is a unique country. As
an example, you will find a magnificently beautiful capital
city where just hard-line party members are allowed to live.
This country also excludes the elderly and pregnant
women, who must live in beautiful Paekdusan, which borders
Korea is a beautiful country with gorgeous national parks
and amazing countryside.
The history of the Cold War also draws people in from
around the world, eager to experience the long history and
the current day beauty of this country.
estimate that the first Koreans were born around 2333 BC
although some scientists insist their history dates back to
around 30,000 BC when central and northern Asia tribes came
to the peninsula. Regardless,
the tribes of Korea felt tremendous pressure from China so
in the 1st century, the Koreans banded to create
a kingdom called Sillia.
This kingdom was quite impressive, including pleasure
gardens, pagodas, and palaces, which actually helped
influence the culture of Japan.
in the 13th century, the Mongols came to Korea.
When their empire collapsed, the Choson Dynasty took
over control, developing a Korean script.
Then in 1592, Korea was invaded by the Japanese,
followed by China at which time the Manchu Dynasty ebbed in.
With this, Korea closed itself off from the outside
world until the early part of the 20th century.
At that time, the peninsula was annexed by Japan.
Interestingly, Japan did not want to let go of their
control and even today, they have a strong presence in North
and South Korea.
the war finally ended, the United States occupied the
southern portion of the peninsula with the USSR taking over
the northern region. A
young Korean officer by the name of Kim II-Sung was
sent by Stalin, who trained the Red Army to take control of
communizing the north.
He soon made his way in rank but when the south
declared independence, North Korea invaded. This war continued until 1953 and because it fell between
World War II and the Vietnam War, it is often called the
this war ended, more than two million people had lost their
matters worse, the north region of Korea was virtually
destroyed by United States Air Force bombings.
It was at this time that the peninsula was officially
divided but interestingly, North Korea’s economy actually
developed and rebuilt much quicker than South Korea.
In addition, North Korea created industries, taking
great strides in the social realm by offering clinics,
schools, labor rights, recreation facilities, and food
the end of the war also brought significant strain between
North and South Korea.
By the beginning of the 1990s, the leader, Kim was
reverenced with portraits seen all over North Korea.
When he died in 1994, which was followed by an
intense famine, the country did not waiver.
However, prior to his death, Kim put a hold on the
nuclear program and met with South Korea’s president at a
summit, which never occurred because of his death.
With this, his son, Kim Jong, brought in a new period
for the Koreans. For
six years, he held his ground, refusing to meet any
so, with time Kim Jong finally broke down, leading Korea
into a new era.
Kim II-Sung and Kim Jong were great supporters of arts and
you can see many wonderful exhibits that include both
traditional and modern pottery, paintings, sculptures, and
architecture during tours.
Music is also a large part of modern day Korea, which
has an emphasis on strings, much like China and Japan.
Folk dancing, monk dances, mask dancing, and
spirit-cleansing dances called Salpuri, are also a very
important aspect of the Korean lifestyle.
visiting Korea, you will have the opportunity to see
impressive museums and Buddhist temples.
The food served in Korea is wonderful and abundant.
Typically, when on a tour, your guide will order the
food for the group. Most
meals include staples of fish and poultry although you can
find vegetarian dishes as well.
The drink that everyone loves is called Insam-Ju,
which is Korean vodka infused with ginseng root although
Korean beer is also delicious.
of the great places to visit while in Korea include
P’yongyang, Haeju, and Kuwalson.
In P’yongyang, you will have a unique chance to see
the culture of Korea. Build
around the Taedong River banks you can enjoy wonderful
mid-river fountains that spew high into the air.
There, the Tower of the Juche Idea is found, a needle
on the east bank that stands 557 feet tall.
Another great aspect of P’yongyang is the Arch of
Triumph, which is a memorial of sorts where Kim II-Sung
rallied the people.
is a lovely port city about two hours from P’yongyang.
There are beautiful sandy beaches and offshore
is a mountain where a fort was built to include statues and
slogans of Kim II-Sung.
Then, Kuwolsan has one of the most spectacular peaks
anywhere on the west coast.
In addition, there are hot springs, old fortress
walls, lush valleys, hot springs, and ancient shrines.
in mind that these are just a few of the places in Korea
where you can visit. For example, Kaesong is home to around 200,000 people but hit
by many wars, there are numerous places in ruins.
Paekdusan is on the China/Korea border where an
extinct volcano is found.
This area includes vast wilderness and a beautiful