I had originally signed up for the tour just to attend the Arirang games and I must admit I didn’t think there would be anything much to see beyond that. My preconceptions of a grey, dreary place like that of many descriptions of former communist countries turned out to be completely incorrect. For better or for worse, the lack of development means that there is no pollution and a lot of beautiful unspoilt landscapes.
Mount Kumgang is divided into Inner Kumgang, Outer Kumgang and Sea Kumgang. Outer Kumgang and Sea Kumgang are accessible from South Korea (or used to be, until tours were suspended following the shooting death of a South Korean tourist). The Singapore tours via Pyongyang go to the Inner Kumgang region.