DPRK (North Korea)

Mass Games

The North Korean Mass Games returns in 2019! Join us to see this most amazing and unforgettable performance!

The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea and take place in the Rungrado May Day Stadium - the biggest stadium in the world.

Developed over decades, there is nothing else like it. The North Korea Mass Games involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. In 2019, the North Korean Mass Games returns with performances at the massive May Day Stadium in Pyongyang - Join Koryo Tours, the world's only true specialists in DPRK tourism, at this unforgettable event!

Read up about North Korea Mass Games & Arirang Mass Games on the Koryo Tours Blog.

- A Short History of the North Korea Mass Games
- Mass Games in North Korea Today
- Mass Games North Korea Travel Guide
- Mass Games 2019 North Korea

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August 2019

August 31 - September 24/25 2019

The North Korea Mega Tour | The DMZ to Mount Paektu & Beyond + MASS GAMES

24 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

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

From 3,999 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th August, 2019.

The North Korea Mega Tour | The DMZ to Mount Paektu & Beyond + MASS GAMES

24 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

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

From 3,999 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Join us for this unforgettable trip of a lifetime.

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

    [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

    CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

    For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

    Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. August 30 | Friday

      *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

      For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
      • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

      PM

      • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
      • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
      Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. August 31 | Saturday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM
      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

    3. September 1 | Sunday

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

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Drive south for 1 hour along the Reunification Highway to the city of Sariwon, provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agro-industry. On the way, we'll stop by the Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument, the iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. This monument is also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.

      PM
      • Continue south to Kaesong, historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
      • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

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

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

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

    4. September 2 | Monday

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

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

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

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

      AM
      • Sonjuk Bridge | Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty) in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Sinchon Town and Museum of US War Crimes | Recently renovated museum dedicated to ‘crimes committed by the US imperialists’. Located on the site of a civilian massacre, the museum has an array of harrowing exhibits, displays, and panoramas on the haunting events that took place in this region during the war. Not for the faint at heart and sensitivity is called for here. Please note that this location was closed to foreign visitors in 2018 following the DPRK-US Summit Meeting. If the situation changes, we will visit this site. Alternatively, we will visit a farm on the Chaeryong Plain.
      PM
      • Mt. Kuwol | A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a full-day drive between Nampo and Kaesong after crossing over the West Seat Barrage in the morning.  
      • Woljong Temple | Buddhist temple established in the middle of the 9th century and later rebuilt at the start of the Ri Dynasty.
        • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        • Clam BBQ A North Korean style clam bake!  
        Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
      • September 4 | Wednesday

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

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

        PM

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

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

      • September 5 | Thursday

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

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

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

      • September 6 | Friday

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

        AM
        • Paeksang Pavilion and Anju City Walls | The greatest pavilion in Pyong’an Province overlooking the Chongchon River. Rebuilt after destruction in the Korean War.
        PM
        • Doksung Primary School | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
          • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
          • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        • September 7 | Saturday

          Pyongyang City Tour

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

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

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Pyongyang Metro Tour (two-line ride) | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride both lines and stop off at smaller stations, rarely visited by tourists
          • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
          PM
          • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
          • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop – Buy Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
          • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
          • Taedong Gate | The traditional water gate of Pyongyang city.
          • Yanggakdo International Cinema | An exclusive showing of a Korean film at one of Pyongyang’s major cinemas. Subtitles in English.
          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        • September 09 | Monday

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

          AM
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House:  Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung.  A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.  
          • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats

          PM
          • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
          • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        • September 10 | Tuesday

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

          AM

          • City walk | To be determined.

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

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        • September 11 | Wednesday

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

          AM
          • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7-hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall. Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
          • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs

          PM
          • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
            • Home of Ri Song Gye | Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

            Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
          • September 12 | Thursday

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

            AM

            • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory | Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

            PM

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

            Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. 

          • September 13 | Friday

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

            AM

            • Tongbong Co-operative Farm | Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
            •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
            • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

            PM

            • Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
            • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
            • Kangwon Province Art Gallery | Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
            • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

            Overnight Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

          • September 14 | Saturday

            Drive to Mt. Kumgang and hiking at Mt. Kumgang

            AM

            • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 - 3-hour drive.
            • Samil Lagoon | A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days-gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

            PM

            • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area | ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
            Overnight | Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
          • September 15 | Sunday

            Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

            AM

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

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

            PM

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

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

            Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 

          • September 16 | Monday

            Charter flight to sacred Mt Paektu

            AM

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

            PM

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

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

          • September 17 | Tuesday

            Charter flight to North Hamgyong Province and Mount Chilbo

            AM

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

            PM

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

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

          • September 18 | Wednesday

            Mount Chilbo

            AM

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

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

          • September 19 | Thursday

            Mount Chilbo to Chongjin

            AM

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

            PM

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

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

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

          • September 20 | Friday

            Hoeryong, border city with China.

            AM

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

            PM

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

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

          • September 21 |  Saturday

            Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

            AM

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

            PM

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

            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

          • September 22 | Sunday

            Sundays in Pyongyang

            AM

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

            PM

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

            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

          • September 23 | Monday

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

            AM

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

            PM

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

            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          • September 24 | Tuesday


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

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

            OR

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

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

            This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR.

          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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          • Upgrade to your own room

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

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          • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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          • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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

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

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          • Insurance (21 to 23 nights)

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

        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
            Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            A Koryo Tours tour leader
            All transportation in the DPRK (including three national charter flights)
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
            The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

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

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

        Please apply by 25th August, 2019.

        August 31 - September 10/11 2019

        North Korea National Day Long Tour | Pyongyang & Kaesong to Hyangsan + MASS GAMES

        10 nights in the DPRK +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

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

        From 1,599 EUR per person

        Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

        North Korea National Day Long Tour | Pyongyang & Kaesong to Hyangsan + MASS GAMES

        10 nights in the DPRK +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

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

        From 1,599 EUR per person

        • Overall

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

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

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

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

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

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

          [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

          CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

          For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

          Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

          Highlights

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

          Briefing Day
          1. August 30 | Friday

            *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
            • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

            PM

            • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
            • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
            Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
          2. August 31 | Saturday

            Arrival Day in Pyongyang

            AM
            • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
            • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
            • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

          3. September 1 | Sunday

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

            AM
            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
            • Drive south for 1 hour along the Reunification Highway to the city of Sariwon, provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agro-industry. On the way, we'll stop by the Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument, the iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. This monument is also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
            • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.

            PM
            • Continue south to Kaesong, historic capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). Once located in South Korea, the city changed hands during the Korean War. It is now located just north of the DMZ.
            • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

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

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

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

          4. September 2 | Monday

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

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

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

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

            AM
            • Sonjuk Bridge | Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty) in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
            • Sinchon Town and Museum of US War Crimes | Recently renovated museum dedicated to ‘crimes committed by the US imperialists’. Located on the site of a civilian massacre, the museum has an array of harrowing exhibits, displays, and panoramas on the haunting events that took place in this region during the war. Not for the faint at heart and sensitivity is called for here. Please note that this location was closed to foreign visitors in 2018 following the DPRK-US Summit Meeting. If the situation changes, we will visit this site. Alternatively, we will visit a farm on the Chaeryong Plain.
            PM
            • Mt. Kuwol | A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a full-day drive between Nampo and Kaesong after crossing over the West Seat Barrage in the morning.  
            • Woljong Temple | Buddhist temple established in the middle of the 9th century and later rebuilt at the start of the Ri Dynasty.
              • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
              • Clam BBQ A North Korean style clam bake!  
              Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
            • September 4 | Wednesday

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

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

              PM

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

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

            • September 5 | Thursday

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

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

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

            • September 6 | Friday

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

              AM
              • Paeksang Pavilion and Anju City Walls | The greatest pavilion in Pyong’an Province overlooking the Chongchon River. Rebuilt after destruction in the Korean War.
              PM
              • Doksung Primary School | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
                • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
                • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

                Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

              • September 7 | Saturday

                Pyongyang City Tour

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

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

                Pyongyang City Tour

                AM
                • Pyongyang Metro Tour (two-line ride) | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride both lines and stop off at smaller stations, rarely visited by tourists
                • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                PM
                • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
                • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                • Foreign Languages Bookshop – Buy Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                • Taedong Gate | The traditional water gate of Pyongyang city.
                • Yanggakdo International Cinema | An exclusive showing of a Korean film at one of Pyongyang’s major cinemas. Subtitles in English.
                Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              • September 09 | Monday

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

                AM
                • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                • Mangyongdae Native House:  Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung.  A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.  
                • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats

                PM
                • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              • September 10 | Tuesday


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

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

                OR

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

            • Extras

              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

                See more
              • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

                See more
              • Upgrade to your own room

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

                See more
              • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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

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

                See more
              • Insurance (10 to 13 night)

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

              • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

                See more
              • 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.

            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                A Koryo Tours tour leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; round-trip: 435 EUR)
                Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
                Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                Spending money for souvenirs
                SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
            • Notes

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

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

            Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

            September 2019

            September 5 - September 10/11 2019

            North Korea National Day Tour + MASS GAMES

            5 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

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

            From 999 EUR per person

            Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

            North Korea National Day Tour + MASS GAMES

            5 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

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

            From 999 EUR per person

            • Overall

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

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

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

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

              [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

              CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

              For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

              Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

              Highlights

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

              Briefing Day
              1. September 04 | Wednesday

                *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                AM

                • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                PM

                • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

              2. September 05 | Thursday

                Arrival day in Pyongyang

                AM

                • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                PM

                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 14:00. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

              3. September 06 | Friday

                Kaesong and DMZ

                AM
                • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                PM

                • Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace | The earliest schoolchildren’s palace in the DPRK and centre of extracurricular excellence where the youth of Kaesong come to hone their skills in music, dance, sports, mechanics, taxidermy, and more!
                • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

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

              4. September 07 | Saturday

                Kaesong and Pyongyang

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

                PM

                • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective  containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  | Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
                • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.

                Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              5. September 08 | Sunday

                Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

                AM
                • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
                PM
                • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                • Volleyball game against a local company team  | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
                • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.
                Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
              6. September 09 | Monday

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

                AM
                • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                PM
                • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • Farewell dinner | A last dinner with the group and guides.
                Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              7. September 10 | Tuesday

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

                AM

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

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

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

              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

                See more
              • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

                See more
              • Upgrade to your own room

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

                See more
              • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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

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

                See more
              • Insurance for up to six nights

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

              • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

                See more
            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                Hotel accommodation
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                Koryo Tours leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                Spending money for souvenirs
                Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
            • Notes

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

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

            Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

            September 7 - September 10/11 2019

            North Korea National Day Pyongyang and DMZ Budget Tour + MASS GAMES

            3 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

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

            From 699 EUR per person

            Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

            North Korea National Day Pyongyang and DMZ Budget Tour + MASS GAMES

            3 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

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

            From 699 EUR per person

            • Overall

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

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

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

              An unforgettable long weekend with Koryo Tours!

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

              [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

              CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

              For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

              Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

              Highlights

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

              Briefing Day
              1. September 06 | Friday

                *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                AM

                • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                PM

                • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

              2. September 07 | Saturday

                Arrival day in Pyongyang

                AM

                • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                PM

                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:00 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
                • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

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

              3. September 08 | Sunday

                Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

                AM
                • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                PM
                • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive

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

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

                AM
                • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive
                PM
                • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • Farewell dinner | A last dinner with the group and guides.
                • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.
                Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

              5. September 10 | Tuesday

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

                AM

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

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

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

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

              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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              • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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              • Upgrade to your own room

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

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              • Insurance for up to six nights

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

              • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                Hotel accommodation
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                Koryo Tours leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                Spending money for souvenirs
                Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
            • Notes

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

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

            Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

            September 10 - September 24/25 2019

            Unseen North Korea | Mount Paektu, Chongjin, Mount Kumgang, & More + MASS GAMES

            14 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

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

            From 2,599 EUR per person

            Please apply by 25th August, 2019.

            Unseen North Korea | Mount Paektu, Chongjin, Mount Kumgang, & More + MASS GAMES

            14 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

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

            From 2,599 EUR per person

            • Overall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

              CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

              For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

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

              Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

              Highlights

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

              Briefing Day
              1. September 9 | Monday

                *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                AM

                • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                PM

                • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
              2. September 10 | Tuesday

                Arrival Day in Pyongyang

                AM
                • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                PM

                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.

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

              3. September 11 | Wednesday

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

                AM
                • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7-hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall. Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
                • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs

                PM
                • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
                  • Home of Ri Song Gye | Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

                  Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
                • September 12 | Thursday

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

                  AM

                  • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory | Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

                  PM

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

                  Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. 

                • September 13 | Friday

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

                  AM

                  • Tongbong Co-operative Farm | Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
                  •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
                  • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

                  PM

                  • Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
                  • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
                  • Kangwon Province Art Gallery | Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
                  • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

                  Overnight Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

                • September 14 | Saturday

                  Drive to Mt. Kumgang and hiking at Mt. Kumgang

                  AM

                  • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 - 3-hour drive.
                  • Samil Lagoon | A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days-gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

                  PM

                  • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area | ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
                  Overnight | Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
                • September 15 | Sunday

                  Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

                  AM

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

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

                  PM

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

                  • Drive back west to Pyongyang Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

                • September 16 | Monday

                  Charter flight to sacred Mt Paektu

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

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

                • September 17 | Tuesday

                  Charter flight to North Hamgyong Province and Mount Chilbo

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

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

                • September 18 | Wednesday

                  Mount Chilbo

                  AM

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

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

                • September 19 | Thursday

                  Mount Chilbo to Chongjin

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

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

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

                • September 20 | Friday

                  Hoeryong, border city with China.

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

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

                • September 21 |  Saturday

                  Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

                • September 22 | Sunday

                  Sundays in Pyongyang

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

                • September 23 | Monday

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                • September 24 | Tuesday


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

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

                  OR

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

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

                  See more
                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

                  See more
                • Upgrade to your own room

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

                  See more
                • Insurance (14 to 16 nights)

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

                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

                  See more
              5. What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  A Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK (including three national charter flights)
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              6. Notes

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

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

              Please apply by 25th August, 2019.

              September 14 - September 17 2019

              Mass Games North Korea Weekend Tour | 14-17 Sept

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your place now on this especially
              designed weekend tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
              and the DMZ

              From 799 EUR per person

              Please apply by 29th August, 2019.

              Mass Games North Korea Weekend Tour | 14-17 Sept

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your
              place now on this especially designed weekend tour for
              visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
              and the DMZ

              From 799 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Visit Pyongyang to see North Korea’s Mass Games, the pinnacle of political propaganda in a synchronised performance features up to 100,000 performers.

                There is nothing else like it on earth with its gigantic scenes of coordinated dance, gymnastics, acrobatics, and martial arts steeped in political-symbolism before a backdrop of human “pixels”, futuristic flying drones and laser shows .
                Join Koryo Tours to see the performance of a lifetime — the 2019 Mass Games .

                On this extended weekend tour (14-17 September) you will tour North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang with its iconic monuments and grand architecture. Highlights include the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il; the Pyongyang Metro, an extremely deep and grandly decorated subway system; as well as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum which presents the North Korean interpretation of the Korean War (1950-53),

                You’ll see the effects of the Korean War up close on a Panmunjom Joint Security Area tour of the DMZ, the de facto border between South and North Korea, at a Kaesong. Kaesong, once the former capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty (918-1392), and home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

                We recommend booking early for tours in Mass Games seasons since transport to and from Pyongyang is limited and may sell. Book early!

                Looking to see more while you’re in North Korea? Koryo Tours offers a full range of Mass Games tours throughout the season.
                Head to our Mass Games Ultimate Travel Guide for more information on the Mass Games!

                See below for this Mass Games weekend tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and additional notes.

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Pyongyang highlights — Kumsusan Memorial Palace; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; Pyongyang Metro, and more
                • Historic city of Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 13 | Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (North Korea). Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight | Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. September 14 | Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

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

                3. September 15 | Sunday

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed-toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ — a symbol of speed — commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  PM
                  • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments — modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry; 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 16 | Monday

                  AM
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5-hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village | Located in the middle of the 4km-wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas, and there cross temporarily into the south.

                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi)  | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. September 17 | Tuesday

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

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wed 18 Sep at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

                  See more
                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

                  See more
                • Upgrade to your own room

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

                  See more
                • Insurance for up to six nights

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

                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

                  See more
              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong - NOTE: no more tickets, you must enter by plane from Beijing
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour except for the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  The experience of a lifetime
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee (+50 EUR)
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
              • Notes

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

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

              Please apply by 29th August, 2019.

              September 19 - September 24/25 2019

              Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour and Autumn Trade Fair Tour + MASS GAMES

              5 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us for the Pyongyang International Film Festival and DPRK Autumn Trade Fair! Be there
              to see the glitz and glamour of the film festival opening ceremony, plus see the latest good
              on the market in North Korea!

              From 1,049 EUR per person

              Please apply by 5th September, 2019.

              Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour and Autumn Trade Fair Tour + MASS GAMES

              5 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us for the Pyongyang International Film Festival and DPRK
              Autumn Trade Fair! Be there to see the glitz and glamour of
              the film festival opening ceremony, plus see the latest good
              on the market in North Korea!

              From 1,049 EUR per person

              • Overall

                A special tour focused on ‘Chollywood’, the North Korean domestic film industry, and the annual Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF) . PIFF is one of the major international events held in the DPRK and hosts both international and domestic films.

                We will attend the festive PIFF Opening Ceremony, meet people involved in the DPRK film industry, visit shooting locations for classic North Korean films in Pyongyang and Kaesong, and learn the subtle (or often not so subtle) message and cultural significance of DRPK cinema. Specifically we will look in-depth at the classic film 'Flower Girl' (1972), romantic comedy 'O Youth!' (1994), and the first joint DPRK-foreign production 'Moranbong' (1957).

                Included in the tour are a special film screening of the Koryo Tours' co-production 'Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012)' in Pyongyang, as well a Q&A with those involved in the film’s production and promotion.

                We'll stop by the first day of the Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair for a look around too at the company stands and the newest DPRK products on display. You can also opt to stay on in the country to see more of the trade show on a custom private. custom extension to your tour.

                In addition to PIFF and the Autumn Trade Fair, the covers the main highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, such as the Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, the Juche Tower, and to Panmunjom for a DMZ tour from the northern side.

                * * *

                Koryo Tours has been a partner of the Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF) since 2002 and has produced three full-length documentaries and one feature film in the DPRK, three of which have shown at PIFF:

                'The Game of Their Lives' (2002)

                'A State of Mind' (2004)

                'Crossing the Line' (2006)

                'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' (2006)

                Learn more about Koryo Tours' involvement with North Korean film.

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

                Scroll down for an overview of the Pyongyang International Film Festival & Autumn Trade Fair Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                Highlights

                • Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony
                • Exclusive DPRK film screening and talk with North Korean filmmakers
                • The Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 18 | Wednesday

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                  PM

                  • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
                  • An optional film screening of Koryo Tours' documentary 'Crossing the Line' will follow the briefing to get in the spirit of the Pyongyang International Film Festival. Crossing the Line (2006) is the story of US army defector Joe Dresnok, who crossed into North Korea in 1962 where he raised a family and lived out the rest of his days. Wine included.

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

                2. September 19 | Thursday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all! Filming location for numerous North Korean films and parades!

                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up film DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Walk in the city centre and riverside  | Walk from Pyongyang's central square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then On the way we'll pass government ministries, 1950's socialist apartments, and theatres. We'll also take a walk along the riverbank for a distant view of the Yanggakdo International Cinema, the main venue for the Pyongyang International Film Festival.
                  • Exclusive Film Screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying with the film actors |  Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the first joint DPRK-UK and is a romantic comedy about a rural women pursuing her dreams of becoming a trapeze artists at the Pyongyang Circus. The film was co-produced by Koryo Tours' founder Nicholas Bonner. Free popcorn! 

                  Overnight | The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.  Great views of the city and creature comforts on an island in the middle of the Taedong River. Home away from home for the majority of tour groups visiting Pyongyang. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.  

                3. September 20  |  Friday

                  Pyongyang City Tour and Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony!

                  AM
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War. This location appears in numerous North Korean films.
                  • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city. Filming location for O Youth! (1994).
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line. Filming location of for numerous Korean films, including the joint DPRK-Italian co-production Ten Zan - The Ultimate Mission (1988).
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982. This location appears in numerous DPRK films.
                  PM
                  • Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony | Attend the opening ceremony to PIFF 2018 and mingle with the movers and the shakers of Cholliwood. Opening ceremony tickets included in the tour.
                  • Post-opening ceremony drinks at Paradise Micro-Brewery (0.5 EUR per glass) and noodle dinner at the Pyongyang Ramen House operated by famous Japanese chef Kenji Fujimoto. Ramen noodles included in the tour fee; sushi can be ordered on the spot; dishes starting from 50 EUR). 
                  Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 
                4. September 21 | Saturday

                  Pyongyang Film Locations Tour

                  AM
                  • Korea Film Studio | A special interpretive tour through the studio which has produced many of Korea's films. We'll tours the sets and learn about the North Korean classic Flower Girl (1974) as well as other movies made here.

                  PM
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo | We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR). This location appears in numerous DPRK films.
                  • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.
                  Overnight | The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. September 22 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

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

                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
                  • Pakyon Waterfall and Gwanum Temple | Light hike in relaxing wooded valley past a scenic waterfall and to a beautiful Ri Dynasty era temple and a cave with a marble Bodhisattva dating back to the 10th century.  
                  • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).
                  • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).
                  • Kayagum Performance | A beautiful performance of this Korean stringed instrument. There is even a North Korean film about the history of the instrument! Small tip (1-2 EUR recommended). 
                  Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Spend the night in a traditional-style Korean house in Kaesong's old city. Here guests sleep on mats on the floor. The hotel has also served as a set in Korean films. 
                6. September 23 | Monday

                  Kaesong Day Trip and DMZ

                  AM
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).
                  • Home of Jong Mong Ju | The former home of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju. Fimling location for many North Korean historic movies.
                  • Sonjuk Bridge | Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.

                  PM
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive
                  • Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair at the Three Revolutions Exhibition | While the trade fair has almost nothing to do with film, it is a good chance to learn about commerce in the DPRK, see some interesting products, and mingle with the locals.
                  • Farewell dinner of Korean barbecue at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games.
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                7. September 24 | Tuesday


                  AM

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

                  • Train departure by international train to Beijing at 10:25 AM with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday September 25 at 08:30. Hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) for the return journey. 

                  End of Tour
              • Extras

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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                • Upgrade to your own room

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

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                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Koryo Tours tour leader
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  Film festival opening ceremony
                  DPRK film screening in Pyongyang
                  DPRK film screening in Beijing
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for additional film screenings (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Entry tickets special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              • Notes

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

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

              Please apply by 5th September, 2019.

              September 21 - September 27 2019

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

              7 nights in
              Korea and China

              An especially designed tour for visitors wanting
              to see the Mass Games, experience the DMZ in
              depth.

              From 1,995 EUR per person

              Please apply by 31st August, 2019.

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

              7 nights in
              Korea and China

              An especially designed tour for
              visitors wanting to see the Mass
              Games, experience the DMZ in
              depth.

              From 1,995 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Visit the North Korean and South Korean capitals and the DMZ together on this weeklong journey.

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

                Travelling from North to South, we'll explore the commonalities and differences between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south.

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

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

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

                This tour takes you to explore the Northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang with its Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage where Chinese Koreans, North Korean, and South Koreans live and work side-by-side.

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

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

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

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

                Visa Information

                Please read the following for important information about the visa requirements for China and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts in and travels through China and finishes in South Korea you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China and South Korea for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese and South Korean embassy abroad, respectively. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. Please note that this can only be an option at the beginning of your trip as we will be re-entering China by train in Dandong and leave for Seoul by flight in Shenyang.

                Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China and in South Korea while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese and South Korean visas, but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.

                See below for an overview of all tour options and extras.

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games one of the greatest shows on earth
                • 2 capital cities, Pyongyang & Seoul
                • Shenyang, the commercial hub of Northeast China with a strong Korean community where Korean Chinese, North and South Koreans live and work side-by-side
                • The Demilitarized Zone from both the northern and southern sides: the Concrete Wall, Dorasan Station, and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides
                • Parallel narratives of war, division, and reunification
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 20 | Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Pre-tour briefing at our Beijing Office.  
                  Overnight | Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
                2. September 21 | Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry; 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.

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

                3. September 22 | Sunday

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed-toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective with artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.
                  PM
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ — a symbol of speed — commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                  • Manggyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
                  • Kwangbok Supermarket and a la carte dinner at the food court | Local supermarket selling all kinds of domestically and foreign produced household goods, clothes, foods. Exchange for local currency here! Please note that local currency, the Korean Won, can only be exchanged for and spent at this location.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 23 | Monday

                  Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

                  AM

                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5-hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
                  • Drive to Sariwon the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1.5-hour drive. 
                  • Migok Co-Operative Farm | Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and local home.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang. 1 hour drive.
                  • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                  • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. Southcentral does it like nobody does!

                  Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.

                5. September 24 | Tuesday

                  Departure day from Pyongyang and train to Shenyang.

                  AM

                  • Train departure by sleeper train to Dandong at 10:25.
                  PM
                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from the sleeper train to Dandong-Shenyang high-speed.
                  • Arrival at Shenyang Station in the evening, transfer to the city.
                  • Dinner in a North Korean Restaurant in Shenyang's Xita District.
                  Overnight | Chilbosan Hotel, Shenyang.
                6. September 25 | Wednesday

                  Shenyang and flight to Seoul/Incheon

                  AM

                  • Free time at your own leisure or city walking tour to discover Shenyang's Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage.
                  PM
                  • Lunch in a South Korean Restaurant in Shenyang's Xita District.
                  • Transfer to Shenyang's Taoxian Airport.
                  • Flight departure from Shenyang on Korean Air flight KE834 at 16:50.
                  • Arrival to the Best Airport Worldwide, Seoul's Incheon International Airport (ICN) at 20:00. ROK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guide, and transfer to the hotel.
                  • Optional dinner in a typical Korean tent restaurant (pojangmacha) with your Tour Leader.
                  Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
                7. September 26 | Thursday

                  Seoul City Tour

                  AM

                  • Gyeongbokbung | The Gyeongbokbung, or Gyeongbok Palace was built in 1395. Gyeongbokbung acted as the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) and, as the largest palace, is often argued to be the most beautiful.
                  • Bukchon Hanok Village | A chance to be immersed in traditional Korean culture as you explore the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, or hanoks.
                  • Gwanghwamun Square | Also known as Gwanghwamun Plaza, is a large public open space featuring fountains and statues of historical significance, also housing the royal administrative buildings known as the ‘ Street of Six Ministries’.

                  PM

                  • War Memorial of Korea | Visit the War Memorial of Korea in South Korea and see things from a different perspective. The War Memorial of Korea features both indoor and outdoor exhibition halls containing approx. 33,000 artefacts.
                  • Namsan and Seoul N Tower | One of the biggest landmarks in Seoul and a must-visit! With a great view of the surrounding Namsan mountains, it’s a great way to unwind. There are restaurants, an art gallery, and lots in the surrounding area to keep you busy!
                  Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
                8. September 27 | Friday

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • Camp Bonifas | A UN command post in South Korea, 400 meters away from the southern line of the DMZ. Also home to the “world’s most dangerous hole in golf” as it sports a golf course surrounded by landmines. A safety briefing will be held here by a South Korean or American military guide before visiting the JSA. Please note that cancellation is possible.
                  • JSA | Visit the Joint Security Area (Truce Village) from the south as well. It is the closest you’ll be getting to North Korea from the South side.
                  • Drive back to Seoul.
                  • Free time at your own leisure.
                  Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
                9. September 28 | Saturday

                  Departure day from Seoul

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

                  End of Tour
              • Extras

                • Upgrade to your own room

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Flight Beijing – Pyongyang and Shenyang – Seoul/Incheon
                  Train Pyongyang – Dandong and Dandong – Shenyang
                  All meals in North Korea and China except the a la carte dinner at Kwangbok Department Store and meals on the train; breakfast and lunch in South Korea
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Entry fees unless otherwise stated on the itinerary
                  Koryo Tours tour leader
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in North Korea and a local Korean guide and a driver in South Korea
                  All transportation in the DPRK and in the ROK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
                  Meals on the train and the a la carte dinner at Kwangbok Department Store
                  Dinners in South Korea
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Spending money for souvenirs
              • Notes

                Groups will be in the experienced hands of local Korean guides and a Koryo Tours tour leader.

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

              Please apply by 31st August, 2019.

              September 28 - October 5/6 2019

              China National Day Long Tour + MASS GAMES

              7 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Head out of China during the Chinese National Holiday and instead enjoy the highlights that Pyongyang has to
              offer, as well as Kaesong, the DMZ, Pyongsong, Nampo, the beautiful Mt. Myohyang, and more! Train
              entry option sold out.


              From 1,149 EUR per person

              Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

              China National Day Long Tour + MASS GAMES

              7 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Head out of China during the Chinese National Holiday and instead enjoy the
              highlights that Pyongyang has to offer, as well as Kaesong, the DMZ, Pyongsong,
              Nampo, the beautiful Mt. Myohyang, and more! Train entry option
              sold out.


              From 1,149 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Golden week in China can be chaotic and expensive. If you’re looking for a way to escape the madness and use your China National holidays for some unique fun, then look no further.

                As well as an extensive tour of the capital city Pyongyang (including some must-sees such as Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the local Kwangbok supermarket), you’ll also have the chance to venture into the beautiful countryside of Mt Myohyang when visiting the International Friendship Exhibition and head to the sea to explore the industrial port-city Nampo on the Taedong River, where we can relax at the hot-spring spa resort.

                Plus, we will be getting even more off the beaten path as we head to and the provincial cities of Pyongsong, Sariwon, and Anju - rarely visited by tourists and the perfect way to hide out during Golden Week in China.

                For the true explorer, it doesn’t get much better than this!

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

                Scroll down for an overview of the Chinese National Holiday in North Korea (long) tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                Please note that the train entry option for this tour is sold out due high demand during the National Day Holiday in China.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • MASS GAMES
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Take a ride on a 1960s Pyongyang trolleybus through the city
                • Play volleyball against a local team in Pyongyang
                • Experience heavy industry of Nampo and the healing waters of Dragon River Hot Spa
                • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
                • Experience the beautiful Mt Myohyang in Autumn and International Friendship Exhibition, cavernous hall displaying gifts to the DPRK leaders
                • Provincial towns of Pyongsong, centre of scientific research, agricultural Sariwon, and industrial Anju
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 27 | Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train. Please note that the train entry option for this tour is sold out due high demand during the National Day Holiday in China.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

                2. September 28 | Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

                3. September 29 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                  PM

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                  • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

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

                4. September 30 | Monday

                  Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                  AM
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                5. October 1 | Tuesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Pyongyang International Football Academy | Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. Has multiple training pitches where you can test yourself against some students here.
                  • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
                  • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                  PM
                  • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.
                  • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students. A vast and iconic building shaped like a mother’s embrace.
                  • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

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

                6. October 2 | Wednesday

                  Industrial Nampo on the West Sea

                  AM
                  • West Sea Barrage  | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
                  • Chollima Steelworks | A major heavy industry site of the DPRK, known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima Movement and famous for making ‘Juche Steel’. Please note that this location is a key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.  
                  • Return to Pyongyang. A 1-hour drive.
                  PM
                  • Volleyball game against a local company team // Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                  • Future Scientists Street | Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
                  • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each (not included in the tour cost).
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                7. October 3 | Thursday

                  The International Friendship Exhibition and Mt. Myohyang

                  AM
                  • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3-hour drive.
                  • International Friendship Exhibition | A semi-subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required

                  PM

                  • Pohyon Buddhist Temple | A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 AD with stone pagoda and repository of print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasions during the Koryo Dynasty.
                  • Manpok Valley Hike | Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points. Good for picnics too. Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points. Good for picnics too.
                  Overnight | Huichon Hotel,  Huichon. Basic but clean hotel located 30 minutes north of Mt. Myohyang. Local food, on-site sauna, limited electricity. A must for those wishing to visit every province in the DPRK as it is situated just across the border into the otherwise tourist-devoid Jagang Province.
                8. October 4 | Friday

                  Anju and Pyongsong

                  AM
                  • Drive to Anju, a rarely visited industrial city in North Pyongan Province.
                  • Paeksang Pavilion and Anju City Walls | A short stop at the greatest pavilion in Pyong’an Province overlooking the Chongchon River. Rebuilt after destruction in the Korean War.
                  • Continue to Pyongsong, centre of education and technology research.
                  • Pyongsong Primary School  | A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
                  PM
                  • Pyongyang Catfish Factory | A full-scale facility where you can learn about the fascinating science of catfish production.
                  • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                9. October 5 | Saturday

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

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, October 9 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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                • Upgrade to your own room

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

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                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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                • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
                  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 slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

              Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

              September 28 - October 3/4 2019

              China National Day Tour + MASS GAMES

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The perfect way to spend your Chinese National Holiday time off - seeing the highlights
              of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the DMZ, and Nampo! Train entry option sold out.

              From 999 EUR per person

              Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

              China National Day Tour + MASS GAMES

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The perfect way to spend your Chinese National Holiday
              time off - seeing the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong,
              the DMZ, and Nampo! Train entry option sold
              out.


              From 999 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Calling all Chinese expats! What better way to spend all of those days off for the Chinese National Holiday than exploring one of the world’s least visited countries - but surprisingly accessible from China!

                Our Chinese National Holiday Tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. We'll also head down to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang, to see some of the country's heavy industry.

                Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must-see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

                You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang and one of the most famous hotels to stay in for tourists.

                It certainly won’t be a relaxed Chinese golden week away, but it is an action pack week guaranteed to leave you wanting more!

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

                Please note that the train entry option for this tour is sold out due high demand during the National Day Holiday in China.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • MASS GAMES
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Take a ride on a 1960s Pyongyang trolleybus through the city
                • Play volleyball against a local team in Pyongyang
                • Experience heavy industry of Nampo and the healing waters of Dragon River Hot Spa
                • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 27 | Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train. Please note that the train entry option for this tour is sold out due high demand during the National Day Holiday in China.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

                2. September 28 | Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

                3. September 29 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                  PM

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                  • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

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

                4. September 30 | Monday

                  Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                  AM
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                5. October 1 | Tuesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Pyongyang International Football Academy | Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. Has multiple training pitches where you can test yourself against some students here.
                  • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.
                  • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                  PM

                  • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.
                  • Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students. A vast and iconic building shaped like a mother’s embrace.
                  • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

                  Overnight | Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!
                6. October 2 | Wednesday

                  Industrial Nampo on the West Sea

                  AM
                  • West Sea Barrage  | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
                  • Chollima Steelworks | A major heavy industry site of the DPRK, known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima Movement and famous for making ‘Juche Steel’. Please note that this location is key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.  
                  • Return to Pyongyang. A 1-hour drive.
                  PM
                  • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
                  • Future Scientists Street | Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
                  • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each (not included in the tour cost).
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                7. October 3 | Thursday

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

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, October 4 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

                  See more
                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

                  See more
                • Upgrade to your own room

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

                  See more
                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

                  See more
                • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

                  See more
              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
                  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 slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

              Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

              September 28 - October 1/2 2019

              China National Day Short Tour + MASS GAMES

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Calling all China expats! Join us on this trip to the DPRK and getaway for China’s National Holiday!
              See the highlights of Pyongyang, get down to historic Kaesong and the DMZ! Train entry
              option sold out.


              From 799 EUR per person

              Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

              China National Day Short Tour + MASS GAMES

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Calling all China expats! Join us on this trip to the DPRK and getaway
              for China’s National Holiday! See the highlights of Pyongyang, get
              down to historic Kaesong and the DMZ! Train entry option
              sold out.


              From 799 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Looking for a way to escape the Chinese National holiday madness? Want to do something extra cool with your time off that will make all of your expat buddies jealous? Look no further!

                We’ve designed this short Chinese National holiday tour especially to fit around the calendar of Golden Week in China to make sure you spend those days off in the best way possible!

                Our Chinese National Holiday Tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

                Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must-see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

                That’s your golden week in China well and truly sorted!

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

                Please note that the train entry option for this tour is sold out due high demand during the National Day Holiday in China.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • MASS GAMES
                • Mangyondae Grand Monument, bronze statues of the DPRK leadership in Pyongyang; the Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest in the world; the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, museum to the Korean War; and other Pyongyang highlights.
                • Panmunjom Truce Village the DMZ, the demarcation line between the two Koreas
                • Historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, and the Tomb of King Kongmin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 27 | Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train. Please note that the train entry option for this tour is sold out due high demand during the National Day Holiday in China.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

                2. September 28 | Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

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

                3. September 29 | Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                  PM

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                  • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

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

                4. September 30 | Monday

                  Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                  AM
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Tomb of King Kongmin | Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5-hour drive.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). Visit weather and time-dependent.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                5. October 1 | Tuesday

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

                  AM

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

                  See more
                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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

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

                • Upgrade to your own room

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

                  See more
                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

                  See more
                • Insurance for up to six nights

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

                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

                  See more
              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
                  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 slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

              Please apply by 13th September, 2019.

              October 2019

              October 5 - October 8 2019

              Mass Games North Korea Weekend Tour | 5-8 Oct

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your place now on this especially
              designed weekend tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
              and the DMZ

              From 799 EUR per person

              Please apply by 4th September, 2019.

              Mass Games North Korea Weekend Tour | 5-8 Oct

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this Summer. Secure your
              place now on this especially designed weekend tour for
              visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's Highlights,
              and the DMZ

              From 799 EUR per person

              • Overall

                The experience of a lifetime — visit North Korea during North Korea’s Mass Games, the world’s largest performance which features up to 100,000 participants.

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

                The Mass Games are a gigantic display of national pride, historic and political symbolism, and propaganda full of gymnastics, martial arts, and dance accompanied by music, lightshows, and set before a backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding colored boards to form massive changing images. See the spectacle of the 2019 Mass Games with Koryo Tours!

                This weekend North Korea tour (5-8 Oct; Sat-Tues) starts in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, full of grand socialist architecture and political monuments. We will visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the former North Korean leaders lie in state; the extremely deep Pyongyang Metro, a series of stations, each uniquely decorated according to the stations name; and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum , the country’s museum to the Korean War, where the captured USS Pueblo is on display.

                We’ll also visit the historic city of Kaesong, once medieval capital of the Koryo dynasty, and close to the DMZ that separates North and South Korea. We’ll take a DMZ Tour at the Joint Security Area (JSA) from the northern side.

                In our experience, there is high demand for Mass Games tour and tickets for trains and flights to North Korea will sell out. We advise you to book early to save guarantee your spot and take the trip of a lifetime. This one has it all: the Mass Games, the DMZ, and all the iconic sights of Pyongyang.

                Hoping to experience more of North Korea? We have a Mass Games tours of all lengths over the Mass Games 2019 season.
                Head to our Mass Games Ultimate Travel Guide for more information on the Mass Games!

                Scroll down for this weekend Mass Games tour highlights, itinerary, options and add-ons, and more!

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Pyongyang highlights — Kumsusan Memorial Palace; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; Pyongyang Metro, and more
                • Historic city of Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. October 4 | Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (North Korea). Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight | Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. October 5 | Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

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

                3. October 6 | Sunday

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed-toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ — a symbol of speed — commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  PM
                  • Moranbong Park |  We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments — modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                  • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry; 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. October 7 | Monday

                  AM
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5-hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village |  Located in the middle of the 4km-wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas, and there cross temporarily into the south.

                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi)  A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. October 8 | Tuesday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight.

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on 9 Oct at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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                • Upgrade to your own room

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

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                • Insurance for up to six nights

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

                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour except for the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  The experience of a lifetime
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee (+50 EUR)
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
              • Notes

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

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

              Please apply by 4th September, 2019.

              October 8 - October 17/18 2019

              Party Foundation Day Tour | A North Korean Autumn in Mount Kumgang & Pujon + MASS GAMES

              9 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Visit the DPRK for Party Foundation Day, see Pyongyang and take a DMZ tour, then enjoy a North Korea
              autumn at Mount Kumgang the rarely-visited Pujon County in the highlands north of Hamhung. Round-trip
              by train or upgrade to flight.

              From 1,499 EUR per person

              Please apply by 20th September, 2019.

              Party Foundation Day Tour | A North Korean Autumn in Mount Kumgang & Pujon + MASS GAMES

              9 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Visit the DPRK for Party Foundation Day, see Pyongyang and take a
              DMZ tour, then enjoy a North Korea autumn at Mount Kumgang the rarely-visited
              Pujon County in the highlands north of Hamhung. Round-trip by train
              or upgrade to flight.

              From 1,499 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 Mount Kumgang and highland Pujon County, plus see Pyongyang for Party Foundation Day and tour the DMZ. This 9-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, 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 across the width of the peninsula to Korea’s east coast where we will first visit Mount Kumgang, known as the ‘Diamond Mountain’; the port city of Wonsan; industrial Hamhung, the second largest city in the country; and the Pujon Highlands.

                Pujon is one of the most out of the way areas of North Korea open to tourists and home to the Stone River, a river of boulders deposited glacier. For history buffs, this area was also the site of some of the fiercest fighting during the Korean War as part of the Changjin Reservoir Campaign and the Hungnam Evacuation.

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

                Short on time? Check out the shorter 4-night and 7-night options for this tour.

                Scroll down for an overview of Party Foundation Day Tour | A North Korea Autumn in Mount Kumgang & Pujon tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • Celebrations for Party Foundation Day, anniversary of the formation of the Korean Workers' Party
                • MASS GAMES
                • 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
                • Hiking at scenic Mount Kumgang on Korea's east coast
                • The Pujon County, a remote and rarely-vised highlands beautiful in autumn
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. October 7 | Monday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

                2. October 8 | Tuesday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

                3. October 9 | Wednesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                  PM

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.
                  • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. October 10 | Thursday

                  Party Foundation Day with a visit to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders

                  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.
                  • 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).
                  • 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.

                  • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                  • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                  • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                  • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

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

                5. October 11 | Friday

                  Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                  AM
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

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

                  • Return to Pyongyang via the Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument, the iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. This monument is also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                6. October 12 | Saturday

                  Drive to Mount Kumgang, 'the Diamond Mountain', stopping at sights along the way.

                  AM
                  • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Mount KumgangA 6 to 7-hour drive with stops along the way.
                  • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs
                  PM
                  • Sijung Guesthouse Beach | Sandy beach on the East Sea of Korea for swimming and relaxing (2 EUR entrance fee to swim and stays over 30 minutes).
                  • Samil Lagoon | A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days-gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

                  Overnight | Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
                7. October 13 | Sunday

                  Mount Kumgang to Wonsan

                  AM
                  • Spend the morning hiking in the Mt Kumgang area | ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
                  PM

                  • Drive north to Wonsan.
                  • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

                  Overnight | Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. One of the funkiest hotels around. Seaside and green. Basic but clean and with an excellent bookshop often stocking titles long sold-out in Pyongyang.

                8. October 14 | Monday

                  Wonsan to Hamhung, the DPRK's 2nd largest city

                  AM
                  • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here

                  • Kangwon Province Art Gallery | Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
                  • Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.

                  PM
                  • Tongbong Co-operative Farm | Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
                  • Home of Ri Song Gye | Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

                  Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
                9. October 15 | Tuesday

                  The Pujon Highlands

                  All Day
                  • Pujon Highlands | A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometre river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site – a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.
                  • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
                  • Tonghung Revolutionary Site | Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River. A presentation of flowers is customary.
                  Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon.
                10. October 16 | Wednesday

                  AM
                  • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory | Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate! A bust of Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai stands at this complex to note the contributions China made to the development of the plant. A museum is also on site, this is where Kim Il Sung uttered his famous phrase “Fertiliser is rice. And rice, itself, is Communism”
                  • Drive back to Wonsan with lunch in Wonsan
                  PM

                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at Masik Pass Ski resort for a break and to check out the facilities of the DPRK's premier ski resort.
                  • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR). Time permitting.
                  • Farewell dinner
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                11. October 17 | Thursday

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

                  AM
                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. 

                  OR

                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, October 18 at 08:30. 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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                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
                  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 20th September, 2019.

              October 8 - October 15/16 2019

              Party Foundation Day | A North Korean Autumn in Mount Kumgang + MASS GAMES

              7 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Experience a golden autumn in North Korea’s Mount Kumgang, the scenic ‘Diamond Mountain’, join in
              the celebrations for Party Foundation Day in Pyongyang, and join a DMZ tour at Panmunjom. Round-trip
              by train or upgrade to flight.

              From 1,249 EUR per person

              Please apply by 20th September, 2019.

              Party Foundation Day | A North Korean Autumn in Mount Kumgang + MASS GAMES

              7 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Experience a golden autumn in North Korea’s Mount Kumgang, the scenic
              ‘Diamond Mountain’, join in the celebrations for Party Foundation
              Day in Pyongyang, and join a DMZ tour at Panmunjom. Round-trip by
              train or upgrade to flight.

              From 1,249 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Mount Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ of East Asian tradition, is thought to have the most beautiful scenery in Korea - both north and south.

                We’ll cross the width of the peninsula to North Korea’s east coast for hiking at Mount Kumgang during the golden autumn and stop by the seaside city of Wonsan for fresh air and seafood.

                In Pyongyang, we’ll join in the celebrations for Party Foundation Day- the anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party. Plus, we'll see the city’s highlights, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and the Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest in the world.

                See a part of history as we head south to historic Kaesong, former capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, to see the Panmunjom Truce Village as part of a DMZ tour from the North Korean side. We'll also enjoy some light hiking at the ‘Little Kumgang’ scenic valley between Pakyon Waterfall and the ornate Gwanum Temple.

                Looking to see more of North Korea? Check out our 9-night Autumn in Mount Kumgang and Pujon Tour.

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

                Scroll down for an overview of Party Foundation Day Tour | A North Korea Autumn in Mount Kumgang tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • MASS GAMES
                • Korea's golden autumn at Mount Kumgang
                • Wonsan, port city on Korea's east coast
                • Party Foundation Day, the anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party
                • Highlights of Pyongyang, including the Pyongyang Metro, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Mansudae Grand Monument
                • The DMZ and Panmunjom from the northern side
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. October 7 | Monday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

                2. October 8 | Tuesday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

                3. October 9 | Wednesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                  PM

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.
                  • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. October 10 | Thursday

                  Party Foundation Day with visit to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders

                  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.
                  • 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).
                  • 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.

                  • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                  • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                  • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                  • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

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

                5. October 11 | Friday

                  Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                  AM
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

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

                  • Return to Pyongyang via the Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument, the iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to a joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. This monument is also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                6. October 12 | Saturday

                  Drive to Mount Kumgang, 'the Diamond Mountain', stopping at sights along the way.

                  AM
                  • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Mount Kumgang.A 6 to 7-hour drive with stops along the way.
                  • Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buffs
                  PM
                  • Sijung Guesthouse Beach | Sandy beach on the East Sea of Korea for swimming and relaxing (2 EUR entrance fee to swim and stays over 30 minutes).
                  • Samil Lagoon | A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days-gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

                  Overnight | Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
                7. October 13 | Sunday

                  Mount Kumgang to Wonsan

                  AM
                  • Spend the morning hiking in the Mt Kumgang area | ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
                  PM
                  • Drive north to Wonsan.
                  • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

                  Overnight | Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. One of the funkiest hotels around. Seaside and green. Basic but clean and with an excellent bookshop often stocking titles long sold-out in Pyongyang.

                8. October 14 | Monday

                  Wonsan to Hamhung, the DPRK's 2nd largest city

                  AM
                  • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here

                  • Kangwon Province Art Gallery | Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
                  • Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.

                  PM
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at Masik Pass Ski resort for a break and to check out the facilities of the DPRK's premier ski resort.
                  • Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR). Time permitting.
                  • Farewell dinner
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                9. October 15 | Tuesday

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

                  AM
                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:20 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00. 

                  OR

                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday, October 16 at 08:30. 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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                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
                  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 20th September, 2019.

              October 8 - October 12/13 2019

              Party Foundation Day | Pyongyang and DMZ Tour + MASS GAMES

              4 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join Koryo Tours for the Party Foundation Day celebrations in Pyongyang and get down
              to Kaesong for a DMZ tour at Panmunjom and Korea’s golden autumn. Round-trip by train
              or upgrade to flight.

              From 949 EUR per person

              Please apply by 20th September, 2019.

              Party Foundation Day | Pyongyang and DMZ Tour + MASS GAMES

              4 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join Koryo Tours for the Party Foundation Day celebrations
              in Pyongyang and get down to Kaesong for a DMZ tour at
              Panmunjom and Korea’s golden autumn. Round-trip by train
              or upgrade to flight.

              From 949 EUR per person

              • Overall

                North Korea’s Party Foundation Day marks the anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party of Korea and is a major North Korean holiday.

                For the holiday, we’ll see mass dances and celebrations in Pyongyang. In the North Korean capital, we’ll see the city’s highlights from the heights of the Juche Tower to the subterranean depths of the Pyongyang Metro including; the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and the Mansudae Grand Monument, the leader’s bronze statue in the centre of town.

                It’s then down to the DMZ for a tour of the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom between North and South Korea. We’ll also visit the Tomb of King Kongmin. This dates back to the end of the Koryo Dynasty and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll also get the chance to enjoy the autumn leaves at Pakyon Waterfall.

                Or why not extend your stay in North Korea until 15 October on our 7-night trip to Mount Kumgang and Wonsan for the fresh air of the outdoors and seaside?

                [ MASS GAMES 2019 ]

                CONFIRMED: This tour will include the Mass Games 2019. The Mass Games are the largest human performance in the world, held in the world’s largest stadium. Truly a unique performance not to miss!

                For more information on the Mass Games 2019, performance, and ticket cost, head to our Mass Games 2019 page.

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

                Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen

                Highlights

                • MASS GAMES
                • Korea's golden autumn at Mount Kumgang
                • Wonsan, port city on Korea's east coast
                • Party Foundation Day, the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party
                • Highlights of Pyongyang, including the Pyongyang Metro, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Mansudae Grand Monument
                • The DMZ and Panmunjom from the northern side
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. October 7 | Monday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
                  • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

                2. October 8 | Tuesday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

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

                3. October 9 | Wednesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                  PM

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.
                  • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
                  • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets start from 100 EUR.

                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. October 10 | Thursday

                  Party Foundation Day with visit to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders

                  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.
                  • 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).
                  • 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.

                  • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
                  • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
                  • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 2.5-hour drive
                  • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.

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

                5. October 11 | Friday

                  Historic Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

                  AM
                  • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • Pakyon Waterfall | Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes bathing/swimming.

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

                  • Return to Pyongyang via the Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument, the iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. This monument is also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                  • Farewell dinner
                  Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                6. October 12 | Saturday

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

                  AM
                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:20 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00.

                  OR

                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday, October 13 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour

              • Extras

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

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

                  Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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                • Upgrade to your own room

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

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                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • 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 back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  Koryo Tours leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 265 EUR; return: 435 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
                  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 20th September, 2019.

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