DPRK (North Korea)

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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.

Unsure if a group tour is for you? See our Why Choose a Koryo Tours Group Tour? FAQ or contact us.

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.

December 2019

December 28 - January 2/3 2020

North Korea New Year's Eve Tour: Bring in 2020 in Pyongyang with Koryo Tours!

5 nights in North Korea for New
Year's Eve + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Start off 2020 with the big celebrations in Pyongyang! Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.


***ONLY 4 SPACES LEFT***

From 1,199 EUR per person

Please apply by 13th December, 2019.

North Korea New Year's Eve Tour: Bring in 2020 in Pyongyang with Koryo Tours!

5 nights in North Korea for New
Year's Eve + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Start off 2020 with the big celebrations in
Pyongyang! Round-trip by train or upgrade to
flight.


***ONLY 4 SPACES LEFT***

From 1,199 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Visit North Korea for New Year's Eve 2019 and bring in 2020 with Koryo Tours in style. Our annual New Year's Eve Tour counts down the clock with the locals in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square for celebrations that only get better every year. Last year saw a massive firework display over the Tower of the Juche Idea , dancing, and drone display in the sky. All topped off with a concert by some of North Korea's most famous musicians.

    Watched closely by North Koreans and analysts alike, be one of the first to hear the New Year's Address for 2020. This is given by the North Korean leader on New Year's Day and outlines the country's policy and initiatives for the coming year, providing insight into where the country is going.

    We'll also visit the highlights of Pyongyang such as the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and the Pyongyang Metro . This tour also includes a DMZ tour at Panmunjom and a night spent in historic Kaesong

    In the midst of winter, the tour will escape the city and head into the countryside as we jaunt down to Nampo. Here we can see the colossal West Sea Barrage at the mouth of the frozen Taedong River, and enjoy a short stop in the traditional town of Sariwon.

    On a budget? See the highlights of Pyongyang and experience the New Year's Eve celebrations on our shorter North Korea New Year's Eve Budget Tour.

    Scroll down for an overview of the New Year's Eve Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, North Korea tourist visa information, and extra add-ons. Please note we recommend departure by train at the end of this tour as the Air Koryo flight on 2 January has yet to be confirmed.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

    • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square with fireworks, dancing, and more!
    • See Pyongyang's highlights and tour the capital on the first day of 2020
    • Take a DMZ tour at Panmunjom in historic Kaesong near the demarcation line with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. December 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. December 28 | 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.
      • 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.

    3. December 29 | 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.
      • 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 Pyongyang Cold Noodles.

      PM

      • Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification | An iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south

      • Kaesong | Drive 2.5 hours south down the 'Reunification Highway' to the ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone. We'll also stop by the Sariwon Folk Street, a historic recreation of a traditional Korean street and a good rest stop to break up the drive.

      Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Recommended in winter. Friendly staff and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.

    4. December 30 | Monday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour at Panmunjom

      • Sonjuk Bridge | Historic stone bridge and the assassination of Koryo minister Jong Mong Ju in the 14th century.
      • Walk in Kaesong Old City | A stroll through Kaesong old city among traditional Korean houses dating back a few centuries.
      • 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.
      • Pyongyang | Drive 2.5 hours back to Pyongyang
      • Yanggakdo International Cinema | Optional Screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a North Korean romantic comedy co-produced by Koryo Tours. The ticket is approximately 10 EUR (subject to change).
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. December 31 | Tuesday

      New Year's Eve

      AM

      • Nampo | Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ (45 minutes to 1-hour drive) to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
      • Chongsam-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.
      • 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. Breathtaking winter scenery.
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital via the riverside road.
      PM
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • 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).
      • Dinner on Pyongyang’s Rainbow Boat on the Taedong River where we'll have our New Year’s Eve Party with a great view on Kim Il Sung Square and the fireworks display!
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. January 1 | Wednesday

      New Year's Day

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway 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.
      • 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 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

      • 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.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • 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; tennis- 5 EUR)
      • 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.
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. January 2 | Thursday


      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking. For this tour, we highly recommend train departure or at least leaving your schedule flexible for train departure to Beijing. In 2019, Air Koryo did not operated a flight on January 2.


      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. Please note that Thursday flights in January are subject to cancellation.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, January 3 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 (New Year's 2019)

      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.

    • 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
    • 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.

  • 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
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours Tour Leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flights between Beijing and Pyongyang (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)
      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
      Skiing extension (from 430 EUR)
      Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    The New Year's Eve Tour will accompanied by 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 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 December, 2019.

December 31 - January 2/3 2020

North Korea New Year's Eve Budget Tour

2 nights in North Korea for New
Year's Eve + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit North Korea for New Year's Eve to bring
in 2020! Round-trip by train or upgrade to
flight.

From 499 EUR per person

Please apply by 13th December, 2019.

North Korea New Year's Eve Budget Tour

2 nights in North Korea for New
Year's Eve + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit North Korea for New Year's
Eve to bring in 2020! Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.

From 499 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Visit North Korea with Koryo Tours for New Year's Eve 2019 and bring in 2020 in Pyongyang. Our New Year's Eve Budget Tour gets you to Pyongyang in time for the incredible New Year's Eve celebrations, which include a massive firework display over the Taedong River - and much more! Last year's celebrations saw a drone display in the sky and a music concert by some of North Korea's best musicians, including world-famous Moranbong Band.

    New Year's Day is an important day in the DPRK, on which the North Korean leader gives a New Year's Address outlining the country's policy and initiatives for the coming year. Watched closely by North Koreans and outside analysts alike, the New Year's Address provides insight into where the country is going. Be the first to see the reactions and heard the word on the street.

    We'll also visit the highlights of Pyongyang such as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the Juche Tower , and the Pyongyang Metro .

    Want to include a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) and spend a night in the historic city of Kaesong? Check out our longer North Korea New Year's Eve Tour.

    Scroll down for an overview of the New Year's Eve Budget Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

    • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, with the locals!
    • See Pyongyang's highlights and tour the capital on the first day of 2020
    • Take a ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the world's deepest metro system
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. December 30 | 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. December 31 | Tuesday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang and New Year's Eve

      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 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Dinner on Pyongyang’s Rainbow Boat on the Taedong River where we'll have our New Year’s Eve Party with a great view of Kim Il Sung Square and the fireworks display!

      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. January 1 | Wednesday

      New Year's Day

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway 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.
      • 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 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

      • 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.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • 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; tennis- 5 EUR)
      • 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.
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. January 2 | Thursday


      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicate your preferred exit method upon booking. For this tour, we highly recommend train departure or at least leaving your schedule flexible for train departure to Beijing. In 2019, Air Koryo did not operate a flight on January 2.


      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. Please note that Thursday flights in January are subject to cancellation.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, January 3 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 (New Year's 2019)

      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.

    • 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
    • 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.

  • 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
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours Tour Leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flights between Beijing and Pyongyang (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)
      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
      Skiing extension (from 430 EUR)
      Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    The New Year's Eve Tour will accompanied by 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 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 December, 2019.

January 2020

January 7 - January 11/12 2020

North Korea Winter Budget Tour

4 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

Our first tour of 2020! Visit Korea in the quiet of winter as
the country looks forward to the year ahead. Round-trip by train
or upgrade to flight.

From 699 EUR per person

Please apply by 20th December, 2019.

North Korea Winter Budget Tour

4 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

Our first tour of 2020! Visit Korea in the
quiet of winter as the country looks forward
to the year ahead. Round-trip by train or
upgrade to flight.

From 699 EUR per person

  • Overall

    A North Korea winter is chilly and quiet. Already among the least visited countries in the world, visit North Korea at a time when there are even fewer travellers around and enjoy the calm and quiet as you explore the DPRK.

    This North Korea tour package includes a city tour of Pyongyang and a DMZ tour at Panmunjom, you’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where we will stop by a local school and see the Korean War headquarters of the Korean People's Army.

    The clear skies, snow-covered streets, and Koreans fully kitted out for a North Korea winter wrapped up in hats and scarves make for great pictures! Plus, you’ll be amongst the first to hear about the latest economic and political developments that DPRK has in store for the year ahead in the New Year’s Address nationwide speech.

    Our North Korea Winter budget tour is perfect for those seeking adventure travel on a budget, or those wanting a short break away. Tick North Korea off your bucket list and get a key insight into this little-explored country. Prepare yourself for a truly action-packed itinerary and a comprehensive introduction to North Korean history and society today!

    See below for an overview of tour highlights, the tour itinerary, transport options, visa information, and extras.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

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    Highlights

    • See Pyongyang highlights, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Mansudae Grand Monument, the Pyongyang Metro, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo
    • Cross into South Korea at the Panmunjom Truce Village in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
    • Get out of the capital, to the provincial city of Pyongsong, a centre of trade and the new economy
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. January 6 | 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 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. January 7 | 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).
      • 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and the Grand People's Study House.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods.

      Overnight | The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

    3. January 8 | Wednesday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang. January 8 is the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un, however, this day is not an official North Korean holiday.

      AM
      • Pyongsong | Drive north to this small 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 and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School | One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students.

      • Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site | Wartime headquarters of the Korean People's Army and now a historic museum.

      PM

      • Pyongyang | Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1-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.
      • Arch of Triumph | A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • 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.
      • 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).
      • 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.
      • Grand People's Study House |  A giant building in Neo-traditional style overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, which serves as North Korea's national library.
      • Yanggakdo International Cinema Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a North Korean romantic comedy co-produced by Koryo Tours. The ticket is approximately 10 EUR (subject to change).

      Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. January 9 | Thursday

      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. 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 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 (we hope you won't be wearing these anyways in the middle of the North Korean winter!)

      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 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.

      • Kaesong | Drive 160 km south on the 'Reunification Highway' to this historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. 2.5-hour drive.
      • Arch of Reunification We'll stop by the large stone arch over the 'Reunification Highway' dedicated to Korean reunification.
      Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. One of our favourite hotels in the DPRK. Friendly staff, great food, and 1970's socialist design. A cosy place to stay in winter!
    5. January 10 | Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour at Panmunjom

      • Sonjuk Bridge | Historic stone bridge and the assassination of Koryo minister Jong Mong Ju in the 14th century.
      • Walk in Kaesong Old City | A stroll through Kaesong old city among traditional Korean houses dating back a few centuries.
      • 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.
      • Sariwon | Drive north via the city of Sariwon - we'll stop off at the Sariwon Folk Street, a historic recreation of a traditional Korean street
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city. 2.5 hour drive
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre | For some bowling fun and a bulgogi BBQ restaurant farewell dinner.

      Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. January 11 | 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, January 12 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.

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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.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train travel Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang by hard sleeper class with transfer in Dandong. Flight upgrades available!
      All meals on the tour apart from meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation in North Korea
      Two local English-speaking Korean guides and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in North Korea
    • 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)
      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) or film screening (approx. 10 EUR)
      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

    Our Koryo Budget Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

    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 20th December, 2019.

January 23 - January 26 2020

Chinese New Year in North Korea Long Weekend Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in North Korea + flights
from Shanghai to Pyongyang and
back

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

From 1,049 EUR per person

Please apply by 3rd January, 2020.

Chinese New Year in North Korea Long Weekend Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in North Korea + flights
from Shanghai to Pyongyang and
back

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

From 1,049 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

    *Flights included*

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

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

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


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

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



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. January 23 | Thursday

      Briefing Day

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

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

    2. January 24 | Friday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Koryo International Hotel | After the very early arrival, this will be our first stop for an early check-in, time for a short sleep, freshen-up, breakfast and then on with the day!
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.

      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).
      • Chollima Statue | 'Thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Buy Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • Victory (Sungni) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats

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

    3. January 25 | Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour - Lunar New Year!

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

      AM

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

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
      • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).

      Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. January 26 | Sunday

      Kaesong and DMZ day trip

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

      AM

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

      PM

      • Sonjuk Bridge | Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty) in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city. (2.5 hours)
      • We make our way to Pyongyang Sunan Airport for dinner in one of the very best restaurants in the country, a rare treat and somewhere almost never used by tourists.
      • Air Koryo flight JS157 from Pyongyang to Shanghai departing at 19:40 with scheduled arrival to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) Terminal 1 at 21:00 – end of this unforgettable adventure!
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

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

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

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

Please apply by 3rd January, 2020.

January 23 - January 28/29 2020

Chinese New Year Tour

5 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

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

From 1,199 EUR per person

Please apply by 3rd January, 2020.

Chinese New Year Tour

5 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

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

From 1,199 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Head to Pyongyang by train or plane and enjoy an extensive tour of the capital city, visiting all of the must-see sites - as well as some not-so-frequently-visited ones.

    Making the most of North Korea tourism, this tour also includes a trip to the DMZ, the border to North and South Korea and often referred to as ‘the world’s most dangerous border’ - but is today the centre of North-South reconciliation.

    Our Chinese New Year in North Korea Tour is perfect for those going from China to North Korea, seeking adventure travel on a budget. Or, those wanting to escape China during Chinese New Year holidays.

    Mark North Korea off your bucket list and get a key insight into this little-explored country. Prepare yourself for a truly fascinating experience with Koryo Tours.

    Want to travel to North Korea from Shanghai? Head to our Chinese New Year in North Korea Long Weekend from Shanghai tour page.

    Scroll down for an overview Chinese New Year in North Korea tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

    • Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK
    • The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Mansudae Grand Monument, and all the highlights
    • The DMZ and Panmunjom at Kaesong
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. January 22 | 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.  
      • 17:27 | 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. January 23 | 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 14:00. 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.
      • Pyongyang Stamp Exhibition | See the history of the DPRK through the medium of philately! (Better than it sounds, honest!)
      • Train arrival at Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.
      • Koryo Hotel Microbrewery | Time for a quick welcome drink at the Koryo International Hotel's own microbrewery.

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

    3. January 24 | Friday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Victory (Sungni) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
      • 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!
      • 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.
      • 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

      • Ryomyong Street | With giant apartment buildings and some quirky shops, this street is one of the newest in Pyongyang. See the flashier part of town from ground level
      • 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.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats

      Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. January 25 | Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour – Lunar New Year


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

      AM

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

      PM

      • 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
      • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).

      Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. January 26 | Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour and drive to 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 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.
      • 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.
      • 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
      • 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.
      • Kaesong | Drive south (2.5 hour drive) to the historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
      • 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: 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.
    6. January 27 | Monday

      Kaesong and DMZ

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

      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.
      • 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

      • Janam Hill | 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.
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city. (2.5 hours)

      Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

    7. January 28 | Tuesday


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

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:35 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, January 29 at 08:40. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
  • 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
    • 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.

    • 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
    • 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 travel Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang by hard sleeper class with transfer in Dandong. Flight upgrades available!
      All meals on the tour apart from meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      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)
      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) or film screening (approx. 10 EUR)
      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 3rd January, 2020.

February 2020

February 15 - February 18/19 2020

Kim Jong Il Birthday Long Weekend Tour

3 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the celebrations for a quick stop in the DPRK over
one of the biggest North Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday
on February 16th.

From 749 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th January, 2020.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Long Weekend Tour

3 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the celebrations for a quick stop
in the DPRK over one of the biggest North
Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday
on February 16th.

From 749 EUR per person

  • Overall

    General Kim Jong Il, President Kim Il Sung’s son and father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was born on 16th February. This date is known as the Day of the Shining Star. It is saved in the DPRK calendar as a day of celebrations, and one of the most important North Korean holidays.

    Locals have time off work, and there are many special events that go on in the city, that foreigners are also welcome to attend.

    During this North Korea holiday time, we expect mass dances, a special performance at the Pyongyang Circus, and a chance to visit the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition where we will see the begonia named after the late General Kim Jong Il, the Kimjongilia. Plus, there may be a chance to view the epic North Korea fireworks from the infamous Kim Il Sung Square filled with locals also gathering to watch the fireworks after a day of celebrations with the family.

    Aside from all of the special events, this action-packed itinerary also includes a city tour of all of the not-to-miss sites of Pyongyang, including the Juche Tower and Kwangbok Department Store.

    It is also possible to add a 2-night skiing extension to this tour. Try out the slopes of North Korea’s only ski resort open to foreigners: Masik Pass.

    If you’d like a more in-depth insight into Pyongyang and North Korea, join us on our longer Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour.

    Scroll down for an overview of General Kim Jong Il’s Birthday in North Korea tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

    • Day of the Shining Star - Celebrations on General Kim Jong Il's Birthday
    • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), Pyongyang Metro, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured US spy ship USS Pueblo
    • Shop with locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 | 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.  
      • 17:27 | 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 out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. February 15 | Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to the Dandong-Pyongyang local train. 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:55. 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!
      • Victory (Sungni) Street Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

      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. February 16 | Sunday

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.
      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 dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
      • Chollima Statue | 'Thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling 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, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!

      • 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.
      • Kimilsungia & Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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. February 17 | Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM
      • Kaesong | Drive south (2.5 hour drive) to the historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
      • Panmunjom 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.
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city (2.5 hours).
      • 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).
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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
    5. February 18 | 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 08:30 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 February 19 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
    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

      The DPRK’s ski season — yes, it has a ski season! — usually runs from December to March. Add on two extra nights to your winter tour and you'll have the rare chance to try out the nine main runs at Masikryong — the DPRK’s only ski resort. This place has been widely reported on, yet is not often visited. Sign up to this ski option, and be one of the first to experience it.

      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
    • 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.

  • 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 meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      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: 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 25th January, 2020.

February 15 - February 20/21 2020

Kim Jong Il Birthday Short Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the celebrations for a quick stop in the DPRK over
one of the biggest North Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday
on February 16th.

From 949 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th January, 2020.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Short Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the celebrations for a quick stop
in the DPRK over one of the biggest North
Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday
on February 16th.

From 949 EUR per person

  • Overall

    General Kim Jong Il, President Kim Il Sung’s son and father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was born on 16th February. This date is known as the Day of the Shining Star. It is saved in the DPRK calendar as a day of celebrations, and one of the most important North Korean holidays.

    It’s a national holiday for the Korean people, so locals spend their day off in Pyongyang joining in celebrations and having fun on their day off – and we’ll make sure to join in with them too!

    North Korean holiday celebrations vary annually, but we expect mass dances , a special performance at the Pyongyang Circus, and a chance to visit the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition where we will see the begonia named after the late General Kim Jong Il, the Kimjongilia. Plus, there may be a chance to view the epic North Korean fireworks from the infamous Kim Il Sung Square filled with locals also gathering to watch the fireworks after a day of celebrations with the family.

    Aside from all of the special events, this action-packed itinerary also includes a city tour of all of the not-to-miss sites of Pyongyang, including the Juche Tower and Kwangbok Department Store.

    As well as this, this 5 night tour takes you out of Pyongyang and to the beautiful Mt. Myohyang, home to the famous International Friendship Exhibition where Dennis Rodman infamously gifted a basketball.

    It is also possible to add a 2-night skiing extension to this tour. Try out the slopes of North Korea’s only ski resort open to foreigners: Masik Pass.

    If Can only spare a long weekend? Join us on our 3-night Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour and still get the chance to join in all of the celebration fun!

    Scroll down for an overview of General Kim Jong Il’s Birthday in North Korea tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

    • Day of the Shining Star - Celebrations on General Kim Jong Il's Birthday
    • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), Pyongyang Metro, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured US spy ship USS Pueblo
    • Ride through Pyongyang on a tram
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
    • Visit the International Friendship Exhibition displaying all manner of foreign gifts to the DPRK's leaders
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 | 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.  
      • 17:27 | 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 out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. February 15 | Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to the Dandong-Pyongyang local train. 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:55. 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!
      • Victory (Sungni) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

      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. February 16 | Sunday

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles
      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 dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
      • Chollima Statue | 'Thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling 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, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • 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.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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. February 17 | Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      • Kaesong | Drive south (2.5 hour drive) to the historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
      • Panmunjom 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.
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city (2.5 hours).
      • 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).
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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
      • February 18 | Tuesday

        Mt. Myohyang

        AM

        • Mt. Myohyang | Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to 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 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.
        • Manpok Valley Hike | Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points.
        • Pyongyang | Drive back to Pyongyang. (2.5-3 hours).
        • Ryomyong Street | Walk on Pyongyang's newest, environmentally-friendly street which opened in 2017 housing apartment blocks and service facilities.

        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

      • February 19 | Wednesday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Tram Ride | A ride through Pyongyang from Mangyongdae Tram Depot to Pyongyang Station on one of city’s municipal trams made in former Czechoslovakia.
        • 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.
        • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean style and great views of the city.

        PM

        • Three Revolutions Exhibition | Exhibitions halls showing the nation’s achievements of the Technological, Cultural, and Ideological revolutions. Somewhat akin to an expo centre – large exhibition halls also used for the biannual Pyongyang International Trade Fair.
        • 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.
        • 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 (ca. 10 EUR) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites!
        • Pyongyang's Pizza Restaurant | A farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang's Pizza Restaurant (there are three!). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
        • Mirae (Future) Scientists Street | A newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.

        Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

      • February 20 | 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 10:15 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday February 21 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour
    5. 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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      • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

        The DPRK’s ski season — yes, it has a ski season! — usually runs from December to March. Add on two extra nights to your winter tour and you'll have the rare chance to try out the nine main runs at Masikryong — the DPRK’s only ski resort. This place has been widely reported on, yet is not often visited. Sign up to this ski option, and be one of the first to experience it.

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      • Upgrade to your own room

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

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      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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      • 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.

    6. 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 meals on the train
        Hotel accommodation
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        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: 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
    7. 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 25th January, 2020.

    February 15 - February 22/23 2020

    The Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour

    7 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join in the celebrations for a quick stop in the DPRK over
    one of the biggest North Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday
    on February 16th.

    From 1,349 EUR per person

    Please apply by 25th January, 2020.

    The Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour

    7 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join in the celebrations for a quick stop
    in the DPRK over one of the biggest North
    Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday
    on February 16th.

    From 1,349 EUR per person

    • Overall

      General Kim Jong Il, President Kim Il Sung’s son and father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was born on 16th February. This date is known as the Day of the Shining Star. It is saved in the DPRK calendar as a day of celebrations, and one of the most important North Korean holidays.

      Locals have time off work, and there are many special events that go on in the city, that foreigners are also welcome to attend.

      During this North Korea holiday time, we expect mass dances, a special performance at the Pyongyang Circus, and a chance to visit the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition. where we will see the begonia named after the late General Kim Jong Il, the Kimjongilia. Plus, there may be a chance to view the epic North Korea fireworks from the infamous Kim Il Sung Square filled with locals also gathering to watch the fireworks after a day of celebrations with the family.

      Aside from all of the special events, this action-packed itinerary also includes a city tour of all of the not-to-miss sites of Pyongyang, including the Juche Tower and Kwangbok Department Store.

      With over a week in the country we’ll be spending time out of Pyongyang and off the beaten path as we test our skills out at the slopes of North Korea’s only ski resort open to foreigners: Masik Pass. Or alternatively, take a hike around the beautiful area of Mt. Kumgang – otherwise known as the Diamond Mountains.

      This tour offers a great opportunity to head out of the hustle and bustle of Pyongyang and enjoy some of North Korea’s rarely explored countryside.

      If time isn’t on your side, take a look at our 5 night . or 3 night Kim Jong Il Birthday tours also available.

      Scroll down for an overview of General Kim Jong Il’s Birthday in North Korea tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



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      Highlights

      • Day of the Shining Star - Celebrations on General Kim Jong Il's Birthday
      • Pyongyang city highlights
      • Hike in Mt. Kumgang or ski at Masik Pass Ski Resort
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. February 14 | 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.  
        • 17:27 | 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 out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
      2. February 15 | Saturday

        Arrival day in Pyongyang

        AM

        • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to the Dandong-Pyongyang local train. 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:55. 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!
        • Victory (Sungni) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

        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. February 16 | Sunday

        DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

        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.
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.
        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 dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
        • Chollima Statue | 'Thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
        • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling 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, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

        • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!

        • 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.
        • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
          • 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
        • February 17 | Monday

          Kaesong and the DMZ
          • Kaesong | Drive south (2.5 hour drive) to the historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
          • Panmunjom 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.
          • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city (2.5 hours).
          • 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).
          • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
          • 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
        • February 18 | Tuesday

          Mt. Myohyang

          AM

          • Mt. Myohyang Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to  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 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.
          • Manpok Valley Hike | Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points.
          • PyongyangReturn to Pyongyang (2.5-3 hours).
          • Ryomyong Street | Walk on Pyongyang's newest, environmentally-friendly street opened in 2017 housing apartment blocks and service facilities.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        • February 19 | Wednesday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM

          • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          • Tram Ride | A ride through Pyongyang from Mangyongdae Tram Depot to Pyongyang Station on one of city’s municipal trams made in former Czechoslovakia.
          • 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.
          • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean style and great views of the city.

          PM

          • Masik Pass Ski Resort | Drive east across the width of the peninsula to the DPRK’s largest ski resort, opened in 2013. A 4-hour drive

          Overnight | Masik Ryong Hotel

        • February 20 | Thursday

          Skiing at Masik Pasik Ski Resort OR day-trip to Mt. Kumgang | For today's activities you have two choices: all-day skiing at North Korea's largest Ski Resort or a day-trip for hiking in the Diamond Mountains that 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).

          • Skiing | Masik Pass features nine main runs, two beginner slopes, and a lodge with full amenities. Equipment rental and ski pass paid on the spot (approximately 65 EUR for 4-hrs or 100 EUR for 8-hrs). Snowmobile, inter-tubing, and ice-skating also available.
          OR
          • Hiking in Mt. Kumgang | Drive 3 hours 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. Spend the rest of the day hiking – 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. Drive back to Masik Pass Ski Resort in the late afternoon.
          • Wonsan Tourist Restaurant | Reassemble for dinner at one of Wonsan's premier restaurants for some of the best seafood in the DPRK.
          Overnight | Masik Ryong Hotel
        • February 21 | Friday

          Skiing at Masik Pasik Ski Resort OR Wonsan City Tour | For today's activities you have two choices: half-day skiing or city tour in Wonsan, a major port city on Korea’s East Sea. 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.

          AM

          • Skiing
          OR
          • 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.
          • 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.
          • 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.
          PM
          • Pyongyang | Drive back west to Pyongyang. Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop.
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | Farewell dinner in South Pyongyang
          • 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
        • February 22 | 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 08:30 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 February 23 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
          End of Tour
      4. 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
        • 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.

      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 except for meals on the train
          Hotel accommodation
          Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          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: 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
      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 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 25th January, 2020.

      March 2020

      March 7 - March 12/13 2020

      International Women's Day in North Korea

      5 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang
      travel time - A tour for female travellers

      International Women's Day in
      North Korea. Pyongyang, DMZ,
      Nampo

      From 1,149 EUR per person

      Please apply by 14th February, 2020.

      International Women's Day in North Korea

      5 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang
      travel time - A tour for female travellers

      International Women's
      Day in North Korea.
      Pyongyang, DMZ, Nampo

      From 1,149 EUR per person

      • Overall

        NOTE: Sometimes, it's hard to travel as a woman. Whether you are a solo female traveller or travelling in a group, travelling to more remote places can be daunting and pose difficulties. Whilst our other North Korea and International tours pose no threats and we encourage women to join, our International Women's Day North Korea tour celebrating women globally will be open to women only.
        Maximum 20 Participants.

        International Women's Day is celebrated globally, including in North Korea. In fact, women in North Korean narrative are often held highly as respected figures, represented by Kim Jong Suk, the anti-Japanese guerilla fighter often referred to as the mother of North Korea.

        On this National Holiday in North Korea, we will spend International Women's Day in North Korea in North Korea's capital city, Pyongyang, visiting some historically important sites in North Korean women history, the maternity hospital in Pyongyang, as well as having a chat with local North Korean women about the role of women in North Korean society.

        The rest of our time in Pyongyang will be spent exploring the main sites, as well as some rarely visited spots in Pyongyang including the Traditional Korean Dress (Jeogori) Institute and the Changgwanwon Health Complex.

        We spend two nights away from Pyongyang as we head to explore further into North Korea. We will stay at a traditional-style Korean hotel just 10 minutes away from the DMZ, the North-South Korean border, as well as heading to North Korea's west coast to spend a night at North Korea's oldest Hot Spa Hotel.

        North Korean Women:

        North Korean Traffic Ladies
        Famous North Korean Women

        This tour will be led by Koryo Tours female tour leader Zoe.

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



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        Highlights

        • International Women's Day in North Korea
        • Talk to local North Korean women in different positions in North Korean society and discuss the role of North Korean women in today's society
        • Visit the highlights of Pyongyang, as well as spending a night in Kaesong and Nampo
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. March 6 | 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.   
          • 17:27 | 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. March 7 | Saturday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to the Dandong-Pyongyang local train. 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:55. 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!
          • Victory (Sungni) Street Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
          • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

          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. March 8 | Sunday

          International Women's Day in North Korea

          AM

          • 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.

          • Chilgol Revolutionary Site | Old house that is said to be the place where Kang Pan Sok, the mother of Kim Il Sung, grew up in the late 19th/early 20th Century. Here there is a statue of Mrs. Kang as well as a guide on hand to tell the visitor all about the exemplary character of the former resident. Also on site is the Chilgol Revolutionary Museum which has some small exhibits explaining the revolutionary activities of Mrs. Kang and her family in this area.
          • Chilgol Church | The smaller of the two official Protestant churches in Pyongyang. This is a simple red brick building which typically sees a weekly congregation of around 40 or so worshippers.

          • Visit to DPRK Women’s Association | Learn about women’s role in DPRK society.
          PM

          • Changgwanwon 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 (3-10 EUR) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites!

          • Maternity Hospital | This hospital became operational in 1980 and is the best hospital in the country.

          • 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.

          • Jeogori Traditional Korean Dress Institute | See traditional Korean dress, and get one made for yourself! 

          • International Cinema | Showing of Comrade Kim Goes Flying & meet the star actress for a short talk and introduction to the film. An exclusive showing of a Korean film at one of Pyongyang’s major cinemas. Subtitles in English.
          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. March 9 | Monday

          Pyongyang to Kaesong

          AM

          • 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.

          • 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.
          • Talk with local Korean women and discuss the role of women in North Korea's society today.

          • Kumrung Cafe | Local North Korean cafe serving some of the best coffee in Pyongyang

          • Changwang Kindergarten | Opened in 1982, this comprehensive two-year kindergarten is locally noted for producing excellent child musicians,

          PM

          • Pyongyang Metro (6 stops) | – One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

          • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway 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.

          • Juche Tower | One of Pyongyang’s iconic landmarks and the world’s tallest stone monument, this 150m tower (with a 20m torch on top) auspiciously is built of 25,550 granite blocks. The Juche Idea is the guiding principle of the nation. This platform affords great views over the entire city centre, it’s not ideal for those with vertigo, but it’s an amazing view, especially on a clear day!
          • Drive to Kaesong via Three Charters Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.

          • Cooking Class | Rice pounding at traditional Korean style hotel.

            Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply – please bring a torch.
          • March 10 | Tuesday

            DMZ / Nampo

            AM

            • Walk in Kaesong Old City A stroll through Kaesong old city among traditional Korean houses dating back a few centuries.

            • Panmunjom/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 and stamp shop | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.

            • Panmunjom Restaurant Lunch with dog meat soup option
            PM

            • Sariwon | The provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and centre of regional industry.
            • 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.

            • Drive to Nampo | Major port on the west coast of Korea and gateway to the Taedong River and Pyongyang. Transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a centre of industry and shipping during the 20th century due to its strategic location.

            • 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.

            Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compund 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!

          • March 11 | Wednesday

            Nampo to Pyongyang

            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.

            • Chongsan-ri Co-operative Farm
            PM

            • National Embroidery Institute | Workshop and exhibition of the Korean craft of needlework. Offers one of the best views of the 105-storey pyramidal Ryugyong Hotel.

            • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.

            • Taesong department store | North Korea's newest department store, opened in 2019 appealing to an upper-class audience.

            • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

            • Pyongyang Rainbow Boat Restaurant | Enjoy a river cruise on Pyongyang's Taedonggang river whilst dining and enjoying the views
            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.

          • March 12 | 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 10:15 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.

            OR

            • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, March 13 at 08:40. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
            End of Tour
        5. 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
          • 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.

        6. 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 meals on the train
            Hotel accommodation
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            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: 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
        7. 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 14th February, 2020.

        March 17 - March 21/22 2020

        Koryo North Korea Budget Tour (March)

        4 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        See Korea as it awakens from
        the cold of winter and welcomes
        spring.

        From 775 EUR per person

        Please apply by 25th February, 2020.

        Koryo North Korea Budget Tour (March)

        4 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        See Korea as it awakens
        from the cold of winter
        and welcomes spring.

        From 775 EUR per person

        • Overall

          March is an important time of year in Korea as the country emerges from the cold winter North Korea climate and into a much warmer, welcoming one. Although still a quiet time for tourism, North Koreans are getting busy in the countryside agricultural work begins in anticipation for the coming spring harvest.

          On this tour, we take you to see the main sites of the capital city Pyongyang, including; a ride on the Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and a walk down one of Pyongyang’s newest streets.

          We will also head out of Pyongyang to go to Pyongsong, the centre of scientific research and the North-South Korea border DMZ.

          This North Korea budget tour helps you get the most for your money on your trip to North Korea. Great for first-timers, or those with little time (or money!), we take you to see the main sites in and outside of Pyongyang.

          Be warned, there will be little time to for rest on this action-packed itinerary - not that you’ll want to, though!

          For an idea of the itinerary of our longer tours take a look here.

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



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          Highlights

          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun: grand mausoleum of the DPRK leadership
          • Pyongyang Metro: deepest metro system in the world
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum: world-class museum of the Korean War and site of the captured USS Pueblo
          • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides
          • Pyongsong: Provincial seat of South Pyong'an province and centre of specialist education
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. March 16 | 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. March 17 | 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 12:55. 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.
            • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
            • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods.

            Overnight | The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

          3. March 18 | Wednesday

            Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

            AM
            • Kaesong | Drive south (2.5 hour drive) to the historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
            • Panmunjom 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.
            • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city (2.5 hours).
            • 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.
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

          4. March 19 | Thursday

            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 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.

            • 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).

            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 | A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • 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.
            • 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.
            • 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, an excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the DPRK makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
          5. March 20 | Friday

            Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

            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.

            • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School | One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

            • Paeksong Provisions Factory | A factory producing a range of foods and drinks: biscuits, cakes, soju, candy, and snacks. Here you can have a taste of the products and tour the production facilities.

            PM

            • Pyongyang | Return to the capital. 45 minute / 1-hour drive.
            • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • 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.
            • 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).
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A bar serving seven types of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best place to drink pints with local people.
            • 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 air gun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
            • Farewell Dinner | We'll enjoy a final group dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.

            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

          6. March 21 | 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 March 22 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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          • 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 – Beijing
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
            Hotel accommodation
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            A Koryo Tours tour leader
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 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

          Our Koryo Budget Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

          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 25th February, 2020.

        March 17 - March 27/28 2020

        North Korea Budget Tour + Vladivostok with unique train across the DPRK!

        Epic local train journey from Pyongyang
        to the extreme North - and on to Vladivostok

        See Korea as it awakens from the cold of
        winter and Ride the rails of North Korea
        with the locals

        From 1,799 EUR per person

        Please apply by 9th February, 2020.

        North Korea Budget Tour + Vladivostok with unique train across the DPRK!

        Epic local train journey from Pyongyang
        to the extreme North - and on to Vladivostok

        See Korea as it awakens from
        the cold of winter and Ride
        the rails of North Korea with
        the locals

        From 1,799 EUR per person

        • Overall

          A unique tour package from Koryo Tours - the only experts in DPRK travel!
          After a comprehensive introductory tour to the frequently visited parts of North Korea, we take you on a local train from Pyongyang across to the DPRK's East Coast and then onwards up to the extreme North of the country; the Rason Special Economic Zone. See how locals travel by train, mingle with fellow-passengers, and get amazing access to parts of the country that only a few tourists have ever seen.

          On this tour, we take you to see the main sites of the capital city Pyongyang, including; a ride on the Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and a walk down one of Pyongyang’s newest streets.

          We will also head out of Pyongyang to go to Pyongyang, the centre of scientific research. and the North-South Korea border DMZ. Here you can be one of the first foreigners to enjoy the recent freedom of being able to step over the demarcation line into the South.

          We will explore Rason and then cross into Russia by rail and make our way to Vladivostok: capital of the Russian Far East and closed to all foreigners during the USSR years.

          We show you around the highlights of this diverse and wonderful remote city including some amazing abandoned underground bases and military sites - far beyond the 'usual' tourist experience in both North Korea and Russia.

          Another specially curated trip from Koryo Tours!
          For our standard North Korea Budget Tour (March) click here..

          Be warned, there will be little time to for rest on this action-packed itinerary - not that you’ll want to, though!

          For an idea of the itinerary of our longer tours take a look here.

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



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          Highlights

          • Highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong and the DMZ
          • Pyongsong: Provincial seat of South Pyong'an province and centre of specialist education
          • TRAIN TRIP - travelling across the country through unseen areas and off-limits cities and town on a train with local people - as far as the train can go!
          • Rason - free trade zone in the remote north. Little-visited and very different to the rest of North Korea
          • Cross into Russia & visit Vladivostok - a tiny and little-used border crossing across a rail bridge. The one land link between the two countries
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. March 16 | 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. March 17 | 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 12:55. 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.
            • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
            • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods.

            Overnight | The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

          3. March 18 | Wednesday

            Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

            AM
            • Kaesong | Drive 160 km south on the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. 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

            • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
            • Pyongyang2.5 hour drive north back to the capital 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.
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

          4. March 19 | Thursday

            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. 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 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.

            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 | A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • 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 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.
            • Pyongsong | Driving north to 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, an excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the DPRK makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
          5. March 20 | Friday

            Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

            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.

            • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School | One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

            • Paeksong Provisions Factory | A factory producing a range of foods and drinks: biscuits, cakes, soju, candy, and snacks. Here you can have a taste of the products and tour the production facilities.

            PM

            • Pyongyang | Return to the capital. 45 minute - 1-hour drive.
            • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • 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.
            • 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).
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A bar serving seven types of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best place to drink pints with local people.
            • 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 air gun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
            • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant | Farewell dinner

            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

          6. March 21 | Saturday

            Riding the Local Train!

            AM

            • Train departure from Pyongyang Station at 07:50. Say goodbye to Pyongyang and off we go!
            • Most of the morning is spent travelling through relatively flat land. The fist main stop is the city of Pyongsong, then the train sets off on a zigzagging path across the spine of the country heading for the East Coast.

            PM

            • Through the afternoon we will go through valleys, over bridges and through tunnels, stopping at remote and unheard-of stations. Amazing views throughout!
            • Into the evening the coast approaches. The tunnels become fewer as the mountains give way to a narrow strip of plains, and the city of Hamhung is reached. This is a major city and here the train will pause for a while before switching from an easterly course to a northerly one.
            • It will be dark by now, time for bed. Each person will have a comfortable bunk for the night and the train is slow and smooth. The Korean countryside is very dark so not much to see out of the windows until dawn.
            Overnight | On the train. Comfortable soft sleeper beds with fresh bedding for each person.
          7. March 22 | Sunday

            Aboard the Train - Arrival in Rason

            AM

            • When we wake up we will be heading up the coast. Seaside views and fishing villages to the right, fields leading to hills to the left. The train doesn’t totally follow the coast though as it passes on the inland side of the Chilbosan Mountain range.
            • We will pass Orang Airport and the town of Kyongsong shortly before arriving in the major city of Chongjin. Another moderately long stop here before heading eve further north. Our destination approaches but still some sights to be seen and stops to make.
            • Although the Rason zone is part of the DPRK it is administered in a different way, so there is a kind of internal customs to pass. The guards will board the train and check tickets and passports. They may be surprised to see foreigners on this train, but be friendly and they will be too!

            PM

            • Arrival at Rajin station after the train journey from Pyongyang – get off the train and meet local guides.
            • General intro to Rason area | Drive through Rajin city and check into the centrally located Namsan Hotel.
            • After freshening up (you’ve spent more than a day on the train after all!), visit the Statues of the DPRK’s Leaders situated on a hill behind the hotel and offering a great view over the city and bay.
            • Have a walk through the Hae’an Park at the seaside. In good weather locals will gather here.
            • Czech Beer Bar | Opened with foreign investment. Slake your thirst with a range of made-on-site brews before dinner and overnight in this part of the DPRK
            Overnight | Namsan Hotel, Rajin. Centrally located and locally famous. Right in the heart of Rajin city.
          8. March 23 | Monday

            Rason - Special Economic Zone

            AM

            • Pipha Island Area | Drive from Rajin to this nationally-famous area, a scenic spot known to all North Koreans for its beauty.
            • Salmon and trout farm | This is a seafood producing area after all – learn how they operate such places here.
            • Emperor Hotel | Built with investment from Hong Kong this houses the first casino in the DPRK. Chinese tourists flock here for gambling and you can have a flutter yourself too, or enjoy a coffee and a look around this unexpected place!
            • Pipha Island  | A narrow road links it to the mainland. From here you can take an optional boat ride to see some seals who populate some rocks nearby, relax at the waterfront, or try some local seafood

            PM

            • Rajin Foreign Language School | Here local children learn English, Chinese, and other languages. Step in and help out with some lessons!
            • Rajin Port | Here you will see what kind of industry is going on; fishing, shipping goods in and out, and look out for some very non-Korean people; one of the three piers is operated by Russians who live on site!
            • Golden Triangle Bank | Here we will learn about the different economic system of Rason, change money into local won (yes, it is legal, not to be taken out of the country though, you are supposed to spend it), and see actual banking going on, the only place you get to witness this in the DPRK!
            • Rajin City Market | The only local market open to tourists in the whole country. Spread out through several buildings find consumer goods, stationary, food, drinks, building material, bicycles, and everything else a person in Rason would need. You can buy things too if you like – spend local money or RMB. Worth it just for the people-watching opportunity as it can get very busy here indeed!
            • In the evening spend some leisure time getting a massage if you like as one of Rajin’s many health centres, or visit a park, or local bar near the hotel before dinner.
            Overnight: Namsan Hotel, Rajin
          9. March 24 | Tuesday

            Rason to Vladivostok - 2 different worlds!

            AM

            • Sonbong | Drive to the smaller of the sister cities in this zone
            • Photo stop in Sonbong | Stop for photos in the centre of town – here there is a theatre, some monuments and mosaics, and an immortality tower too.
            • Sonbong Revolutionary Site | Associated with the end of Japanese rule over Korea. The guides will explain the whole story.
            • Tumangang Town | Drive right up on the Russian and Chinese borders, enjoy a packed lunch in this area.

            PM

            • Russia-DPRK Friendship house | Visit this house which exhibits photos of visits by key figures from the neighbouring countries.
            • 3 Countries Border Viewpoint | A picturesque pavilion offering views into China and Russia. From here you can see how the river divides the nations and also hear about a historical naval battle that a famed Korean admiral directed from this very hilltop.
            • If you do not wish to join the Russia part of this tour then at this point you will wave an emotional goodbye to those heading into the land of the Bear. You'll then be transferred to Wonjong Bridge which crosses from the DPRK to PRC. Pass through customs, immigration, cross the bridge and your tour ends as you enter China. We can help arrange onward travel from here of course, just drop us a line to ask about it!
            • Tumangang Station | Here we board the train that takes us on the short journey across the bridge into the Russian Federation – a 30 minute stopping-and-starting trip between two very difference cultures. On arrival we pass through Russian customs, meet our local Russian guide and have a long evening drive (with rest stops) to Vladivostok, arriving late evening.
            Overnight: Vladivostok
          10. March 25 | Wednesday

            Vladivostok - Intro to the 'Ruler of the East'

            AM
            • A leisurely start this morning after a long international journey yesterday.
            • Eagle’s Nest | A hilltop viewpoint looking over the city and Golden Horn bay – great for orientation and to get a sense of where you are.
            • Funicular Railway | Ride the rails down to the city streets, see how the 19th Century meets the 20th and 21st as we then walk into the heart of the city for lunch at a local café.
            PM
            • Heroes Square | The centre of the city dominated by a statues depicting soviet fighters victorious in the long civil war which followed the October Revolution in 1917. Vladivostok was one of the last places ‘liberated’ in this war.
            • C-56 Hero Submarine | Step inside a WWII-era submarine for a history lesson of what it was like to spend time in such a cramped machine, plus the background to the Russian/Soviet/Russian Pacific fleet, Headquartered in Vladivostok.
            • Pacific Fleet Shop | Get yourself kitted out in a stylish striped sailor’s shirt here if you like!
            • Final stop on the mighty Trans-Siberian Railway | The marker positioned at the 9288th km of the route. A basic history of how the rails stretched from Europe to here will be explained, as well as what Ho Chi Minh was doing on this platform so many times in the 1920s.
            • Free time in the evening to explore – Russian cities are no longer simply full of vodka & violence, but have a thriving cocktail scene, interesting promenade areas, shops, and entertainment options. See what you can experience!
            Overnight: Vladivostok
          11. March 26 | Thursday

            Underground & Abandoned Vladivostok

            AM

            • NKVD base and bomb shelter | Vladivostok is full of tunnels and secret areas and this is one of the very best. A guided trip through history and engineering, all taking place in tunnels under the city. Wear something warm and prepare to learn a lot about the psychology of living in such a society and preparing for action at all times
            • Vladivostok Post Office | When we emerge like moles back into the light, we will make a stop at the post office (send cards if you like) and a statue of an unusual American lady who lived here pre-revolution, before lunch in the city.

            PM

            • Russkiy Island | This afternoon we cross one of the brand new bridges built in Vladivostok for the 2012 APEC summit to Russkiy Island. Much key infrastructure has been moved to this island in the last few years as it was previously only accessible by boat – now the bridge has made it much easier to access
            • Voroshilov Battery | On Russkiy Island (it is big, bigger than the rest of the city) we will first visit this famous Battery. Credited with saving the city from Japanese invasion (it’s a long story, hear it all on the trip), as well as a new nearby tank and military equipment park (yes you can fire an AK-47 here).
            • Former Military Sites | We'll visit former bases on the island this afternoon as well as a look at some of the new constructions put here for the summit and see how island life is changed since connection to the rest of the city.
            • Vladivostok | Finally we return to the main part of the city for a bit of free time before a final farewell dinner. Our guide and tour leader can recommend shops, bars, and so on of course so make the most of the evening in this amazing remote city!
            Overnight: Vladivostok
          12. March 27 | Friday

            Final Day
            • Our tour sadly ends today and we all bid each other a fond da sveedanya! How you depart is up to you – there are trains, planes, buses, and boats. Koryo Tours can assist in planning onward travel to China, if you are staying in Russia we can make the Letter of Invitation for the visa last longer to cover onward travel which we can also advise on – drop us a line with how you plan to finish this trip and we’ll help you out!

        • 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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          • 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.

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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
            Train Pyongyang – Rason
            Train Rason – Khasan (Russia)
            Transfer Khasan – Vladivostok
            All meals on the tour apart from those taken during free time in Russia
            Hotel accommodation and Overnight train accomodation
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in the DPRK. One guide in Russia.
            All transportation between sites visited in the DPRK and Russia
            LOI visa support for Russian Visa
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang (199 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local 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
            Onward travel from Vladivostok in Russia - we can advise and assist with options though
        • Notes

          Our Koryo Budget Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

          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 9th February, 2020.

        April 2020

        April 12, 2020

        2020 Pyongyang Marathon

        Click here to find all of the tours for the Pyongyang Marathon

        Various tours are available ranging from 2 nights up to 10 nights and to suit all budgets!

        From 499 EUR per person

        Please apply by 29 February, 2020.

        April 12 - April 16 2020

        Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Shanghai

        3.5 nights in North Korea + flights
        from Shanghai to Pyongyang and
        back

        Direct from Shanghai! Travel to North Korea
        for one of the biggest holidays in the DPRK
        calendar!

        From 1,450 EUR per person

        Please apply by 3rd March, 2020.

        Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Shanghai

        3.5 nights in North Korea + flights
        from Shanghai to Pyongyang and
        back

        Direct from Shanghai! Travel
        to North Korea for one of the
        biggest holidays in the DPRK
        calendar!

        From 1,450 EUR per person

        • Overall

          An amazing chance to get to see the highlights of North Korea on this major national holiday and do it with a return flight from Shanghai - This adventurous tour package will take you to Pyongyang , Kaesong & the DMZ and much more besides – do as much as possible in the time allowed, you won’t regret it!

          Tick off must-see sites such as the Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and the Mansudae Grand Monument statue of the Great Leaders, as well as the massive Mausoleum of the DPRK’s first two leaders, and a trip to the historic city of Kaesong and the tragic DMZ

          More importantly, joining us on this tour means you’ll get to join the local North Koreans in celebrating one of the most important dates in the Korean calendar; Kim Il Sung’s Birthday. Officially known as the ‘Day of the Sun’. Expect mass dances and even the possibility of a firework display over the Taedonggang river. We will also get a chance to see the orchid named after the President, the Kimilsungia.

          Scroll down for an overview of the full Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Shanghai highlights, tour itinerary, prices, all the various options for you to join this remarkable adventure!



          BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

          Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


          Highlights

          • The Day of the Sun, the birthday of Eternal President Kim Il Sung: join in the celebrations on the biggest national holiday of the year.
          • Historic Kaesong and the DMZ - tragically cutting Korea into two parts
          • Highlights of Pyongyang including monuments, museums, parks, mixing with locals, and more!
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. April 12 | Sunday

            Briefing Day

            PM

            Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ 21:00) for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers.
          2. April 13 | Monday

            Arrival day in Pyongyang and city tour

            AM

            Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang, and transfer to hotel for check in, rest and breakfast
            • 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.
            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.
            • 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.
            • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride on both the Hyoksin and Chollima lines.
            • Relaxing time before dinner in the hotel
            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. April 14 | Tuesday

            Kaesong and the DMZ

            AM.

            • Kaesong | Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to the 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 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
            • 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.
            • Pyongyang Drive back to the capital city.
            • 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.
            • 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.
            • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant.
            Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.







          4. April 15 | Wednesday

            The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2020, is the 108th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.

            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.
            • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organizations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
            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’.
            • Artistic Performance | Expect to see a performance on the day, while the type of performance is to be confirmed we have been able to see circus, musical and other performances on this day, typically 20-50 EUR per person depending on nature of performance.
            • Mass Dance | Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
            • Fireworks over the Taedong River | watch with thousands of locals in Kim Il Sung Square as this holiday comes to an end. Wonderful mingling opportunities in a festive atmosphere
            Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

          5. April 16 | Thursday

            Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and departure

            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.
            • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.
            • Check out and lunch at hotel
            PM
            • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
            • 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 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.
            • 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 a local restaurant
            Departure

            After our farewell dinner, we'll head to Pyongyang airport for our flight back to Shanghai Pudong Airport with a scheduled departure at 10:10 pm and arrival in Shanghai at 11:30 pm (subject to change).

            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
          • 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 Shanghai – Pyongyang - Shanghai
            All meals on the tour
            Hotel accommodation
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            A Koryo Tours tour leader
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            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 the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 3rd March, 2020.

        April 13 - April 21/22 2020

        The Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

        8 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        Be in Pyongyang for one of North Korea’s biggest national
        holidays as well as seeing areas of North Korea rarely visited
        by foreigners.

        From 1,349 EUR per person

        Please apply by 22nd March, 2020.

        The Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

        8 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        Be in Pyongyang for one of North Korea’s
        biggest national holidays as well as seeing
        areas of North Korea rarely visited by
        foreigners.

        From 1,349 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Just like every country, North Korea has much more to offer than just its capital. This week Korea tour package will take you to cities outside of Pyongyang that see even fewer visitors and get yourself even further off the beaten track, whilst you’re at it!

          Tick off must-see sites such as the Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and the Mansudae Grand Monument statue of the Great Leaders, as well as the lesser visited areas of; Wonsan, Kaesong, Hamhung, DMZ, and Pujon.

          Visit North Korea's second-largest city, Hamhung, where you can explore a local cooperative farm. Sample the delights of the seafood in Wonsan, stay in traditional accommodation in Kaesong, and enjoy a scenic drive through the Pujon highlands.

          One of our most comprehensive week tours!

          More importantly, joining us on this tour means you’ll get to join the local North Koreans in celebrating one of the most important dates in the Korean calendar; Kim Il Sung’s Birthday. Officially known as the ‘Day of the Sun’. Expect mass dances and even the possibility of a firework display over the Taedonggang river. We will also get a chance to see the orchid named after the President, the Kimilsungia.

          Only got a few days to spare? Strapped for cash? See our Kim Il Sung Birthday Short Tour!

          Scroll down for an overview of the full Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



          BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

          Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


          Highlights

          • The Day of the Sun, the birthday of Eternal President Kim Il Sung: join in the celebrations on the biggest national holiday of the year.
          • Pujon highlands scenic drive
          • Hamhung - the DPRK's second-largest city
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. April 12 | 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. April 13 | 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 to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Sungni (Victory) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Railway Station via the Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

            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 14 | Tuesday

            Myohyangsan & the International Friendship Exhibition

            AM
            • Mt. Myohyang | Drive 2 ½ hour drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to 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, a 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 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

            • Manpok Valley Walk | A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.

            • Pyongyang | Return to the capital city (2 ½ hours)

            • Ryomyong Street | Walk in the newly built district in central Pyongyang.

            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel
          4. April 15 | Wednesday

            The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2020, is the 108th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.

            AM

            • Mangyondae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in beautiful natural surroundings.

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride on both the Hyoksin and Chollima Lines.

            • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima, or ‘thousand ri [400 mile] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

            • 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.

            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’.

            • Mass Dance | Choreographed dance displays take place throughout Pyongyang on major holidays. We'll get the chance to watch (and maybe join) one of these beautiful performances.
            • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.

            • 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

          5. April 16 | Thursday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM

            • Kumsusan Memorial 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. We will need to dress formally for our visit: shirt, dress pants, and tie for men and covered shoulders, legs, and feet for women. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. Please note that this is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

            • 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.

            • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okgyuwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.

            PM

            • East Pyongyang | A walk to East Pyongyang from the Okryugwan Restaurant.

            • 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.

            • Kaesong | Drive 2 ½ hours drive south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to the ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.

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

            • April 17 | Friday

              Kaesong & 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 Truce Village | 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 | A former Confucian education school, 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 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.

              • Pyongyang | Drive back up the Reunification Highway to the capital city.

              • 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.

              Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel
            • April 18 | Saturday

              Hamhung

              AM

              • Hamhung Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to 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.
            • April 19 | Sunday

              Hungnam & Pujon Highlands

              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!

              • Today we’ll drive north of Hamhung into the Pujon Highlands, traditionally considered one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. This semi-alpine region’s beautiful and rugged scenery was the location of some of the most brutal fighting during the Korean War.

              • 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.

              PM

              • Pujon Revolutionary Site | Commemorating the revolutionary acitivies of Kim Jong Suk, the wife of the President Kim Il Sung, during the anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle.
              • Hamhung | Return to the DPRK's second city.
              Overnight | Sinhungsan Hotel, Hamhung
            • April 20 | Monday

              Wonsan

              AM

              • South Hamgyong History Museum | A museum focussing on South Hamgyong Province located in Hamhung, the provincial capital.
              • Tonghung Revolutionary Site | Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River. A presentation of flowers is customary.

              • Wonsan Drive south to the coastal port city of Wonsan (2 ½ hours)

              PM

              • 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.  

              • Pyongyang | Drive 4 hours back to the capital.

              • Farewell dinner

              Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel

            • April 21 | 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 08:30.

              OR

              • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, April 22 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

              End of Tour

          6. 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.

            • 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
            • 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 (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
          7. What is / is not included?

            • Included
              Train Beijing – Pyongyang - Beijing
              All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
              Hotel accommodation
              Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
              A Koryo Tours tour leader
              All transportation in the DPRK
            • Not included
              DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
              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
          8. 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 22nd March, 2020.

          April 13 - April 17/18 2020

          Kim Il Sung Birthday Short Tour

          4 nights in North Korea + travel
          time between Beijing and Pyongyang

          Be in Pyongyang for one of North Korea’s biggest national
          holidays for mass dances and other festivities with
          the locals!

          From 999 EUR per person

          Please apply by 22nd March, 2020.

          Kim Il Sung Birthday Short Tour

          4 nights in North Korea + travel
          time between Beijing and Pyongyang

          Be in Pyongyang for one of North Korea’s
          biggest national holidays for mass
          dances and other festivities with the
          locals!

          From 999 EUR per person

          • Overall

            Be in Pyongyang for one of North Korea’s biggest national holidays, President Kim Il Sung’s Birthday. Join in the celebrations in Pyongyang including mass dances and other festivities.

            Travel to Pyongyang, Kaesong & the DMZ and the beautiful Mt. Myohyang in the North Korean countryside.

            Expect big celebrations on this trip to North Korea. April 15th, known as 'The Day of the Sun', is one of the biggest, if not the biggest holiday in North Korea. 2020 marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1912. Festivities expected include mass dances, Kimilsungia flower exhibition and the possibility of viewing a North Korea firework display with local North Koreans in Kim Il Sung Square. We will also get a chance to see the orchid named after the President, the Kimilsungia.

            This tour takes you to see the best of what Pyongyang has to offer over a couple of days touring the city, as well as a trip to the historic city of Kaesong, the North-South Korea DMZ border, and Mt. Myohyang.

            Mt. Myohyang is famously home to the North Korea Friendship Exhibition, or International Friendship Exhibition. This is where international gifts given to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are housed - including the basketball from Dennis Rodman! In this area, you can enjoy a hike and enjoy life outside the big city.

            Travel with Koryo Tours, professionals in North Korea travel for over 25 years, and rest assured you’re in safe hands during your trip to North Korea. Learn more about our team .

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



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            Highlights

            • The Day of the Sun national holiday, the birthday of Eternal President Kim Il Sung birthday celebrations
            • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone
          • Itinerary

            Briefing Day
            1. April 12 | 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. April 13 | 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 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
              • Sungni (Victory) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Railway Station via the Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
              • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

              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 14 | Tuesday

              Kaesong & DMZ

              AM
              • Kaesong | Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to 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.
              • 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

              • 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.
              • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo | We’ll 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and a highlight of the trip.

              • 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.

              Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

            4. April 15 | Wednesday

              The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2020, is the 108th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.

              AM
              • Mangyondae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

              • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organizations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
              • 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.
              • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

              • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway 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 | 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’.

              PM

              • 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.
              • 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!

              • Mass Dance | Choreographed dance displays take place throughout Pyongyang on major holidays. We'll get the chance to watch (and maybe join) one of these beautiful performances.

              • 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.

              • 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.

            5. April 16 | Thursday

              Kumsusan Palace of the Sun & Nampo

              AM

              • Kumsusan Memorial 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. We will need to dress formally for our visit: shirt, dress pants, and tie for men and covered shoulders, legs, and feet for women. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. Please note that this is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

              • National Gift Preservation Palace | An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by Koreans in China, Japan and overseas.

              • Nampo | Drive west (45 minutes to 2 ½ hour drive) to the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.

              PM

              • Lunch at Hanggu Hotel | Enjoy lunch at one of Nampo's local hotels with an excellent banquet hall and seafood restaurant.
              • 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.

              • Chongsam-ri Cooperative Farm | Learn about rural life at this cooperative farm in the countryside outside the city of Nampo.
              • Pyongyang | Return to the capital. (45 minutes to 2 ½ 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).

              • Duck Barbeque Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

                Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel

              • April 17 | Friday

                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 09:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00.

                OR

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

                End of Tour

            6. 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.

              • 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.

                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.

              • 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
            7. What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang
                All meals on the tour apart from the 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
                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
            8. 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 22nd March, 2020.

            April 27 - May 7/8 2020

            The May Day and East Coast Tour

            10 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 15th April, 2020.

            The May Day and East Coast Tour

            10 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.



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              Highlights

              • May Day celebrations and festivities: picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
              • Highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, including the DMZ.
              • Plus Hamhung and Wonsan on North Korea's scenic east coast!
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. April 26 | 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 | 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 | 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 JS 152 at 12:00. 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.

              3. April 28 | Tuesday

                Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

                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

                • Sariwon | Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to  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.
                • KaesongHistoric 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.

              4. April 29 | Wednesday

                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.
                • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital. 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.

              5. April 30 | Thursday

                Pyongyang City Tour and Volleyball Match!

                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

                • 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.
                • 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.
                • 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.
              6. May 1 | Friday

                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.

                • Pyongsong | Drive north to the 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.

              7. May 2 | Saturday

                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.
                • Nampo | Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to 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. May 3 | Sunday

                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

                • Pyongyang Return to the capital 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.

              9. May 4 | Monday

                Hamhung

                AM

                • HamhungDepart Pyongyang for  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!

              10. May 5 | Tuesday

                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

                • Wonsan | Drive to this 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.

              11. May 6 | Wednesday

                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

                • Pyongyang | Return to the capital city with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort. A 4-hour drive.
                • Farewell dinner in Pyongyang.

                Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              12. May 7 | 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 251 at 08:50 with a 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 8 at 08:40. 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 (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.

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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 15th April, 2020.

            April 27 - May 4/5 2020

            May Day Tour: International Workers Day in North Korea

            7 nights in North
            Korea for May Day

            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.

            From 1,349 EUR per person

            Please apply by 15th April, 2020.

            May Day Tour: International Workers Day in North Korea

            7 nights in North
            Korea for May Day

            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.

            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 Department Store, 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.



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              Highlights

              • May Day celebrations and festivities: picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
              • Highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, including the DMZ.
              • Visit the industrial Nampo and innovative Pyongsong.
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. April 26 | 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 | 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 | 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 JS 152 at 12:00. 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.

              3. April 28 | Tuesday

                Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

                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

                • Sariwon | Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to  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.
                • Kaesong | Continue south to the 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.

              4. April 29 | Wednesday

                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.
                • Pyongyang | Return to the capital 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.

              5. April 30 | Thursday

                Pyongyang City Tour and Volleyball Match!

                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

                • 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.
                • 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.
                • Pizza Restaurant  | 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.
              6. May 1 | Friday

                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.

                • Pyongsong | Drive north to this 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.

              7. May 2 | Saturday

                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.
                • NampoDrive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to the port city of Nampo 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. May 3 | Sunday

                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

                • Pyongyang | Return to the capital 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.

                • 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.

              9. May 4 | Monday

                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 10:00.

                OR

                • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Tuesday, May 5 at 08:40. 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
              • 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
                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 15th April, 2020.

            April 27 - May 2/3 2020

            The May Day Short Tour

            5 nights in North
            Korea for May Day

            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.

            From 1,049 EUR per person

            Please apply by 15th April, 2020.

            The May Day Short Tour

            5 nights in North
            Korea for May Day

            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.

            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 Department Store, 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!

              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!
              • Highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, including the DMZ.
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. April 26 | 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 | 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 | 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 JS 152 at 12:00. 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.
                • 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. April 28 | Tuesday

                Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

                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

                • Sariwon | Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to 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.
                • 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.

              4. April 29 | Wednesday

                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.
                • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital. 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.

              5. April 30 | Thursday

                Pyongyang City Tour and Volleyball Match!

                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

                • 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.
                • 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.
                • 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.
              6. May 1 | Friday

                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.

                • Pyongsong | Drive north to this 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.

              7. May 2 | 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 a scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00.

                OR

                • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday, May 3 at 08:40. 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
              • 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.

            • 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
                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 15th April, 2020.

            May 2020

            May 1 - May 3 2020

            2.5 Night May Day Tour from Shanghai

            2.5 nights in North Korea.
            Roundtrip flight from Shanghai.

            A quick weekender from Shanghai
            to see North Korea over May
            Day!

            From 1,049 EUR per person

            Please apply by 15th April, 2020.

            2.5 Night May Day Tour from Shanghai

            2.5 nights in North Korea.
            Roundtrip flight from Shanghai.

            A quick weekender from
            Shanghai to see North
            Korea over May Day!

            From 1,049 EUR per person

            • Overall

              Looking for a short break to spend your holidays in May? Visit North Korea from Shanghai for the May Day Holiday, one of our favorite times to visit the country.

              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, at 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 (departing from Beijing).

              Scroll down for the Shanghai May Day tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



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              Highlights

              • Celebrations for International Worker's Day (May Day)
              • Visit North Korea over a long weekend from Shanghai!
              • See Pyongyang and the DMZ on a short but comprehensive trip.
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. April 30 | Thursday

                Briefing Day

                PM

                Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ approximately 21:00) for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers.
              2. May 1 | Friday

                May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

                AM

                Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang, and transfer to hotel for sleep and breakfast

                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’.
                • 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 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).

                • 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 | 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. May 2 | Saturday

                Pyongyang City Tour

                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.
                • SariwonDrive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to 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.
                • Kaesong | Continue south to the 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
              4. May 3 | Sunday

                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.
                • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital. 2.5-hour drive.
                Departure

                After our farewell dinner, we'll head to Pyongyang airport for our flight back to Shanghai Pudong Airport with a scheduled departure at 10:10 pm and arrival in Shanghai at 11:30 pm (subject to change).

                End of Tour.
            • Extras

              • 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.

              • 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
            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Return flight | Shanghai (Pudong) — Pyongyang — Shanghai (Pudong)
                All meals on the tour
                Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides and a driver (per group)
                All transportation in 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. 30 EUR total)
                The lift up the Juche Tower (optional activity at EUR 5)
                Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, a visit to the funfair
                Meals will have a complimentary beer (and water), but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements then please inform us beforehand
                Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
            • Notes

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

              Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

              After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

            Please apply by 15th April, 2020.

            May 30 - June 6/7 2020

            International Children's Day and East Coast Tour

            7 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 1,199 EUR per person

            Please apply by 15th May, 2020.

            International Children's Day and East Coast Tour

            7 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 1,199 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 that 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

              Apart from Pyongyang, this tour will also visit historic Kaesong and the DMZ, the capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, and the North-South Korean border at the DMZ. We will also explore North Korea's east coast as we drive along the coast road and enjoy the breathtaking views on our way to visit the coastal port city of Wonsan, the beautiful mountain peaks of Kumgangsan, and the industrial centre of Hamhung.

              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.



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              Highlights

              • Pyongyang highlights including; the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, and more!
              • Historic Kaesong, the DMZ and Panmunjom Truce Village.
              • East Coast highlights including; the port city of Wonsan, the industrial centre of Hamhung and the beautiful peaks of Kumgangsan, the Diamond Mountain.
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. May 29 | 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. May 30 | 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 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                • Sungni (Victory) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then on to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Mirae (Future) Scientists Street | An evening walk through the newly built residential apartment distrcit for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.

                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 | Sunday

                Kaesong & DMZ

                AM

                • Kaesong | Drive 2 ½ hours drive south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to the ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.

                • Panmunjom Truce Village | 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 & Stamp Shop | A former Confucian education school, 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 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

                • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.

                • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city. (2 ½ hours)

                • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

                • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway 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.

                • 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.

                Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

              4. June 1 | Monday

                International Children's Day & Pyongyang City Tour

                AM

                • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in beautiful natural surroundings.
                • Children's Day Activities
                • Ryomyong Street | Walk along Pyongyang's newest district! Unique modernist architecture with a distinctly DPRK twist.

                PM

                • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima, or ‘thousand ri [400 mile] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

                • 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!

                • 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.

                • 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.

                • 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).

                • Dinner at the Sanghung Restaurant in Pyongyang

                Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

              5. June 2 | Tuesday

                Hamhung

                AM

                • Hamhung | Drive east across the width of the peninsula via the Ulim Waterfalls before heading north to Hamhung (6-7 hour drive), the second-largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry.

                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!
                • 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 | 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!

              6. June 3 | Wednesday

                Hamhung

                AM

                • 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. A presentation of flowers is customary.

                PM

                • Wonsan | Drive south 2 ½ hours to a major port city on the East Sea of Korea.

                • 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, bird house, gymnasium, and more!

                • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan.

                • Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship | The ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.

                • 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 | 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.

              7. June 4 | Thursday

                Kumgangsan

                AM

                • Mt. Kumgang | Drive 2 hours south along the West Sea to the Mt. Kumgang region via Lake Sijung, an idyllic coastal lake with fishing, boating, and medicinal mud-baths.

                • Samil Lagoon | A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

                PM

                • Hiking in Kumgangsan | An opportunity to walk through one of Korea's most famous idyllic regions; 'The Diamond Mountain' a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. So beautiful that seven fairies are said to have once descended from the heavens to bathe here. A pilgrimage place for poets, artists, intellectuals, aristocrats, and royalty in medieval times.

                • Hot Spa (optional) | Enjoy a relaxing visit to a Korean spa
                Overnight | Kumgangsan Hotel | A comfortable and clean hotel with scenic views out over mountains and forests.
              8. June 5 | Friday

                Return to Pyongyang

                AM

                • Wonsan | Drive 2 hours north back to the provincial capital of Kangwon.

                • Lunch at Masik Ski Resort | We will stop for lunch at one of the DPRK's newest tourist attractions, the Masikryong Ski Resort. During winter, this ski complex is open to foreigners and local tourists alike, keen to tackle the slopes.

                PM

                • Pyongyang | Return to the capital (4-hour drive)

                • 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.

                • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

                • Duck Barbeque Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

                Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel
              9. June 6 | Saturday

                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 151 at 08:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

                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 Sunday, June 7 at 08:30.  

                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 (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.

              • 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 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 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 15th May, 2020.

            May 30 - June 2/3 2020

            International Children's Day Long Weekend Budget Tour

            3 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 699 EUR per person

            Please apply by 1st May, 2020.

            International Children's Day Long Weekend Budget Tour

            3 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 699 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 that 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.

              Apart from Pyongyang, this tour will also visit historic Kaesong and the DMZ, the capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty and the current North-South Korea border.

              Want to explore further?

              International Children's Day and East Coast Tour

              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.



              BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

              Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


              Highlights

              • Pyongyang highlights including; the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, and more!
              • Historic Kaesong, the DMZ and Panmunjom Truce Village.
              • Visit Mangyongdae, the birthplace of the President Kim Il Sung
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. May 29 | 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. May 30 | 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 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                • Sungni (Victory) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then on to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Mirae (Future) Scientists Street | An evening walk through the newly built residential apartment distrcit for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.

                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 // Sunday

                Kaesong & DMZ

                AM

                • Kaesong | Drive 2 ½ hours drive south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to the ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.

                • Panmunjom Truce Village | 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 & Stamp Shop | A former Confucian education school, 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 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

                • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.

                • Pyongyang | Return to the capital (2 ½ hours)

                • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

                • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway 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.

                • 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.

                Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

              4. June 1 | Monday

                International Children's Day & Pyongyang City Tour

                AM

                • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in beautiful natural surroundings.
                • Children's Day Activities
                • Ryomyong Street | Walk along Pyongyang's newest district! Unique modernist architecture with a distinctly DPRK twist.

                PM

                • 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). Here we will also see the Chollima, or ‘thousand ri [400 mile] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

                • 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!

                • 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.

                • 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.

                • 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).

                • Dinner at the Sanghung Restaurant in Pyongyang

                Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

              5. June 2 | 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 151 at 08:30 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:30.

                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 3 at 08:30.  

                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.

              • 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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              • 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 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 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 1st May, 2020.

            June 2020

            June 8 - June 11/12 2020

            North Korea vs Turkmenistan Football Tour

            3 nights in North Korea +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

            Be there as our two favourite travel destinations face
            off in a FIFA world cup qualifier! Tour will be led by
            Simon Cockerell

            From 899 EUR per person

            Please apply by 9th May, 2020.

            North Korea vs Turkmenistan Football Tour

            3 nights in North Korea +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

            Be there as our two favourite travel
            destinations face off in a FIFA world
            cup qualifier! Tour will be led by Simon
            Cockerell

            From 899 EUR per person

            • Overall

              Join us in Pyongyang to see North Korea's & Turkmenistan's national teams take each other on to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup! It's a rare chance to attend an International Football Match in Pyongyang and join the locals as they cheer on the local heroes versus our favourite Central Asian 'stan!

              Watch a football match in North Korea, held in the centrally located Kim Il Sung Stadium, as well as exploring North Korea's capital city Pyongyang. This tour of Pyongyang includes the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Kwangbok Supermarket and Pyongyang Metro. We’ll then head to Kaesong in the south where we’ll visit the DMZ that divides the Korean peninsula.

              3 nights int he DPRK not long enough for you? We can offer bespoke extensions to the tour if you like! Contact us for details

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



              BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

              Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


              Highlights

              • North Korea vs. Turkmenistan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match in Pyongyang
              • Pyongyang highlights — 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. June 7 | Sunday

                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. June 8 | 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 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!
                • Sungni (Victory) Street | Walk 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. June 9 | Tuesday (MATCH DAY!)

                Pyongyang City Tour and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match - North Korea vs. Turkmenistan! OUr favourite travel destinations play each other in Kim Il Sung Stadium

                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.
                • 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).
                • 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.
                • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! We'll have lunch in the food court with locals before we hit cash registers for some retail therapy.
                PM

                • 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.
                • 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.
                • Kim Il Sung Stadium 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match - North Korea vs. Turkmenistan!* Join 50,000 locals as they cheer on the DPRK National Team in this amazing sporting event. Ticket price to be confirmed, but expected to be 20-50 EUR per person paid on the spot. 
                • Post-game drinks at a local bar (0.50-1 EUR per glass) for some pub-based post-game analysis

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              4. June 10 | Wednesday

                Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

                AM

                • Kaesong | Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to 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

                • Sariwon Folk Village | We'll drive around two hours to  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!
                • Pyongyang Continue driving to the capital.
                • 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.

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              5. June 11 | 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 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, October 18 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.

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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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              • 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.

              • 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.

              • 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.

            • 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: 265 EUR; round-trip: 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)
                Ticket for the match itself - usually 20-50 EUR
                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

              As with any events inside the DPRK there is always a chance that some change may be made at the last minute and venue, date, etc will be altered. this is highly unlikely as it is a FIFA World Cup match and doesn't have the sensitivities of Oct 2019's DPRK vs ROK match (played in an empty stadium!) so we don't expect any changes but will do our best to accommodate any unexpected occurrences. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds if the match gets moved from Pyongyang close to the date of the tour. Please feel free to familiarize yourself with our terms & conditions, if you are concerned.

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

              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 May, 2020.

            June 25 - June 29 2020

            North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Budget Tour

            4 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

            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 4th June, 2020.

            North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Budget Tour

            4 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

            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 North Korea during the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival long weekend.

              Looking for a quick escape out of China? Put that zongzi down and look no further.

              This action-packed long weekend getaway is an introduction to North Korea 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 a 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 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, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



              BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

              Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


              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.
              • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
              • Munsu Water Park with local North Koreans
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. June 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

                • 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 26 // Friday

                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
                • 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 27 // 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.
                • 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.
                • 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.

                PM

                • 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.
                • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of 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.
                • 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 28 // 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.
                • Mangyondae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                • 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.
                • Moranbong Park // Picnic lunch and a walk through Pyongyang’s central park through historic monuments, ancient and modern architecture.

                PM

                • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute introductory class at the Taekwondo Areana on Sports Street to taekwondo the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
                • 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 29 // 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.

                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
                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 4th June, 2020.

            June 25 - July 4 2020

            North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend + Northeast Adventure Extension

            8 nights in the DPRK +
            North Korea-China travel
            time

            Cycle the streets of Pyongyang and take an internal
            flight in North Korea to the rarely explored Northeast.

            From 1,899 EUR per person

            Please apply by 4th June, 2020.

            North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend + Northeast Adventure Extension

            8 nights in the DPRK +
            North Korea-China travel
            time

            Cycle the streets of Pyongyang
            and take an internal flight in
            North Korea to the rarely explored
            Northeast.

            From 1,899 EUR per person

            • Overall

              This tour is designed for those who are looking for an active weekend in North Korea during the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival long weekend and many more.

              This action-packed long weekend getaway is an introduction to North Korea 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 a 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.

              As well as visiting the DMZ & Kaesong, this Dragon Boat Festival tour takes you to one of the least explored areas of North Korea - the Northeast. Experience an Air Koryo internal flight as we travel North to enjoy a local health spa, and experience a home-stay in North Korea. See the beautiful landscapes of Mt.Chilbo , visit Chongjin city, and take a local train from North Korea back to China.

              You can't get much more off the beaten path than this!

              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, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.



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              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.
              • Internal Flight to Chongjin
              • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
              • Home stay in the Northeast
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. June 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

                • 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 26 // Friday

                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
                • 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 27 // 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.
                • 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.
                • 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.

                PM

                • 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.
                • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of 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.
                • 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 28 // 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.
                • Mangyondae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                • 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.
                • Moranbong Park // Picnic lunch and a walk through Pyongyang’s central park through historic monuments, ancient and modern architecture.

                PM

                • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute introductory class at the Taekwondo Areana on Sports Street to taekwondo the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
                • 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 29 // Monday

                Pyongyang

                AM
                • Conversational Korean Languages Class | Two 90 minutes long introductory Korean classes held by a local teacher at Pyongyang Tourism College. This lightning course will prepare you to be able to communicate on a basic level with your host family in Mt. Chilbo.
                PM
                • Walking tour in Pyongyang | City tour in Pyongyang on foot discovering the historical past of the city.
                • Korean Revolution Museum | Situated since 1972 in the building behind the giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill this museum is fronted by a giant mosaic of Lake Chon and the peak of Mt. Paekdu which forms the backdrop to the Mansudae Grand Monument complex. We will visit the rooms on the Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle to give some historical context to our visit to North Hamgyong Province.
                Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
              6. June 30 // Tuesday

                Domestic flight to North Hamgyong Province and Mt. Chilbo

                AM
                • Flight departure from Pyongyang on domestic Air Koryo Flight JS4101 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Orang Airport (RGO) at 11:00.
                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.
                • Local games 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.

                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.

              7. July 1 // Wednesday

                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.
                PM
                • Kyongsong | Once one of the primary cities in Hamgyong Province, from which ‘Kyong’ derives, now eclipsed by neighbor Chongjin. Kyongsong is renowned for its hot spas which provide needed relaxation after days on the road and outdoor activities at Mt. Chilbo.
                • Kyongsong Revolutionary Site | Japanese colonial-era house once used by the DPRK leadership and telling of their exploits in the region.
                • Health Spa | There are many of these in Kyongsong, some belong to the military, some to the Party, some are open to the public. Here you can use the saunas and bathing facilities. The water coming up from the ground in a kind of panacea and historical records show it has long been considered good for recovering health and especially fertility (ca. 50 RMB admission fee).
                • Chongjin Orphanage Kindergarten | Where parentless children are cared for and raised.
                Overnight | Gomalsan Guesthouse, Chongjin. Limited facilities but this is more than made up for by the exclusivity of the place and the views of the city from the rooms.
              8. July 2 // Thursday

                Chongjin and drive to Hoeryong

                AM
                • Gomalsan Revolutionary Site | Birds eye view of Chongjin and memorial site honoring the Soviet troops who helped liberating this area.
                • 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.
                • 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
                • Mushroom Factory | See how a North Korean factory works, and learn about the production process of different mushrooms. You can even taste the products if you're lucky.
                • Kim Ki Sung Middle School  | Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities, drop in on classrooms to help practice English, or play football in the schoolyard.
                • Hoeryong Schoolchildren's Palace | Center of extracurricular activities in the arts, music, and sports for local children.
                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.
              9. July 3 // Friday

                Hoeryong, Wangjaesan, and cross over to China

                AM
                • 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.
                • 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.
                PM
                • Wangjaesan Grand Monument | Large tower and socialist realist sculpture group set atop a prominent mountain and dedicated to the anti-Japanese guerilla struggle. One of three grand monuments in the DPRK: the others are at Mansudae in Pyongyang and Samjiyon near Mt. Paekdu. Rarely visited by foreigners as only practicable for those crossing the border at Tumen-Namyang.
                • Wangjaesan Revolutionary History Museum | Next to the Grand Monument this museum tells the tale of revolutionary activity in this area. Some great examples of the famous ‘slogan trees’ can be found here.
                • Crossing over to China | Next up is our final drive in the DPRK - we head south along the Tumen River to Tumen River Bridge in Namyang, the frontier between the DPRK and the PRC. We pass through customs here on the Korean side, take a short ride or walk across the bridge and then we are back in China, just like that!
                • Train back to Beijing | We catch a high-speed train from Tumen North at 19:00 to Changchun where we transfer to a sleeper train to Beijing. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Saturday, July 4 at 08:36. 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.

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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
                Train Tumen – Changchun – Beijing
                Domestic flight to Orang
                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 4th June, 2020.

            July 2020

            July 4 - July 11/12 2020

            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.

            From 1,249 EUR per person

            Please apply by 25th June, 2020.

            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.

            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!

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



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              Highlights

              • The stunning mountain scenery of Mt Kumgang
              • Beaches of Korea's eastern coast
              • The port city of Wonsan and industrial city of Hamhung
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. 3 July | 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. 4 July | 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. 5 July | Sunday

                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.
              4. 6 July | Monday

                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. 

                • 7 July | Tuesday

                  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.
                • 8 July |  Wednesday

                  Drive back to Pyongyang with stops along the way. Please note that 8 July marks the anniversary of the passing of President Kim Il Sung in 1994. Additionally, restaurants may not serve alcohol at meals on this day

                  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.
                  • Walk in the city centre.
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
                • 9 July | Thursday 

                  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.

                • 10 July | Friday

                  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 FootprintA 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.


                • 11 July | 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, 12 July at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                  End of Tour

              5. 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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              6. 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
              7. 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 25th June, 2020.

              July 23 - July 30 2020

              The Victory Day Tour

              7 nights in North Korea + travel
              time between Beijing and Pyongyang

              Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that
              will see mass dances and other festivities! Pyongyang - Kaesong - the
              DMZ - Nampo - Pyongsong.

              From 1,249 EUR per person

              Please apply by 1st July, 2020.

              The Victory Day Tour

              7 nights in North Korea + travel
              time between Beijing and Pyongyang

              Experience one of North Korea’s most important
              national holidays that will see mass dances and
              other festivities! Pyongyang - Kaesong - the DMZ
              - Nampo - Pyongsong.

              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 includes the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the Juche Tower, the Party Foundation Monument, and Kim Il Sung Square. Plus much more!

                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!)

                Don't have so much time to spare? Take a look at the Victory Day Short Tour which takes you to all of the must-see sights in Pyongyang, as well as going to Kaesong and the DMZ.



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                Highlights

                • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th, the 67th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
                • 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 22 | 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 23 | 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 24 | 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 25 | 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 26 | 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 27 | 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 28 | 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 29 | 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. July 30 | 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 Friday, July 31 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 1st July, 2020.

              July 25 - July 30 2020

              The Victory Day Short Tour

              5 nights in North Korea + travel
              time between Beijing and Pyongyang

              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.

              From 975 EUR per person

              Please apply by 9th July, 2020.

              The Victory Day Short Tour

              5 nights in North Korea + travel
              time between Beijing and Pyongyang

              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.

              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 67th 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 Moranbong 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 including the Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square and the local Kwangbok Supermarket, you will also have the opportunity to visit the DMZ North-South Korea border and stay in traditional Korean accommodation.

                There's much more to North Korea travel than Pyongyang and the DMZ.
                If you have a couple of days more to spare, why not check out our Victory Day Long Tour which takes you to Nampo on the West Coast of North Korea.



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                Highlights

                • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th, the 66th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
                • 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 | Friday

                  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 | 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 JS252 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.
                  • 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 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang and Pyongsong, satellite city of 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.
                  • 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 | Monday

                  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 | Tuesday

                  Sariwon-Kaesong

                  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 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 | Wednesday

                  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.

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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
                  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, 2020.

              August 2020

              August 11 - August 22/23 2020

              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! Military Parade Expected

              From 1,899 EUR per person

              Please apply by 19th July, 2020.

              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! Military
              Parade Expected


              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 peak 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, a local North Korean 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.

                Looking for a shorter Liberation Day in North Korea trip?
                Check out our quick but comprehensive Liberation Day Short Tour.

                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.



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                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 10 | 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 11 | 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.
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.
                  • 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. August 12 | Wednesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM

                  • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                  • 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.
                  • Jonsung Revolutionary Site | A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by the DPRK government’s cabinet during the 1950s exhibiting life underground during the Korean War.

                  PM

                  • Walk on Ryomyong Street | A short stroll on Pyongyang's newest street completed in 2017.
                  • Ride the full Pyongyang Metro | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride the full length of both lines, stopping at every station to get the full experience!
                  • 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 13 | Thursday

                  Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and drive to 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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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
                  • 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’.
                  • 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 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.
                  • South Gate and Old City Walk | A stroll to the hotel through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty from the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Traditional Korean Royal Meal with Kayagum Performance | 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!

                  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.
                5. August 14 | Friday

                  Historic Kaesong and Panmunjom

                  AM
                  • 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.
                  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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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'.
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
                6. August 15 | Saturday

                  Liberation Day – the 75th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule

                  On August 15th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected, in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city's residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. For Liberation Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!

                  AM
                  • 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!
                  • A ride through Pyongyang from Pyongyang Station to Kwangbok Street on one of the city’s municipal trams.
                  • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                  PM
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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’.
                  • 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.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                7. August 16 | Sunday

                  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.
                  • Mangyongbong-92 | A ferry/cruise ship built in 1992 to ferry Japanese Koreans and goods between Japan and North Korea till 2006. In 2018, the ship carried North Korean performers for the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
                  • 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 17 | Monday

                  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 18 | Tuesday

                  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.

                10. August 19 | Wednesday

                  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 flights 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.
                11. August 20 | Thursday

                  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.
                  • War Heroes' Cemetery | Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.
                  • Moran Beer Bar | A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers). Also serves food.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                12. August 21 | 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.
                  • Pi Island | A local beach next to West Sea Barrage. Go for a swim or join the locals for a karaoke.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
                  • Farewell dinner at Arirang Restaurant | One of Pyongyang's best restaurant in the center of the city.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                13. August 22 | 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 08:35 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 23 at 08:40. 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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                • 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 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 19th July, 2020.

              August 13 - August 18/19 2020

              The Liberation Day 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 24th July, 2020.

              The Liberation Day 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 North Korea during Liberation Day for what promises to be one of the best travel experiences the DPRK has on offer.

                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

                Liberation Day 2020 marks the 75th 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!

                Want something extra-special?
                Liberation Day & Mt. Paektu 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.



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                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 12 | 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.  
                  • 17:27 | 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 | 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 14:00. 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.
                  • 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 at 18:45.
                  • 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. August 14 | Friday

                  Nampo

                  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.
                  • 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.
                  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.
                  • Pi Island | A local beach next to West Sea Barrage. Go for a swim or join the locals for a karaoke.
                  • 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.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                4. August 15 | Saturday

                  Liberation Day – the 75th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule

                  On August 15th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected, in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city's residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. For Liberation Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!

                  AM
                  • 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!
                  • A ride through Pyongyang from Pyongyang Station to Kwangbok Street on one of the city’s municipal trams.
                  • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                  PM
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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’.
                  • 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.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                5. August 16 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour and drive to 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.

                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • 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.

                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • 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’.
                  • 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.
                  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. August 17 | 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 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. 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.
                  • Return to Pyongyang.
                  • 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.
                  • 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).
                  • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                7. August 18 | 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 08:35 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 19 at 08:40. 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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                • 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 24th July, 2020.

              August 14 - August 17 2020

              Liberation Day Short Tour

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us for the DPRK's Liberation
              Day celebrations in Pyongyang!

              From 849 EUR per person

              Please apply by 24th July, 2020.

              Liberation Day Short Tour

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us for the DPRK's
              Liberation Day celebrations
              in Pyongyang!

              From 849 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

                Liberation Day 2020 marks the 75th 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 where we visit the DMZ! This is the North-South Korean border, labelled as one of the "most dangerous" borders in the world. See for yourself!

                Got more time to spare? Stay a couple of days longer for our Liberation Day Tour and see another city in North Korea on the East Coast.

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



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                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 13 | 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.

                  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 14 | Friday

                  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.
                  • 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.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.
                  • 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. August 15 | Saturday

                  Liberation Day – the 75th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule

                  On August 15th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected, in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city's residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. For Liberation Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!

                  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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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!
                  • A ride through Pyongyang from Pyongyang Station to Kwangbok Street on one of the city’s municipal trams.
                  • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                  PM
                  • 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.
                  • 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.
                  • 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’.
                  • 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.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                4. August 16 | Sunday

                  Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

                  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’.
                  • 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

                  • Return to Pyongyang.
                  • 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.
                  • 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).
                  • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                5. August 17 | Monday

                  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 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, August 18 at 08:40. 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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                • 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 24th July, 2020.

              August 17 - August 22/23 2020

              Brewery Industry Tour

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              A very unique & rare opportunity to learn
              about North Korean beer from the people
              that make it!

              From 1,249 EUR per person

              Please apply by 27th July, 2020.

              Brewery Industry Tour

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              A very unique & rare opportunity
              to learn about North Korean
              beer from the people that make
              it!

              From 1,249 EUR per person

              • Overall

                North Korean beer is a surprise to many visitors to the country in its quality, range of brands and locations where you find beer being brewed. There is more to it than just the ubiquitous Taedonggang Beer!

                Koryo Tours wanted to learn more about the beer of North Korea so we pioneered the first-ever brewery tour of North Korea in 2018 where we literally took the lid off the little known beer industry of North Korea.

                This coming August we’re excited to confirm we’ll be running the 2020 edition of our Brewery Industry Tour. We’ll be given access to places that are otherwise off-limits to tourists which will include the North Korean breweries of Taedonggang, Ponghak and Kyonghung plus other locations beer is being brewed and served. It’s a rare opportunity to meet the people brewing North Korean beer to learn from them about their beer, what they think makes their products stand out from the others and generally learn about brewing beer in North Korea.

                Beer is just one part of North Korea, so we’ll also take the time to explore the rest of the country to gain a good understanding of its history, culture and people.

                This carefully developed itinerary includes an extensive tour of Pyongyang including the Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun 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.

                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 fans of beer out there who are genuinely interested in discovering and learning about the brewery industry in North Korea, its practices, and the beers the country produces.

                Discounts available for those working in the beer brewing industry as well as group bookings of three or more people and for full-time students

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



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                Highlights

                • Visit the North Korean beer breweries of Taedonggang, Ponghak and Kyonghung
                • Sample the range of North Korean beers found in popular bars through to hidden away micro breweries
                • Experience Pyongyang in-depth including the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Pyongyang Metro and other highlights
                • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
                • Plus much more!
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. August 16 | 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. August 17 | 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 2 hour flight with basic lunch.
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 3:00pm. 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 artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • 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
                  • Check in & dinner at hotel
                  • Yanggakdo Hotel Brewery | Our "local" micro brewery hidden away in the Yanggakdo Hotel, we'll meet the brewery and bar staff to learn about this beer that is produced in our home away from home.
                  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. August 18 | 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
                  • Kyonghung Brewery | North Korea's newest brewery, hidden away in residential Pyongyang. We'll tour the factory, meet the very friendly staff and sample their product fresh from the production 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.
                  • 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.
                  • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A popular bar in Pyongyang, it is one of the only places in the world you can try all seven beers produced by the mighty Taedonggang Brewery. It is also the first and only place in Pyongyang that offers beer flights to allow proper sampling of all seven beers! A flight of beer is 5 EUR or individual beers are 1 EUR each.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. August 19 | 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.
                  • Lunch at Panmunjomgwan | We'll enjoy a traditional royal Korean lunch inside the DMZ! The meal known as pangsanggi is made up of multiple dishes served in brass bowls. Meal upgrade options here include 'sweet meat soup' (5 EUR) or Samgyetang also known as Ginseng Chicken Soup (30 EUR, serves 3-4 people)

                  PM

                  • 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 home brewed 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 | Tucked away on the top floor of a department store, they brew their own fresh beer that is popular with tourists and locals looking to relax after shopping. Beer is 50 cents per glass.
                  • Dinner at Arirang Restaurant | Considered one of Pyongyang's best restaurants serving fantastic Korean food. They also happen to make what some people in the know consider to be the best Makkoli in Pyongyang and served the traditional way.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. August 20 | Thursday

                  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.
                    • Ryugyong Kimchi Factory | A new factory mass producing Korea's famous kimchi. We'll learn all about kimchi and how they have developed the production process. For the uninitiated, kimchi and beer have a lot in common.
                    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.
                    • Ponghak Brewery | A unique brewery in North Korea, we'll learn about it's history and unique beer production processes. We'll then get to sample fresh Ponghak beer which is very different to bottled Ponghak - it is the only place in the world you can do this! 
                    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.
                  • August 21 | 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.
                    • Kim Jong Suk Middle School | We'll visit the area's top middle school to learn about the education system in the country and tour the facilities. We'll then interrupt a class to talk with the students and help them practice their English.
                    • 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
                    • Taedonggang Brewery | North Korea's biggest and best known brewery, it's nick named the Pride of Korea! We'll tour the production line and learn about what sets their beer apart from others in Korea and the world. We'll then head to the brewery's own bar to try the freshest Taedonggang available. 
                    • 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.
                    • Local Beer Bar | For this beer bar visit we'll be heading to somewhere very special - a true local beer bar in Pyongyang that is off limits to foreigners. The perfect way to finish our tour and toast our local Korean hosts!
                    • Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang's excellent BBQ restaurants for Korean BBQ
                    Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                  • August 22 | 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 10:25 (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.