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Visit haeju

Haeju is the administrative centre of South Hwanghae Province, it is just 3 km north from 38th parallel. As of 2000, the population of the city is estimated to be 236,000. Haeju used to be a prominent trading port with China and also a scholar’s town of Buddhist learning. In AD 983, it was made one of 12 civilian-run regional capitals under the Koryo King Seongjong.

In the early 20th century the city’s trading position was somewhat sidelined by the building of the Seoul-Sinuiju railway. At the beginning of the Korean War, Haeju was the first city taken by South Korean forces (June 1950). Similarly to Kaesong, during the war, Haeju was under control of South Korea for long time and thanks to this, it has managed to escape complete destruction unlike many other DPRK's cities. Haeju has preserved some original historical sites which are the major attraction nowadays.
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Things to See and Do in Haeju

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Haeju's Folk Street

The street gives an insight to Korea's old folk customs. It consists of amusement hall, folk restaurant, several pavilions, folk game grounds, etc.
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Sokdamgugok & Sohyon Academy

Sokdamgugok is the name of a place along the Sokdom River and means "Pools on Rocks and Nine Valleys". There are 9 valleys extending about 8 km. Unbyong Valley (namely, "the finest among nine valleys") is considered the most beautiful one.

The Unbyong Valley houses the Sohyon Academy, which dated back from the 16th century. Here the famous scholar Li Ryul Gok taught, and the names of various peaks and valleys in the area are themed along with the celebration of all things peaceful, quiet and meditative, from the Munsan (best place for reading), Kwan Rock (horsehair hat), Chwilyong (a flower-patterned blind), and others.
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Mount Suyang & Other mountains

Mount Suyang rises on the dividing spot between Haeju and Sinwon County with many peaks including the highest Sollyu Peak (946 m), Pakdal, Jangdae and Mae Peaks. This mountain is famous with various peaks, rock formations, clear waterfalls rolling down the valleys, and ancient fort Suyang.

Suyangsan Falls are high falls flowing down 128 m covering 12.5m wide during rainy season. The falls start at Jol Valley of Mount Jangdae standing on the southeast ridge of Mount Suyang. It has been known as one of Haeju with its foliage in summer, maples in autumn and snowscape.

Mount Jangsu - it's 54 km north from Haeju to the resthouse of Chaeryong town and and another 20 km to Sariwon. Jangsusan or Mount Jangsu is a stunning, dramatic peak topped by a hermitage. Mount Jangsu is known as "Mount Kumgang of Hwanghae". While Mount Kumngang is the "prince" of peaks, Mount Jangsu prides itself as the "queen" of valleys. It is 747 m high measuring 10 km from east to west and 8 km from north to south. There are mountain fort, Hyonam Temple and Myoum Temple are remained in it.
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Local Farm near Haeju

As we leave the provincial capital and before arriving in Sinchon a stop at a local goat farm in Sinwon country, Kyenam Farm, can be arranged. The farm itself has more than just goats and one of the farm’s staff will guide us around the facilities. Going to a farm allows us to see how farmers work in North Korea and have a greater understanding of the system in the country.

Best Time to Visit Haeju

Due to road conditions, Haeju is not usually possible to visit in the winter. The itinerary order may change depending on road conditions and which route to/from the city is more practical at the time of your visit. The best time to visit Haeju is during the summer and autumn months from April to late September.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
0
Feb
2
Mar
7
Apr
14
May
20
Jun
24
Jul
27
Aug
28
Sep
24
Oct
18
Nov
10
Dec
2
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
12
Feb
24
Mar
28
Apr
46
May
96
Jun
148
Jul
338
Aug
219
Sep
118
Oct
39
Nov
43
Dec
16
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
0ºC
12mm

FEB
2ºC
24mm

MAR
7ºC
28mm

APR
14ºC
46mm

MAY
20ºC
96mm

JUN
24ºC
148mm

JUL
27ºC
338mm

AUG
28ºC
219mm

SEP
24ºC
118mm

OCT
18ºC
39mm

NOV
10ºC
43mm

DEC
2ºC
16mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Haeju, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Haeju on a bespoke touring itinerary to North Korea (DPRK), do not hesitate to contact us.
Mount Paektu Tour by Charter Flight

Pyongyang - Kaesong (DMZ) - Nampo - Mount Myohyang - Haeju - Mount Kuwol - Mount Paektu
Unseen DPRK Short Tour

Pyongyang - Haeju - Mount Kuwol - Nampo - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang