May 31 - June 7/8 2018

International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

International Children's Day is a great opportunity to meet locals at the funfair on their day
off! We’ll also visit Kaesong and the DMZ, as well as Hamhung, Wonsan, and Mt. Kumgang. Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,199 EUR per person

Please apply by 22nd May, 2018.

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International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

International Children's Day is a great opportunity to meet locals
at the funfair on their day off! We’ll also visit Kaesong and the
DMZ, as well as Hamhung, Wonsan, and Mt. Kumgang. Round-trip by
train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,199 EUR per person

  • Overall

    There is a famous saying in North Korea that 'Children are the Kings of the Country' and significant attention is devoted to children's upbringing and education. June 1 is International Children's Day, a day which usually marked by student oriented activities and events. We'll spend the holiday in the capital Pyongyang out and about in the city visiting locations popular with schoolchildren and their families.

    The tour will visit historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, and along the modern Korean Demilitarized Zone. In Kaesong, we'll visit the rarely visited Kaesong Schoolchildren's Palace.

    We will also travel to the country's eastern for time to relax at the beach, hiking at the beautiful Mt. Kumgang, and see the industrial port cities of Hamhung and Wonsan. This is a wonderful time of year to discover a part of the country that is not often visited but will certainly impress you with its beauty!

    Please read the following for important information about your transport options for this tour, and how each one related to the visa requirements for China. The default option is round-trip train travel from Beijing to Pyongyang, and back again. Flight upgrades are available. See below for more details.

    Transport Options

    Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 23-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately two hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

    Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 23 hours): We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. [+199 EUR]

    Option 3 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

    Visa Information

    We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip obtained at a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

    Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours.

    Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese visas, but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.

    See below for an overview of all tour options and extras.

    Highlights

    • Events and activities for International Children's Day
    • The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
    • The Pyongyang Metro
    • Hamhung, the DPRK’s second largest city, and major chemical-industrial centre of northeast Korea
    • The relaxed coastal city of Wonsan
    • Hiking at the beautiful mountains of Kumgang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 30 //  Wednesday

      *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

      For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
      • 10:00 // Briefing for those departing by train.

      PM

      • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
      • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with North Korea. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

      Overnight //  Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

    2. May 31 // Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop  // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

      Overnight //  Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel // A very green retro-futurist giant, located on modernist Kwangbok Street. Outdoor AND indoor swimming pools, and home to the best foreign karaoke in Pyongyang. One of very few of our tours to stay at this unique hotel!

    3. June 1 // Friday

      International Children's Day

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • International Children's Day Activities //  We'll see what is going on in the city for the holiday or visit a local school if there are any events going on.
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang!  Pick up local snacks on the first floor for our picnic at the funfair.
      • Mangyongdae Funfair //  This is the place to be on International Children's Day. We'll take packed lunches to spend time at the funfair with families enjoying their day off using the park's activities and rides. Join in the fun!

      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

      • Dinner at the Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      Overnight //  Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang. 

    4. June 2 // Saturday

      Drive to Hamhung

      AM
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry stopping at scenic spots along the way such as Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse to stretch your legs at this lakeside teahouse beneath rocky crags and Ulim Waterfall for a picnic lunch - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath. A 6-7 hour drive in total.
      PM
      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm // Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
      • Home of Ri Song Gye //  Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

      Overnight //   Majon Beach Guesthouse, Hamhung.  A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke. Bring a torch!
    5. June 3 // Sunday

      Hamhung and drive south to Wonsan

      AM
      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory // Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square // Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
      • Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea of Korea. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.
      PM
      • Wonsan Agricultural University // The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’sCamp  //  A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks // Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery // Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse // Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight //  Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.
    6. June 4 // Monday

      Drive south to Mt. Kumgang and hiking

      AM
      • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legends. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking.
      PM

      • Mt. Kumgang // The Diamond Mountain’ -a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. So beautiful that seven fairies are said to have once descended from the heavens to bathe here. A pilgrimage place for poets, artists, intellectuals, aristocrats, and royalty in medieval times. The perfect place to spend a day or two hiking and relaxing: ‘The scenery is good and the living is too’, as the song goes.
      • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall  // A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
      • Kumgangsan Hot Spa // relax in the facilities of Kumgangsan's hot spa or treat yourself to a massage (approx 10-15 USD).

      Overnight //  Kumgangsan Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Bar, billiards, massage and a great terrace with barbecue options.
    7. June 5 // Tuesday

      Mt. Kumgang and drive back to Pyongyang

      AM
      • Samil Lagoon // A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.
      • Drive 2 hours north along the East Sea for a picnic lunch at Sijung Guesthouse Beach, to enjoy the beach on the East Sea of Korea (2 EUR entrance fee to swim and stays over 30 minutes).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 5 hours drive) with rest-stops along the way at Masik Pass Ski Resort - the DPRK’s largest ski resort opened in 2013 - for a coffee and at Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
      Overnight // The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

    8. June 6 // Wednesday

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Kaesong Schoolchildren's Palace // The first of North Korea's schoolchildren's palaces established in Kaesong during post-war reconstruction. Where the talented youth of Kaesong learn music, dance, art, and more.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang via Sariwon Folk Village and City View //  Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
      • Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Farewell dinner at the Duck Barbeque Restaurant //  South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

      Overnight // The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. June 7 // Thursday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred entry and exit method upon booking

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 252 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35. 

      OR

      • Train departure at 10:25 to Dandong, on the Sino-Korean border, with train transfer and onward travel to Beijing by hard-sleeper (six bunks per berth; basic but comfortable) . Scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday June 8 at 08:30.  

      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Entry and Exit Method

      This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR.

    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

      Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
      Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit North Korea regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 22nd May, 2018.

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