The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is an amazing experience in itself. It is not your average tourist destination, but more a geopolitical, sociological and historical walk through the last 100 years of Korean history.
It seems to raise more questions in your mind than it will answer, as it is the world's last Starlinist Communist, Hereditary Dictatorship.
The Ryugyong Hotel is a huge Pyramid that was build in 1987 and due to financial difficulties was left to rack and ruin in 1992, but it is still very impressive with its105 floors.
The DPRK is still run on communist principles but is dominated by the country's 'Juche Idea' a philosophy aimed at developing self-reliance, and is seen as one of the most difficult countries to get a tourist visa.
There are still forms of Bureaucracy , especially on the train from Beijing, as on the border the Police ask for your telephoine number and Mothers maiden name!
Once passed the Chinese Border it seems to go black and white up to the bridge.
The bridge was blown up during the Korean war, and half of it is still standing the other half seems to have fallen into the sea.
Once you get to the other side, at the railway station the police will do an inspection of your passport and baggage, that takes about six hours.
41 hours later you will reach North Korea to a welcome of Korean Peace Songs, and what looks like 3 international football pitches and on the terraces is a 90ft statue of Kimmel Sung who reigned as leader from 1948 to his death in 1994.
There are about 118 figures all about 5ft High that represent different parts of North Korean history.
But despite all its faults it is still a wonderful experience to see what it is trully like.