Join us for the biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival
and an introductory look at 'Chollywood', North Korea's film
From 1,149 EUR per person
Please apply by 30th August, 2018.
Join us for the biennial Pyongyang International
Film Festival and an introductory look
at 'Chollywood', North Korea's film industry
From 1,149 EUR per person
A special tour focused on ‘Chollywood’, the North Korean domestic film industry, and the biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF). PIFF is one of the major international events held in the DPRK and hosts both international and domestic films.
We will attend the festive PIFF Opening Ceremony, meet people involved in the DPRK film industry, visit shooting locations for classic North Korean films in Pyongyang and Kaesong, and learn the subtle (or often not so subtle) message and cultural significance of DRPK cinema. Specifically we will look in-depth at the classic film 'Flower Girl' (1972), romantic comedy 'O Youth!' (1994), and the first joint DPRK-foreign production 'Moranbong' (1957).
Included in the tour are a special film screening of the Koryo Tours' co-production 'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' (2012) in Pyongyang, as well a Q&A with those involved in the film’s production and promotion.
The tour also covers the main highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, such as the Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, the Juche Tower, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone. We'll stop by the concurrent Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair for a look around too!
Koryo Tours has been a partner of the Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF) since 2002 and has produced three full-length documentaries and one feature film in the DPRK, three of which have shown at PIFF:
'The Game of Their Lives' (2002)
'A State of Mind' (2004)
'Crossing the Line' (2006)
'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' (2006)
For more information, please see: https://koryogroup.com/engagement/category/film
Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
Kim Il Sung
Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and
The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it
all! Filming location for numerous North Korean films and parades!
Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang - Great views of the city and creature comforts on an island in the middle of the Taedong River. Home away from home for the majority of tour groups visiting Pyongyang. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.
Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone
bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next
dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over
Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to
Janam Hill - Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).
Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).
This tour enters the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.See more
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.See more
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.See more
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.See more
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.See more
We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.
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.
Unfortunately we cannot offer discounts on this particular tour. Our regular discounts will apply for the 7-night Pyongyang International Film Festival: North Korean Film in Focus option.
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 the DPRK 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 30th August, 2018.