Korea has rich and diverse tourism resources. Beautiful landscape can be counted first. From olden times Korea has been known as a “land as beautiful as a golden tapestry” and a “land of scenic beauty” for the ubiquitous picturesque sights and beauty spots.
Mt Paektu, the ancestral mountain of the Korean nation, rising high with Lake Chon on its summit, and Kumgang, Myohyang, Chilbo, Kuwol and many other noted mountains present superb scenic beauty.
There are many inland beauty spots such as Pujon Plateau, Lake Samji, Soktamgugok (three ponds and nine bends), and Rungna Island. On the shores of the East Sea and West Sea of Korea are many scenic spots including Songdowon boasting of a vast expanse of sandy beach and pine woods, Lagoon Samii, Chongsokjong, Monggumpho and others.
Ryongmun Cave and Songam Cavern present mysterious underground scenery.
There is a place where you can see the scenes of four seasons and the flora of different climatic zones. Tourists can see migrant birds flying over the river meandering through a big city, and indigenous animals and plants.
Korea with long history and culture has many antique remains and relicsremains of the primitive era that give a glimpse of the evolution of man one million years ago, the Mausoleum of King Tangun and ancient metal relics such as a pipha-shaped dagger and a bronze mirror with a fine line pattern as well as countless remains and relics showing the wisdom and spirit of the Korean people in the Middle Ages. Ramparts and gates of the Walled City of Pyongyang and Jongbangsan Fort, the Pohyon Temple and octagonal 13-storeyed pagoda, Ryongthong Temple, the bell’ at the Yonbok Temple, and the murals in the Kangso Three Tombs and Anak Tomb No. 3 of the Koguryo period are worth a visit. Besides, metal types, rain gauge and turtle ship which are the first of their kinds in the world draw big interest of tourists.
In addition, there are rare historical relics such as the 80 000 Blocks of the Complete Collection of Buddhist Scriptures that are preserved in Mt Myohyang and the chronicles of the feudal Joson dynasty, which reviews its 500-odd-year history.
Tourists can see the development made in the political, military, economic, cultural and other sectors that demonstrates the validity and might of the Juche idea and Sengun idea, the ideological and spiritual propellant of the country. They can also see a number of monumental edifices including the West Sea Barrage and visit historical sites and revolutionary battle sites, memorial halls, museums, exhibition halls including the International Friendship Exhibition House that keeps the gifts presented to President Kim II Sung, General Kim Jong II and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un by heads of state of foreign countries and persons from various circles, and Panmunjom, where they can understand the tragedy of Korea that has been divided into the north and the south by foreign forces.
Modem amusement facilities in the Kaeson Youth Park, Rungna People’s Recreation Ground, Munsu Water Park, Mirim Riding Club and other items for cultural tourism attract tourists.