1. Guides
  2. Country Guides (A-Z)
  3. North Korea - Foreign Exchange & Currency Guide

Foreign Exchange Guide to North Korea

Latest market mid-rate: 1.0 =

Country Code:
Domestic Currency:
North Korean won
Symbol - Code:
Telephone Prefix:

In this guide we review :

  1. North Korean won info - general info about the North Korean won
  2. North Korean won in the markets - recent KPW moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Buying North Korean won cash online - travel money for North Korea
  4. Sending money to North Korea - save on North Korean won bank transfers to North Korea
  5. North Korean won exchange rates - latest info & charts.

North Korean won (KPW) general currency information

The three letter currency code for the North Korean won is KPW and the symbol is . It is the domestic currency in North Korea.

North Korean won (KPW) in the markets

The chart below shows the KPW to USD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

Loading KPW/USD Chart
KPW calculator

North Korea Trip Checklist   

  1. Compare KPW travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Travel insurance - for those unexpected travel adventures...
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Travel money for North Korea

Save money and time by Ordering your North Korean won online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the KPW cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in North Korean won otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

Travel Money for North Korea

Compare ₩KPW Cash rates

Sending money to North Korea

When sending money to North Korea it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 3 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or North Korean won amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted KPW amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in North Korea.

Bank Transfers to North Korea

Compare ₩KPW Transfer Rates

By comparing the rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more North Korean won deposited into the recipient bank account in North Korea and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

North Korean won - exchange rates

Major KPW cross rates
View Full List (A-Z)

Best Exchange Rates - We make it Easy to Compare Exchange Rates & Fees of Banks and Currency Exchange & Payment Providers

Wynyard Green, 4 & 5/11 York St, Sydney NSW 2000

Disclaimer | Copyright | Privacy Statement


Best Exchange Rates is an information only service. By browsing on the website, using our comparison tools or FX provider referral service, you are asking Best Exchange Rates to provide you with information about currency exchange products & services from multiple financial institutions.

We will try to show you a range of products & services in response to your request for information. The search results do not include all providers and may not compare all features relevant to you. In giving you product information we are not making any suggestion or recommendation to you about a particular product.

If you decide to conduct foreign exchange you will deal directly with a financial institution, and not with Best Exchange Rates. Rates and product information should be confirmed with the relevant financial institution, see our terms of use for further details.

Best Exchange Rates may receive fees or other benefits in relation to activity on the Best Exchange Rates website. Best Exchange Rates may receive remuneration for vendor referral links. Please note that the opinions of our authors are their own and do not reflect the opinion of Best Exchange Rates and should not be taken as a reference to buy or sell any financial product.

Read our Full Terms of Service


This website and its contents are the copyright of BEST EXCHANGE RATES PTY LTD © 2009-17. All rights reserved.

Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than the following. You may print or download contents to a local hard disk for your personal and non-commercial use only. You may copy some extracts only to individual third parties for their personal use, but only if you acknowledge the website as the source of the material.

You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. You may not transmit it or store it on any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

For more details or request distribution right please contacxt us here.