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Pyongyang Nightlife, North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea does not have a nightlife, so to speak.  You are not allowed out after dark unless you are at a restaurant, and even then it is questionable.  The only places you will find to go are usually within your own hotel, if it happens to have one.

North Korea is very strict on nightlife type activities, and this is simply a part of their culture.  Tourists are only allowed to move around the city with a guide and the guide will restrict any type of interaction with locals.  Ordinary citizens are not allowed to even converse with foreigners.  You must be with a guided tour to even gain entrance to the country.

Some of the hotels that have bars available for the foreign visitor are available as already stated, however, you can face serious penalties and even imprisonment if you become drunk and cause a scene.

Food is very scarce in North Korea, but as part of a tour, you will be provided with plenty of food from governmental sources.  Only a few tours will allow you to go out to a restaurant and eat, and then it is only at your own risk.

Souvenirs are available, but it is limited on what customs will allow you to leave the country with.  Many times, you will be unable to enter South Korea with any type of North Korea media, such as a newspaper or a book.  There are some beautiful silk paintings available in the city.  It is not allowed for someone to barter over the prices.  You should be allowed to leave the country with these items, although it is not guaranteed.

A vsist to North Korea is definitely an educational experience.  Remember the rules and what is expected of a guest to the country and you should be just fine.

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