By Rachel Lankester, founder Magnificent Midlife

Not a lot of people have been to Pyongyang in North Korea! It’s pretty difficult to get there too. You can only access the country from China.

The tour shown in our photos was a two day trip to the most isolated capital city on the planet organised by specialist North Korean tour operator Koryo Tours from Beijing.

Take a look and marvel at the city skyline, the subway with only two lines but amazing mosaics, the Arch of Triumph, the massive statues of Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung, the Juche Tower and various other revolutionary monuments.

The city is immaculate; no mess, no rubbish and not that many people either. Every citizen has a Kim badge or two and they’re not too willing to meet a foreigner’s eye. But the tour guides are friendly and informative. Just don’t ask any awkward questions!

Enjoy a glimpse of a place few have seen!

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Rachel Lankester is the founder of Magnificent Midlife, author, host of the Magnificent Midlife Podcast, a midlife mentor and editor of the Mutton Club online magazine. After an initially devastating early menopause at 41, she dedicated herself to helping women vibrantly transition through the sometimes messy middle of life, helping them cope better with menopause and ageing in general, and create magnificent next chapters. She’s been featured in/on BBC Woman’s Hour, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, The Age Buster, Woman’s Weekly, Prima Magazine, eShe, Tatler HK and Woman’s Own amongst others. She believes we just get better with age. Get her book Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond which was recommended in the New York Times.

Last Updated on January 31, 2023 by Editorial Staff

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