How to sneak into North Korea?

Always wanted to see the northern sister of the two and never thought there could be a chance?

I might surprise you- it is not that hard as you would imagine. You can apply for visa and go there with a guided tour for 10 days. You would not have a freedom of movement, but you will see the most important cultural aspects of the country. You can bring your phone for pics, but your connection will not work there. 

Another, easier way is to visit DMZ border from South Korea, again by guided tour with your passport. The guided tour costs around 70$ and include crawling in 3rd incarnation tunnel. Well worth it.

 
 
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Holding my passport in one hand and an Iphone in another, I am headed towards the entrance of whats called Demiliretazed Zone, where in reality you see tens of soldiers and a barbed wire. There are no trees on the Northern Korean side of the road - because they chop it for logs in the wintertime. The border soldier looks grumpy and unfriendly, however with no words said , they let us in.

Barred wires dividing the highway

Barred wires dividing the highway

 
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 The first stop was the last subway/train station in South Korea, still functional. The station is ready to be departed from to Penyonag ( North Korean Capital) in the hopes that one day it will be open for public. There are custom border checks, waiting rooms and ticket offices where at the moment you can only buy the fake “North Korean” stamp. 

 

 
A view through binoculars

A view through binoculars

 

The next stop is the landscape area where you watch the North Korean citizens in their local surroundings by paying around 1$ through binoculars. Here, you can take a picture of the NK flag and if lucky catch some citizens strolling along the street.

The military security building (at the place where you have a clear view of North Korea)

The military security building (at the place where you have a clear view of North Korea)

North Korean Landscape

North Korean Landscape

The pictures aren't allowed inside of the 3rd tunnel, but it was still a fun experience. Make sure that you will bring a jacket (as it is cool underground) and at some parts you will need to crawl as if you were in the real war hidden scene :) There is still a rumor that only 3 tunnels were discovered out of multiple built by North Koreans, so watch out, maybe next time you will wake up to a surprise under your bed.

The bullet holes from Korean war

Amusement park to our puzzlement at the border

Amusement park to our puzzlement at the border

A 'friendship' bridge between South and North Korea

A 'friendship' bridge between South and North Korea