport and industrial center alongside the west coastline. Valleys and Mountains primarily feature a majority of North Korea; the ‘Kaema Highlands’ within the Northeast region has a usual height of 1000 meters (3,300 feet) above sea level.
Demography of North Korea
The total population of North Korea as per the UN data is 25,807,649 as of Sept 2020 which is equal to 0.33% of the overall population of the world. North Korean population density is 214/SqKm on the total landmass of 120,410SqKm and around 62.5% of the entire population is urban. Life expectancy at birth, in North Korea, is 72.89 years for both males and females; the infant mortality rate is 11.2 death/1000 births, and the death rate under age 5 is 15 deaths/1000 births.
Culture of North Korea
The culture of North Korea is very apprehensive; religion is hypothetically allowed in North Korea; visitors may see a Buddhist nun or monk, but North Koreans barely have the liberty of religion. Surprisingly, the nun or monk you meet might not have public followers as they themselves are faithful to the leader. Conventionally, the language of Korea (Korean) functioned dually, in pre-modern Korea, Classical Chinese was the written (script) language and indigenous Korean was used as the oral language. As far as development is concerned, barring 10 cities, the majority of North Korean parts are completely rural.
Places to visit in North Korea
Very little is familiar about North Korea worldwide; barring the striking and rare news stories about its global terrorism, threats of nuclear arms, and the upsetting famine and scarcity in recent times. This is mainly because of the country’s severe closed-nation policy, due to which neither Koreans travel outside the countries nor outsiders travel comfortably to the country. Some of the interesting places in North Korea are:
The Pyongyang Metro
Pyongyang is the biggest and the capital metropolis of North Korea; the most striking sight of the place is the Pyongyang Metro, an unbelieving transport network consisting of 2 lines and all underground. Seemingly, the underground network is constructed not only for transportation reasons but it is a nuclear bunker too, a lethal bomb shelter!
The Juche Tower
Situated in Pyongyang state, the magnificent Juche Tower is basically a granite figure symbolizing the political philosophies presented by Kim II-Sung. The torch placed on the tower’s peak is always ignited. The architectural design of the Juche Tower is motivated by the pagodas stone of earlier Korea; you can even climb the tower by elevator.
The Mangyongdae has located a mere 8km from the capital city Pyongyang. This tranquil neighbor of Pyongyang is situated on a hilltop in the Mangyongdae-guyok. This place is popular and of great significance to the North Koreans as Kim II-Sung, the first President of North Korea was born.
What is the best time to visit North Korea?
The most ideal time to visit North Korea is during autumn and spring when days are comparatively clear and mild; winters are very cold here and summers are warm and humid when maximum rainfall occurs.