North Korea — Shopping and Leisure
Souvenir shopping in North Korea is limited to the government-run shops in the tourist hotels and at approved attractions. Handmade items such as tapestries, North Korean dolls, wood carvings, stamps, propaganda art, posters, t-shirts with military slogans, and DVDs of the annual Mass Games all make good mementoes of your visit. Ginseng, either in tea or capsule form, is a popular buy, although it’s cheaper in China and South Korea. If you’re looking to amaze your friends back home, the hotels can make an exact replica of a Kim Jong-il suit overnight at a very reasonable cost.