Is North Korea in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020?

With Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 boasting a fully rendered planet with airports big and small ready to land at you start to wonder what the boundaries of that are. Naturally there seems to be a lot of folks jumping to figure out if North Korea is included in detail. It’s not every day that you get to fly over a relatively closed off nation, after all. This guide will quickly go over everything you need to know about North Korea in the game including popular landmarks and airports to quickly get you there.

Is North Korea Rendered in Flight Simulator 2020?

Yes! The game would have been incomplete without at least a best guess auto generated rendering of the country. Pyeongyang is included though most of it looks generated with the exception of the Rungrado May Day Stadium located on an island in the middle of the Taedong river. This was likely chosen to be hand modeled due to it being one of the most iconic landmarks from the city and having the largest seating capacity in the world for any stadium.

The system didn’t particularly render things like the mausoleum of Kim Il’sung and Kim Jong’il or the Arch of Triumph which just appears as a building in the middle of a road.

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How to Get to North Korea Quickly

There are a number of nearby airports which can get you where you want to go quickly. Icheon Airport in South Korea is a common starting point for larger planes or you can take off directly from Pyongyang International Airport. If you’re flying something smaller, there are dozens of regional airports in North Korea.

You can also opt to spawn directly over the Rungrado May Day Stadium if you don’t particularly care about the whole take off procedure.

As a reminder, if you want a quick flight, choose to go in something as fast as a jet, at least. Propeller planes can take a very long time. Take it from someone who tried to do a Seoul to Busan flight and ended up spending upwards of an hour crawling along the coastline.

Hit PAUSE To Enter Screenshot Mode

If at any point you find yourself wanting to look around, hit “Pause” and the game will stop completely aside from your propeller rotating. You can then do whatever you’d like. Try different camera angles to get a good screenshot, look at the environment below, or whatever else you can think of.

And that’s it! Have you taken some time to fly over North Korea? What are the best things you’ve seen while doing so? Throw some recommendations into the comments below so other Flight Sim fans can also get a bird’s eye view.

If you’re new to the series, make sure to check out our Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 tips guide which will help get you up to speed and keep you from floundering without answers.


Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games. You can find him on Twitter @Squiblon.

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  1. Why Washington DC’s Kdca or the city not included in the list of photorealist cities in MSFS 2020?

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