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Posted August 16th, 2012 - 4:46 am from Anji, China
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Posted August 19th, 2012 - 11:19 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
yes of course you can travel. you need to choose an agency in China who can organise that for you.

no, no CS in North Korea lol

camera is ok, but no cell phone. you can leave your cell phone at the office of your agency in China. anyway you won't need it

Posted August 19th, 2012 - 9:07 pm by from Nuremberg, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Peter,

travelling to North Korea is possible but only through a travel agent. Being German is no problem (I am, and there were 3 more in my group).
If you speak Chinese you could try one of the agencies based in Dandong (but remember that a Chinese tour group might have different a emphasis and focus in their itinerary than a 'western' one).
Other big companies are Korea Konsult (I went with them - they were great), Koryo Tours, Young Pioneers, ... You can google them.

No CS in North Korea as local people are not allowed to get in close contact with foreigners. Hardly any Internet access in North Korea (except for high ranking military staff, politicians (= military) etc.).

Cell phone will be taken from you at the airport (or train station), wrapped up and kept by your guide. You'll get it back on departure (at least most of us did...).

Camera is okay but make sure you don't have a fancy one with GPS - they will keep it like the phones (or for good like on our trip). They know which models have a GPS, cheating doesn't seem to be an option...
Have a great trip!
Cheers

Jens

Posted August 26th, 2012 - 9:31 am by from Dandong, China (Permalink)
1)You can travel to North Korea as Germany. No problem.
But for getting traveling visa to North Korea you have to join in a tour through travel agency.
There are a lot of travel agency based in very special city Dandong, China just next to North Korea.There is only 1 river called Yalu River between two countries.
You can take train getting into North Korea from Dandong, China which is far more interesting than fly into North Korea.
Or you can choose train into North Korea and fly from Pyongyang- ShenYang or Pyongyang - Beijing.
Some agencies based in Dandong offer English services like Explore North Korea Tour Group, http://www.explorenorthkorea.com

2)Yes you have to leave your cell phone, laptop,Iphone, Ipad,political readings, USD memory Card,Korean currency,binocular at the border of china. can not bring into North Korea. If you choose fly into North Korea when you arrive in Pyongyang you have to leave those things to your Korean guide who will pick you up at the airport.
After you finish the trip the korean guide will hand over to you back when you leave the country.
In North Korea you can get international phone call but cost 17RMB=2.7USD for 1 minute.

Hope you have a good trip in North Korea

Posted August 27th, 2012 - 3:56 pm from Vienna, Austria
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Posted September 2nd, 2012 - 1:55 pm from Anji, China
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Posted September 2nd, 2012 - 10:11 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
hide what? your cellphone ?
you will pass through a checkpoint security when you enter NK, like in airport, and bips with metals.
anyway you can't use it in NK, no connexion, only local

Posted November 2nd, 2012 - 1:54 am from Brasilia, Brazil
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Posted November 2nd, 2012 - 6:22 am by from Seoul, South Korea (Permalink)
I know someone who was recently in N.Korea, and he mentioned that at the end of the day, in the hotel room, he would put the photos into different folders and subfolders on the SD card, in order to make it harder to find them while just browsing through the camera's photos.

The problem of taking photos on an SD card and then hiding it, is that if they find the SD card for some reason, they will definitely make you put it into the camera to check out the photos, and then they will erase anything they dont want you to have.

Posted November 2nd, 2012 - 6:39 pm by from Brasilia, Brazil (Permalink)
I see, Javier. Your idea is better then. Thanks!

Posted November 3rd, 2012 - 8:44 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
the best thing is to transfer your doubtful pics in your built-in memory of your camera.
low resolution so you have enough place

Posted November 6th, 2012 - 9:54 am by from Heerenveen, Netherlands (Permalink)
Dear Peter,

I come back from Pyongyang week ago. And I preferred that some photos would not be found. However to my surprise nobody was interested in them though my photo and video camera were in my pocket. Maybe one of the reasons was that I was quite late for the plane, so they wanted that I make it on time.

Another thing was that when I have seen photos from a travel companion in a plane, I have seen that they had a lot of so called "ugly" photos, but even when the guide have seen it , he didn't ask for deletion but just said "you shouldn't have done that photo". it seems that the country in really changing, and becoming more open and allowing more.

Best,
Margot