Join us for the biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival
and an in-depth look at 'Chollywood', North Korea's film
From 1,799 EUR per person
Please apply by 30th August, 2018.
Join us for the biennial Pyongyang International
Film Festival and an in-depth look at
'Chollywood', North Korea's film industry
From 1,799 EUR per person
A special in-depth 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), the romantic comedies They Met on the Taedong River (1993) and O Youth! (1994) and the first joint DPRK-foreign production Moranbong (1957), the joint UK-Beligum-DPRK production Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012), as well as North Korean sports and action films.
Included in this tour are a special film screening of the Koryo Tours' co-production 'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' (2012) in Pyongyang, as well as a Q&A with those involved in the film’s production and promotion. This option will also have a special tour to view Pyongyang’s cinemas and their unique architecture.
The tour also covers the main highlights of Pyongyang, Kaseong, and Nampo, such as the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, the Juche Tower, the Korean Demilitarised Zone, West Sea Barrage, and the Chollima Steelworks. 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 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).
Chollima Steelworks - A major heavy
industry site of the DPRK, known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima
Movement and famous for making ‘Juche Steel’. Filming location of Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012).
Return to Pyongyang along the old riverside road driving past the country's industrial heartland.
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
May Day Stadium - We’ll tour the grounds and
facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums, once used for the DPRK’s
Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
Jangchon Vegetable Farm - A taste of modern DPRK farming
life just outside of the capital. Tour the farm’s cultural centre,
kindergarten, home, and research laboratory.
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.
This tour will be combine with the Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour - Introduction to North Korean Film and Korea Highlights for the first four-nights of the tour.
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.