January 23 - January 26 2020

Chinese New Year in North Korea Long Weekend Tour from Shanghai

3 nights in North Korea + flights
from Shanghai to Pyongyang and

Get away from the Shanghai Chinese new Year madness
- come with us to experience the lunar holiday in
North Korea!

From 1,049 EUR per person

Please apply by 3rd January, 2020.

Chinese New Year in North Korea Long Weekend Tour from Shanghai

3 nights in North Korea + flights
from Shanghai to Pyongyang and

Get away from the Shanghai Chinese
new Year madness - come with us to
experience the lunar holiday in North

From 1,049 EUR per person

  • Overall

    For anyone who has spent time in China during the Chinese New Year period, it most likely will be your last. Visit North Korea and escape the cold, eerie, deserted cities that even big cities like Shanghai become… and head to another one!

    Fly from Shanghai directly to Pyongyang and back and escape Chinese New Year in Shanghai.

    *Flights included*

    Visit North Korea during the winter period and go during a time when few other tourists visit. Pyongyang in winter has a great mysterious, deserted vibe - often topped off by a beautiful blanket of snow.

    Spend your Chinese New Year long weekend here with a city tour of the capital city of Pyongyang, and a visit to the de facto North-South Korean border at the DMZ, during which you’ll stop by the historic capital city of Kaesong.

    Visit North Korea on our Chinese New Year in North Korea Long Weekend Tour, perfect for those going from China to North Korea, looking for adventure travel on a budget. Or, those wanting to escape the Chinese New Year and head out of the country.

    Visit North Korea and have a more in-depth look, or want to travel from Beijing? Check out our longer Chinese New Year in North Korea Tour.

    Scroll down for an overview Chinese New Year in North Korea Long Weekend Tour highlights, the itinerary, DPRK tourist visa information, and tour add-ons.


    • Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK
    • The DMZ and Panmunjom at Kaesong
    • Lunar New Year in the DPRK!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. January 23 | Thursday

      Briefing Day

      Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ 18:30) for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers.

      The flight (JS158) leaves Shanghai at 22:30 and arrives at Pyongyang Airport at 01:30

    2. January 24 | Friday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      • Koryo International Hotel | After the very early arrival, this will be our first stop for an early check-in, time for a short sleep, freshen-up, breakfast and then on with the day!
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, 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.
      • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.


      • 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 dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
      • Chollima Statue | 'Thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Buy Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • 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!
      • Victory (Sungni) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats

      Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. The go-to for special visiting delegations, foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.

    3. January 25 | Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour - Lunar New Year!

      Today is Lunar New Year’s Eve – as in many eastern countries this is a traditional holiday in the DPRK – we will join in with some local events as and when they happen. Be flexible and we will experience as much as possible!


      • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung.  A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Folk Games | Today it is normal for some traditional games to be played in local parks, we will find out which one looks like the biggest and best and then go along to join in. Usually this presents excellent opportunities for mingling with local people and getting a taste of local life and culture


      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • 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.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
      • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).

      Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. January 26 | Sunday

      Kaesong and DMZ day trip

      Panmunjom Tour, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and Kaesong city tour. We'll visit the DMZ and also see historic sights dating back to the Koryo Dynasty.


      • Kaesong | Drive south (2.5 hour drive) to the historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
      • Panmunjom and DMZ | Perhaps the most famous place in the entire country. The iconic manifestation of the tragic division between North and South Korea. The ‘truce’ village where several huts straddle the Central Military Demarcation Line (de facto border) with soldiers from each side standing guard. A tour here starts with a briefing at the edge of the DMZ, a visit to the Armistice Negotiation Hall and Armistice Signing Hall, seen as symbols of victory over foreign aggression on this side of the line. Then to Panmunjom itself – cross the border inside one of the blue huts, experience the uncanny feeling of crossing the front line of a sad and needless division of one society, and then take a higher view from the Panmun Pavilion looking over the line from above. A Korean People’s Army officer will be there to explain their side of things and will willingly pose for some photos too. A completely and utterly unmissable place.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum (Songgyungwan Academy) |  A former Confucian school and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from the time. One of Kaesong’s many UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Traditional Korean Royal Lunch | Also known as pansanggi, the meal is made up of different dishes served in small brass bowls. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest!


      • Sonjuk Bridge | Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, 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 this day.
      • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city. (2.5 hours)
      • We make our way to Pyongyang Sunan Airport for dinner in one of the very best restaurants in the country, a rare treat and somewhere almost never used by tourists.
      • Air Koryo flight JS157 from Pyongyang to Shanghai departing at 19:40 with scheduled arrival to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) Terminal 1 at 21:00 – end of this unforgettable adventure!
  • Extras

    • 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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    • Insurance for up to six nights

      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.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Shanghai - Pyongyang - Shanghai
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

    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 3rd January, 2020.

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