DPRK (North Korea)

Group Tours

A tour to North Korea (DPRK) is the ultimate in adventure travel. Join Koryo Tours as we explore Pyongyang and some of North Korea's most remote locations for an experience you'll never forget! Get in touch for help on deciding which North Korea tour is best for you. Our experts are happy to answer all your questions.

The majority of our North Korea tours are designed for first-time visitors with the purpose of making sure you see and do as much as possible on tour in North Korea (DPRK). Touring this country is the opportunity of a lifetime for many, and we use our 25 years of North Korea experience to ensure you get the most out of your time there. We have classic, speciality, and budget North Korea tours scheduled throughout the year.

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Use the search function below to find tours. Please note that our tours for May Day start in April and tours for China National Day (1 October) start in September.

April 2019

April 26 - May 7/8 2019

The May Day and East Coast Tour

11 nights in North
Korea for May Day

Join in the May Day festivities in Pyongyang, see historic
Kaesong and the DMZ, Nampo, Pyongsong, Korea's East
Coast.

From 1,599 EUR per person

Please apply by 13th April, 2019.

The May Day and East Coast Tour

11 nights in North
Korea for May Day

Join in the May Day festivities in
Pyongyang, see historic Kaesong and
the DMZ, Nampo, Pyongsong, Korea's
East Coast.

From 1,599 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day is one of the best times to visit North Korea during the calendar year for the fine weather and festivities. Also known as International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, May Day is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports.

    On this tour, we’ll even get the exclusive chance to compete in a friendly volleyball game against a Korean company team. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in North Korea and almost every company, school, office, section, or unit has a team! A great chance to get involved in Korean culture with the locals.

    The May Day and East Coast Tour is our ultimate May Day celebration tour. Not only will you be in Pyongyang for the May Day celebrations, but we’ll have an extensive tour throughout North Korea, visiting areas only few ever get to go to in this already off the beaten path country. This includes;

    A day trip to the DMZ North-South Korean border and historic city of Kaesong.

    A night at the exclusive hot springs spa hotel in Nampo where you can enjoy Korea’s petrol clam BBQ.

    A day trip to the city of Pyongsong, a centre of scientific and commercial development, for a look at the country’s economic heartland.

    A trip to the seaside to port city Wonsan and chemical-industrial centre of Hamhung.

    Enjoy the beautiful seaside scenery as we drive through untouched, rural land to the East coast, whilst stopping on the way to visit the tombs of ancient Korean kings and the massive Hungnam Fertiliser Plant.

    If a trip to the seaside isn’t your thing, join the May Day celebrations on our May Day full tour.

    Scroll down for an overview of the May Day and East Coast tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations and festivities: picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
    • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's speciality, at Okryugwan, Pyongyang's most famous restaurant
    • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
    • Experience heavy industry in Nampo and the medicinal waters at the Dragon River hot spa
    • Visit a local school and help out with English lessons in Pyongsong
    • A volleyball game against a local company team
    • Cross the country to visit seaside Wonsan and industrial Hamhung on the east coast
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 25 | Thursday

      *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.

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.   

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

    2. April 27 | Friday 


      **Additional day due to scheduling change. Itinerary TBC**
    3. April 27 | Saturday

      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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. 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.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods. 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    4. April 28 | Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

      AM

      • 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 in the country. Visitations are by special request only and 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. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May to July. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the tour. Should the Palace not be accessible to the group, this visit will be substituted with an alternative location.

      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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.

      • 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

      PM

      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’. 
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1-hour drive.  
      • 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.
      • Continue to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5-hour drive.
      • Tomb of King Kongmin // Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply. Please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with a stream running through the centre and Ri dynasty furniture.

    5. April 29 | Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate  | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • 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

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore. 
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5-hour drive.
      • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. Southcentral does it like nobody does! 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. April 30 | Tuesday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Volleyball Match!

      AM

      • Manggyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Mansudae Art Studio | The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • 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

      PM

      • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium
      • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team. 
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven types of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. May 1 | Wednesday

      May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

      AM

      • 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.
      • Mt. Taesong Folk Festival  | Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off. 
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. A presentation of flowers is customary here. At the top of the hill are the graves of Kim Jong Suk (wife of Kim Il Sung) and Kim Chaek (his right-hand man). Time permitting. Please note this location was undergoing renovation in 2017 and may not be available in 2018.

      PM

      • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • 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).

      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

      Overnight | Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong. The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. One of the best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hairdresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.

    8. May 2 | Thursday

      Pyongsong and Pyonyang 

      AM

      • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Doksung Primary School | Visit a local primary school. Drop by an English lesson, dance class, and small musical performance. 
      • Kon-ji Ri Revolutionary Site | Historic location of the Korean People's Army headquarters during the Korean War.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio | See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Kwangbok Supermarket | Local supermarket selling all kinds of domestically and foreign produced household goods, clothes, foods. Exchange for local currency here! Please note that local currency, the Korean Won, can only be exchanged for and spent at this location. 
      • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
      • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive. 


      Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong!

    9. May 3 | Friday

      Nampo

      AM

      • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
      • 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’. Please note that this location is key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.   

      PM

      • Return to Pyongyang along the old riverside road. 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Science and Technology Complex | Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
      • Monument to the Sinking of the General Sherman | Monument dedicated to the sinking of the SS General Sherman in 1866, which marked one of the first encounters between the United States and Korea.

      • Pizza Restaurant  | Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each, to be paid on the spot. 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    10. May 4 | Saturday

      Hamhung

      AM

      • Depart Pyongyang for Hamhung, the DPRK's second largest city and major industrial centre on the East Coast. The drive will take most of the day with stops along the way. 
      • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs.
      • Ulim Waterfall | Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Hamhung, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath. (re)Discovered by the Korean People’s Army in 1995 while building roads in the area. 

      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. 

      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!

    11. May 5 | Sunday

      Hamhung 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! A bust of Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai stands at this complex to note the contributions China made to the development of the plant. A museum is also on site, this is where Kim Il Sung uttered his famous phrase Fertiliser is rice. And rice, itself, is Communism’, therefore… 
      • 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! 
      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square. 
      • Tonghung Revolutionary Site | Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River.

      PM

      • Drive to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea. A 3-hour drive.
      • 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 German monks living in the area in the early 20th century. 
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

      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.

    12. May 6 | Monday

      Wonsan to Pyongyang

      AM

      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one 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, where you can purchase paintings. 
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | 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, birdhouse, gymnasium, and more!

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort. A 4-hour drive. 
      • Farewell dinner in Pyongyang.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    13. May 7 | Tuesday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with a scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, May 8 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
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  • Extras

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

    • 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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    • Insurance (10 to 13 night)

      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.

    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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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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    • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

      This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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 except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
      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 (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 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 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 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 13th April, 2019.

April 26 - May 4/5 2019

May Day Tour: International Workers Day in North Korea

8 nights in North Korea for May Day
+ Beijing-Pyongyang travel time (1 night
free!)

May Day, or International Workers Day in North Korea is a day for holiday celebrations.
Join in the festivities in Pyongyang, and travel further afield to the DMZ and Pyongsong.
Train departure sold out.

From 1,349 EUR per person

Please apply by 13th April, 2019.

May Day Tour: International Workers Day in North Korea

8 nights in North Korea for May Day
+ Beijing-Pyongyang travel time (1 night
free!)

May Day, or International Workers Day in North Korea is a
day for holiday celebrations. Join in the festivities in Pyongyang,
and travel further afield to the DMZ and Pyongsong. Train
departure sold out.

From 1,349 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day is one of the best times to visit North Korea during the calendar year for the fine weather and festivities. Also known as International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, May Day is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports. Join in the celebrations as you experience North Korean culture like a local.

    In addition to the highlights of the North Korean capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the Demilitarised Zone (the North/South border), we’ll have time for walks in the city, dining at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant, shopping at the Kwangbok supermarket, a picnic lunch, and a volleyball game against a Korean company team. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in North Korea and almost every company, school, office, section, or unit has a team!

    On this May Day tour, we’ll also get the chance to chill out and spend the night at the exclusive hot springs hotel in Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang, and take a day trip to Pyongsong, a centre of scientific and commercial development. Here we’ll have a look at the country’s economic heartland. Despite their proximity to the capital, both cities have their own distinct atmosphere and offer insights into life, society, and economy of today’s North Korea.

    Check out our May Day Short tour option if you can’t get those days off work.

    Scroll down for an overview of the May Day: International Worker's Day in North Korea tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations and festivities: picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
    • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's speciality, at Okryugwan, Pyongyang's most famous restaurant
    • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
    • Experience heavy industry in Nampo and the medicinal waters at the Dragon River hot spa
    • Visit a local school and help out with English lessons in Pyongsong
    • A volleyball game against a local company team
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 25 | Thursday

      *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.

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  Please note there is an alternative briefing at 0900 at Beijing Capital Airpor the next day.  

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

    2. April 26 | Friday

      *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.
      • 0900 Briefing
      • 10:00 |  Briefing for those departing by train.

      PM

      April 26 | Friday

      *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.
      • 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

    3. April 27 | Saturday

      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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. 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.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    4. April 28 | Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

      AM

      • 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 in the country. Visitations are by special request only and 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. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May to July. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the tour. Should the Palace not be accessible to the group, this visit will be substituted with an alternative location.

      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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.

      • 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

      PM

      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’. 
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1 hour drive.  
      • 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.
      • Continue to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 1.5-hour drive.
      • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply. Please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the centre and Ri dynasty furniture.

    5. April 29 | Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate  | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • 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

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore. 
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5-hour drive.
      • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. South central does it like nobody does! 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. April 30 | Tuesday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Volleyball Match!

      AM

      • Manggyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Mansudae Art Studio | The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • 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 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

      PM

      • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium
      • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team. 
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven types of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. May 1 | Wednesday

      May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

      AM

      • 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.
      • Mt. Taesong Folk Festival  | Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off. 
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. A presentation of flowers is customary here. At the top of the hill are the graves of Kim Jong Suk (wife of Kim Il Sung) and Kim Chaek (his right-hand man). Time permitting. Please note this location was undergoing renovation in 2017 and may not be available in 2018.

      PM

      • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • 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).

      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

      Overnight | Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong. The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. One of the best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hairdresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.

    8. May 2 | Thursday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang 

      AM

      • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Doksung Primary School | Visit to a local primary school. Drop by an English lesson, dance class, and small musical performance. 
      • Kon-ji Ri Revolutionary Site | Historic location of the Korean People's Army headquarters during the Korean War.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio | See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Kwangbok Supermarket | Local supermarket selling all kinds of domestically and foreign produced household goods, clothes, foods. Exchange for local currency here! Please note that local currency, the Korean Won, can only be exchanged for and spent at this location. 
      • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
      • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.


      Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong!

    9. May 3 | Friday

      Nampo

      AM

      • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
      • 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’. Please note that this location is key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.   

      PM

      • Return to Pyongyang along the old riverside road. 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
      • Science and Technology Complex | Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
      • Monument to the Sinking of the General Sherman | Monument dedicated to the sinking of the SS General Sherman in 1866, which marked one of the first encounters between the United States and Korea.

      • Pizza Restaurant  | Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each, to be paid on the spot. 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    10. May 4 | Saturday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday May 5 at 08:39. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

    • 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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    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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    • Insurance (7 to 9 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.

    • 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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    • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

      This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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 except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation
      Koryo Tours tour leader
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 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 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 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 13th April, 2019.

April 26 - May 2/3 2019

The May Day Short Tour

6 nights in North Korea for May
Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the May Day celebration with locals in Pyongyang and escape the city on a trip to the historic
Kaesong and the DMZ during one of our favourite times of year to visit Korea. Train departure sold
out. Includes one free-day.

From 1,049 EUR per person

Please apply by 13th April, 2019.

The May Day Short Tour

6 nights in North Korea for May
Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the May Day celebration with locals in Pyongyang and escape
the city on a trip to the historic Kaesong and the DMZ during one
of our favourite times of year to visit Korea. Train departure sold
out. Includes one free-day.

From 1,049 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day is one of the best times to visit North Korea during the calendar year for the fine weather and festivities. Also known as International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, the May Day celebration is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports - and you can join in too! In Pyongyang, there is an annual festival held at Mt. Taesong with musical performances and traditional folk games.

    Spring is in the air and May Day offers a good chance to meet the locals and learn about everyday leisure in North Korea.

    In addition to the highlights of the North Korean capital Pyongyang and taking a day trip out to visit historic Kaesong and the DMZ, we’ll have time for walks in the city, dining at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant, shopping at the local Kwangbok supermarket, a picnic lunch. Plus, a volleyball game against a Korean company team. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in North Korea and almost every company, school, office, section, or unit has a team! See if you can beat them!

    On a budget? We have tours to suit everyone!

    Scroll down for an overview of the May Day Short Tour highlights, tour itinerary,transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations and festivities: picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
    • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's speciality, at Okryugwan, Pyongyang's most famous restaurant
    • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
    • A volleyball game against a local company team
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 25 | Thursday

      *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


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  Please note that there will be a second briefing at 0900 at Beijing Captial Airport the next day. 

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

    2. April 26 | Friday

      **Extra day due to scheduling change. Itinerary TBD.**

      • Pre-tour briefing at 0900 at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. 
      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. 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.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. April 27 | Saturday

      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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. 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.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods. 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    4. April 28 | Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

      AM

      • 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 in the country. Visitations are by special request only and 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. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May to July. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the tour. Should the Palace not be accessible to the group, this visit will be substituted with an alternative location.

      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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.

      • 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

      PM

      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’. 
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1-hour drive.  
      • 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.
      • Continue to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 1.5-hour drive.
      • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply. Please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the centre and Ri dynasty furniture.

    5. April 29 | Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate  | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • 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

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore. 
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5-hour drive.
      • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. South central does it like nobody does! 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. April 30 | Tuesday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Volleyball Match!

      AM

      • Manggyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Mansudae Art Studio | The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • 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

      PM

      • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium
      • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team. 
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. May 1 | Wednesday

      May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

      AM

      • 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.
      • Mt. Taesong Folk Festival  | Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. A presentation of flowers is customary here. At the top of the hill are the graves of Kim Jong Suk (wife of Kim Il Sung) and Kim Chaek (his right-hand man). Time permitting. Please note this location was undergoing renovation in 2017 and may not be available in 2018.

      PM

      • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • 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).

      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Farewell dinner for the May Day Short Tour.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    8. May 2 | Thursday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:55 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, May 3 at 08:39. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

      See more
    • 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.

    • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

      This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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 except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation
      Koryo Tours tour leader
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 232 EUR; return: 420 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 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 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 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 13th April, 2019.

April 29 - May 2/3 2019

The May Day Budget Tour

3 nights in North Korea. Flight
departure with return by train or
flight.

A short trip trip to North Korea for May Day. See
Pyongyang and Kaesong on the DMZ. Flight departure
included.

From 899 EUR per person

Please apply by 13th April, 2019.

The May Day Budget Tour

3 nights in North Korea. Flight
departure with return by train or
flight.

A short trip trip to North Korea
for May Day. See Pyongyang and Kaesong
on the DMZ. Flight departure included.

From 899 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Looking for a short break to spend your holidays in May? Also known as International Workers’ Day or Labour Day, May Day is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports. In Pyongyang, there is an annual festival with musical performances and traditional folk games. Spring is in the air and May Day offers a good chance to meet the locals and learn about everyday leisure in North Korea.

    We'll take a day trip to visit historic Kaesong and the DMZ, the North-South Korean border.

    Plus, we’ll have an exclusive chance to have a friendly (but competitive!) volleyball game against a Korean company team. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in North Korea and almost every company, school, office, section, or unit has a team! Enjoy taking part in this important part of Korean culture with the locals by spending your holidays in May in North Korea!

    Fancy heading out of town and exploring more of North Korea? Head to the seaside for our May Day and East Coast Tour.

    Scroll down for an overview of the May Day Budget Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations and festivities: picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
    • War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • See the enormous May Day Stadium, home of North Korea's Mass Games
    • A volleyball game against a local company team
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 28 | Sunday

      *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.

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00 | Pre-tour briefing
      Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. April 29 | Monday

      Departure from Beijing and arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • 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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty and city along the DMZ. 2.5-hour drive. 

      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply. Please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the centre and Ri dynasty furniture.
    3. April 30 | Tuesday

      Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate  | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • 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.
      • Return to Pyongyang with packed lunch
      • 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.
      • Continue to Pyongyang

      PM

      • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium.
      • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven types of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre //Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. May 1 | Wednesday

      May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

      AM

      • 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.
      • Mt. Taesong Folk Festival  | Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. A presentation of flowers is customary here. At the top of the hill are the graves of Kim Jong Suk (wife of Kim Il Sung) and Kim Chaek (his right-hand man). Time permitting. Please note this location was undergoing renovation in 2017 and may not be available in 2018.

      PM

      • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • 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).

      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Farewell dinner

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 2 | Thursday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang by flight or train. Upgrade to flight for 225 EUR.

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 08:55 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30.
      or 
      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, May 3 at 08:39. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Transport | Return by plane not train (High-season)

      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 225 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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
      One-way flight Beijing-Pyongyang
      Return by train
      All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Flight departure for 225 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 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
  • 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 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 13th April, 2019.

May 2019

May 27 - June 1/2 2019

Brewery Industry Tour

5 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

A very unique & rare opportunity to learn about North Korea's
beer brewing industry! ***Application Deadline Extended!***

From 1,249 EUR per person

Please apply by 12th May, 2019.

Brewery Industry Tour

5 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

A very unique & rare opportunity to learn
about North Korea's beer brewing industry!
***Application Deadline Extended!***


From 1,249 EUR per person

  • Overall

    After successfully pioneering the first ever brewery industry tour in 2018, Koryo Tours is excited to confirm we’re going to run this tour again in 2019!

    It's important to note that this is *not* a tour for those looking for a drinking holiday – this educational itinerary is designed for the connoisseurs out there who are genuinely interested in discovering and learning about the brewery industry in North Korea, its practices, and the North Korean beers the country produces.

    We’ll be given access to places that are otherwise off limits to tourists, and be given the rare opportunity to meet the people brewing North Korean beer in the country to learn from them about their products and what they believe makes their beer stand out from the others.

    Beer is just one small part of North Korea, so we’ll take the time to explore the rest of the country to gain a good understanding of its history, culture and people. The itinerary includes an extensive tour of Pyongyang including the Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Grand People’s Study House and Pyongyang Metro. We’ll then head to Kaesong in the south where we’ll visit the DMZ that divides the Korean peninsula, and the bustling city of Pyongsong that plays a vital role in industry, science and education for the country.

    Discounts available for those working in the brewing industry and for big groups

    Please note that due to the specialization of this tour and limitations of space at places we’ll be visiting, spaces on this tour are limited so ensure to book early to secure your place!

    Scroll down for an overview of the Pyongyang Brewery Industry Tour highlights, the itinerary, transport choices, DPRK tourist visa information, and tour add-ons.

    ***Train entry option is now sold out for this tour***

    Highlights

    • Visits to local beer breweries!
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
    • Visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum featuring the USS Pueblo, Pyongyang Metro, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Pyongsong - provincial seat of South Pyong'an province and centre of specialist education
    • Plus much more!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 26 | Sunday

      *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travelers 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 travelers, 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 travelers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (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 is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. May 27 | Monday

      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 at 12:00pm. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch.
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Moran Beer Bar | A small local bar in Pyongyang, we'll stop here on our way to our hotel for our first sample of locally produced beer and familiarise ourselves with how the locals like to enjoy their beer.
      Overnight:

      Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang | Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses and beer brewed on-site.
    3. May 28 | Tuesday

      Pyongyang

      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 dress code (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 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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.
      • Lunch at 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 Raengmyeon or Pyongyang Cold Noodles.
      PM
      • Brewery #1 | Hidden away in deep Pyongyang is this new brewery producing both beer and the traditional Korean drink makkoli - a fermented rice drink. We'll tour the factory, meet the friendly staff and sample their product fresh from the production line.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • 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).
      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Brewery #2 | Tucked away in a small corner of Pyongyang is this brewery producing fresh draught beer for a certain clientele. We'll meet the brewer and learn about how they brew beer for their special customers.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. May 29 | Wednesday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 3 Hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the 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

      • Ginseng Products Factory | Factory producing a variety of quality ginseng products, Koryo Insam. Kaesong has been famous for its ginseng products and trade since the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD).
      • We'll drive around two hours to Sariwon City and Folk village - a recently built mock-up of a traditional Korean walled city which includes a history museum, food street and pavilions. Make sure to try the homemade makkolli here!
      • Continue driving to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south.. A 1 hour drive.
      • Paradise Beer Bar | Located on the top floor of a department store, brews their own fresh beer.
      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. May 30 | Thursday

      Pyongyang

      AM
      • 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 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.
      • Factory Visit | we'll visit a local factory producing soju - a traditional distilled beverage and the undoubted national drink of Korea. We'll learn about how it's made and it's history dating back to the 13th century.
      PM
      • Coffee Shop | Pyongyang has a burgeoning cafe scene, we'll stop at one for a post lunch coffee and to recharge ourselves for the afternoon.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Drive to Pyongsong. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      Overnight:

      Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong | The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. One of best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hair dresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.
    6. May 31 | Friday

      Pyongsong

      AM
      • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Local Elementary School | We'll visit one of the area's top schools to meet the students and learn about the education system in the country. The students may even put on an artistic & musical performance for us!
      • Konji-ri Revolutionary Site | Location of the headquarters of the Korean People's Army & home of Kim Il Sung during the Korean war. Tour the renovated buildings and learn about life there during the war

      • Return to Pyongyang. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      PM
      • Brewery #3 | We will visit this brewery located just outside of Pyongyang to tour the factory and learn about what sets their beer apart from others in Korea and the world.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang's excellent BBQ restaurants, the perfect way to finish off our tour.
      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. June 1 | Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train.

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 8:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00.

      OR

      • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday 2nd June at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

      End of Tour.

  • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong (train entry sold out)
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 EUR)
      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

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 12th May, 2019.

May 30 - June 4/5 2019

International Children's Day Budget Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Travel to North Korea on International Children’s day and enjoy mingling
and having fun with the locals partaking in special Children’s Day events
on their day off.

From 970 EUR per person

Please apply by 9th May, 2019.

International Children's Day Budget Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Travel to North Korea on International Children’s
day and enjoy mingling and having fun with the
locals partaking in special Children’s Day events
on their day off.

From 970 EUR per person

  • Overall

    June 1 is International Children's Day. 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.

    This is a day which is usually marked by student-oriented activities, events, and celebrations. We'll spend the holiday in the capital Pyongyang out and about in the city visiting locations popular with schoolchildren and their families, letting out our inner children and joining in the fun!

    During our time in Pyongyang, we will make sure to take you to the best that the country’s capital has to offer, including Kim Il Sung Square, the Juche Tower, and the Mansudae Grand Monument Statues.

    Apart from Pyongyang, this tour will also visit historic Kaesong, the capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, and the North-South Korean border DMZ zone. In Kaesong, we'll see the rarely visited Kaesong Schoolchildren's Palace.

    Scroll down for an overview of the International Children's Day Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • Events and activities for International Children's Day
    • Pyongyang highlights including, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, and more
    • Munsu Waterpark
    • Historic Kaesong, the DMZ and Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Kaesong Schoolchildren's Palace
    • Provincial Sariwon and an co-operative farm in North Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 29 //  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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

    2. May 30 // 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 into 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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.
      • Walk to Pyongyang Grand Theatre // An evening stroll through Central Pyongyang.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

      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. May 31 // Friday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      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 dress code (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 1950s following the Korean War.
      •  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.
      • Mangyongdae Native House:  Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung.  A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.  
      PM
      • 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.
      • 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 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.
      • Grand People’s Study House //  National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
      Overnight // Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. June 1 // Saturday

      International Children's Day

      AM
      • 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.
      PM
      • 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)

      • 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).
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      Overnight // Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. June 2 // Sunday

      Sariwon and Kaesong

      AM
      • Drive north to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. This is a 1-hour drive.
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm // Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and a local home.
      • 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.
      • Continue drive to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty. A 1.5-hour drive.

      PM
      • Pakyon Waterfall // Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming
      • Tomb of King Kongmin // Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • 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.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel // Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.
    6. June 3 // Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM
      • Old City Walk and South Gate  // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district — lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty — to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // Visit the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, plus a trip to the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, which is 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 consisting 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 also an option here (+5 EUR).

      PM
      • Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace // The earliest schoolchildren’s palace in the DPRK and centre of extracurricular excellence where the youth of Kaesong come to hone their skills in music, dance, sports, mechanics, taxidermy, and more!
      • Drive back to Pyongyang via the Dinosaur Footprint and the  Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to a joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • 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.
    7. June 4 // Tuesday

      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 152 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00.

      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 Wednesday, June 5 at 08:30.  

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

      See more
    • 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.

    • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

      This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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
      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 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 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 9th May, 2019.

June 2019

June 6 - June 10 2019

North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Budget Tour

4 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

This long weekend Dragon Boat Festival tour is packed with outdoor and indoor activities,
including an exclusive cycling tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the Munsu Water Park to
relax with the local Koreans.

From 1,099 EUR per person

Please apply by 19th May, 2019.

North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Budget Tour

4 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

This long weekend Dragon Boat Festival tour is packed with
outdoor and indoor activities, including an exclusive cycling
tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the Munsu Water Park to relax
with the local Koreans.

From 1,099 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour is designed for those who are looking for an active weekend in the DPRK during the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival long weekend.
    Looking for a quick escape out of China? Put that mooncake down and look no further.

    This action-packed long weekend getaway is an introduction to the DPRK through outdoor and indoor activities. Early risers can have a morning run on Pyongyang's Sports Street and be overtaken by DPR Korea athletes during their morning training. We'll hang out with the locals in Moranbong Park - a popular place for picnic, drinking sessions, and dancing - on their day off. Plus, get the rare chance to tour the highlights of Pyongyang by bike before finishing off at Munsu Water Park to relax with the locals.

    The Dragon Boat Festival Tour will also get you to the DMZ, the most heavily fortified border on earth, and a viewpoint of the Concrete Wall, an anti-tank barrier built in the 1970s by the south across the entire the DMZ. The 45-minute scenic drive from Kaesong will also give you a rare insight into rural North Korea.

    Why not escape China at one of its busiest times for Chinese National Day too?

    Scroll down for an overview of the North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • Pyongyang City Cycling: explore the capital’s impressively wide streets and marvel at its Soviet-style architecture and iconic monuments from a completely different angle.
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum: world-class museum of the Korean War and site of the captured USS Pueblo
    • Pyongyang Metro: deepest metro system in the world
    • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
    • The Concrete Wall: view of the DMZ and the fortifications on the southern side.
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 6 // Thursday

      *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.

      AM

      • 09:00 // Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing.
      • 11:00 // Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

      Overnight // Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang. The two rivers hotel (so named as it sits on a hill overlooking the point where the Potong river and Taedong Rivers meet). The hotel offers great views over different parts of the city (depending on which side of the building you stay on) from the open balconies, and also from the ‘swivelling’ restaurant. The underground karaoke room here is excellent and the bar in the lobby is also great.
    2. June 7 // Friday

      Kaesong and the MDZ

      AM

      • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone.
      • 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
      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive.
      • 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.
      • Korean BBQ dinner in the Bowling Alley's bulgogi restaurant.

      Overnight // Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
    3. June 8 // Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool 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 dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri [400 miles] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • 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.
      • Korean Central Art Museum // National gallery of Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The local guides an excellent introduction to Korean culture and history through art.
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      PM

      • Mangyondae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Pyongyang International Football Academy // Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. Has multiple training pitches where you can test yourself against some students here.
      • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A beer bar serving seven types of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best place to drink pints with local people.
      • Kaeson Funfair // Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot.

      Overnight // Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. June 9 // Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour and City Cycling

      AM

      • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
      • 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 with 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.
      • 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.
      • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Moranbong Park // Picnic lunch and a walk through Pyongyang’s central park through historic monuments, ancient and modern architecture.

      PM

      • City Cycling // Tour Pyongyang on a bike (please note that bicycles are limited to 20 spots) starting from Kwangbok Department Store through downtown Pyongyang to Munsu Water park stopping at:
        • 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!

        • 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 5 EUR for great views of the city.

        • 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.
      • Munsu Water Park // We’ll 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).
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. June 10 // Monday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight

      AM
      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 09:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00.
      End of Tour
  • 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.

    • 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, a driver, and a Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 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
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and a 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 19th May, 2019.

June 29 - July 6/7 2019

The Summer Holiday Tour in North Korea

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Discover North Korea’s rarely visited East coast from the industrial centre of Hamhung to the hiking trails
of Mt. Kumgang. A summer adventure in North Korea! This tour will also include Pyongyang, Kaesong & DMZ. Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,249 EUR per person

Please apply by 12th June, 2019.

The Summer Holiday Tour in North Korea

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Discover North Korea’s rarely visited East coast from the industrial centre
of Hamhung to the hiking trails of Mt. Kumgang. A summer adventure in North
Korea! This tour will also include Pyongyang, Kaesong & DMZ. Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,249 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Sun, sea, and sand… Yes, that’s right!

    North Korea may not be known as a summer get-away, or indeed known for its beaches, but we think a summer package holiday in North Korea is far too underrated, and one of the best holiday destinations to give you one of the most unforgettable trips of a lifetime.

    Plus, you won’t have to worry about tourists crowding the beaches!

    Our Summer Holiday Tour is an annual favourite which gives you the highlights of North Korea - and more. This includes exploring the capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the Korean Demilitarised Zone on the North-South Korea border, while also taking time to see the country's rarely visited east coast.

    On the east coast, you will see the port city of Wonsan and the industrial centre of Hamhung, while having the chance to explore the hiking trails in Mt Kumgang. The weather is beautiful at this time of year – warm during the day but not too hot, making it one of the best holiday destinations this summer!

    Don’t forget to pack your bikini/swimming trunks!

    We also have a range of shorter tours available this summer for your summer getaway.

    Scroll down for an overview of our Summer Holiday tour package highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • The stunning mountain scenery of Mt Kumgang
    • Beaches of Korea's eastern coast
    • The port city of Wonsan and industrial city of Hamhung
    • The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo
    • Panmunjom and the Korean Demilitarised Zone in historic Kaesong
    • The Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest in the world
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 28 | Friday

      *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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

    2. June 29 | Saturday

      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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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 neighbourhoods.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. June 30 | Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool 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 dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower overlooking the Taedong River and dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      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
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • 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
      • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors, Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply - please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

    4. July 1 | Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • 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.
      • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

      PM

      • Drive to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agro-industry on the Chaeryong Plains with a stop at the Dinosaur Footprint. A 1-hour drive.
      • Sariwon Traditional Folk Street | We'll take a break from the drive to stop by this traditionally themed street for a quick overview of Korean history and culture. Sometimes it is possible to drop by a small makkolli (Korean rice wine) shop on the street, where bowl of makkolli costs about 1 EUR.
      • Continue back to Sariwon with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 1.5-hour drive.
      • Ri In Mo Monument | Bronze statue of Ri In Mo, a long-term unconverted prisoner who spent decades in captivity in the south after being captured during the Korean War, located on modernist Tongil Street. Ri In Mo is known in the DPRK as ‘the incarnation of faith and will’

      Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. July 2 | Tuesday

      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. A 6 to 7-hour drive.
      • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs
      • Stop by Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse to stretch your legs at this lakeside teahouse beneath rocky crags.

      • 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.
      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, Hamghung. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.


    6. July 3 |  Wednesday

      Hamhung and 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’s Camp | 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, birdhouse, gymnasium, and more!
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (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.
      • July 4 | Thursday

        Mt. Kumgang, the 'Diamond Mountain'

        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. A 2.5 - 3-hour drive.
        • 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. PM
        • 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.
      • July 5 | Friday

        Drive back to Pyongyang with stops along the way.

        AM
        • Drive back up the coast to Wonsan with a rest stop at Lake Sinjung and lunch in Wonsan.
        PM
        • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 4 hours drive) with a stop at Masik Pass Ski Resort, the DPRK’s largest ski resort. Opened in 2013, Masik Pass features nine main runs, two beginner slopes, and a lodge with full amenities.
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven types of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work.

        • Farewell group dinner at Golden Lanes' Bowling Alley and bulgogi restaurant.
        Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

      • July 6 | Saturday

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

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday, July 7 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

        End of Tour

    7. Extras

      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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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      • Insurance (7 to 9 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.

      • 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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    8. 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
        Koryo Tours tour leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in North Korea
      • 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
    9. 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 slightly 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 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 12th June, 2019.

    July 2019

    July 6 - July 29/30 2019

    Pyongyang Summer Language Program

    23 nights in North Korea + Beijing
    Orientation + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Learn Korean
    in North Korea

    From 2,499 EUR per person

    Please apply by 20th June, 2019.

    Pyongyang Summer Language Program

    23 nights in North Korea + Beijing
    Orientation + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Learn Korean
    in North
    Korea

    From 2,499 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Join Koryo Tours for our most extensive tour to North Korea in the year. We’ll spend almost a month based in the capital of Pyongyang taking part in Korean language lessons at the university, evenings taking part in extra-curricular activities, and spend our weekends on trips throughout the country.

      Learn Korean with a difference - book your place now on this exclusive North Korean tour, with only limited spaces available.

      The Korean language course will take place at the Tourism College in Pyongyang. Lead by highly-educated Korean teachers, you’ll get a high-class level of teaching. Korean lessons will be tailored to your ability, with a variety of levels available from absolute beginner upwards. Outside of lesson time, use your Korean around the city as you chat with Koreans on the Pyongyang metro or at the local bar to make sure you get the most out of your learning Korean experience.

      All work no play? We think not! During our free time on evenings and weekends, we’ll make the most of our time (after we’ve finished out homework!) exploring the rest that the DPRK (North Korea) has to offer and taking part in extra curricular activities and cultural exchanges, such as Taekkwondo.

      Plus, we have some Koryo Tours exclusives including a tram ride and cycle tour of Pyongyang centre.

      As well as visiting the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum , Kumsusan Palace of the Sun , the Juche Tower , various famous monuments and sites throughout Pyongyang, and the DMZ South Korea - North Korea border, this exclusive tour takes you to places in North Korea rarely visited by tourists.

      This includes Wonsan, Nampo, and Mt. Myohyang, Jangdok Island and the Diamond Mountains. Chill out on the beach at Wonsan, go for hikes in the mountains, and enjoy the impressive rock formations in the Ryongmun Caves.

      All of this, plus… Victory Day celebrations!
      We’re in North Korea during Victory Day celebrations. This is a national holiday in North Korea, and locals take advantage of the time off by enjoying it to the full - and we will be joining them!
      On Victory Day , we’ll be joining the locals in Moranbong Park for celebrations, dancing, and maybe the odd drink.
      Weather dependent, we may also be lucky enough to catch a Mass Dance !

      Book now to avoid disappointment.

      Highlights

      • Learn Korean at a North Korean university
      • Experience life in Pyongyang
      • Tour the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, Wonsan, Mt. Kumgang, Nampo, and Mt. Myohyang
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 4 | Thursday

        Pre-Tour

        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing on the afternoon or evening of Wednesday July 3.

        AM

        • Orientation Meeting I | The group will gather at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing for introductions and overview of the programme.Time TBC. Please be punctual.
        • Group lunch at a North Korean restaurant in Beijing.

        PM

        • Orientation Meeting II | This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most of your time in the country. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK.

        Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

      2. July 5 | Friday

        AM

        • Orientation Meeting III | An Introduction to Language in North Korea and Cultural Matters.
        PM
        • Those entering the country by train depart Beijing Railway Station by overnight sleeper-train to Dandong.
        • Those taking the flight the next morning have a free day afternoon in Beijing.
        • Optional North Korean film screening at Koryo Tours: Time TBD

        Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

      3. July 6 | Saturday

        AM

        • Those departing by train arrive in Dandong and transfer to Dandong-Pyongyang train at Dandong Railway Station.
        • Those departing by flight check-in at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2.
        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to the hotel.
        • Train arrival at Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.
        • Walk from the train station to the hotel.
        • Walk to Arirang Restaurant for a group BBQ dinner.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang. An old classic hotel located in downtown Pyongyang. Popular with Pyongyang’s long-term foreign residents. Excellent restaurant.
      4. July 7 | Sunday

        AM

        • 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. Visitations are by special request only and 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.

        • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
        • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here.
        • Walk from the Mansudae Grand Monument to the restaurant.
        • 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
        PM
        • Walk from the resaturant to Pyongyang Hotel along the Taedong River via the Foreign Languages Bookshop | Sells a range of publications in foreign languages, mostly in Chinese. It also sells souvenirs, including some interesting alcohol.
        • Mangyongdae Native House and Pavilion | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding. Mangyongdae Pavilion is overlooking Taedong River and Pyongyang from a hill just 5 minutes from the Native House.
        • Mangyongdae Funfair | Pyongyang’s largest funfair originally opened on April 15th 1982 (the 70th birthday of President Kim Il Sung) and refurbished in 2012. 1 EUR entry fee, rides cots between 1-3 EUR.
        • Kwangbok Department Store and dinner at the food court | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      5. July 8 | Monday

        AM

        • Introduction language class // This morning the language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism commence. A local teacher will give 2 lectures à 90 minutes, adapting to the participants' skills and needs. This session will also decide a possible split-up in different levels, depending on the number of participants and the variation of existing knowledge.
        • Lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean style and great views of the city.
        • Walk back to the hotel.
        • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      6. July 9 | Tuesday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street. Taekwondo is the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
        • Pool at Chongnyon Hotel | Outdoor and indoor swimming pools to relax after practicing taekwondo or just to cool down after a hot day.
        • Dinner at Pyongyang Hamburger Restaurant.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      7. July 10 | Wednesday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Pyongyang Metro Two-Line Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride both lines and stop off at smaller stations, rarely visited by tourists.
        • Arch of Triumph | A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
        • Dinner at Moranbong Ragon Chicken Restaurant | Fried chicken, beer, cold noodles – Pyongyang's answer to KFC!
        • Walk back to the hotel.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      8. July 11 | Thursday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Taekwondo Class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street.
        • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
        • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      9. July 12 | Friday

        AM

        • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        • Language practice and activities with Korean students (90 minutes).
        • Lunch at a local restaurant in East Pyongyang.
        PM
        • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
        • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1-hour drive.
        • Songbol Temple | Early Koryo Dynasty style temple located on Jongbang Mountain near Sariwon. The temple houses one thousand buddha statues, each with its own distinctive look.
        • 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.
        Overnight | March 8th Hotel, Sariwon. March 8th is Women’s Day, a noted holiday in the socialist world. This hotel is a quirky one as it is gaudily furnished by donated beds, chairs, etc. from a South Korean furniture magnate during friendlier times. Good restaurant and some basic leisure facilities, rarely used by foreign guests due to its proximity to Pyongyang.
      10. July 13 | Saturday

        AM
        • Migok Cooperative Farm | We will spend some time here helping the local farmers with their work on the fields. Bring some sun protection!
        • Drive to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5-hour drive.
        PM
        • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking with a picnic lunch in a relaxing wooded area. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes swimming in the series of pools above the falls.
        • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Cooking class and dinner with kayagum performance at Minsok Folk Hotel | Learn how to cook traditional Korean dishes and eat the food of your own making. Kayagum is a traditional Korean stringed instrument, one of the most beautiful sounds you will ever hear.
        Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.
      11. July 14 | Sunday

        AM
        • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
        • 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.
        • Sonjuk Bridge | Small stone bridge built in 1290, which in 1392 was the site of of the assassination of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty). 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 that can be seen to this day.
        • 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. The buildings are in Koryo Dynasty style but date back to the early 17th century following their destruction in the Imjin War.
        • Stamp Shop | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.
        • 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!
        PM
        • Janam Hill and Old City View | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang. 3-hour drive.
        • Ri In Mo Monument | Bronze statue of Ri In Mo, a long-term unconverted prisoner who spent decades in captivity in the south after being captured during the Korean War. Located on modernist Tongil Street. Ri In Mo is known in the DPRK as ‘the incarnation of faith and will’.
        • Walk to the restaurant.
        • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. Southcentral does it like nobody does!
        Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      12. July 15 | Monday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Self-study at Grand People’s Study House.
        • Walk back to the hotel.
        • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
        Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      13. July 16 | Tuesday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Youth Movement Museum |
        • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street. Taekwondo is the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
        • Dinner at one of Pyongyang's Pizza Restaurant (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      14. July 17 | Wednesday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Walk to the War Museum.
        • 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 with 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.
        • War Heroes’ Cemetery | Cemetery dedicated to heroes of the Korean War. Opened in 2013 and centred around a monument of a rifle and red flag. A presentation of flowers is customary here (€).
        • Dinner and walk on Ryomyong Street.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      15. July 18 | Thursday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and gateway to Mt. Kumgang. One of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK. A 4 hour drive with rest stops.
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.
        Overnight | Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. Large seaside building. Basic but clean and with an excellent bookshop often stocking titles long sold-out in Pyongyang. Great interior decorating.
      16. July 19 | Friday

        AM
        • 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, where you can purchase paintings.
        • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site | Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.
        • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | 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 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 German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
        • Lunch at Wonsan Seafood Restaurant.
        PM
        • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
        • 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.
        • Relax and dinner at hotel.
        Overnight | Kumgangsan Family Beach Hotel. A hotel built by the South Koreans during the Sunshine Policy but it hasn’t been used so still looks brand new. Good standard rooms and bathrooms (24-hr hot water). There is ping pong and karaoke all in Korean. There is a lovely outdoor area overlooking the beach where you can take drinks.
      17. July 20 | Saturday

        • All-day hiking in the Diamond Mountains | A place so beautiful that celestial fairies once descended from heaven to play in its woodlands and bathe in its crystal streams beneath towering pinnacles. Beyond celestial beings, the mountain has attracted generations of travelers from across Korea and China, artists and poets, domestic and foreign tourists. Located not far from the DMZ, the region has been a centre of inter-Korean co-operation (and controversy).
        • Drive back to Wonsan.
        Overnight | Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan
      18. July 21 | Sunday

        AM

        • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!
        PM
        • Drive back to Pyongyang via Ulim Waterfall 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.
        • 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 restaurant.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      19. July 22 | Monday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Self-study at Grand People’s Study House.
        • Walk back to the hotel.
        • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
        Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      20. July 23 | Tuesday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Korean Central Art Museum // National gallery of Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The local guides an excellent introduction to Korean culture and history through art.
        • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street. Taekwondo is the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
        • Dinner at Sanghung Restaurant | A local restaurant in West Pyongyang.
        Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      21. July 24 | Wednesday

        AM

        • Drive to Mt. Myohyang | The Mt. Myohyang Tourist Highway passes Anju on the way to Mt. Myohyang, a drive of 2.5-3 hours. The drive starts in agricultural plains before ascending into the mountains. One can see examples of the DPRK’s heavy industry, a grand monument, and mining industry along the way.
        • International Friendship Exhibition | A semi-subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
        • Pohyon Buddhist Temple | A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 CE with stone pagoda and repository of print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasions during the Koryo Dynasty.

        PM

        • Manpok Valley Hike with picnic lunch | Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points.
        • Ryongmun Caves | A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang (2.5-3 hours).
        • Dinner at hotel.

        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang

      22. July 25 | Thursday

        AM

        • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
        PM
        • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
        • Taekwondo Class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street.
        • Mansudae Art Studio | The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
        • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      23. July 26 | Friday

        AM

        • Exam time! | Take your final Korean language exam.
        • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.
        • Graduation Ceremony | Get your certificate and final grade from the past weeks of language classes.
        • Farewell lunch with your teachers at Haeyang Restaurant.

        PM

        • Munsu Water Park | We’ll 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).
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A beer bar serving seven types of beer.  Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best place to drink pints with local people.
        • Dinner at hotel.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      24. July 27 | Saturday

        AM
        • Tram Ride | A ride through Pyongyang from Pyongyang Station to Kwangbok Street on one of city’s municipal trams made in former Czechoslovakia.
        • City Cycling | Tour Pyongyang on a bike (please note that bicycles are limited to 20 spots) starting from Kwangbok Department Store through downtown Pyongyang to Munsu Water park stopping at:
          • 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!

          • 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 5 EUR for great views of the city.

          • 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.
        PM
        • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll and have picnic lunch in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        • Mass Dance | Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Kaeson Funfair | Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      25. July 28 | Friday

        AM
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1-hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
        • Tae’an Glass Factory | Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.
        • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        PM
        • Wau Islet | Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang.
        • Farewell dinner at Yanggakdo Hotel Revolving Restaurant overlooking Pyongyang City.
        Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
      26. July 29 | Monday

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 09:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:20.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Tuesday, July 30 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

        End of Tour

    • Extras

      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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.

      • 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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      • 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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      • Insurance (17 to 21 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
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer in Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer in Dandong
        All meals in the DPRK + one group meal in Beijing
        Hotel accommodation (shared room) in DPRK
        Language instructions
        Part-time accompaniment by professional tour guides
        All transportation in the DPRK
        Entry fees for locations listed on the itinerary (please not that some locations may have optional activities at additional costs, please see below)
        Certificate of programme completion from Pyongyang Tourism College
      • Not included
        DPRK visa
        Flight upgrade (+199 EUR one-way; +299 EUR round-trip)
        Accommodation in Beijing (2 nights required for orientation)
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Textbooks (5 EUR per book // contact us for more details)
        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
        Tips for tour guides
    • Notes

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Typically the order will change based on local opening times, but the overall content will remain the same unless. If an items is not possible on tour, it is typically replaced by a similar or related location. Thank you for your understanding.

    Please apply by 20th June, 2019.

    July 25 - August 1/2 2019

    The Victory Day Tour

    7 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that will see mass dances and other
    festivities! This tour will also travel to Kaesong, the DMZ, Nampo, and Pyongsong. Round-trip by
    train or upgrade to flight

    From 1,249 EUR per person

    Please apply by 9th July, 2019.

    The Victory Day Tour

    7 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays
    that will see mass dances and other festivities! This tour will
    also travel to Kaesong, the DMZ, Nampo, and Pyongsong. Round-trip
    by train or upgrade to flight

    From 1,249 EUR per person

    • Overall

      July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. This year will mark the 66th anniversary and we will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on the day to join in the celebrations with the locals picnicking in Moran Park, and attending whatever dances or events are planned on this day.
      Aside from joining in the celebrations with the locals, we won’t be missing out on seeing the main sites of the capital city, Pyongyang.

      This comprehensive group tour to North Korea will also get you down to the DMZ (the North-South Korea border), and the little-explored town of Nampo on the West Coast. Here you will stay in the famous hot spa resort and enjoy BBQ petrol clams! (Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like - a must try!)

      Think you can’t spare the time or the funds to travel to North Korea? Think again! We also provide short, budget group tours so you won’t miss out on the Victory Day festivities!

      Scroll down for an overview of the Victory Day Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

      Highlights

      • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th, the 66th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
      • Experience heavy industry of Nampo and the healing waters of Dragon River Hot Spa
      • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 24 | Wednesday

        Briefing Day

        *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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

      2. July 25 | 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 JS252 at 14:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
        • War Heroes’ Cemetery | Cemetery dedicated to heroes of the Korean War. Opened in 2013 and centred around a monument of a rifle and red flag.
        • 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, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

      3. July 26 | Friday

        Pyongyang and Pyongsong, satellite city of Pyongyang


        AM

        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | A world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip. Unmissable.
        • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
        • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary. Heritage Site.

        PM

        • Pyongsong Primary School | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
        • Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site | Headquarters of the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War in the hills north of Pyongyang. Preserved traditional homes which served as army offices during the war, bunkers, as well as burnt trees and bomb casing from American aerial attacks set among a bucolic landscape. The on-site museum compliments the War Museum in Pyongyang.
        • Return to Pyongyang.
        • 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 | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      4. July 27 | Saturday

        Victory Day, the 66th anniversary of Korean War Armistice Agreement.

        AM

        • Mansudae Fountain Park | Centrally-located pleasant park popular with local citizens afterschool, on weekends. Flanked by examples of representative architecture from different eras.
        • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
        • 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.
        • 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.

        PM

        • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.
        • 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.
        • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Kaeson Funfair | Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot (€-€€). Open April-October.

        Overnight |Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

      5. July 28 | Sunday

        Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and Sariwon-Kaesong

        AM

        • 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.
        • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and centre of ago-industry. A 1-hour drive.

        PM

        • 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.
        • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.
        • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.
        Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.
      6. July 29 | Monday

        Kaesong and DMZ Tour
        • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
        • 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

        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive.
        • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and 90’s arcade games. (€ per activity). Excellent for people-watching on weekends and holidays.
        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      7. July 30 | Tuesday

        Pyongyang and Nampo

        AM
        • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums.
        • Pyongyang International Football Academy | Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. Has multiple training pitches where you can test yourself against some students here
        • 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.
        PM
        • 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).
        • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students. A vast and iconic building shaped like a mother’s embrace.
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

        Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.

      8. July 31 | Wednesday

        Nampo on the Taedong River

        AM
        • West Sea Barrage  | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship's lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        • 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’. Please note that this location is a key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.  
        PM

        • Pyongyang Catfish Factory | A full-scale facility where you can learn about the fascinating science of catfish production.
        • Science and Technology Centre | Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
        • Monument to the Sinking of the SS General Sherman - General Sherman was an American merchant ship which sailed up the Taedong River in the 19th century and was sunk by local militia - and walk on Mirae Future Scientist Street.
        • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
        Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.


      9. August 1 | Thursday

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

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, August 2 at 08:30. For this tour, the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

        End of Tour

    • Extras

      • 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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      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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.

      • 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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      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

        Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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      • Insurance (7 to 9 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
        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 and pizza restaurant (see itinerary)
        Hotel accommodation
        Koryo Tours tour leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in North Korea
      • 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 and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 9th July, 2019.

    July 25 - July 30/31 2019

    The Victory Day Short Tour

    5 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that will see mass dances and
    other festivities! This tour will also travel to Kaesong and the DMZ and Pyongsong. Round-trip
    by train or upgrade to flight

    From 975 EUR per person

    Please apply by 9th July, 2019.

    The Victory Day Short Tour

    5 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays
    that will see mass dances and other festivities! This tour will
    also travel to Kaesong and the DMZ and Pyongsong. Round-trip by
    train or upgrade to flight

    From 975 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Travel to North Korea for Victory Day will give you a deep insight into the country and the culture. Not only will you get to enjoy all the must-see sights of the capital Pyongyang, but you’ll also be there for North Korea’s Victory Day celebrations.

      July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. This year will mark the 66th anniversary and we will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on the day for one of the most unique holidays and join in the celebrations with the locals, who are all in high spirits. This includes picnicking in Moran Park, attending (and taking part in) mass dances, and enjoying any other events planned on this day.

      As well as a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

      If you are after a more in-depth look into this mysterious country as you travel to North Korea, join us for one of our most unique holidays: Victory Day Long Tour.

      Scroll down for an overview of the Victory Day Short Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

      Highlights

      • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th, the 66th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
      • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty.
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 24 | Wednesday

        Briefing Day

        *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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

      2. July 25 | 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 JS252 at 14:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
        • War Heroes’ Cemetery | Cemetery dedicated to heroes of the Korean War. Opened in 2013 and centred around a monument of a rifle and red flag.
        • 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, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

      3. July 26 | Friday

        Pyongyang and Pyongsong, satellite city of Pyongyang


        AM

        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | A world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip. Unmissable.
        • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
        • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary. Heritage Site.

        PM

        • Pyongsong Primary School | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
        • Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site | Headquarters of the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War in the hills north of Pyongyang. Preserved traditional homes which served as army offices during the war, bunkers, as well as burnt trees and bomb casing from American aerial attacks set among a bucolic landscape. The on-site museum compliments the War Museum in Pyongyang.
        • Return to Pyongyang.
        • 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 | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      4. July 27 | Saturday

        Victory Day, the 66th anniversary of Korean War Armistice Agreement.

        AM

        • Mansudae Fountain Park | Centrally-located pleasant park popular with local citizens afterschool, on weekends. Flanked by examples of representative architecture from different eras.
        • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
        • 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.
        • 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.

        PM

        • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.
        • 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.
        • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Kaeson Funfair | Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot (€-€€). Open April-October.

        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

      5. July 28 | Sunday

        Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and Sariwon-Kaesong

        AM

        • 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.
        • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and centre of ago-industry. A 1-hour drive.

        PM

        • 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.
        • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.
        • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.
        Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.
      6. July 29 | Monday

        Kaesong and DMZ Tour
        • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
        • 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

        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive.
        • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and 90’s arcade games. (€ per activity). Excellent for people-watching on weekends and holidays.
        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      7. July 30 | Tuesday

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

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, July 31 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

        End of Tour

    • Extras

      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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.

        See more
      • 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.

        See more
      • 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.

        See more
      • 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.

      • 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.

        See more
    • 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
        Koryo Tours tour leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in North Korea
      • 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 and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 9th July, 2019.

    July 30 - August 7/8 2019

    North Korea Today | What's happening in North Korea?

    8 nights in North
    Korea from Dandong

    A special tour with DPRK-expert Andray Abrahamian focused on the
    society, economy, and culture of North Korea today. Roundtrip from
    Dandong by train.

    From 1,399 EUR per person

    Please apply by 10th July, 2019.

    North Korea Today | What's happening in North Korea?

    8 nights in North
    Korea from Dandong

    A special tour with DPRK-expert Andray Abrahamian
    focused on the society, economy, and culture
    of North Korea today. Roundtrip from Dandong
    by train.

    From 1,399 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Interested in what’s happening in North Korea today? This 8-night special tour with DPRK-expert Andray Abrahamian explores the realities of North Korea as it is in 2019, focusing on recent developments under the leadership of Kim Jong Un since 2012. Learn about how the country works behind the headlines.

      Starting in the Chinese city of Dandong, the ‘gateway to North Korea’ and main trade entrepot, you’ll by train through the country’s northwest by train to the capital Pyongyang.

      In Pyongyang, we’ll visit some of the most prominent sites associated with current leader Kim Jong Un, including the remodeled Mansudae Grand Monument and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and discuss what they mean in context, as well as some of the traditional highlights such as the Pyongyang Metro and the Juche Tower.

      We’ll also take a look at the modern economy from developments in consumerism to leisure at the Kwangbok Supermarket and Munsu Waterpark to more traditional hallmarks such as factories and farms across the country.

      Outside of Pyongyang, we’ll visit the DPRK industrial heartland in the Taedong River Valley and cross the country to the east coast to see the DPRK’s second largest city, Hamhung, and the port city of Wonsan. Wonsan is the centre of major state-led development projects and planned investment.

      We’ll also make time for some rest and relaxation at the beaches along Korea’s east coast.

      Come along for what will be an insightful trip inside North Korea today and perfect for students, academics, and anyone interested in the modern trajectory of this fascinating country. Spots are limited to 20 participants.

      Andray Abrahamian is the 2018-2019 Koret Fellow at APARC, Stanford University. He is an Affiliate Researcher at Korea University and an Adjunct Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. Working for a non-profit organisation (Choson Exchange) has taken him to the DPRK 30 times. He has also lived in Myanmar and has published extensively on the two countries.

      Scroll down for the the highlights and full itinerary of the North Korea Today Tour, optional add-ons, and tour notes.

      Highlights

      • A guided look at major Pyongyang developments and consumer culture since 2012
      • Tours of North Korean industry and agriculture
      • North Korea's east coast and the cities of Hamhung, a major industrial centre, and Wonsan, port city and planned foreign investment zone
      • DMZ tour at Panmunjom near historic Kaesong
      • Summer fun and leisure at beaches and parks
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 29 | Monday

        *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. Please be punctual for the briefing. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

        The pre-tour briefing for this tour will be held in Dandong, the Chinese border city on the Yalu River across from North Korea.

        AM

        • Recommended latest arrival in Dandong, China.

        PM

        • TBC | Pre-tour briefing and dinner at a restaurant in Dandong.

        Overnight | Hotel in Dandong not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations.
      2. July 30 | Tuesday

        Arrival day in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea


        AM

        • Train departure at Dandong Station. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.

        PM

        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
        • Walk on Future Scientist Street, one of Pyongyang's newest streets with housing for scientists and academics valued in the new economy.
        • Snow White Coffee Shop | hidden away on Mirae Street, a large Starbucks-style place. Great coffee, very good food too, a hidden gem!
        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. July 31 | Wednesday

        Farms and Factories in the Taedong River Valley near Pyongyang

        AM

        • Drive west along the Youth Hero Highway, an 8-lane highway made by student shock brigades, to Kangso.
        • Kangso Water Bottling Plant | Bottling plant for North Korea's largest brand of sparkling water.
        • Tae’an Glass Factory  | Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.
        • Drive back along the old Taedong Riverside road past shipping, industry, and construction sites.
        • 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.
        PM
        • Taedonggang Beer Brewery | A special visit to a factory producing the country's number one beer.
        • Jangchon Vegetable Farm | A taste of modern rural life just outside Pyongyang city. Visit the farm’s cultural centre, kindergarten, home, and research laboratory.
        • Yanggakdo International Cinema | An exclusive showing of a Korean film at one of Pyongyang’s major cinemas. Subtitles in English. Optional activity - 10 EUR paid on the spot. There is also a bar here. 
        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      4. August 01 | Thursday

        Tour of the new Pyongyang

        AM

        • Mansudae Fountain Park | Centrally-located pleasant park popular with local citizens afterschool, on weekends. Flanked by examples of representative architecture from different eras.
        • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.
        • 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. train carriages formerly used in West Berlin are used on this line, along with a new domestically made train too.
        • Arch of Triumph | 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris. Viewing platform has a fee (€)
        • 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.
        PM

        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | A world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip. Unmissable.
        • Pyongyang Catfish Factory | A full-scale facility where you can learn about the fascinating science of catfish production.
        • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone.

        Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity.
      5. August 02 | Friday

        Panmunjom and DMZ Tour in Kaesong, historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty

        AM
        • 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 Ginseng Factory | see how this famous panacea is harvested and processed into various forms (tea, candy, powder, etc). Also, learn the history of the root – it was first cultivated in Kaesong, the ‘home of ginseng’

        PM
        • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

        • Gwanum Temple and Taehungsan Fortress | located behind Pakyon Waterfalls this complex of mostly ruined buildings dates from more than a thousand years ago. Most of the temple remains intact since its last renovation in the 17th century

        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive.
        • Munsu Water Park | We’ll 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).
        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      6. August 03 | Saturday

        Drive to Hamhung, the DPRK's second largest city and centre of heavy industry, stopping at sights along the way.

        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. A 6 to 7-hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall. 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.
        • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs

        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.
        • 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!
        Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
      7. August 04 | Sunday

        Hamhung and Wonsan, the DPRK's major port city on the east coast of Korea

        AM
        • Late departure from Majon to enjoy the seaside.
        • 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 to Wonsan, a major port city on the east coast of Korea.
        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 German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR or USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.
        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.
      8. August 05 | Monday

        Wonsan

        AM

        • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | 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, birdhouse, gymnasium, and more!
        • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one 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, where you can purchase paintings.
        PM
        • Chonsam-ri Co-operative Farm | Learn about rural life at this farm specialising in rice and persimmons. Visit the cultural centre, farmhouse, and fish pond.
        • Songdowon Beach | Time to rest and relax at one of Wonsan's major beaches
        Overnight | Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan.
      9. August 06 | Tuesday

        Wonsan and return to Pyongyang

        AM

        • Drive back west to Pyongyang with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort, North Korea's largest ski resort. Take a break for coffee and look around the modern facility.

        PM

        • 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).
        • 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.
        • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

      10. August 07 | Wednesday

        Departure day to Dandong by train. Flights are also available to Shenyang by Air Koryo or Beijing by Air China. Enquire for details. 

        AM

        • Train departure by train to Dandong at 10:25 crossing to China at approximately 17:00. From Dandong onward travel is possible to Beijing or Shenyang. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour
    • 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.

        See more
      • 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.

        See more
      • 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.

        See more
      • Insurance (7 to 9 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
        Train Dandong – Beijing
        Train Pyongyang – Dandong
        All meals on the tour except the final pizza dinner
        Hotel accommodation
        Koryo Tours Tour Leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        Transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 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 local Korean guides and a 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 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 10th July, 2019.

    August 2019

    August 12 - August 17/18 2019

    Liberation Day Short Tour

    5 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join us for the DPRK's Liberation Day celebrations
    and explore Nampo, a port city on North Korea's
    west coast!

    From 1,049 EUR per person

    Please apply by 21st July, 2019.

    Liberation Day Short Tour

    5 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join us for the DPRK's Liberation
    Day celebrations and explore Nampo,
    a port city on North Korea's west
    coast!

    From 1,049 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Head into the DPRK during Liberation Day for what promises to be one of the best travel experiences you’ll have had yet!

      During this short but action-packed tour, we have a city tour of Pyongyang, visiting all of the must-see attractions, including the Juche Tower and Mansudae Grand Monument Great Leaders Statues.

      Liberation Day 2019 marks the 74th anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation. It is a major public holiday in North Korea and we give you the chance to spend the day joining in the celebrations by hanging out and dancing with the locals in Moranbong Park.

      As well as the Liberation Day festivities and a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour also includes a day-trip to Kaesong, a visit to the DMZ and gets you to the eastern coastal city of Nampo! Here we can relax and enjoy the healing waters of the Nampo hot spring resort and enjoy some Soju and BBQ petrol clams!

      Head further into the depths of North Korea as we go from East coast to West in our DPRK Liberation Day Long Tour.

      Scroll down for an overview of the Liberation Day Short tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

      Highlights

      • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th!
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun: Grand mausoleum of DPRK leadership.
      • Pyongyang public transport: ride the deepest metro system in the world and a tram on Kwangbok Street.
      • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
      • The West Sea Barrage: an engineering mega-project at the mouth of the Taedong River.
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 11 // Sunday

        *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.  
        • 17:27 // 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

      2. August 12 // Monday

        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 JS152 at 12:00. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
        • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
        • 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.
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. August 13 // Tuesday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM

        • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone.
        • 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
        • Janam Hill // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
        • Tomb of King Kongmin // Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive.
        • 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.

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
      4. August 14 // Wednesday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • 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 with 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.
        • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

        PM

        • Tram Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street. A Koryo exclusive!
        • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

        • 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.
        • Munsu Water Park // We’ll 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).
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
      5. August 15 // Thursday

        Liberation Day

        Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

        AM
        • 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.
        • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool 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 dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
        • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        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.
        • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) // A one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Kaeson Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      6. August 16 // Friday

        Nampo

        AM
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1-hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
        • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm // The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung (there is a bronze statue of him and various farm workers here), the place where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse and the local shop & kindergarten, see the fields and greenhouses.
        • Tae’an Glass Factory // Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.
        PM
        • West Sea Barrage // An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        • Wau Islet // Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang.
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven types of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
        • Farewell dinner at Potonggang BBQ Restaurant // One of the best lamb barbeque places around. Good atmosphere and location as well as food.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      7. August 17 // Saturday

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

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday, August 18 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour
    • Extras

      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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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      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

        Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

        See more
      • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

        This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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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      • 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
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour except the meals on the train
        Hotel accommodation
        Koryo Tours tour leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 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 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 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 21st July, 2019.

    August 12 - August 20/21 2019

    The Liberation Day Tour

    8 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join us for the DPRK's Liberation Day celebrations
    and explore the West and East coast of the
    DPRK!

    From 1,449 EUR per person

    Please apply by 21st July, 2019.

    The Liberation Day Tour

    8 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join us for the DPRK's Liberation
    Day celebrations and explore
    the West and East coast of the
    DPRK!

    From 1,449 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Liberation Day 2019 marks the 74th anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation. It is a major public holiday in North Korea, so if you’re looking for travel ideas or an excuse to visit North Korea, now’s your chance! We give you the chance to spend the day joining in the celebrations by hanging out and dancing with the locals in Moranbong Park.

      As well as the Liberation Day festivities, we will also enjoy a detailed city tour of Pyongyang, where we will visit all of the capital’s main sites.

      This tour also includes a day-trip to the historic Kaesong and a visit to the DMZ, often known as one of the “most dangerous borders in the world”.

      Hot springs, hikes, and BBQ petrol clams galore as we’ll also explore the lesser visited coastal cities of North Korea; Nampo and Wonsan, and the scenic Mt. Kumgang!

      Check out our Liberation Day Short Tour for more options on visiting North Korea during the Liberation Day celebrations.

      Scroll down for an overview of the Liberation Day tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

      Highlights

      • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th!
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun: Grand mausoleum of DPRK leadership.
      • Pyongyang public transport: ride the deepest metro system in the world and a tram on Kwangbok Street.
      • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
      • Mt. Kumgang: the 'Diamond Mountain'. Breathtaking views and the best hiking in the DPRK.
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 11 // Sunday

        *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.  
        • 17:27 // 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

      2. August 12 // Monday

        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 JS152 at 12:00. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
        • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
        • 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.
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. August 13 // Tuesday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM

        • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.
        • 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
        • Janam Hill // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
        • Tomb of King Kongmin // Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive.
        • 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.

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
      4. August 14 // Wednesday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • 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 with 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.
        • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

        PM

        • Tram Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street. A Koryo exclusive!
        • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

        • 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.
        • Munsu Water Park // We’ll 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).
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass). Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
      5. August 15 // Thursday

        Liberation Day

        Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

        AM
        • 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.
        • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool 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 dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
        • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        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.
        • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) // A one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Kaeson Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      6. August 16 // Friday

        Nampo

        AM
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1-hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
        • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm // The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung (there is a bronze statue of him and various farm workers here), the place where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse and the local shop & kindergarten, see the fields and greenhouses.
        • Tae’an Glass Factory // Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.
        PM
        • West Sea Barrage // An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        • Wau Islet // Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang.
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven types of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
        • Potonggang Restaurant Lamb BBQ // One of the best lamb barbeque places around. Good atmosphere and location as well as food.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      7. August 17 // Saturday

        Wonsan

        AM
        • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and gateway to Mt. Kumgang. One of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK. A 4-hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall 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.
        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 German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
        • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp // 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, birdhouse, gymnasium, and more!
        • Wonsan City Centre and Docks // Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one 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, where you can purchase paintings.
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse // Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

        Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. Large seaside building. Basic but clean and with an excellent bookshop often stocking titles long sold-out in Pyongyang. Great interior decorating.

      8. August 18 // Sunday

        Mt. Kumgang

        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 legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
        • 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.

        PM

        • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area // ‘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. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

        Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
      9. August 19 // Monday

        Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

        AM

        • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

        • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

        PM

        • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

        • Drive back west to Pyongyang. Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort.
        • Pizza Restaurant // Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
        • Future Scientists' Street // Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

      10. August 20 // Tuesday

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

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, August 21 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour
    • Extras

      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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.

        See more
      • 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.

        See more
      • 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.

        See more
      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

        Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

        See more
      • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

        This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

        See more
      • 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.

        See more
      • Insurance (7 to 9 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
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
        Hotel accommodation
        Koryo Tours tour leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 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 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 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 21st July, 2019.

    August 13 - August 24/25 2019

    The Liberation Day and Mt. Paektu Tour

    11 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Take this chance to visit
    Korea's stunning Mt. Paektu!

    From 1,899 EUR per person

    Please apply by 21st July, 2019.

    The Liberation Day and Mt. Paektu Tour

    11 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Take this chance
    to visit Korea's
    stunning Mt. Paektu!

    From 1,899 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Join Koryo Tours on an adventure through North Korea (DPRK) that includes highlights such as partaking in Liberation Day national holiday celebrations, taking a domestic chartered Air Koryo flight, and seeing the beautiful and sacred mountain of Mt. Paektu - the highest in Korea.

      This tour begins in the North Korean capital city, Pyongyang, where we will visit all of the must-see sights, and more! This includes the Juche Tower, the Arch of Triumph, and a stop at the Kwangbok Supermarket.

      Spending our first few days touring Pyongyang means we can enjoy the Liberation Day celebrations with the locals. Liberation Day marks the end of Japanese occupation, and the local North Koreans spend this day by dancing in the park, playing games, and eating and drinking.

      After a few days of Pyongyang city touring, this comprehensive North Korea tour takes you out of the capital and into the North Korean countryside for a tour of areas rarely visited by foreigners. This includes visiting Nampo, Wonsan, Mt. Kumgang, and Mt. Paektu.

      You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

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      Scroll down for an overview of the Liberation Day & Mt. Paektu Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

      Highlights

      • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th!
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun: Grand mausoleum of DPRK leadership.
      • Mt. Paektu: surrounded by alpine forests and topped by Lake Chon, Paektu is the highest mountain in Korea. This sacred mountain in Korea is associated with the origins of the Korean people, and of great significance to the revolution.
      • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
      • Mt. Kumgang: the 'Diamond Mountain'. Breathtaking views and the best hiking in the DPRK.
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 12 // Monday

        *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.  
        • 17:27 // 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

      2. August 13 // Tuesday

        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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • 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.
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. August 14 // Wednesday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • 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 with 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.
        • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

        PM

        • Tram Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street. A Koryo exclusive!
        • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

        • 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.
        • Munsu Water Park // We’ll 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).
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass). Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
      4. August 15 // Thursday

        Liberation Day

        Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

        AM
        • 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.
        • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool 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 dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
        • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        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.
        • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) // A one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Kaeson Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      5. August 16 // Friday

        Nampo

        AM
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1-hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
        • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm // The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung (there is a bronze statue of him and various farm workers here), the place where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse and the local shop & kindergarten, see the fields and greenhouses.
        • Tae’an Glass Factory // Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.
        PM
        • West Sea Barrage // An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        • Wau Islet // Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang.
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven types of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
        • Potonggang Restaurant Lamb BBQ // One of the best lamb barbeque places around. Good atmosphere and location as well as food.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      6. August 17 // Saturday

        Wonsan

        AM
        • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and gateway to Mt. Kumgang. One of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK. A 4-hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall 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.
        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 German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
        • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp // 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, birdhouse, gymnasium, and more!
        • Wonsan City Centre and Docks // Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one 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, where you can purchase paintings.
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse // Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

        Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. Large seaside building. Basic but clean and with an excellent bookshop often stocking titles long sold-out in Pyongyang. Great interior decorating.
      7. August 18 // Sunday

        Mt. Kumgang

        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 legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
        • 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.

        PM

        • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area // ‘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. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

        Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
      8. August 19 // Monday

        Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan.

        AM

        • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

        • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

        PM

        • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

        Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan.

      9. August 20 // Tuesday

        Flight to Mt. Paektu!

        AM

        • Charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paektu from Wonsan Kalma International Airport that is not yet used for any international flight but a fascinating talking point for looking at the plans to develop this area. The US Marines landed here during the Korean War.
        • Mt. Paektu crater rim and Lake Chon // Ascend to the highest point in all of Korea (on foot, or by funicular railway) for amazing views of the highest crater lake in the world, sitting in the caldera of the volcano. A breathtaking and remote place of stunning and unique scenery – unforgettable in fact. From the top one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters. Basic facilities on site with a picnic lunch to maximise the time here.

        PM

        • Mt. Paektu Secret Camp // The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in a hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
        • Rimyongsu Waterfall // A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighbouring villages.

        Overnight: Pegaebong Hotel. The only option in this area. Located on the edge of Samjiyon Town. A well-maintained place offering hospitable service, a range of potato-based dishes (spuds are the main crop in this area) as well as billiards and a very nice garden area.
      10. August 21 // Wednesday

        Samjiyon Town and flight back to Pyongyang

        AM

        • Samjiyon Grand Monument // Vast complex of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country and a truly impressive scenic/propaganda wonder. On the site that the army paused before their first major military engagement. Look for Mt. Paektu in the background on a clear day.
        • Samjiyon Schoolchildren’s Palace // Centre of extracurricular activities in the arts, music, and sports for local children with a performance.
        PM
        • Charter flight back to Pyongyang Sunan Airport.
        • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
        • Moran Beer Bar // A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers). Also serves food.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      11. August 22 // Thursday

        Drive to Kaesong

        AM
        • Drive 3 hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone with a stop at the Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification an iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between the Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
        • Pakyon Waterfall // Light walking with a picnic lunch in a relaxing wooded area. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes swimming in the series of pools above the falls.
        PM
        • Gwanum Temple // Located a 30-minute hike, above Pakyon Waterfalls, the temple dates back more than a thousand years and is dedicated to the Buddhist Bodhisattva of Mercy. There is an ornate marble Bodhisattva statue the nearby cave. The current building dates back to the Ri Dynasty and has an interesting tale associated with its construction.
        • Tomb of King Kongmin // Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Janam Hill and Old City View // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.

        Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.
      12. August 23 // Friday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM
        • Old City Walk and South Gate // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
        • 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.
        • Sonjuk Bridge // Small stone bridge built in 1290, which in 1392 was the site of the assassination of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty). 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 that can be seen to this day.
        • 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. The buildings are in Koryo Dynasty style but date back to the early 17th century following their destruction in the Imjin War.
        • Stamp Shop // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.
        • 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!
        PM
        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang. 3-hour drive.
        • 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.
        • Farewell dinner at the Bowling Alley's bulgogi restaurant.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      13. August 24 // Saturday

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

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday August 25 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour
    • Extras

      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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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      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

        Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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      • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

        This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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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      • Insurance (10 to 13 night)

        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
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
        Hotel accommodation
        Koryo Tours tour leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK incl. the charther flight to Mt. Paektu
      • Not included
        North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 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 local Korean guides and a 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 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 21st July, 2019.

    August 13 - September 1 2019

    One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla

    19 nights in North Korea,
    South Korea, and China

    Travel the length of the Korean Peninsula — from Mt. Paektu to Mt. Halla, visit Pyongyang
    and Seoul, experience the DMZ from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and
    society in the DPRK and ROK.

    From 3,995 EUR per person

    Please apply by 21st July, 2019.

    One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla

    19 nights in North Korea,
    South Korea, and China

    Travel the length of the Korean Peninsula — from Mt. Paektu
    to Mt. Halla, visit Pyongyang and Seoul, experience the DMZ
    from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and
    society in the DPRK and ROK.

    From 3,995 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Visit North Korea and South Korea together on this journey like no other across the entire Korean Peninsula.

      Travelling from North to South, we'll explore the commonalities and differences between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south. Visiting both major sites and heading to some rarely visited areas, we can see first hand how these two nations have grown in separate ways - but still retain their common Korean heritage.

      The two have been divided from each other since 1945 and still technically at war since 1950.

      This trip will take us to the respective capitals of the DPRK and ROK. From the monumental, ordered Pyongyang to the dynamic, bustling Seoul, where we can compare how the city's have tried to better each other in the past through competitions, and how each remembers the past through visits to their Korean War museums.

      We'll also have a tour of the DMZ at Panmunjom from both sides.

      As a very special treat, we'll travel the length of the peninsula visiting Mount Paekdu on Korea's northern border with China to Mount Halla on Jeju Island in the south.

      This tour takes you to explore the Chinese border town of Dandong before experiencing the unique ferry ride from China to South Korea - a surprisingly comfortable journey that few foreigners get to enjoy.

      As well as visiting the big cities in South Korea, we will also leave the bright lights behind as we head to ancient temple areas, beautiful beaches, and active volcanos!

      2018 was a historic year for the two nations, setting the tone for further potential developments in 2019. See this first hand in both countries as you learn from your North Korean guides about Korean history and reunification and engage with locals to find out more.

      "Korea is one!" is a common saying in both North and South Korea. See if for yourself with Koryo Tours!

      What’s it like to visit one of the world’s most dangerous borders, and how has history changed the North-South Korean border over time?

      Highlights

      • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th!
      • 2 capital cities, Pyongyang & Seoul
      • Mt. Paekdu, surrounded by alpine forests and topped by Lake Chon, is the highest mountain in Korea. This sacred mountain in Korea is associated with the origins of the Korean people, and of great significance to the revolution.
      • Explore Dandong city, a Chinese border city & gateway to the DPRK.
      • The Demilitarized Zone from both the northern and southern sides: the Concrete Wall, Dorasan Station, and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
      • Mt. Halla, a shield volcano and the highest mountain in South Korea, and often referred to in North Korean songs about reunification.
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 12 | Monday

        *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.  
        • 17:27 // 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

      2. August 13 | Tuesday

        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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • 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.
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. August 14 | Wednesday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • 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 with 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.
        • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

        PM

        • Tram Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street. A Koryo exclusive!
        • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

        • 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.
        • Munsu Water Park // We’ll 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).
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
        Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
      4. August 15 | Thursday

        Liberation Day

        Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

        AM
        • 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.
        • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool 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 dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
        • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        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.
        • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) // A one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Kaeson Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).
        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      5. August 16 | Friday

        Nampo

        AM
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1-hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
        • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm // The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung (there is a bronze statue of him and various farm workers here), the place where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse and the local shop & kindergarten, see the fields and greenhouses.
        • Tae’an Glass Factory // Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.
        PM
        • West Sea Barrage // An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        • Wau Islet // Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang.
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven types of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
        • Potonggang Restaurant Lamb BBQ // One of the best lamb barbeque places around. Good atmosphere and location as well as food.
        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      6. August 17 | Saturday

        Wonsan

        AM
        • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and gateway to Mt. Kumgang. One of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK. A 4 hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall 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.
        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 German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
        • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp // 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, where you can purchase paintings.
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse // Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

        Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. Large seaside building. Basic but clean and with an excellent bookshop often stocking titles long sold-out in Pyongyang. Great interior decorating.
      7. August 18 | Sunday

        Mt. Kumgang

        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 legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
        • 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.

        PM

        • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area // ‘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. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

        Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
      8. August 19 | Monday

        Back to Wonsan

        AM

        • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

        • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

        PM

        • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

        Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan

      9. August 20 | Tuesday

        Flight to Mt. Paekdu!

        AM

        • Charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu from Wonsan Kalma International Airport that is not-yet used for any international flight but a fascinating point for looking at the plans to develop this area. The US Marines landed here during the Korean War.
        • Mt. Paekdu crater rim and Lake Chon // Ascend to the highest point in all of Korea (on foot, or by funicular railway) for amazing views of the highest crater lake in the world, sitting in the caldera of the volcano. A breathtaking and remote place of stunning and unique scenery – unforgettable in fact. From the top one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters. Basic facilities on site with a picnic lunch to maximise the time here.

        PM

        • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp // The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in a hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
        • Rimyongsu Waterfall // A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighbouring villages.

        Overnight: Pegaebong Hotel. The only option in this area. Located on the edge of Samjiyon Town. A well-maintained place offering hospitable service, a range of potato-based dishes (spuds are the main crop in this area) as well as billiards and a very nice garden area.
      10. August 21 | Wednesday

        Samjiyon Town and flight back to Pyongyang

        AM

        • Samjiyon Grand Monument // Vast complex of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country and a truly impressive scenic/propaganda wonder. On the site that the army paused before their first major military engagement. Look for Mt. Paekdu in the background on a clear day.
        • Samjiyon Schoolchildren’s Palace // Centre of extracurricular activities in the arts, music, and sports for local children with a performance.
        PM
        • Charter flight back to Pyongyang Sunan Airport.
        • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
        • Moran Beer Bar // A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers). Also serves food.
        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      11. August 22 | Thursday

        Drive to Kaesong

        AM
        • Drive 3 hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone with a stop at the Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification an iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between the Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
        • Pakyon Waterfall // Light walking with a picnic lunch in a relaxing wooded area. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes swimming in the series of pools above the falls.
        PM
        • Gwanum Temple // Located a 30-minute hike, above Pakyon Waterfalls, the temple dates back more than a thousand years and is dedicated to the Buddhist Bodhisattva or Mercy. There is an ornate marble Bodhisattva statue the nearby cave. The current building dates back to the Ri Dynasty and has an interesting tale associated with its construction.
        • Tomb of King Kongmin // Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Janam Hill and Old City View // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.

        Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.
      12. August 23 | Friday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM
        • Old City Walk and South Gate // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
        • 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.
        • Sonjuk Bridge // Small stone bridge built in 1290, which in 1392 was the site of of the assassination of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty). 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 that can be seen to this day.
        • 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. The buildings are in Koryo Dynasty style but date back to the early 17th century following their destruction in the Imjin War.
        • Stamp Shop // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.
        • 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!
        PM
        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang. 3-hour drive.
        • 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.
        • Farewell dinner at the Bowling Alley's bulgogi restaurant.
        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      13. August 24 | Saturday

        Train to Dandong

        AM

        • After leaving Pyongyang on the 10:25 train and enjoying the ride through rural DPRK we cross the bridge into China passing customs from both countries. Disembark at 16:23 and meet the local guide in Dandong.
        PM
        • Broken Bridge // The iconic attraction of Dandong is a bridge that leads across the river – to nowhere. It was bombed in 1951 by the US Air Force and never repaired. A viewing platform halfway across terminates this cul-de-sac as well as being a great place for photos.
        • We will have a delicious dinner of local specialities before a night of freedom to try out some local nightlife or simply relax.
        Overnight: Sunny Resort Hotel, Dandong.
      14. August 25 | Sunday

        Dandong and ferry to the southern side

        AM
        • Tiger Mountain Great Wall // The wall terminates atop a hill overlooking a North Korean island, just a metre from the Chinese side of the narrow river, don’t step across it though!
        • Museum of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea // See the Chinese side of the conflict, accounts of the exploits of the ‘volunteer’ army, propaganda war and some amazing models and panoramas, as well as a field of war machines too. Please note that the museum is currently undergoing renovation. The re-opening day is yet to be announced.
        PM
        • Boat Trip on the Yalu River // Get a peek into the border city of Sinuiju. The river itself is the border between the two countries so this ship swings very close to the DPRK shore, close enough to exchange greetings and waves with locals on the other side.
        • Ferry to Incheon // A 16-hour cruise to the Republic of Korea (ROK). 6-beds per cabin with bathroom. Dinner on the ferry is not included but can be purchased on board. 
        Overnight: Ferry boat
      15. August 26 | Monday

        Incheon and Seoul City Tour

        AM

        • Arrival to Incheon Port at 9:00, South Korean immigration and customs. Incheon was the site of the landing of American forces in September 1950 which resulted in the reversal of the Korean War in favour of the United Nations. Incheon is also the home of the only official Chinatown in South Korea.
        • Jayu Park // Also known as Incheon’s Freedom Park, celebrating the end of the Korean War. Many name changes over the year represent the many years of history it’s steeped in. The current name was given when a statue of General McArthur was put in place.
        • Transfer to Seoul. Approx. 1.5 hour.

        PM

        • Gyeongbokbung // The Gyeongbokbung, or Gyeongbok Palace was built in 1395. Gyeongbokbung acted as the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) and, as the largest palace, is often argued to be the most beautiful.
        • Bukchon Hanok Village // A chance to be immersed in traditional Korean culture as you explore the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, or hanoks.
        • Gwanghwamun Square // Also known as Gwanghwamun Plaza, is a large public open space featuring fountains and statues of historical significance, also housing the royal administrative buildings known as the ‘ Street of Six Ministries’.
        • Check-in at the hotel, and free time in the evening. Please note that dinner is not included on South Korean side.

        Overnight: 4* hotel in Seoul

      16. August 27 | Tuesday

        DMZ and JSA Tour

        AM

        • Drive to Imjingak, the South’s version of Panmunjom, visit the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) from the other side.
        • Third Infiltration Tunnel // The Third Tunnel of Aggression is one of four known tunnels built by North Korea running from north to south. Visitors can take a tour of this tunnel, but photography is not permitted inside.
        • Dorasan Observatory // One of the many observatories at the DMZ where you can overlook North Korea from the South and have a peek back into Kaesong and other places back in the DPRK.
        • Dorasan Station // The last stop in South Korea before the tracks enter North Korea. It is located 56km from Seoul and 205km from Pyongyang.
        • Bulgogi lunch.

        PM

        • Camp Bonifas // A UN command post in South Korea, 400 meters away from the southern line of the DMZ. Also home to the “world’s most dangerous hole in golf” as it sports a golf course surrounded by landmines. A safety briefing will be held here by a South Korean or American military guide before visiting the JSA. Please note that cancellation is possible.
        • JSA // Visit the Joint Security Area (Truce Village) from the south as well. It is the closest you’ll be getting to North Korea from the South side.
        • Drive back to Seoul.
        • Free time at your own leisure.

        Overnight: Seoul

      17. August 28 | Wednesday

        Seoul City Tour

        AM

        • Seodaemun Independence Park and Prison // An area dedicated to independence fighters during the Japanese colonial period. The site was used by Japanese imperialists as a prison for independence activists.
        • War Memorial of Korea // Visit the War Memorial of Korea in South Korea and see things from a different perspective. The War Memorial of Korea features both indoor and outdoor exhibition halls containing approx. 33,000 artefacts.

        PM

        • Namsan and Seoul N Tower // One of the biggest landmarks in Seoul and a must-visit! With a great view of the surrounding Namsan mountains, it’s a great way to unwind. There are restaurants, an art gallery, and lots in the surrounding area to keep you busy!
        • Dongdaemun Market // Originally opened in 1905 is steeped in history and culture. It was completely destroyed during the Korean War and rebuilt in 1959. Here, you can get all of your traditional and modern goods.
        • Free time at your own leisure.

        Overnight: Seoul

      18. August 29 | Thursday

        Historic city of Gyeongju

        AM

        • KTX to Gyeongju // A 2-hour train ride on the Korean high-speed train to Gyeongju, Korea’s ancient capital city. Leave behind the bright lights of Seoul and steep yourself in history. There’s more temples, tombs, and palace ruins here than any other place in South Korea.
        PM
        • Tumuli Park // Tumuli in Korean means ‘tombs’. In Gyeongju, the Tumuli Park is come to over 25 tombs in an area that used to be a small town. In the 1970s, buildings were removed and the area was turned into a peaceful park.
        • Gyeongju National Museum // Home to many historical and cultural artefacts from the Silla Dynasty (57 BCE - 935 CE). It was recently renovated and holds various special exhibitions throughout the year.
        • Cheomseongdae Observatory // Cheomseongdae literally means ‘star-gazing’. It is the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia and was constructed during the Silla Dynasty.
        • Free time at your own leisure.
        Overnight: Gyeongju Hanokstay. Here guests stay in traditional Korean housing and sleep on heated floors.
      19. August 30 | Friday

        Gyeongju and Busan

        AM
        • Bulguksa Temple // This temple is situated close to the Seokguram Grotto on the slopes of Mt. Toham. It contains seven National treasures of South Korea and is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Seokguram Grotto // A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a temple built in the Silla Dynasty and contains a large seated statue of Buddha - largely considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Buddhist art in the world.
        PM
        • Drive to Busan // Busan is Korea’s second largest city by population. Located in the south-east, it is an economic and industrial hub and is home to Korea’s busiest port - the 9th busiest port in the world!
        • Busan Tower // An iconic symbol of Busan and is 69m above sea level. Here you can get a great night view of the city lit-up with plenty to do around the area.
        • Jagalchi Fish Market // One for seafood lovers, this Jagalchi Market is Korea’s biggest seafood market. It sells both live and dried fish which you can eat right in the market.
        • Gukje Market // ‘Gukje’ in Korean means ‘international’ and Gukje Market is one of Korea’s largest markets. After the Korean War, refugees who fled to Busan set up their shops and stalls at this market to earn money. It also connects to further, smaller markets!
        • Check-in at the hotel, and free time at your own leisure.
        Overnight: 3* or 4* hotel in Busan
      20. August 31 | Saturday

        Busan and flight to Jeju Island

        AM
        • Busan Modern History Museum // Housed in the former building of the Busan Branch of the Oriental Development Company during Japanese imperialist rule and the CIA post after the Korean War, this museum exhibits the history of modern Busan, including Japanese colonial rule and the period of the Korean War.
        • UN Memorial Cemetery // Was built to honour UN soldiers that were killed during the Korean War. The grounds spread over 135,000 square meters and includes various monuments and two ponds.
        • Gamcheon Culture Village OR Songdo Beach // Enjoy a stroll amongst various murals and cute cafes downside alleyways in a colourful collection of residential houses on the side of a mountain, or spend time at Songdo Beach that has various activities, such as swimming and sunbathing. But aside from beach activities, there’s also a skywalk and a cable car to keep you busy.
        PM
        • Jeju Air flight 7C 515 from Busan Gimhae International Airport at 17:05, arriving on Jeju Island at 18:00. Jeju island is a volcanic island in Jeju province. It is a popular tourist destination for both foreign and Korean tourists, with a pleasant climate all year-round. It’s home to the famous Lava Tubes World Heritage Site.
        • Transfer to hotel, and free time at your own leisure.
        Overnight: 3* or 4* hotel near Jeju Airport
      21. September 1 | Sunday

        Mt. Halla hike
        • Mt. Halla is South Korea’s highest peak, and an active volcano. From the peak, you get incredible views stretching across Jeju Island. There will be 2 options here: All-day hike up Gwanemsa and down Seongpanak with the Koryo Tours tour leader or a shorter hike up with a local tour guide before visiting the 4.3 Peace Park.
        • Jeju 4.3 Peace Park (optional) // Created to remember those who fell during the massacres of the Jeju 4.3 incident, the Jeju Peace Park is a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
        • Drop off at the hotel around 18:00. We can help you arrange an extra night on Jeju or you can fly out of Jeju in the evening. The Jeju-Seoul route is the World's busiest air route and you can board a plane back to the capital in at least every 15 minutes.
        Tour Ends
    • Extras

      • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (One Korea Tour)

        This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. Flight to Pyongyang is also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to the flight to Pyongyang.

      • 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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      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

        Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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      • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

        This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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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      • Insurance (10 to 13 night)

        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
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Dandong and ferry Dandong – Incheon
        All meals in North Korea except meals on the train and the ferry, breakfast and lunch in South Korea
        Hotel accommodation
        Koryo Tours tour leader
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in North Korea and a local Korean guide and a driver in South Korea
        All transportation in the DPRK incl. the charther flight to Mt. Paekdu
        All transportation in the ROK incl. the KTX train to Busan and flight Busan – Jeju
      • Not included
        North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang (199 EUR)
        Meals on the trains and the ferry
        Dinners in South Korea
        Optional single room supplement of 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)
        Spending money for souvenirs
    • Notes

      Groups will be in the experienced hands of local Korean guides and a 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 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 21st July, 2019.

    August 31 - September 24/25 2019

    The North Korea Mega Tour | The DMZ to Mount Paektu & Beyond (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

    24 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    An epic life-changing journey and the longest tour of the year! Travel inside North Korea
    — from Pyongyang to the DMZ, Mount Paektu and far beyond! Round-trip by train or upgrade
    to flight. Book early!

    From 3,999 EUR per person

    Please apply by 15th August, 2019.

    The North Korea Mega Tour | The DMZ to Mount Paektu & Beyond (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

    24 nights in the DPRK +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    An epic life-changing journey and the longest tour of the
    year! Travel inside North Korea — from Pyongyang to the DMZ,
    Mount Paektu and far beyond! Round-trip by train or upgrade
    to flight. Book early!

    From 3,999 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Koryo Tours' annual Mega Tour every September is the ultimate journey to the DPRK. Experience inside North Korea on this full-on 24-night tour.

      We'll travel from Pyongyang, Panmunjom and the DMZ to stunning Mount Paektu, Mount Chilbo, and Mount Kumgang as well as the rarely-visited industrial cities of Chongjin, Hamhung, and Wonsan, plus much more.

      Updated for 2019 with new locations and activities, this is our longest tour to-date. The trip covers thousands of kilometres from the capital Pyongyang to the country's far north, south, east, and west by bus and three internal flights.

      On the way, we’ll stop by all the must-see tour attractions - from massive political structures and monuments to pristine mountains, forests, and beaches to the socialist industry and agriculture that are the backbone of the DPRK economy.

      We'll also be in Pyongyang for National Day, a major North Korean holiday, and see how North Koreans celebrate the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK.

      Get to know one of the least-understood countries in the world and its people as it stands at a crossroads in its relations with its long-time adversaries: South Korea and the United States.

      There will be plenty of chances and time to meet and interact with North Koreans through activities, sports, games, and serendipitous encounters. Really the only way to know North Korea is to spend time there and this trip offers a unique chance for an overview of much of the country. Take it from us; we've been travelling to North Korea for 25 years!

      Join us for this unforgettable trip of a lifetime.

      Looking for something shorter? You can also book just the first 10-nights or second 14-nights of this tour. See our National Day Long Tour and Unseen North Korea tours, respectively.

      In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

      Below is an overview of the North Korea Mega Tour trip highlights, itinerary, transport choices, North Korean tourist visa information, and additional options.

      Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

      Highlights

      • Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, over the National Day Celebrations
      • The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Mansudae Grand Monument, and International Friendship Exhibition
      • The DMZ and Panmunjom at Kaesong
      • Mount Paektu, sacred mountain of the Korean people and 'birthplace of the Korean revolution'
      • Rarely-visited industrial Chongjin and Hamhung
      • Scenic Mount Kumgang, Mount Chilbo, Mount Kuwol, and Mount Myohyang
      • Factories, farms, shops, school, and charming hotels all across the DPRK
      • Volleyball, hiking, picnics, and shopping to get you out among the locals
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 30 | Friday

        *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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
      2. August 31 | Saturday

        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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
        • 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!
        • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

        Overnight |  Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

      3. September 1 | Sunday

        Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and travel from Pyongyang to Kaesong via Sariwon. We'll end the day with a visit to the Tomb of King Kongmin, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and with a beautiful kayagum (Korean zither) performance.

        AM
        • 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.
        • Drive south for 1 hour along the Reunification Highway to the city of Sariwon, provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agro-industry. On the way, we'll stop by the Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument, the iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. This monument is also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
        • 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.

        PM
        • Continue south to Kaesong, 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.
        • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

        • Gwanum Temple and Taehungsan Fortress | located behind Pakyon Waterfalls this complex of mostly ruined buildings dates from more than a thousand years ago. Most of the temple remains intact since its last renovation in the 17th century

        • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours.

        Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.

      4. September 2 | Monday

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

        AM
        • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate
        • 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!

        PM
        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
        • Sunyang Pavilion | Home of Koryo Minister Jong Mong Ju. Also a film set.
        • Manwoldae | Historic ruins of the Koryo Dynasty Palace.
        • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
        Overnight Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity. Recommended in winter.
      5. September 3 | Tuesday

        Drive to Kaesong to Nampo via Sariwon, the scenic Chaeryong Plains and Mount Kuwol, the 'September Mountain'. We'll cross the West Sea Barrage at the mouth of the Taedong River in the evening to reach Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang.

        AM
        • 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.
        • Sinchon Town and Museum of US War Crimes | Recently renovated museum dedicated to ‘crimes committed by the US imperialists’. Located on the site of a civilian massacre, the museum has an array of harrowing exhibits, displays, and panoramas on the haunting events that took place in this region during the war. Not for the faint at heart and sensitivity is called for here. Please note that this location was closed to foreign visitors in 2018 following the DPRK-US Summit Meeting. If the situation changes, we will visit this site. Alternatively, we will visit a farm on the Chaeryong Plain.
        PM
        • Mt. Kuwol | A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a full-day drive between Nampo and Kaesong after crossing over the West Seat Barrage in the morning.  
        • Woljong Temple | Buddhist temple established in the middle of the 9th century and later rebuilt at the start of the Ri Dynasty.
          • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
          • Clam BBQ A North Korean style clam bake!  
          Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
        • September 4 | Wednesday

          Nampo to Pyongsong via the Taedong River Valley. We'll drive back through this centre of industry to Pyongyang and onward north to Pyongsong, satellite city of Pyongyang and a centre of scientific research and commerce.

          AM
          • Tae’an Glass Factory | Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass. OR 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’.
          • Drive to Pyongyang by the riverside-road along the Taedong River, on which you can view a range of economic activity from construction to river transport.
          • Chilgol Revolutionary Site | The native home of Kang Pan Sok, mother of President Kim Il Sung. A Statue of ‘the Mother of Korea’ sits outside.

          PM

          • Drive 45 minute north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang, centre of science and technological research, and the provincial seat of South Pyong’an province.
          • Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site | Headquarters of the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War in the hills north of Pyongyang. Preserved traditional homes which served as army offices during the war, bunkers, as well as burnt trees and bomb casing from American aerial attacks set among a bucolic landscape. The on-site museum compliments the War Museum in Pyongyang.
          • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers customary.

          Overnight Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong. The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. One of the best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hairdresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.

        • September 5 | Thursday

          The International Friendship Exhibition and the beautiful Mt. Myohyang in the mountains north of Pyongyang.

          AM
          • Drive approximately. 2 hours further north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, 'the mountain of mysterious fragrance'.
          • International Friendship Exhibition | A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
          • Pohyon Buddhist Temple | A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
          PM
          • Manpok Valley Walk | A hike passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.

          Overnight Huichon Hotel, Huichon. Basic but clean hotel located 30 minutes north of Mt. Myohyang. Local food, on-site sauna, limited electricity. A must for those wishing to visit every province in the DPRK as it is situated just across the border into the otherwise tourist-devoid Jagang Province

        • September 6 | Friday

          Mt. Myohyang to Pyongyang via Anju, a rarely visited industrial city and centre of coal production.

          AM
          • Paeksang Pavilion and Anju City Walls | The greatest pavilion in Pyong’an Province overlooking the Chongchon River. Rebuilt after destruction in the Korean War.
          PM
          • Doksung Primary School | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
            • 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 | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

          • September 7 | Saturday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM
            • Changgwangwon Health Complex | Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (€) purchased on the spot. One of our favourites! Open Saturday mornings to foreigners or by special arrangement.
            • Mansudae Art Studio | Centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold
            • 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.
            PM
            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | A world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip. Unmissable.
            • Grand People’s Study House  |  National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
            • Moran Beer Bar | A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers). Also serves food.
            • Kaeson Funfair | Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot (€-€€).

            Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
          • September 08 | Sunday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM
            • Pyongyang Metro Tour (two-line ride) | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride both lines and stop off at smaller stations, rarely visited by tourists
            • 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.
            PM
            • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
            • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
            • 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!
            • Taedong Gate | The traditional water gate of Pyongyang city.
            • Yanggakdo International Cinema | An exclusive showing of a Korean film at one of Pyongyang’s major cinemas. Subtitles in English.
            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          • September 09 | Monday

            National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

            AM
            • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
            • Mangyongdae Native House:  Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung.  A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.  
            • 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

            PM
            • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
            • 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.
            • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
            • 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).
            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          • September 10 | Tuesday

            Slow day in Pyongyang. This morning we'll allow everyone to sleep in for some much-needed rest and those who want to can go for a walking tour of the city.

            AM

            • City walk | To be determined.

            PM
            • Korean Central Art Museum | We’ll tour the galleries exhibiting Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The excellent local guides offer one of the best introductions to Korean culture and history.
            • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students. A vast and iconic building shaped like a mother’s embrace.

            Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

          • September 11 | Wednesday

            Drive to Hamhung, the DPRK's second largest city and centre of heavy industry, stopping at sights along the way.

            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. A 6 to 7-hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall. 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.
            • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs

            PM
            • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
              • 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, Majon. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
            • September 12 | Thursday

              From Hamhung to the truly rarely visited Pujon Highlands (and back!)

              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!

              PM

              • Pujon Highlands | A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometer river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site -a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.

              Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. 

            • September 13 | Friday

              Drive to Wonsan, a major port city on North Korea's east coast.

              AM

              • 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.
              •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
              • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

              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.
              • 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 harbour (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.

            • September 14 | Saturday

              Drive to Mt. Kumgang and hiking at Mt. Kumgang

              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 legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 - 3-hour drive.
              • 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.

              PM

              • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area | ‘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. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
              Overnight | Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
            • September 15 | Sunday

              Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

              AM

              • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

              • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site | Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

              PM

              • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

              • Drive back west to Pyongyang Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort

              Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 

            • September 16 | Monday

              Charter flight to sacred Mt Paektu

              AM

              • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mount Paektu located in the far north of the country. A 1-hour flight.
              • Mount Paektu | ‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mount Paektu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK. Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744-meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
              • Lake Chon | The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

              PM

              • Mount Paektu Secret Camp | The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
              • Rimyongsu Waterfall | A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighbouring villages.

              Overnight | Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon. Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!

            • September 17 | Tuesday

              Charter flight to North Hamgyong Province and Mount Chilbo

              AM

              • Samjiyon Grand Monument | Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
              • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1-hour flight.

              PM

              • Upon arrival at Mount Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range. The ‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.

              Overnight Homestay Village, Mount Chilbo. The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

            • September 18 | Wednesday

              Mount Chilbo

              AM

              • Hiking to Kangson Gate | A morning hike to Kangson Gate, a rock archway overlooking the sea.
              PM
              • Local games, boating, and picnic at homestay village | The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team. Fees for boating, swimming (shower or swimsuit rental), a la carte BBQ (mushroom and fish), and cooking class to be paid on the spot. Estimated 100-300 RMB depending on the activities you choose.

              Overnight | Homestay Village, Mount Chilbo. The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

            • September 19 | Thursday

              Mount Chilbo to Chongjin

              AM

              • We’ll leave Mount Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin | The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamgyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
              • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum  | Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
              • Chongjin Central Square  | Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

              PM

              • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance  | Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

              • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club  | Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

              Overnight | Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging, Chongjin. The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

            • September 20 | Friday

              Hoeryong, border city with China.

              AM

              • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
              • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk | Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

              PM

              • Native House of Kim Jong Suk | Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
              • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum  | Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country.
              • Kim Ki Sung Middle School  | Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

              Overnight | Hoeryong Hotel, Hoeryong. A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

            • September 21 |  Saturday

              Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

              AM

              • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamgyong Province E-Library |  A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
              • Chongjin Trolley Bus |  We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

              PM

              • In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1 hour 20-minute flight.

              Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

            • September 22 | Sunday

              Sundays in Pyongyang

              AM

              • Pyongyang Central Zoo | Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong featuring animals from Korea and abroad (many donated from friendly African leaders), as well as displays about natural scientists, dinosaurs, etc. Very popular with local families on Sundays
              • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here (€). At the top of the hill are the graves of Kim Jong Suk (wife of Kim Il Sung) and Kim Chaek (his right-hand man).

              PM

              • Science and Technology Centre | Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
              • United Front Monument | Located near the new Sci-Tech complex, this monument tells visitors about the short-lived 1940s movement that included Communist organisations in South Korea as well as their ideological partners in the North.
              • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
              • Future Scientists Street | Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.

              Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

            • September 23 | Monday

              Hoechang, mountainous area and site of Chinese People's Volunteer Army operations during the Korean War.

              AM

              • Drive to Hoechang, a 3-4 hour drive.
              • Cemetery for the Martyrs of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army  | Built in the 1950s (renovated in 2010) and opened by Zhou Enlai. Scenic Chinese hillside cemetery with domed tombs of 134 Chinese soldiers. Including a bust and tomb of Mao Anying; the Chairman’s son.

              PM

              • Songhung Revolutionary Site | Drive past the giant zinc factory to the wartime base of the Volunteer Army. Caves and tunnels, buildings from the period used by the soldiers and by Kim Il Sung when he visited to thank them for assistance.
              • Return to Pyongyang.
              • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

              Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

            • September 24 | Tuesday


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

              AM
              • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

              OR

              • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, September 25 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
          • Extras

            • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

              This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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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            • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

              Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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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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            • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

              This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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            • Insurance (21 to 23 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
              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 in the DPRK
              Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
              A Koryo Tours tour leader
              All transportation in the DPRK (including three national charter flights)
            • Not included
              DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
              Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 EUR)
              Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
              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
              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 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 15th August, 2019.

          August 31 - September 10/11 2019

          North Korea National Day Long Tour | Pyongyang & Kaesong to Hyangsan (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

          10 nights in the DPRK +
          Beijing-Pyongyang travel
          time

          A 10-night journey inside North Korea from Kaesong and the DMZ to Hyangsan and the International Friendship
          Exhibition. Be in Pyongyang for National Day, one of the largest North Korean holidays. Round-trip by
          train or upgrade to flights.

          From 1,599 EUR per person

          Please apply by 15th August, 2019.

          North Korea National Day Long Tour | Pyongyang & Kaesong to Hyangsan (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

          10 nights in the DPRK +
          Beijing-Pyongyang travel
          time

          A 10-night journey inside North Korea from Kaesong and the DMZ to Hyangsan
          and the International Friendship Exhibition. Be in Pyongyang for National
          Day, one of the largest North Korean holidays. Round-trip by train or
          upgrade to flights.

          From 1,599 EUR per person

          • Overall

            National Day on September 9 is one of the largest North Korean holidays. Be in Pyongyang for the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK for mass dances and possible fireworks.

            In addition to the must-see Pyongyang attractions, We’ll take a ride on both lines of the Pyongyang Metro and take on the locals in a game of volleyball.

            September is one of the best times of the year to tour North Korea for fine weather and long days. This 10-night adventure gets you out of Pyongyang to explore a range of places, from the DMZ at Kaesong to Hyangsan (Mt. Myohyang) and the enormous International Friendship Exhibition - exhibition hall of gifts to the DPRK leaders.

            We’ll visit plenty in between, including the port city of Nampo Sariwon, Pyongsong, and Anju - a rarely visited industrial city.

            Year to year this one of Koryo’s most popular tours, this tour has it all: grand monuments, museums, historic sights, industry, agriculture, schools, and more!

            See even more on the road inside North Korea on our 24-night National Day Mega Tour - the extended option fo this tour.

            In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

            Scroll down for a summary of trip highlights, full tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa service, and tour extras.

            Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

            Highlights

            • Pyongyang for DPRK National Day on September 9
            • The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Mansudae Grand Monument, and International Friendship Exhibition
            • Full tour of the Pyongyang Metro to rarely-visited stations
            • Panmunjom tour at the DMZ near historic Kaesong
            • Beautiful Mt. Myohyang - the 'mountain of mysterious fragrance' - and Mt. Kuwol - the September Mountain
            • The DPRK's agricultural and industrial heartland
            • Hiking, picnics, shopping, and volleyball to get you out among the locals
          • Itinerary

            Briefing Day
            1. August 30 | Friday

              *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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
            2. August 31 | Saturday

              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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
              • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
              • 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!
              • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

              Overnight |  Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

            3. September 1 | Sunday

              Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and travel from Pyongyang to Kaesong via Sariwon. We'll end the day with a visit to the Tomb of King Kongmin, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and with a beautiful kayagum (Korean zither) performance.

              AM
              • 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.
              • Drive south for 1 hour along the Reunification Highway to the city of Sariwon, provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agro-industry. On the way, we'll stop by the Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument, the iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. This monument is also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
              • 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.

              PM
              • Continue south to Kaesong, 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.
              • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

              • Gwanum Temple and Taehungsan Fortress | located behind Pakyon Waterfalls this complex of mostly ruined buildings dates from more than a thousand years ago. Most of the temple remains intact since its last renovation in the 17th century

              • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
              • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours.

              Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.

            4. September 2 | Monday

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

              AM
              • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate
              • 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!

              PM
              • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
              • Sunyang Pavilion | Home of Koryo Minister Jong Mong Ju. Also a film set.
              • Manwoldae | Historic ruins of the Koryo Dynasty Palace.
              • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
              Overnight Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity. Recommended in winter.
            5. September 3 | Tuesday

              Drive to Kaesong to Nampo via Sariwon, the scenic Chaeryong Plains and Mount Kuwol, the 'September Mountain'. We'll cross the West Sea Barrage at the mouth of the Taedong River in the evening to reach Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang.

              AM
              • 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.
              • Sinchon Town and Museum of US War Crimes | Recently renovated museum dedicated to ‘crimes committed by the US imperialists’. Located on the site of a civilian massacre, the museum has an array of harrowing exhibits, displays, and panoramas on the haunting events that took place in this region during the war. Not for the faint at heart and sensitivity is called for here. Please note that this location was closed to foreign visitors in 2018 following the DPRK-US Summit Meeting. If the situation changes, we will visit this site. Alternatively, we will visit a farm on the Chaeryong Plain.
              PM
              • Mt. Kuwol | A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a full-day drive between Nampo and Kaesong after crossing over the West Seat Barrage in the morning.  
              • Woljong Temple | Buddhist temple established in the middle of the 9th century and later rebuilt at the start of the Ri Dynasty.
                • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
                • Clam BBQ A North Korean style clam bake!  
                Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
              • September 4 | Wednesday

                Nampo to Pyongsong via the Taedong River Valley. We'll drive back through this centre of industry to Pyongyang and onward north to Pyongsong, satellite city of Pyongyang and a centre of scientific research and commerce.

                AM
                • Tae’an Glass Factory | Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass. OR 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’.
                • Drive to Pyongyang by the riverside-road along the Taedong River, on which you can view a range of economic activity from construction to river transport.
                • Chilgol Revolutionary Site | The native home of Kang Pan Sok, mother of President Kim Il Sung. A Statue of ‘the Mother of Korea’ sits outside.

                PM

                • Drive 45 minute north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang, centre of science and technological research, and the provincial seat of South Pyong’an province.
                • Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site | Headquarters of the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War in the hills north of Pyongyang. Preserved traditional homes which served as army offices during the war, bunkers, as well as burnt trees and bomb casing from American aerial attacks set among a bucolic landscape. The on-site museum compliments the War Museum in Pyongyang.
                • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers customary.

                Overnight Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong. The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. One of the best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hairdresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.

              • September 5 | Thursday

                The International Friendship Exhibition and the beautiful Mt. Myohyang in the mountains north of Pyongyang.

                AM
                • Drive approximately. 2 hours further north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, 'the mountain of mysterious fragrance'.
                • International Friendship Exhibition | A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
                • Pohyon Buddhist Temple | A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
                PM
                • Manpok Valley Walk | A hike passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.

                Overnight Huichon Hotel, Huichon. Basic but clean hotel located 30 minutes north of Mt. Myohyang. Local food, on-site sauna, limited electricity. A must for those wishing to visit every province in the DPRK as it is situated just across the border into the otherwise tourist-devoid Jagang Province

              • September 6 | Friday

                Mt. Myohyang to Pyongyang via Anju, a rarely visited industrial city and centre of coal production.

                AM
                • Paeksang Pavilion and Anju City Walls | The greatest pavilion in Pyong’an Province overlooking the Chongchon River. Rebuilt after destruction in the Korean War.
                PM
                • Doksung Primary School | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
                  • 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 | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

                • September 7 | Saturday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Changgwangwon Health Complex | Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (€) purchased on the spot. One of our favourites! Open Saturday mornings to foreigners or by special arrangement.
                  • Mansudae Art Studio | Centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | A world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip. Unmissable.
                  • Grand People’s Study House  |  National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                  • Moran Beer Bar | A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers). Also serves food.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot (€-€€).

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
                • September 08 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour (two-line ride) | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride both lines and stop off at smaller stations, rarely visited by tourists
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
                  • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                  • 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!
                  • Taedong Gate | The traditional water gate of Pyongyang city.
                  • Yanggakdo International Cinema | An exclusive showing of a Korean film at one of Pyongyang’s major cinemas. Subtitles in English.
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                • September 09 | Monday

                  National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                  AM
                  • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
                  • Mangyongdae Native House:  Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung.  A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.  
                  • 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

                  PM
                  • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                  • 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.
                  • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • 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).
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                • September 10 | Tuesday


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

                  AM
                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

                  OR

                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, September 21 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

              • Extras

                • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

                  This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also 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.

                  See more
                • 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.

                  See more
                • 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.

                  See more
                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

                  Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

                  See more
                • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

                  This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

                  See more
                • Insurance (10 to 13 night)

                  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.

                • 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.

                  See more
              • 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 in the DPRK
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  A Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK (including three national charter flights)
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  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
                  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 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 15th August, 2019.

              September 2019

              September 5 - September 10/11 2019

              North Korea National Day Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              See Pyongyang and Kaesong for the 71st
              anniversary of the foundation of the
              DPRK!

              From 999 EUR per person

              Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

              North Korea National Day Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              See Pyongyang and Kaesong
              for the 71st anniversary
              of the foundation of the
              DPRK!

              From 999 EUR per person

              • Overall

                One of the biggest North Korea holidays, North Korea National Day celebrates the foundation of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). This year, North Koreans throughout the country will be in full celebration mode as they enjoy the festivities for the 71st North Korea National Day.

                As well as celebrating with the local North Koreans, we’ll take you on an extensive tour throughout Pyongyang city, visiting the must-see sites including; the Mansudae Grand Monument, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, and the Pyongyang Metro.

                During this tour, we will also get the chance to have an overnight trip to the ancient city of Kaesong, the capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty. In Kaesong, we'll visit the Panmunjom Truce Village in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

                If you’re feeling adventurous, join us on our 10-day North Korea National Day tour where we head to places rarely visited by foreigners!

                In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

                Scroll down for an overview of the National Day tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • North Korea National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
                • Play volleyball against a local team in Pyongyang
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 04 | 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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

                2. September 05 | Thursday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. 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 JS152 at 14:00. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • 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, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

                3. September 06 | Friday

                  Kaesong and DMZ

                  AM
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • 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 earliest schoolchildren’s palace in the DPRK and centre of extracurricular excellence where the youth of Kaesong come to hone their skills in music, dance, sports, mechanics, taxidermy, and more!
                  • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

                  Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.

                4. September 07 | Saturday

                  Kaesong and Pyongyang

                  AM
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive

                  PM

                  • 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 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.
                  • 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).
                  • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  | Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                5. September 08 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

                  AM
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                  • Volleyball game against a local company team  | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                  • 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 | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                6. September 09 | Monday

                  National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                  AM
                  • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                  • 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.
                  • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Farewell dinner | A last dinner with the group and guides.
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                7. September 10 | Tuesday

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

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, September 11 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

                • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                  This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                • 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.

                  See more
                • 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.

                  See more
                • 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.

                  See more
                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

                  Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

                  See more
                • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

                  This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

                  See more
                • 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.

                • 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.

                  See more
              • 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
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  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 and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

                Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 22nd August, 2019.

              September 7 - September 10/11 2019

              North Korea National Day Pyongyang and DMZ Budget Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Take a weekend tour to North Korea for September 9, National
              Day. See the Pyongyang Celebrations and visit the DMZ for
              a Panmunjom Tour.

              From 699 EUR per person

              Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

              North Korea National Day Pyongyang and DMZ Budget Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Take a weekend tour to North Korea for
              September 9, National Day. See the Pyongyang
              Celebrations and visit the DMZ for a Panmunjom
              Tour.

              From 699 EUR per person

              • Overall

                This long weekend tour to North Korea gets you to Pyongyang for National Day tour and a Panmunjom tour at the DMZ - the de facto border between the Koreas.

                Take part in the September 9 National Day celebrations marking the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK. See huge student-organised mass dances and try out your dancing skills on the spot.

                This tour also includes the major highlights of North Korea, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders; the Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest subways in the world; and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, North Korea’s museum to the Korean War and location of the captured USS Pueblo.

                An unforgettable long weekend with Koryo Tours!

                Looking for a longer trip to North Korea in September? Check out our 5-night North Korea National Day Tour.

                In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

                Scroll down for an overview of the tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • North Korea National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 06 | Friday

                  *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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

                2. September 07 | Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. 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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:00 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • 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, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

                  Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A recently renovated sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Friendly staff and small on-site gym. Comfy rooms, decent hot water supply. Also has a golf driving range on-site.

                3. September 08 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

                  AM
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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.

                  PM
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive

                  Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity.
                4. September 09 | Monday

                  National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                  AM
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive
                  PM
                  • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
                  • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                  • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Farewell dinner | A last dinner with the group and guides.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.
                  Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

                5. September 10 | Tuesday

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

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.

                  OR
                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, September 11 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

                • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                  This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                • 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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                • 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.

                • 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
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  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 and a Koryo Tours tour leader.

                Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 22nd August, 2019.

              September 10 - September 24/25 2019

              Unseen North Korea | Mount Paektu, Chongjin, Mount Kumgang, & More (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

              14 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Tour Mount Paektu, Chongjin, Hamhung, Wonsan, Mount Kumgang (and that’s us just
              getting started!) for a look at ‘Unseen North Korea’. Go off the beaten track in
              the DPRK with Koryo Tours!

              From 2,599 EUR per person

              Please apply by 15th August, 2019.

              Unseen North Korea | Mount Paektu, Chongjin, Mount Kumgang, & More (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

              14 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Tour Mount Paektu, Chongjin, Hamhung, Wonsan, Mount Kumgang
              (and that’s us just getting started!) for a look at ‘Unseen
              North Korea’. Go off the beaten track in the DPRK with
              Koryo Tours!

              From 2,599 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Head further off the tourist trail as we not only take you to North Korea, but we also head into little-explored areas on this two-week North Korea adventure. We will explore Mount Paektu, the most sacred place in North Korea, as well as the industrial cities of Chongjin and Hamhung - the country’s most scenic regions open to travellers. This is Unseen North Korea.

                After arriving in the capital of Pyongyang, we’ll first cross the width of the peninsula to the DPRK’s east coast and visit Hamhung, the country’s second largest city and one of the country’s most remote regions open to foreigners, we don’t waste any time in getting off the beaten track.

                We’ll then work our way down the coast to Wonsan, a major port and area for major state-led development projects, great for lovers of sea-food! We also check out the stunning ‘Diamond Mountain’, Mount Kumgang.

                It’s then off to the DPRK’s far north by special domestic charter flight!
                We firstly stop at the volcanic Mount Paektu and Lake Chon in the mountain’s crater, before flying to the rarely-visited North Hamgyong Province.

                In North Hamgyong, we’ll visit Chongjin, the DPRK’s ‘city of steel’ and the city of Hoeryong on the Chinese border.

                We then take a well-needed relax as we hit the beaches and take a hike in the Mount Chilbo area before heading back to Pyongyang.

                After returning to the DPRK heartland in Pyongyang, we’ll then take a day trip to the Hoechang, mountainous base of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army during the Korean War. One of the most recent areas openeded to foreign visitors.

                This tour is perfect for returners after seeing more of the country, or those wanting an adventure!

                In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

                Want something more conventional but almost as equally comprehensive? Check out the 10-night National Day Long Tour.

                See below for the full Unseen North Korea itinerary, highlights, flight and train, and other upgrades.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • Mount Paektu, sacred mountain of the Korean people and 'birthplace of the Korean revolution'
                • Rarely-visited industrial Hamhung and Chongjin
                • Beautiful Mount Myohyang, Mount Chilbo, Mount Kumgang, and Mount Kuwol
                • Factories, farms, shops, school, and charming hotels all across the DPRK
                • Volleyball, hiking, picnics, and shopping to get you out among the locals
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 9 | Monday

                  *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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. September 10 | Tuesday

                  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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • 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!
                  • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.

                  Overnight |  Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

                3. September 11 | Wednesday

                  Drive to Hamhung, the DPRK's second largest city and centre of heavy industry, stopping at sights along the way.

                  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. A 6 to 7-hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall. 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.
                  • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs

                  PM
                  • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
                    • 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, Majon. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
                  • September 12 | Thursday

                    From Hamhung to the truly rarely visited Pujon Highlands (and back!)

                    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!

                    PM

                    • Pujon Highlands | A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometre river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site -a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.

                    Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. 

                  • September 13 | Friday

                    Drive to Wonsan, a major port city on North Korea's east coast.

                    AM

                    • 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.
                    •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
                    • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

                    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.
                    • 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 harbour (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.

                  • September 14 | Saturday

                    Drive to Mt. Kumgang and hiking at Mt. Kumgang

                    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 legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 - 3-hour drive.
                    • 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.

                    PM

                    • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area | ‘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. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
                    Overnight | Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
                  • September 15 | Sunday

                    Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

                    AM

                    • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

                    • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site | Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

                    PM

                    • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

                    • Drive back west to Pyongyang Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 

                  • September 16 | Monday

                    Charter flight to sacred Mt Paektu

                    AM

                    • In the morning, we will take a charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mount Paektu located in the far north of the country. A 1-hour flight.
                    • Mount Paektu | ‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mount Paektu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK. Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744-meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
                    • Lake Chon | The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

                    PM

                    • Mount Paektu Secret Camp | The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in a hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
                    • Rimyongsu Waterfall | A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighbouring villages.

                    Overnight | Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon. Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!

                  • September 17 | Tuesday

                    Charter flight to North Hamgyong Province and Mount Chilbo

                    AM

                    • Samjiyon Grand Monument | Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
                    • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1-hour flight.

                    PM

                    • Upon arrival at Mount Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range. The ‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.

                    Overnight Homestay Village, Mount Chilbo. The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

                  • September 18 | Wednesday

                    Mount Chilbo

                    AM

                    • Hiking to Kangson Gate | A morning hike to Kangson Gate, a rock archway overlooking the sea.
                    PM
                    • Local games, boating, and picnic at homestay village | The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team. Fees for boating, swimming (shower or swimsuit rental), a la carte BBQ (mushroom and fish), and cooking class to be paid on the spot. Estimated 100-300 RMB depending on the activities you choose.

                    Overnight | Homestay Village, Mount Chilbo. The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

                  • September 19 | Thursday

                    Mount Chilbo to Chongjin

                    AM

                    • We’ll leave Mount Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin | The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamgyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
                    • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum  | Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
                    • Chongjin Central Square  | Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

                    PM

                    • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance  | Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

                    • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club  | Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

                    Overnight | Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging, Chongjin. The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

                  • September 20 | Friday

                    Hoeryong, border city with China.

                    AM

                    • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
                    • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk | Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

                    PM

                    • Native House of Kim Jong Suk | Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
                    • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum  | Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country.
                    • Kim Ki Sung Middle School  | Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

                    Overnight | Hoeryong Hotel, Hoeryong. A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

                  • September 21 |  Saturday

                    Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamgyong Province E-Library |  A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
                    • Chongjin Trolley Bus |  We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

                    PM

                    • In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1-hour 20-minute flight.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

                  • September 22 | Sunday

                    Sundays in Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • Pyongyang Central Zoo | Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong featuring animals from Korea and abroad (many donated from friendly African leaders), as well as displays about natural scientists, dinosaurs, etc. Very popular with local families on Sundays
                    • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here (€). At the top of the hill are the graves of Kim Jong Suk (wife of Kim Il Sung) and Kim Chaek (his right-hand man).

                    PM

                    • Science and Technology Centre | Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
                    • United Front Monument | Located near the new Sci-Tech complex, this monument tells visitors about the short-lived 1940s movement that included Communist organisations in South Korea as well as their ideological partners in the North.
                    • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
                    • Future Scientists Street | Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

                  • September 23 | Monday

                    Hoechang, mountainous area and site of Chinese People's Volunteer Army operations during the Korean War.

                    AM

                    • Drive to Hoechang, a 3-4 hour drive.
                    • Cemetery for the Martyrs of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army  | Built in the 1950s (renovated in 2010) and opened by Zhou Enlai. Scenic Chinese hillside cemetery with domed tombs of 134 Chinese soldiers. Including a bust and tomb of Mao Anying; the Chairman’s son.

                    PM

                    • Songhung Revolutionary Site | Drive past the giant zinc factory to the wartime base of the Volunteer Army. Caves and tunnels, buildings from the period used by the soldiers and by Kim Il Sung when he visited to thank them for assistance.
                    • Return to Pyongyang.
                    • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  • September 24 | Tuesday


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

                    AM
                    • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. 

                    OR

                    • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, September 25 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                4. Extras

                  • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                    This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • Insurance (14 to 16 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.

                  • 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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                5. 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 in the DPRK
                    Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                    A Koryo Tours tour leader
                    All transportation in the DPRK (including three national charter flights)
                  • Not included
                    DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                    Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                    Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                    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
                    SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
                6. 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 15th August, 2019.

                September 14 - September 17 2019

                Mass Games North Korea Weekend Tour | 14-17 Sept

                3 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your place now on this especially
                designed weekend tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
                and the DMZ

                From 799 EUR per person

                Please apply by 14th August, 2019.

                Mass Games North Korea Weekend Tour | 14-17 Sept

                3 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your
                place now on this especially designed weekend tour for
                visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
                and the DMZ

                From 799 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  Visit Pyongyang to see North Korea’s Mass Games, the pinnacle of political propaganda in a synchorinzed performance features up to a 100,000 performers.

                  There is nothing else like it on earth with its gigantic scenes of coordinated dance, gymnastics, acrobatics, and martial arts steeped in political-symbolism before a backdrop of human “pixels”, futuristic flying drones and laser shows . Join Koryo Tours to see the performance of a life time — the 2019 Mass Games.

                  On this extended weekend tour (14-17 September) you will tour North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang with its iconic monuments and grand architecture. Highlights include the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il; the Pyongyang Metro, an extremely deep and grandly decorated subway system; as well as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum which presents the North Korean interpretation of the Korean War (1950-53),

                  You’ll see the effects of the Korean War up close on a Panmunjom Joint Security Area tour of the DMZ, the de facto border between South and North Korea, at a Kaesong. Kaesong, once the former capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392), and home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

                  We recommend booking early for tours in Mass Games seasons since transport to and from Pyongyang is limited and may sell. Book early!

                  Looking to see more while you’re in North Korea? Koryo Tours offers a full range of Mass Games tours throughout the season.

                  See below for this Mass Games weekend tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and additional notes.

                  Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                  Highlights

                  • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
                  • Pyongyang highlights — Kumsusan Memorial Palace; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; Pyongyang Metro, and more
                  • Historic city of Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
                • Itinerary

                  Briefing Day
                  1. September 13 | Friday

                    *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 the DPRK (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 is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                  2. September 14 | Saturday

                    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 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                    • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                    • 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.
                    • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

                  3. September 15 | Sunday

                    AM
                    • 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.
                    • 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 dress code (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 1950s following the Korean War.
                    PM
                    • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments — modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’
                    • 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).
                    • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                    • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry; 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.
                    • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 100 EUR.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  4. September 16 | Monday

                    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 Truce Village | Located in the middle of the 4km-wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas, and there cross temporarily into the south.

                    • 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

                    • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive
                    • 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.
                    • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                  5. September 17 | Tuesday

                    Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your transport preference upon booking. 

                    AM

                    • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.
                    OR
                    • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wed 18 Sep at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                    End of Tour
                • Extras

                  • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                    This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                • 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 except for the meals on the train
                    Hotel accommodation
                    Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                    All transportation in the DPRK
                    The experience of a lifetime
                  • Not included
                    DPRK visa fee (+50 EUR)
                    Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                    Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
                    Optional single room supplement of 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
                • 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 slightly 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 14th August, 2019.

                September 19 - September 24/25 2019

                Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour and Autumn Trade Fair Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                5 nights in North Korea +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                Join us for the Pyongyang International Film Festival and DPRK Autumn Trade Fair! Be there
                to see the glitz and glamour of the film festival opening ceremony, plus see the latest good
                on the market in North Korea!

                From 1,049 EUR per person

                Please apply by 5th September, 2019.

                Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour and Autumn Trade Fair Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                5 nights in North Korea +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                Join us for the Pyongyang International Film Festival and DPRK
                Autumn Trade Fair! Be there to see the glitz and glamour of
                the film festival opening ceremony, plus see the latest good
                on the market in North Korea!

                From 1,049 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  A special tour focused on ‘Chollywood’, the North Korean domestic film industry, and the annual 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.

                  We'll stop by the first day of the Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair for a look around too at the company stands and the newest DPRK products on display. You can also opt to stay on in the country to see more of the trade show on a custom private. custom extension to your tour.

                  In addition to PIFF and the Autumn Trade Fair, the 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 to Panmunjom for a DMZ tour from the northern side.

                  * * *

                  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)

                  Learn more about Koryo Tours' involvement with North Korean film.

                  In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

                  Scroll down for an overview of the Pyongyang International Film Festival & Autumn Trade Fair Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                  Highlights

                  • Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony
                  • Exclusive DPRK film screening and talk with North Korean filmmakers
                  • The Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair
                • Itinerary

                  Briefing Day
                  1. September 18 | Wednesday

                    AM

                    • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                    PM

                    • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and 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 travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
                    • An optional film screening of Koryo Tours' documentary 'Crossing the Line' will follow the briefing to get in the spirit of the Pyongyang International Film Festival. Crossing the Line (2006) is the story of US army defector Joe Dresnok, who crossed into North Korea in 1962 where he raised a family and lived out the rest of his days. Wine included.

                    Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

                  2. September 19 | Thursday

                    Arrival day in Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. 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 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                    • 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!

                    • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up film DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                    • Walk in the city centre and riverside  | Walk from Pyongyang's central square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then On the way we'll pass government ministries, 1950's socialist apartments, and theatres. We'll also take a walk along the riverbank for a distant view of the Yanggakdo International Cinema, the main venue for the Pyongyang International Film Festival.
                    • Exclusive Film Screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying with the film actors |  Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the first joint DPRK-UK and is a romantic comedy about a rural women pursuing her dreams of becoming a trapeze artists at the Pyongyang Circus. The film was co-produced by Koryo Tours' founder Nicholas Bonner. Free popcorn! 

                    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.  

                  3. September 20  |  Friday

                    Pyongyang City Tour and Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony!

                    AM
                    • 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. This location appears in numerous North Korean films.
                    • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city. Filming location for O Youth! (1994).
                    • 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. Filming location of for numerous Korean films, including the joint DPRK-Italian co-production Ten Zan - The Ultimate Mission (1988).
                    • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982. This location appears in numerous DPRK films.
                    PM
                    • Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony | Attend the opening ceremony to PIFF 2018 and mingle with the movers and the shakers of Cholliwood. Opening ceremony tickets included in the tour.
                    • Post-opening ceremony drinks at Paradise Micro-Brewery (0.5 EUR per glass) and noodle dinner at the Pyongyang Ramen House operated by famous Japanese chef Kenji Fujimoto. Ramen noodles included in the tour fee; sushi can be ordered on the spot; dishes starting from 50 EUR). 
                    Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 
                  4. September 21 | Saturday

                    Pyongyang Film Locations Tour

                    AM
                    • Korea Film Studio | A special interpretive tour through the studio which has produced many of Korea's films. We'll tours the sets and learn about the North Korean classic Flower Girl (1974) as well as other movies made here.

                    PM
                    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo | We’ll 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                    • 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). This location appears in numerous DPRK films.
                    • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                     
                    Overnight | The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 
                  5. September 22 | Sunday

                    Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

                    AM
                    • 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.
                    PM

                    • 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.
                    • Pakyon Waterfall and Gwanum Temple | Light hike in relaxing wooded valley past a scenic waterfall and to a beautiful Ri Dynasty era temple and a cave with a marble Bodhisattva dating back to the 10th century.  
                    • 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).
                    • 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).
                    • Kayagum Performance | A beautiful performance of this Korean stringed instrument. There is even a North Korean film about the history of the instrument! Small tip (1-2 EUR recommended). 
                    Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Spend the night in a traditional-style Korean house in Kaesong's old city. Here guests sleep on mats on the floor. The hotel has also served as a set in Korean films. 
                  6. September 23 | Monday

                    Kaesong Day Trip and 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 Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                    • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).
                    • Home of Jong Mong Ju | The former home of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju. Fimling location for many North Korean historic movies.
                    • 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 this day.

                    PM
                    • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive
                    • Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair at the Three Revolutions Exhibition | While the trade fair has almost nothing to do with film, it is a good chance to learn about commerce in the DPRK, see some interesting products, and mingle with the locals.
                    • Farewell dinner of Korean barbecue at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games.
                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                  7. September 24 | Tuesday


                    AM

                    • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00 AM.
                    OR

                    • Train departure by international train to Beijing at 10:25 AM with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday September 25 at 08:30. Hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) for the return journey. 

                    End of Tour
                • Extras

                  • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                    This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

                    Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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                  • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

                    This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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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                  • Insurance (7 to 9 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
                    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
                    Koryo Tours tour leader
                    Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                    All transportation in the DPRK
                    Film festival opening ceremony
                    DPRK film screening in Pyongyang
                    DPRK film screening in Beijing
                  • Not included
                    DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                    Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                    Optional single room supplement of 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 additional film screenings (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                    Entry tickets 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 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 5th September, 2019.

                September 21 - September 24 2019

                Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (21-24 Sept)

                3 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your place now on this especially
                designed weekend tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
                and the DMZ

                From 799 EUR per person

                Please apply by 21st August, 2019.

                Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (21-24 Sept)

                3 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your
                place now on this especially designed weekend tour for
                visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
                and the DMZ

                From 799 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  Visit Pyongyang to see North Korea’s Mass Games, the pinnacle of political propaganda in a synchorinzed performance features up to a 100,000 performers.

                  There is nothing else like it on earth with its gigantic scenes of coordinated dance, gymnastics, acrobatics, and martial arts steeped in political-symbolism before a backdrop of human “pixels”, futuristic flying drones and laser shows . Join Koryo Tours to see the performance of a life time — the 2019 Mass Games.

                  On this extended weekend tour (14-17 September) you will tour North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang with its iconic monuments and grand architecture. Highlights include the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il; the Pyongyang Metro, an extremely deep and grandly decorated subway system; as well as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum which presents the North Korean interpretation of the Korean War (1950-53),

                  You’ll see the effects of the Korean War up close on a Panmunjom Joint Security Area tour of the DMZ, the de facto border between South and North Korea, at a Kaesong. Kaesong, once the former capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392), and home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

                  We recommend booking early for tours in Mass Games seasons since transport to and from Pyongyang is limited and may sell. Book early!

                  Looking to see more while you’re in North Korea? Koryo Tours offers a full range of Mass Games tours throughout the season.

                  See below for this Mass Games weekend tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and additional notes.

                  Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                  Highlights

                  • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
                  • Pyongyang highlights — Kumsusan Memorial Palace; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; Pyongyang Metro, and more
                  • Historic city of Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
                • Itinerary

                  Briefing Day
                  1. September 20 | Friday

                    *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 the DPRK (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 is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                  2. September 21 | Saturday

                    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 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                    • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                    • 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.
                    • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

                  3. September 22 | Sunday

                    AM
                    • 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.
                    • 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 dress code (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 1950s following the Korean War.
                    PM
                    • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments — modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’
                    • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                    • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                    • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry; 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.
                    • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 100 EUR.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  4. September 23 | Monday

                    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 Truce Village | Located in the middle of the 4km-wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas, and there cross temporarily into the south.

                    • 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

                    • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive
                    • 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.
                    • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                  5. September 24 | Tuesday

                    Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight.

                    AM

                    • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.
                    OR
                    • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wed 25 Sep at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                    End of Tour
                • Extras

                  • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                    This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                • 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 except for the meals on the train
                    Hotel accommodation
                    Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                    All transportation in the DPRK
                    The experience of a lifetime
                  • Not included
                    DPRK visa fee (+50 EUR)
                    Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                    Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
                    Optional single room supplement of 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
                • 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 slightly 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 21st August, 2019.

                September 21 - September 27 2019

                One Korea Tour | Pyongyang, Seoul, and the DMZ (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                7 nights in North Korea,
                South Korea, and China

                An especially designed tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's and Seoul's
                highlights, experience the DMZ from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and society
                in the DPRK and ROK.

                From 1,995 EUR per person

                Please apply by 31st August, 2019.

                One Korea Tour | Pyongyang, Seoul, and the DMZ (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                7 nights in North Korea,
                South Korea, and China

                An especially designed tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass
                Games, Pyongyang's and Seoul's highlights, experience the DMZ
                from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and society
                in the DPRK and ROK.

                From 1,995 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  Visit the North Korean and South Korean capitals and the DMZ together on this weeklong journey.

                  This specially designed One Korea tour in cooperation with Panmunjom Travel Center will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating North Korean travel experience to take place in years – see the amazing and life-changing Mass Games.

                  Travelling from North to South, we'll explore the commonalities and differences between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south.

                  The two have been divided from each other since 1945 and still technically at war since 1950.

                  This trip will take us to the respective capitals of the DPRK and ROK. From the monumental, ordered Pyongyang to the dynamic, bustling Seoul, where we can compare how the city's have tried to better each other in the past through competitions, and how each remembers the past through visits to their Korean War museums.

                  We'll also have a tour of the DMZ at Panmunjom from both sides.

                  This tour takes you to explore the Northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang with its Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage where Chinese Koreans, North Korean, and South Koreans live and work side-by-side.

                  2018 was a historic year for the two nations, setting the tone for further potential developments in 2019. See this first hand in both countries as you learn from your North Korean guides about Korean history and reunification and engage with locals to find out more.

                  "Korea is one!" is a common saying in both North and South Korea. See if for yourself with Koryo Tours!

                  What’s it like to visit one of the world’s most dangerous borders, and how has history changed the North-South Korean border over time?

                  Want to travel across the entire Korean Peninsula? Check out our One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla also in cooperation with Panmunjom Travel Center.

                  Visa Information

                  Please read the following for important information about the visa requirements for China and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

                  We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts in and travels through China and finishes in South Korea you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China and South Korea for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese and South Korean embassy abroad, respectively. 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 note that this can only be an option at the beginning of your trip as we will be re-entering China by train in Dandong and leave for Seoul by flight in Shenyang.

                  Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China and in South Korea while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese and South Korean 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

                  • See the Mass Games one of the greatest shows on earth
                  • 2 capital cities, Pyongyang & Seoul
                  • Shenyang, the commercial hub of Northeast China with a strong Korean community where Korean Chinese, North and South Koreans live and work side-by-side
                  • The Demilitarized Zone from both the northern and southern sides: the Concrete Wall, Dorasan Station, and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides
                  • Parallel narratives of war, division, and reunification
                • Itinerary

                  Briefing Day
                  1. September 20 | Friday

                    *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.

                    AM

                    • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                    PM

                    • 16:00 | Pre-tour briefing at our Beijing Office.  
                    Overnight | Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
                  2. September 21 | Saturday

                    Arrival day in Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • 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 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                    • 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.
                    • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
                    • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry; 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.

                    Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s oldest hotel in operation and centrally located. Popular with overseas Koreans and Japanese. Excellent restaurants and cafes.

                  3. September 22 | Sunday

                    AM
                    • 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.
                    • 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 with 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.
                    PM
                    • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                    • 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.
                    • 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 dress code (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 1950s following the Korean War.
                    • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                    • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                    • Manggyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
                    • Kwangbok Supermarket and a la carte dinner at the food court | Local supermarket selling all kinds of domestically and foreign produced household goods, clothes, foods. Exchange for local currency here! Please note that local currency, the Korean Won, can only be exchanged for and spent at this location.
                    • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 100 EUR.

                    Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  4. September 23 | Monday

                    Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

                    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

                    • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
                    • Drive to Sariwon the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1.5-hour drive. 
                    • Migok Co-Operative Farm | Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and local home.
                    • Drive back to Pyongyang. 1 hour drive.
                    • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                    • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. Southcentral does it like nobody does!

                    Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  5. September 24 | Tuesday

                    Departure day from Pyongyang and train to Shenyang.

                    AM

                    • Train departure by sleeper train to Dandong at 10:25.
                    PM
                    • Train transfer at Dandong Station from the sleeper train to Dandong-Shenyang high-speed.
                    • Arrival at Shenyang Station in the evening, transfer to the city.
                    • Dinner in a North Korean Restaurant in Shenyang's Xita District.
                    Overnight | Chilbosan Hotel, Shenyang.
                  6. September 25 | Wednesday

                    Shenyang and flight to Seoul/Incheon

                    AM

                    • Free time at your own leisure or city walking tour to discover Shenyang's Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage.
                    PM
                    • Lunch in a South Korean Restaurant in Shenyang's Xita District.
                    • Transfer to Shenyang's Taoxian Airport.
                    • Flight departure from Shenyang on Korean Air flight KE834 at 16:50.
                    • Arrival to the Best Airport Worldwide, Seoul's Incheon International Airport (ICN) at 20:00. ROK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guide, and transfer to the hotel.
                    • Optional dinner in a typical Korean tent restaurant (pojangmacha) with your Tour Leader.
                    Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
                  7. September 26 | Thursday

                    Seoul City Tour

                    AM

                    • Gyeongbokbung | The Gyeongbokbung, or Gyeongbok Palace was built in 1395. Gyeongbokbung acted as the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) and, as the largest palace, is often argued to be the most beautiful.
                    • Bukchon Hanok Village | A chance to be immersed in traditional Korean culture as you explore the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, or hanoks.
                    • Gwanghwamun Square | Also known as Gwanghwamun Plaza, is a large public open space featuring fountains and statues of historical significance, also housing the royal administrative buildings known as the ‘ Street of Six Ministries’.

                    PM

                    • War Memorial of Korea | Visit the War Memorial of Korea in South Korea and see things from a different perspective. The War Memorial of Korea features both indoor and outdoor exhibition halls containing approx. 33,000 artefacts.
                    • Namsan and Seoul N Tower | One of the biggest landmarks in Seoul and a must-visit! With a great view of the surrounding Namsan mountains, it’s a great way to unwind. There are restaurants, an art gallery, and lots in the surrounding area to keep you busy!
                    Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
                  8. September 27 | Friday

                    *DMZ and JSA Tour | Please note that the Joint Security Area (JSA) is administered by the United Nations Commands and visits to the JSA is subject to cancellations according to local circumstances.

                    AM

                    • Drive to Imjingak, the South’s version of Panmunjom, visit the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) from the other side.
                    • Third Infiltration Tunnel | The Third Tunnel of Aggression is one of four known tunnels built by North Korea running from north to south. Visitors can take a tour of this tunnel, but photography is not permitted inside.
                    • Dorasan Observatory | One of the many observatories at the DMZ where you can overlook North Korea from the South and have a peek back into Kaesong and other places back in the DPRK.
                    • Dorasan Station | The last stop in South Korea before the tracks enter North Korea. It is located 56km from Seoul and 205km from Pyongyang.
                    • Bulgogi lunch.

                    PM

                    • Camp Bonifas | A UN command post in South Korea, 400 meters away from the southern line of the DMZ. Also home to the “world’s most dangerous hole in golf” as it sports a golf course surrounded by landmines. A safety briefing will be held here by a South Korean or American military guide before visiting the JSA. Please note that cancellation is possible.
                    • JSA | Visit the Joint Security Area (Truce Village) from the south as well. It is the closest you’ll be getting to North Korea from the South side.
                    • Drive back to Seoul.
                    • Free time at your own leisure.
                    Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
                  9. September 28 | Saturday

                    Departure day from Seoul

                    Our trip ends this morning. Catch an international flight from Seoul's Incheon (Airport code: ICN; serves over a 130 destinations in more than 50 countries) or Gimpo Airport (Airport code: GMP, serves domestic cities and East Asian metropolitan areas) or continue to explore Seoul and South Korea independently. For tips in South Korea please contact your tour manager.

                    End of Tour
                • 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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                  • 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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                  • Insurance (7 to 9 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 Beijing – Pyongyang and Shenyang – Seoul/Incheon
                    Train Pyongyang – Dandong and Dandong – Shenyang
                    All meals in North Korea and China except the a la carte dinner at Kwangbok Department Store and meals on the train; breakfast and lunch in South Korea
                    Hotel accommodation
                    Entry fees unless otherwise stated on the itinerary
                    Koryo Tours tour leader
                    Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in North Korea and a local Korean guide and a driver in South Korea
                    All transportation in the DPRK and in the ROK
                  • Not included
                    North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                    Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
                    Meals on the train and the a la carte dinner at Kwangbok Department Store
                    Dinners in South Korea
                    Optional single room supplement of 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)
                    Spending money for souvenirs
                • Notes

                  Groups will be in the experienced hands of local Korean guides and a 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 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 31st August, 2019.

                September 28 - October 5/6 2019

                China National Day Long Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                7 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                Head out of China during the Chinese National Holiday and instead enjoy the highlights
                that Pyongyang has to offer, as well as Kaesong, the DMZ, Pyongsong, Nampo, the beautiful
                Mt. Myohyang, and more!

                From 1,149 EUR per person

                Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

                China National Day Long Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                7 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                Head out of China during the Chinese National Holiday and
                instead enjoy the highlights that Pyongyang has to offer,
                as well as Kaesong, the DMZ, Pyongsong, Nampo, the beautiful
                Mt. Myohyang, and more!

                From 1,149 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  Golden week in China can be chaotic and expensive. If you’re looking for a way to escape the madness and use your China National holidays for some unique fun, then look no further.

                  As well as an extensive tour of the capital city Pyongyang (including some must-sees such as Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the local Kwangbok supermarket), you’ll also have the chance to venture into the beautiful countryside of Mt Myohyang when visiting the International Friendship Exhibition and head to the sea to explore the industrial port-city Nampo on the Taedong River, where we can relax at the hot-spring spa resort.

                  Plus, we will be getting even more off the beaten path as we head to and the provincial cities of Pyongsong, Sariwon, and Anju - rarely visited by tourists and the perfect way to hide out during Golden Week in China.

                  For the true explorer, it doesn’t get much better than this!

                  Not quite enough adventure for you? How does 24 days in North Korea sound?

                  In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

                  Scroll down for an overview of the Chinese National Holiday in North Korea (long) tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                  Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                  Highlights

                  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                  • Take a ride on a 1960s Pyongyang trolleybus through the city
                  • Play volleyball against a local team in Pyongyang
                  • Experience heavy industry of Nampo and the healing waters of Dragon River Hot Spa
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
                  • Experience the beautiful Mt Myohyang in Autumn and International Friendship Exhibition, cavernous hall displaying gifts to the DPRK leaders
                  • Provincial towns of Pyongsong, centre of scientific research, agricultural Sariwon, and industrial Anju
                • Itinerary

                  Briefing Day
                  1. September 27 | Friday

                    *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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

                  2. September 28 | Saturday

                    Arrival day in Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. 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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                    • 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, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                    • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

                  3. September 29 | Sunday

                    Pyongyang City Tour

                    AM
                    • 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.
                    • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
                    • 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.
                    • 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.
                    • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                    PM

                    • 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.
                    • 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.
                    • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                    • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

                    Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.

                  4. September 30 | Monday

                    Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                    AM
                    • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                    • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                    • 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

                    • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                    • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive.
                    • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  5. October 1 | Tuesday

                    Pyongyang City Tour

                    AM
                    • Pyongyang International Football Academy | Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. Has multiple training pitches where you can test yourself against some students here.
                    • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
                    • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                    PM
                    • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.
                    • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students. A vast and iconic building shaped like a mother’s embrace.
                    • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

                    Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!

                  6. October 2 | Wednesday

                    Industrial Nampo on the West Sea

                    AM
                    • West Sea Barrage  | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
                    • 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’. Please note that this location is a key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.  
                    • Return to Pyongyang. A 1-hour drive.
                    PM
                    • Volleyball game against a local company team // Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                    • Future Scientists Street | Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
                    • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each (not included in the tour cost).

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  7. October 3 | Thursday

                    The International Friendship Exhibition and Mt. Myohyang

                    AM
                    • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3-hour drive.
                    • International Friendship Exhibition | A semi-subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required

                    PM

                    • Pohyon Buddhist Temple | A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 AD with stone pagoda and repository of print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasions during the Koryo Dynasty.
                    • Manpok Valley Hike | Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points. Good for picnics too. Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points. Good for picnics too.
                    Overnight | Huichon Hotel,  Huichon. Basic but clean hotel located 30 minutes north of Mt. Myohyang. Local food, on-site sauna, limited electricity. A must for those wishing to visit every province in the DPRK as it is situated just across the border into the otherwise tourist-devoid Jagang Province.
                  8. October 4 | Friday

                    Anju and Pyongsong

                    AM
                    • Drive to Anju, a rarely visited industrial city in North Pyongan Province.
                    • Paeksang Pavilion and Anju City Walls | A short stop at the greatest pavilion in Pyong’an Province overlooking the Chongchon River. Rebuilt after destruction in the Korean War.
                    • Continue to Pyongsong, centre of education and technology research.
                    • Pyongsong Primary School  | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
                    PM
                    • Pyongyang Catfish Factory | A full-scale facility where you can learn about the fascinating science of catfish production.
                    • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  9. October 5 | Saturday

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

                    AM

                    • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.
                    OR
                    • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, October 9 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                    End of Tour
                • Extras

                  • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                    This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

                    Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

                    See more
                  • Insurance (7 to 9 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.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                • 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
                    Koryo Tours leader
                    All transportation in the DPRK
                  • Not included
                    North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                    Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                    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 and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

                  Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 13th September, 2019.

                September 28 - October 3/4 2019

                China National Day Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                5 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                The perfect way to spend your Chinese National Holiday time
                off - seeing the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the DMZ,
                and Nampo!

                From 999 EUR per person

                Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

                China National Day Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                5 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                The perfect way to spend your Chinese
                National Holiday time off - seeing the
                highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the
                DMZ, and Nampo!

                From 999 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  Calling all Chinese expats! What better way to spend all of those days off for the Chinese National Holiday than exploring one of the world’s least visited countries - but surprisingly accessible from China!

                  Our Chinese National Holiday Tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. We'll also head down to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang, to see some of the country's heavy industry.

                  Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must-see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

                  You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang and one of the most famous hotels to stay in for tourists.

                  It certainly won’t be a relaxed Chinese golden week away, but it is an action pack week guaranteed to leave you wanting more!

                  Missing out on a few days of time off? Join us for our shorter tour.

                  In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

                  Scroll down for an overview of the Chinese National Holiday Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                  Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                  Highlights

                  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                  • Take a ride on a 1960s Pyongyang trolleybus through the city
                  • Play volleyball against a local team in Pyongyang
                  • Experience heavy industry of Nampo and the healing waters of Dragon River Hot Spa
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
                • Itinerary

                  Briefing Day
                  1. September 27 | Friday

                    *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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

                  2. September 28 | Saturday

                    Arrival day in Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. 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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                    • 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, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                    • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

                  3. September 29 | Sunday

                    Pyongyang City Tour

                    AM
                    • 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.
                    • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
                    • 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.
                    • 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.
                    • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                    PM

                    • 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.
                    • 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).
                    • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                    • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

                    Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.

                  4. September 30 | Monday

                    Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                    AM
                    • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                    • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                    • 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

                    • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                    • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive.
                    • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  5. October 1 | Tuesday

                    Pyongyang City Tour

                    AM
                    • Pyongyang International Football Academy | Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. Has multiple training pitches where you can test yourself against some students here.
                    • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
                    • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                    PM

                    • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.
                    • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students. A vast and iconic building shaped like a mother’s embrace.
                    • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

                    Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!
                  6. October 2 | Wednesday

                    Industrial Nampo on the West Sea

                    AM
                    • West Sea Barrage  | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
                    • 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’. Please note that this location is key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.  
                    • Return to Pyongyang. A 1-hour drive.
                    PM
                    • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                    • Future Scientists Street | Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
                    • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each (not included in the tour cost).

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                  7. October 3 | Thursday

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

                    AM

                    • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.
                    OR
                    • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, October 4 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                    End of Tour
                • Extras

                  • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

                    This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • 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.

                    See more
                  • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

                    Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

                    See more
                  • Insurance (7 to 9 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.

                  • 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.

                    See more
                • 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
                    Koryo Tours leader
                    All transportation in the DPRK
                  • Not included
                    North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                    Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                    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 and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

                  Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 13th September, 2019.

                September 28 - October 1/2 2019

                China National Day Short Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                3 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                Calling all China expats! Join us on this trip to the DPRK and getaway for
                China’s National Holiday! See the highlights of Pyongyang, get down to historic
                Kaesong and the DMZ!

                From 799 EUR per person

                Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

                China National Day Short Tour (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

                3 nights in the DPRK +
                Beijing-Pyongyang travel
                time

                Calling all China expats! Join us on this trip to
                the DPRK and getaway for China’s National Holiday!
                See the highlights of Pyongyang, get down to historic
                Kaesong and the DMZ!

                From 799 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  Looking for a way to escape the Chinese National holiday madness? Want to do something extra cool with your time off that will make all of your expat buddies jealous? Look no further!

                  We’ve designed this short Chinese National holiday tour especially to fit around the calendar of Golden Week in China to make sure you spend those days off in the best way possible!

                  Our Chinese National Holiday Tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

                  Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must-see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

                  That’s your golden week in China well and truly sorted!

                  Make sure you spend those days off well! We also have 5-night and 7-night Chinese National Day tours to keep you busy.

                  In even more good news, the Mass Games are back for 2019! This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. The exact dates are not confirmed, but we expect that the Mass Games will be performed during this trip.

                  Scroll down for an overview of the Chinese National Holiday Short Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                  Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                  Highlights

                  • Mangyondae Grand Monument, bronze statues of the DPRK leadership in Pyongyang; the Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest in the world; the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, museum to the Korean War; and other Pyongyang highlights.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village the DMZ, the demarcation line between the two Koreas
                  • Historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, and the Tomb of King Kongmin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
                • Itinerary

                  Briefing Day
                  1. September 27 | Friday

                    *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 the DPRK. 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 our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

                  2. September 28 | Saturday

                    Arrival day in Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. 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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                    • 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, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                    • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

                    Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

                  3. September 29 | Sunday

                    Pyongyang City Tour

                    AM
                    • 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.
                    • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘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.
                    • 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.
                    • 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.
                    • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                    PM

                    • 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.
                    • 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.
                    • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                    • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. T