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5 things you need to know before traveling to North Korea Tourists pose for a group photo before statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang in July 2017. (AFP/Ed Jones) While the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea, is open to tourism, like any other country, travelers must be aware of rules and regulations imposed in its territory. Kompas.com has compiled a list of things to be aware of before visiting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. When visiting North Korea, be mindful of the currency you carry. The country only accepts cash transactions in euros, US dollars, Chinese yuan or the North Korean Won, also known as the Korean People's Won (KPW). There are no ATMs, and credit cards are not valid for transactions in North Korea. Coins of US dollars and Yuan are also not acceptable. North Korea does not limit the amount of cash travelers bring into the country. Since 2013, North Korea allows tourists to bring mobile phones. However, a local SIM card must be used to make calls, since no foreign SIM card works in the country. Moreover, the local SIM cards made available for visitors also differ from those used by North Korean residents.
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