Donghae Coast

Bipaseom near Rason.

The Donghae Coast (Korean: 동해 연안) is a region of North Korea stretching along the entire east coast of the North Korean part of the peninsula. It encompasses the provinces of North Hamgyong, South Hamgyong and Kangwon as well as the special Rason city region.

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Other destinations

Understand

Donghae is the Korean name for the "East Sea" (Generally known internationally as the "Sea of Japan"). The coast stretches for about 800 kilometers northwest from the border with South Korea to the Russian border at Tumangan/Khasan.

The northern part of the region contains the site of some of North Korea's nuclear tests (near Kimchaek) it should come as no surprise that traveling around here independently, or even just traveling, is not going to be easy.

Rason to north and Wonsan to the south are both possible tour group destinations, as well as the Kŭmgangsan 'diamond mountain' tourist destination.

Get in

There are occasional flights to Wonsan and Chongjin with Air Koryo using a fleet of veteran Soviet era planes. You need to be a high-ranking North Korean official to book a spot on those flights and so you are at the mercy of the whims of your travel agent.

Slightly more possible is catching a train, there is a railway running along the entire coast connecting to the Russian railway at the border town of Khasan. From Khasan it's possible to book trips as far as Rason through Russian Tour companies, since this is a special economic zone. Through service to Pyongyang via the Donghae coast is not available to foreigners, although unauthorized journeys have been made before.

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