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Foreign Exchange Guide to North Korea

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North Korean won
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The domestic currency in North Korea is the North Korean won with currency code KPW. Read this foreign exchange guide to North Korea and the North Korean won with money transfer and travel tips plus North Korean won exchange cross rates.

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. Travelling in North Korea - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying North Korean won cash online - travel money for North Korea
  5. Sending money to North Korea - save on North Korean won bank transfers to North Korea
  6. North Korean won exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

North Korean won (KPW) general currency information

What is the North Korean won currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the North Korean won is KPW and the symbol is .

Which countries use the North Korean won?

It is the domestic currency in North Korea.

North Korean won (KPW) in the markets

The interactive 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.

KPW-USD 3 Month chart
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KPW currency converter

North Korea Trip Checklist   

  1. Compare KPW travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
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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 searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to North Korea you need to start with finding out the latest North Korean won foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Getting a better deal when 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 4 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.

Use our Send to KPW calculator to compare the exchange 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 and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


Bank Transfers to North Korea

Compare ₩KPW Transfer Rates


North Korean won - exchange rates - live and historic

Major KPW cross rates
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KPW/USD - North Korean won to U.S. dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.0011111 Week
18 May 20180.0011111 Month
19 Dec 20170.0011116 Months
17 Jun 20170.0011111 Year
17 Jun 20160.0011112 Years
18 Jun 20130.0011115 Years
19 Jun 20080.00701710 Years

KPW/EUR - North Korean won to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.0009431 Week
18 May 20180.0009421 Month
19 Dec 20170.0009396 Months
17 Jun 20170.0009921 Year
17 Jun 20160.0009852 Years
18 Jun 20130.0008305 Years
19 Jun 20080.00452810 Years

KPW/GBP - North Korean won to British pound sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.0008281 Week
18 May 20180.0008251 Month
19 Dec 20170.0008306 Months
17 Jun 20170.0008701 Year
17 Jun 20160.0007742 Years
18 Jun 20130.0007105 Years
19 Jun 20080.00355910 Years

KPW/JPY - North Korean won to Japanese yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.12161 Week
18 May 20180.12311 Month
19 Dec 20170.12566 Months
17 Jun 20170.12321 Year
17 Jun 20160.11582 Years
18 Jun 20130.10585 Years
19 Jun 20080.757010 Years

KPW/AUD - North Korean won to Australian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.0014621 Week
18 May 20180.0014791 Month
19 Dec 20170.0014526 Months
17 Jun 20170.0014581 Year
17 Jun 20160.0015022 Years
18 Jun 20130.0011725 Years
19 Jun 20080.00738910 Years

KPW/CAD - North Korean won to Canadian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.0014411 Week
18 May 20180.0014331 Month
19 Dec 20170.0014316 Months
17 Jun 20170.0014681 Year
17 Jun 20160.0014342 Years
18 Jun 20130.0011345 Years
19 Jun 20080.00711710 Years