North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang is both the nation's capital as well as its largest city, with a population of just over 2.5 million. To the north and northwest the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok and Tumen rivers. The country is bordered to the south by South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea), with the heavily-fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone separating the two.
Very few foreign tourists visit this mysterious country, but North Korea is absolutely fascinating and charming. Most travellers are quite impressed by the cleanliness and orderliness of the society, the high-rises and the wide and large highways. They marvel at things like the absence of everyday traffic, and relatively empty streets devoid of commercial advertising. The country also has much to offer apart from the scenic countryside. Many discerning travellers rank a visit to North Korea as their most interesting and memorable travel experience.