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Foreign Exchange Guide to North Korea

Read this currency guide to North Korea with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/KPW=900]

 
North Korea
Country Code:
KP
Domestic Currency:
North Korean Won
Symbol - Code:
₩ KPW
Telephone Prefix:
+850

This is a foreign exchange guide to North Korea, the North Korean Won currency plus KPW transfers and travel tips.

In this North Korea currency guide we take a look at :

  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 .


Is the North Korean Won a closed currency?

Yes the North Korean Won is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult to purchase the currency (KPW) before departure and will probably need to buy it upon arrival. If you do manage to buy some of the currency or have some left over from a previous trip, make sure you are aware if you are allowed to bring this closed currency into the country.

For more information and a full list of closed currencies please refer to our guide: What is a closed currency?


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 USD to KPW 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.


USD-KPW 3 Month chart
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for North Korea

 

Travel money for North Korea

 

As mentioned above, the North Korean Won is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult (or be permitted) to purchase the currency (KPW) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival in North Korea.

For these types of destinations, using a pre-paid travel card is a good solution. As no travel cards support loading closed currencies like the KPW you will incur currency conversion or foreign transaction fees if you use a travel money card in North Korea.

However, using a pre-paid travel card is still a good idea as you can avoid ATM fees and also you can avoid using (and losing!) your main bank or debit/credit card.

   

North Korea Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

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).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers 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

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KPW/USD - North Korean Won to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0011111 Week
15 Mar 20190.0011111 Month
16 Oct 20180.0011116 Months
14 Apr 20180.0011111 Year
14 Apr 20170.0011112 Years
15 Apr 20140.0011115 Years
16 Apr 20090.00702010 Years

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0009901 Week
15 Mar 20190.0009801 Month
16 Oct 20180.0009606 Months
14 Apr 20180.0009001 Year
14 Apr 20170.0010472 Years
15 Apr 20140.0008045 Years
16 Apr 20090.00532510 Years

KPW/GBP - North Korean Won to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0008521 Week
15 Mar 20190.0008351 Month
16 Oct 20180.0008436 Months
14 Apr 20180.0007801 Year
14 Apr 20170.0008872 Years
15 Apr 20140.0006645 Years
16 Apr 20090.00470810 Years

KPW/JPY - North Korean Won to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.12411 Week
15 Mar 20190.12381 Month
16 Oct 20180.12486 Months
14 Apr 20180.11931 Year
14 Apr 20170.12062 Years
15 Apr 20140.11315 Years
16 Apr 20090.696010 Years

KPW/AUD - North Korean Won to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0015651 Week
15 Mar 20190.0015671 Month
16 Oct 20180.0015566 Months
14 Apr 20180.0014311 Year
14 Apr 20170.0014652 Years
15 Apr 20140.0011885 Years
16 Apr 20090.00975310 Years

KPW/CAD - North Korean Won to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
07 Apr 20190.0014861 Week
15 Mar 20190.0014821 Month
16 Oct 20180.0014376 Months
14 Apr 20180.0014021 Year
14 Apr 20170.0014812 Years
15 Apr 20140.0012205 Years
16 Apr 20090.00847010 Years

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