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.

NOTICE: At the present time the DPRK border is closed due to the spread of Novel Coronavirus in China. We are watching the situation and will announce when the situation changes. Tours to DPRK can be resumed at very short notice when the border reopens so the tours below remain open for enquiries and bookings even though they are not guaranteed to run until the border is open again. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this. We will also update our blog post about this issue.

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.

October 2020 — 6 tours

October 8 - October 11 2020

2.5 Night Party Foundation Day Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in North Korea.
Roundtrip flight from Shanghai.

Party Foundation Day in North
Korea - Fly direct from Shanghai

From 1,049 EUR per person

Please apply by 4th September, 2020.

2.5 Night Party Foundation Day Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in North Korea.
Roundtrip flight from Shanghai.

Party Foundation Day
in North Korea - Fly
direct from Shanghai

From 1,049 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Join us on an exclusive tour direct from Shanghai to Pyongyang - our shortest and most action-packed tours.

    Party Foundation Day is one of North Korea's most important holiday dates, and this year is especially important. It is the 75th anniversary of Party Foundation Day, and therefore celebrations will be extra big and extra spectacular. We are also expecting a military parade!

    On this short but comprehensive tour, we will spend a day and a half in Pyongyang, visiting all of the must-see sights for a great first look into North Korea. This includes a trip to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace - the mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. Making the most out of the time in North Korea, we take a day trip to visit historic Kumsusan Memorial PalaceKaesong and the DMZ, the North-South Korean border.

    Flying from Beijing? Check out our tours to North Korea from Beijing; 5-night and 3-night.

    Scroll down for an overview of our Party Foundation Day Shanghai Tour package highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

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    Highlights

    • Celebrations for Party Foundation Day Mass Games and Military Parade Expected
    • Visit North Korea over a long weekend from Shanghai!
    • See Pyongyang and the DMZ on a short but comprehensive trip
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 8 | 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 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.

       

       

    2. October 9 | Friday

      Arrival in Pyongyang. Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

       

      AM
      Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang, and transfer to hotel for sleep and breakfast
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 3-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

      • 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.
      • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site..
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 3-hour drive.
      • Visit a local Beer Bar to try some of the excellent local beer - have a pint or two alongside locals celebrating the eve of this major national holiday
      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. October 10 | Saturday

      Party Foundation Day – the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea

      On October 10th 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 Party Foundation 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 commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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!
      • Moranbong Park | We’ll have a picnic and 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

      • 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 | 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.
      • 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.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. October 11 | Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.
      • 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

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

    • 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.

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  • 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 60 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 4th September, 2020.

October 8 - October 13/14 2020

Party Foundation Day Short Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit the DPRK for the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, see Pyongyang,
take a DMZ tour, and see the rarely visited National Gifts Hall. Military Parade and Mass
Games Expected


From 1,049 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th September, 2020.

Party Foundation Day Short Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit the DPRK for the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the
Workers' Party of Korea, see Pyongyang, take a DMZ tour, and see
the rarely visited National Gifts Hall. Military Parade and
Mass Games Expected


From 1,049 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This 5-night adventure offers a unique mix of local culture, must-see attractions, and the great outdoors in some of the most remote parts of North Korea.

    We’ll be in Pyongyang for Party Foundation Day (October 10), a North Korean holiday which marks the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party, for the celebrations, including student-organised mass dances, and to see other highlights such as the Pyongyang Metro, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, and the Mansudae Grand Monument, followed by an overnight trip to historic Kaesong, the medieval capital of the Koryo Dynasty.

    In Kaesong, we’ll take a DMZ tour to the Panmunjom Armistice Village between North and South Korea, as well as visit the of King Kongmin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Sariwon.

    Short on time? Check out the shorter 3-night option for this tour.

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

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    Koryo Tours International Tours

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Kazakhstan | Bhutan | Russia | Tajikistan 


    Highlights

    • Celebrations for Party Foundation Day, 75th anniversary of the formation of the Korean Workers' Party
    • Pyongyang highlights, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Mansudae Grand Monument, and the Pyongyang Metro
    • Visit Panmunjom Armistice Village on a DMZ tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 7 | 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. October 8 | 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. 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.
      • 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. October 9 | Friday

      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.
      • National Gifts Hall | An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by Koreans in China, Japan and overseas.
      • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ | A short hike and BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.
      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.
      • 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.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A standing bar serving seven type of beer or you can order a flight (50 cents a pint, 5 EUR for a flight). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
    4. October 10 | Saturday

      Party Foundation Day – the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea

      On October 10th 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 Party Foundation 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 commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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!
      • Moranbong Park | We’ll have a picnic and 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

      • 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 | 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.
      • 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.
      • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed!

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. October 11 | Sunday

      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.
      • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.

      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.

      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. October 12 | Monday

      Historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and Sariwon
       
      AM
      • Old City Walk and South Gate | A stroll from the hotel 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 Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive to Sariwon | The provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and centre of regional industry (2 hrs).
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm | Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and local home.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 1 hour drive.
      • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.
      • 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 Duck Barbeque Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
    7. October 13 | Tuesday

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

      AM

       

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight 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, October 14 at 08:40. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
  • 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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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

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

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

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  • What is / is not included?

    INCLUDED

    • Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
    • All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
    • Hotel accommodation
    • Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
    • Koryo Tours leader
    • All transportation in the DPRK

    NOT INCLUDED

    • North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 60 EUR
    • Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
    • Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
    • Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
    • Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
    • Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
    • Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
    • Spending money for souvenirs
    • Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    • Mass Games tickets (prices vary)
  • 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 25th September, 2020.

October 9 - October 16/17 2020

The Party Foundation Day Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit the DPRK for the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, see
Pyongyang and take a DMZ tour, then see Mt. Myohyang and Nampo. Military Parade and
Mass Games Expected


From 1,349 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th September, 2020.

The Party Foundation Day Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit the DPRK for the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of
the Workers' Party of Korea, see Pyongyang and take a DMZ tour,
then see Mt. Myohyang and Nampo. Military Parade and
Mass Games Expected


From 1,349 EUR per person

  • Overall

    A North Korea autumn is a sight to see! Take in the autumn reds, oranges, and yellows at North Korea’s Mt Myohyang and Nampo, plus see Pyongyang for Party Foundation Day and tour the DMZ.

    This 7-night adventure offers a unique mix of local culture, must-see attractions, and the great outdoors in some of the most remote parts of North Korea. We’ll be in Pyongyang for Party Foundation Day (October 10), a North Korean holiday which marks the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party, for the celebrations, including student-organised mass dances, and to see other highlights such as the Pyongyang Metro, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, and the Mansudae Grand Monument, followed by an overnight trip to historic Kaesong, the medieval capital of the Koryo Dynasty.

    In Kaesong, we’ll take a DMZ tour to the Panmunjom Armistice Village between North and South Korea, as well as visit the Tomb of King Kongmin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s then heading North to Korea’s Mount Myohyang, and then to North Korea's east coast. Here, we will visit the port city of Nampo where we will stay in North Korea's oldest hot spa resort.
     

    Short on time? Check out the shorter 5-night and 3-night options for this tour.

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

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    Highlights

    • Celebrations for Party Foundation Day, 75th anniversary of the formation of the Korean Workers' Party
    • Pyongyang highlights, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Mansudae Grand Monument, and the Pyongyang Metro
    • Visit Panmunjom Armistice Village on a DMZ tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 8 | 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 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. October 9 | 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. 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).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
      • War Heroes' Cemetery | Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.
      • 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. October 10 | Saturday

      Party Foundation Day – the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea

      On October 10th 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 Party Foundation 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 commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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!
      • Moranbong Park | We’ll have a picnic and 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

      • 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 | 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.
      • 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.
      • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed!

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. October 11 | Sunday

      Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and drive to Mt. Myohyang

      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.
      • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.

      PM

      • Drive to Anju a mid-sized industrial city located on the road and rail line north of Pyongyang on the Chongchon River. During the Korean War, major battles were fought near here between North Korean-Chinese forces and UN-South Korean forces. Coal is mined nearby.
      • Paeksang Pavilion and Anju City Walls | The greatest pavilion in Kwanso (Pyong’an Province,) which overlooks the Chongchon River. Rebuilt after destruction in the Korean War.
      • Continue driving to Mt. Myohyang.
      • Manpok Valley Hike | Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points.

      Overnight | Huichon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel located 30 minutes north of Mt. Myohyang. Very good local food much different from the lowlands, on-site sauna, and limited electricity.

    5. October 12 | Monday

      Mt. Myohyang and Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • International Friendship Exhibition | A semi-subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
      • Pohyon Buddhist Temple | A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 CE with stone pagoda and repository of print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasions during the Koryo Dynasty.
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang (2.5-3 hours).
      • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.
      • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.
      • Moran Beer Bar | A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers).

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    6. October 13 | Tuesday

      Pyongyang and Drive to Kaesong

      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.
      • Walk on Ryomyong Street | Walk on one of Pyongyang's newest districts lined with new modernist-style architecture.

      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.
      • Dinner with Kayagum Performance.

      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.

    7. October 14 | Wednesday

      Historic Kaesong and Panmunjom

       

      AM
      • Old City Walk and South Gate | A stroll from the hotel 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 Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive to Sariwon | The provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and centre of regional industry (2 hrs).
      • 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.
      • Mt. Kuwol | A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a drive between Kaesong and Nampo and cross over the West Seat Barrage in the evening.
      • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
      • Clam BBQ | A North Korean style clam bake!

      Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel | 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. October 15 | Thursday

      Nampo and back 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 | 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 along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ back to Pyongyang (45 minutes to 1-hour drive).
      PM
      • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • 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.
      • 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 Duck Barbeque Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

       

    9. October 16 | Friday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:40 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 Saturday, October 17 at 08:40. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

  • 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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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

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

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

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  • What is / is not included?

    INCLUDED

    • Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
    • All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
    • Hotel accommodation
    • Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
    • Koryo Tours leader
    • All transportation in the DPRK

    NOT INCLUDED

    • North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 60 EUR
    • Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
    • Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
    • Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
    • Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
    • Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
    • Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
    • Spending money for souvenirs
    • Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    • Mass Games tickets (prices vary)
  • 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 25th September, 2020.

October 9 - October 12/13 2020

Party Foundation Day Long Weekend Tour

3 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit the DPRK for the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers' Party
of Korea, see Pyongyang and take a DMZ tour. Military Parade and Mass
Games Expected


From 849 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th September, 2020.

Party Foundation Day Long Weekend Tour

3 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Visit the DPRK for the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation
of the Workers' Party of Korea, see Pyongyang and take
a DMZ tour. Military Parade and Mass Games Expected

From 849 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Party Foundation Day is one of North Korea's most important holiday dates, and this year is especially important. It is the 75th anniversary of Party Foundation Day, and therefore celebrations will be extra big and extra spectacular. We are also expecting a military parade!

    On this short but comprehensive tour, we will spend a day and a half in Pyongyang, visiting all of the must-see sights for a great first look into North Korea. This includes a trip to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace - the mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. Making the most out of the time in North Korea, we take a day trip to visit historic Kumsusan Memorial PalaceKaesong and the DMZ - the North-South Korean border.

    Flying from Shanghai? Check out our Party Foundation Day tour to North Korea from Shanghai.

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

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    Koryo Tours International Tours

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Kazakhstan | Bhutan | Russia | Tajikistan 


    Highlights

    • Celebrations for Party Foundation Day, 75th anniversary of the formation of the Korean Workers' Party
    • Pyongyang highlights, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Mansudae Grand Monument, and the Pyongyang Metro
    • Visit Panmunjom Armistice Village on a DMZ tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 8 | 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 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. October 9 | 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. 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).
      • Arrival to 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. October 10 | Saturday

      Party Foundation Day – the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea

      On October 10th 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 Party Foundation 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 commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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!
      • Moranbong Park | We’ll have a picnic and 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

      • 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 | 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.
      • 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.
      • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed!

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. October 11 | Sunday

      Historic Kaesong and Panmunjom

       

      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.
      • 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 Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang (3 hrs drive).
      • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Farewell dinner at Duck Barbeque Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
    5. October 12 | Monday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:40 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 Tuesday, October 13 at 08:40. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
  • 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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    • 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 apart from the meals on the train
    • Hotel accommodation
    • Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
    • Koryo Tours leader
    • All transportation in the DPRK

    NOT INCLUDED

    • North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 60 EUR
    • Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
    • Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
    • Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
    • Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
    • Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
    • Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
    • Spending money for souvenirs
    • Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    • Mass Games tickets (prices vary)
  • 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 25th September, 2020.

October 9 - October 17 2020

One Korea Tour: Pyongyang, Seoul, and the DMZ + MASS GAMES

8 nights in North Korea and South
Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Bespoke tour designed for those wanting to see North and South Korea, and draw comparisons – as well as being
in Pyongyang for the 75th Anniversary of Party Foundation. Mass Games and DMZ experience in depth. Military
Parade Expected


From 1,999 EUR per person

Please apply by 20th September, 2020.

One Korea Tour: Pyongyang, Seoul, and the DMZ + MASS GAMES

8 nights in North Korea and South
Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Bespoke tour designed for those wanting to see North and South Korea, and
draw comparisons – as well as being in Pyongyang for the 75th Anniversary
of Party Foundation. Mass Games and DMZ experience in depth. Military
Parade Expected


From 1,999 EUR per person

  • Overall

    North Korea and South Korea in one tour - The One Korea Tour. Visit the North Korean and South Korean capitals Seoul and Pyongyang, as well as the DMZ from both sides! This trip will take us to the respective capitals of the DPRK (North Korea) and ROK (South Korea).

    From the monumental, ordered Pyongyang, to the dynamic, bustling Seoul, where we can compare how the cities have tried to better each other in the past through competitions, and how each remembers the past through visits to their Korean War museums.

    South Korea like you've never experienced: visiting South Korea with Koryo Tours after a trip to North Korea not only allows you to draw comparisons and see how each has developed from a historically one country, but we will visit places in South Korea allowing us to also explore the differences and commonalities of both countries, divided since 1945 and still technically at war since 1950 - offering a rare abd unique South Korea tour.

    This specially designed One Korea tour in cooperation with Panmunjom Travel Center will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating North Korean travel experience to take place in years – experience the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea and see the amazing and life-changing Mass Games.

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

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

    Visa Information | Please read the following for important information about the visa requirements for China and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
    We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+60 EUR]. However, given the tour starts in and travels through China and finishes in South Korea you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China and South Korea for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese and South Korean embassy abroad, respectively. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip. Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China and in South Korea while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese and South Korean visas but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.

     

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

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    Highlights

    • Be in Pyongyang for the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea for the year's biggest celebration in North Korea
    • See the Mass Games one of the greatest shows on earth
    • 2 capital cities, Pyongyang & Seoul, as well as the Demilitarized Zone from both the northern and southern sides
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 8 | 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. October 9 | 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.
      • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean style and great views of the city.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.
      • Walk to the hotel | An evening stroll through Pyongyang's Central District.

      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s oldest hotel in operation and centrally located. Popular with overseas Koreans and Japanese. Excellent restaurants and cafes.

    3. October 10 | Saturday

      Party Foundation Day and Mass Games – the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea and the largest performance on Earth

      On October 10th 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 Party Foundation 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!
      Mass Games’ at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium open to foreign travellers. This massive performance incorporates choreographed acrobatics, dancing, music, floats, and a moving backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding coloured cards. In previous years, there have been four classes of seating with tickets arranged and purchased on the spot in-country.
      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 commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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!
      • Moranbong Park | We’ll have a picnic and 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, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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.
      • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed!

      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. October 11 | Sunday

      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.
      • Dinner with Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.
      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. October 12 | Monday

      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.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive to Sariwon the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 2-hour drive. 
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm | Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and local home.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 1 hour drive.
      • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • 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.
      • 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!
      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang
    6. October 13 | Tuesday

      Meeting with Korean Students and Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

       

      • Meeting with Korean College Students | Meeting with local college students who will be the tour guides of the futurte at Pyongyang Tourism College.
      • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.

      PM

      • Walk on Ryomyong Street | Walk on one of Pyongyang's newest districts lined with new modernist-style architecture.

      • 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.

       

      • Foodstuff Factory | See how a North Korean factory works, and learn about the production process of different snacks. You can even taste the products if you're lucky.
      • Farewell 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 | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang

    7. October 14 | Wednesday

      Flight to Seoul/Incheon via Shenyang

      AM

       

      • War Heroes’ Cemetery | Cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of heroes of the Korean War. Opened in 2013 and centered around monument of a rifle and red flag.
      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS155 at 11:50 with scheduled arrival at Shenyang Taoxian Airport (SHE) at 12:00.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Shenyang on Korean Air flight KE834 at 16:50.

       

      • Arrival to the Best Airport Worldwide, Seoul's Incheon International Airport (ICN) at 20:00. ROK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guide, and transfer to the hotel.

      Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul

    8. October 15 | Thursday

      Seoul City Tour

      AM

      • War Memorial of Korea | Visit the War Memorial of Korea in South Korea and see things from a different perspective. The War Memorial of Korea features both indoor and outdoor exhibition halls containing approx. 33,000 artefacts.
      • Gwanghwamun Square | Also known as Gwanghwamun Plaza, is a large public open space featuring fountains and statues of historical significance, also housing the royal administrative buildings known as the ‘ Street of Six Ministries’.
      • National Museum of Contemporary Korean History | Learn about the tumultuous 1960s when South Korea was under a military dictatorship. It's also the time of the 'Miracle on the Han River' when the country transformed from a developing country to one of the most developed economies.

      PM

      • Local Factory | See how a South Korean factory works, and learn about the production process and how the factory differs from that in the North.
      • Free time at your own leisure.

      Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul

    9. October 16 | Friday

      *DMZ and JSA Tour | Please note that the Joint Security Area (JSA) is administered by the United Nations Commands and visits to the JSA is subject to cancellations according to local circumstances.

      AM

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

      PM

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

      Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul

    10. October 17 | Saturday

      Departure day from Seoul

      Our trip ends this morning. Catch an international flight from Seoul's Incheon (Airport code: ICN; serves over a 130 destinations in more than 50 countries) or Gimpo Airport (Airport code: GMP, serves domestic cities and East Asian metropolitan areas) or continue to explore Seoul and South Korea independently.

      For tips in South Korea please contact your tour manager.

       

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • 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.

    • One Korea Tour | Half-day city tour in Seoul

      For those wanting to see more of Seoul, it is possible to add a half-day extension to tour Gyeongbok Palace and Buckchon Village.

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    INCLUDED

    • Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
    • Air Koryo flight Pyongyang – Shenyang and Korean Air flight Shenyang – Seoul/Incheon
    • All meals in North Korea except the meals on the train; breakfast and lunch in South Korea
    • Hotel accommodation Entry fees unless otherwise stated on the itinerary
    • Koryo Tours tour leader
    • Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in North Korea and a local Korean guide and a driver in South Korea

    NOT INCLUDED

    • North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 60 EUR
    • Optional Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang (199 EUR)
    • Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
    • Meals on the train and dinners in South Korea
    • Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
    • Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
    • Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
    • Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
    • Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of local Korean guides and a Koryo Tours tour leader. Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park).

    We visit Korea regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 20th September, 2020.

October 19 - October 24/25 2020

Model City Pyongyang: North Korea Architecture Tour with Cristiano Bianchi

5 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

A tour de force of Pyongyang's
unique architecture

From 1,649 EUR per person

Please apply by 30th September, 2020.

Model City Pyongyang: North Korea Architecture Tour with Cristiano Bianchi

5 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

A tour de force
of Pyongyang's unique
architecture

From 1,649 EUR per person

  • Overall

    North Korea’s architecture is some of the most unique in the world. Pastel colours make up the back-drop of Pyongyang city with the famous Ryugyong Hotel standing strong in the middle - still empty on the inside, but completed on the outside.

    Pyongyang, having been flattened after the Korean War, is a completely planned city - and an architect’s paradise (or worst nightmare?). Everything is planned, down to the number of bricks used in a building to the number of meters away from a monument a building stands. A strong soviet style clashing with the modern offers a truly unique architecture experience.

    On this tour, we spend all of our time making the most of Pyongyang - where some of the countries oldest and newest buildings and monuments stand. There is the option to add on a DMZ extension for those that wish to visit Kaesong and Pamnumjom from North Korea. As well as visiting the must-see monuments and sites of Pyongyang, such as the Juche Tower and impressive national library Grand People’s Study House, we will also take exclusive trips to various streets an hotels to get a sense of old renovation vs new, and have a chance to have a closer look and photograph the Ryugyong Hotel (although we won’t be going in!)

    We also spend extra time visiting one of North Korea’s most impressive architectural feats - the Pyongyang Metro. This is often likened to the Moscow Metro in its intricacy and beauty, and on this tour, we will be visiting selected stops of the Pyongyang Metro. Site visits will also include an architectural explanation. This is our only tour that will visit the Paekdu Architectural Academy, where North Korea city planning takes place.

    This unique North Korea tour will be led by the author of Model City Pyongyang (2019), Cristiano Bianchi. He is an Italian architect based in Tuscany and Beijing. His recent work in architectural photography focused on the social and urban transformation occurring in Asia.

    Scroll down for an overview of our Model City Pyongyang: North Korea Architecture Tour package highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

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    Highlights

    • Unique North Korea tour will be led by the author of Model City Pyongyang (2019), Cristiano Bianchi
    • Have a closer look and photograph the Ryugyong Hotel
    • Visit the Paekdu Architectural Academy, where North Korea city planning takes place
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 18 | 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 | Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing.

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

    2. October 19 | Monday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • 08:30 | Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter at 9:15.

      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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with neoclassical buildings hosting government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House in traditional Korean architectural style, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • Grand People's Study House | National library and public correspondence university with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.
      • Walk on Mirae (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. October 20 | Tuesday

      Hotels and leisure

      AM

      • Yanggakdo International Hotel | Pyongyang's iconic and most frequented tourist hotel built in 1995.
      • Pyongyang International Cinema House | Home for the biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival, located on Yanggak Island nearby our hotel.
      • Koryo Hotel | Pyongyang's 'twin towers' in the city centre nearby Pyongyang Station.
      • Pyongyang Railway Station | Rebuilt after the Korean War in 1958, the country's main railway station with international connections to Beijing and Moscow.
      • Changjon Street | Completed in 2012, the first example of Pyongyang's modernization projects and replacing low-rise post-war buildings with post-20st century high-rises, initiated by Kim Jong Il. Also known as 'Mini Dubai' or 'Pyonghattan'.

      PM

      • City Walk from Changjon Street to Chollima Street | A walk through Pyongyang's Central District via Potong Gate.
      • Ice Rink | One of the two indoor ice rink's of Pyongyang in the shape of a skater's hat.
      • Changgwang Health Complex | Huge health and leisure facility in socialist modernist style with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas.
      • Ryugyong Hotel (outside only) | Pyongyang's iconic 105-storey spaceship-like building. Construction began in 1987, the exterior is complete, however, the interior is yet to be finished.
      • Walk on Ryomyong Street | A short stroll on Pyongyang's newest street completed in 2017.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. October 21 | Wednesday

      City of Culture, Sports, and the subterranean monument

      AM

      • Three Revolutions Exhibition | Exhibitions halls showing the nation’s achievements of the Technological, Cultural, and Ideological revolutions.
      • Pyongyang Circus | A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | An extended metro tour of selected stations on both the Chollima and the Hyoksin Lines, each with distinctive murals, mosaics, or bronze work reflecting the station's name.
      • 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. Nearby is Kim Il Sung Stadium.
      • Walk on Sports Street | A walk in Pyongyang's 'Sports City' built for the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989. The street comprises of 10 indoor gymnasiums, a football stadium, and hotels. The design of the gymnasium reflect the sports that are played inside.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. October 22 | Thursday

      Kumsusan Palace of Sun, Mansu Hill Grand Monument, and Kwangbok Street

      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 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. 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.

      PM

      • Paekdu Architectural Academy | Major studio responsible for designing many of Pyongyang's iconic buildings. Meet architects, see urban plans and building blueprints here.
      • 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.
      • Walk on Kwangbok Street | A walk on 'Liberation' Street, one of the most ambitious residential projects in Pyongyang, completed in 1989.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Lunch on the top floor – mix with local shoppers/diners while lining up and eating with them.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    6. October 23 | Friday

      Islets and East Pyongyang

      AM

      • Mayday 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.
         
      • 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.

      PM

      • Youth Hall | A large theatre and exhibition centre with space-age design..
      • 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.
      • Walk on Tongil Street | A walk on 'Reunification' Street, a residential projects completed in 1992.
      • 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’.
      • Farewell dinner at Pyongyang Duck Barbeque Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    7. October 24 | Saturday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 80 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday October 25 at 08:40. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

      OR

      OPTIONAL EXTENSION Day 1 (+359 EUR - please ensure to select this extra when submitting your application). Please note a Koryo Tours tour leader will not accompany this extension.

      AM

       

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | 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 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.
      • Drive to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and regional centre of agriculture and industry. A 1 hour drive.
      • Lunch at the March 8th (International Women's Day) Hotel, arguably the most strangest locations in the DPRK on account of its eccentric interior decor mixing socialist realism with faux classical furnishings.
      PM
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm | Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, view point, and a local home.
      • Continue south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historical capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and near the Korean Demilitarised Zone.
      • 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) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.
      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests 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.
    8. October 25 | Sunday

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM

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

       

      • 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 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 and Old City View | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 3 hour drive.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    9. October 26 | Monday

      Departure Day for the Optional Extension. Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking.

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:40 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00. Please note there is a 80 EUR surcharge for flight return.

       

      OR

      • Train departure to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Tuesday October 27 at 08:40. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

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

    • Model City Pyongyang: Architecture Tour | Special 2-night Extension

      For those wanting to see more of the country, it is possible to add a two-night extension to Kaesong/DMZ. The extension will visit rural Sariwon, historic Kaesong, and the Korean demilitarized zone.

    • 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

    • Air Koryo flight Beijing – Pyongyang Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong (hard-sleeper)
    • 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 60 EUR Return-flight upgrade (80 EUR)
    • Two-night Kaesong/DMZ extension (359 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 30th September, 2020.

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