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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, nightlife

Capital of Willows

Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership. While the name of this city literally translates to "Flat Land," or "Peaceful Land," it was historically known as "Capital of Willows" for the sheer volume of willow trees, many of which still stand today. Originally founded in 1122 BCE under the Tangun Dynasty, Pyongyang has suffered destruction more than once in recent history, notably during the First Sino-Japanese War and Korean war. Soviet aid helped rebuild the capital, as evidenced by the predominent Socialist Classical architecture that makes a statement in heavy, concrete lines. Expect to do your sightseeing in Pyongyang exclusively with a guide, and keep your eye out for glimpses of everyday life in between the monumental landmarks. Make the most of your holiday in Pyongyang by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our North Korea tour planner.
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Hotels remain just about the only form of accommodation in Pyongyang, with options ranging from budget stays to luxury complexes featuring restaurants, shopping, and even casinos. The one budget hotel is often filled, but on the other end of the spectrum, the capital has many more mid-range to pricey options with exciting amenities, including one that operates a casino out of the basement of its 47-story structure.
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