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Koryo Tours specialise in taking you out of the usual and into rather unusual travel destinations, and we’ve been experts in it for over 25 years.

If you’re after something extra special, though, Koryo Tours also offer specialist North Korea tours. These tours are designed to be more in-depth, more informative, and unique. All whilst upholding a high level of professionalism and expertise that sets Koryo Tours aside from the rest, and ensures the highest level of security (and fun!) during your time in North Korea!

Specialist North Korea tours we offer include;

Expert Tour Leader Tours:

• Tours run by resident expert tour leaders, including founder Nick Bonner. These Specialist North Korea tour gives you a unique insight into North Korea, hearing it directly how it is from the people who know it best.

Specialist Activities Tours:

• From studying in North Korea for a month, to taking the railway across the North Korean countryside - we have experience in planning a wide range of specialist activities all over the country.

Special Interest Tours:

• Koryo Tours can also create tour packages to adapt to those with special interests, including film tours, architecture tours, or our Photography Tours. (link to photography when its up).


Have a special interest or want to plan something different in North Korea? With over 25 years experience working in North Korea, Koryo Tours are the right people to come to if you have something different in mind. As one of the first tour companies to begin leading tours to North Korea, we have

Whether you’re a foodie who wants to eat their way through Pyongyang, or a football fanatic after seeing a game (or joining in on one!), if you have an idea for something you’d like to do, let us know!

Contact us for private tours or check out our selection of specialist group tours below.

May 2019

May 18 - May 25/26 2019

Leica North Korea Photography Tour

A special on-tour Leica
photographic workshop

Visit North Korea with Jeroen Hanselaer, a Leica-approved
instructor, on this special 7-night tour

From 3,449 EUR per person

Please apply by 1st May, 2019.

Leica North Korea Photography Tour

A special on-tour Leica
photographic workshop

Visit North Korea with Jeroen
Hanselaer, a Leica-approved instructor,
on this special 7-night tour

From 3,449 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This North Korea photography tour is designed to give photographers the best chance to snap the best North Korea photos to show off.

    With special permissions from North Korea, Koryo Tours brings you this exclusive, one-of-a-kind tour of the DPRK. This photography tour gives us special access to certain sites, extra time at monuments, and a specifically designed itinerary to capture the best North Korea photos, making sure we’re catching the sunset from high up whilst it’s hitting Pyongyang, and visiting rural locations whilst the Koreans are hard at work. All this, whilst being accompanied by a professional Leica approved photography instructor.

    As well as allowing you to get the best pictures of North Korea, we will also spend our days visiting all of the main sites and learning about this unique country whilst accompanied by our North Korean and Western guides.

    During the day, you will have Jeroen Hanselaer, our Leica approved instructor, to guide you and help you to get the best shots. Unlike many other tours, a lot of the time on this tour will be spent walking and not in a bus, ensuring you get the best photographs whilst exploring Pyongyang on foot. Evenings will be spent with relaxed photography consultations run by Jeroen with special access to slide-show equipment. Each participant of the tour is invited to show the best snaps of the day, and our professional photography instructor Jeroen will give tailored advice on how you can improve your photography skills throughout the tour.

    We will also have access to Leica cameras during our time on the tour, so it is a great opportunity for you to have a go yourself on the Leica equipment.

    Whether your interest lies in industrial, landscapes, architecture, everyday life, or portraits, this tour caters for all. The dystopian-style architecture in Pyongyang is surreal and unique and our centrally located hotel will allow you to capture the best that the city has to offer. Trips outside of the city to co-operative farms, factories, and the North Korean countryside offer a completely different insight into this mysterious country.

    This tour is capped at 13 people maximum, in a group tour with other budding photographers. This allows more freedom when taking pictures and a better chance to get the perfect photos of North Korea.

    Dates don't suit? Get in touch with us to arrange a private tour to fit your budget and schedule.

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

    Highlights

    • Joined on tour by a Leica Photographic instructor as well as one of our experienced western tour leaders
    • Extended visits to allow time for photography
    • Full metro tour
    • Walking tours of Pyongyang
    • Extended visits to cooperative farms
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 17 | Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • The recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing in the afternoon - This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers and photography enthusiasts! Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
      • The photographic workshop begins - We will have a workshop from Jeroen Hansler, our Leica approved instructor and brand ambassador, followed by a review of a selection of your photographs so you can make sure to get the best North Korean photos from the very beginning of the tour! 

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

    2. May 18 | 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 1:05 pm.  A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) expected at 4:05 pm. DPRK immigration and customs meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.

      • Arch of Triumph  | Our first stop as we head into the photogenic city of Pyongyang, this massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris. From here we gain views over the surrounding park, Kim Il Sung Stadium and other areas of the city. From atop this great vantage point, we can set up cameras as we wait for the changing light offered at sunset.
      • Screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. Comrade Kim Goes Flying

      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, perfect for those North Korean photos! Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, and beer brewed on-site. This hotel offers great vantage points overlooking the city. From most rooms, you will be able to capture pictures from the morning sunrise transition and the old and new apartment blocks that surround us.

    3. May 19  | Sunday

      Pyongyang city tour

      AM

      • Early morning walking to Kim Il Sung Square via Pyongyang railway station | This morning we depart our hotel early before breakfast walking via Pyongyang railway station to Kim Il Sung Square. This early morning walk offers us views through downtown Pyongyang and capture the lives of the locals on their day off, whilst also giving us an opportunity to photograph some of the older building synonymous with any visit. We will stop for breakfast at the Viennese coffee shop, where we will have time to set up cameras for more pictures of the center of 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, Spanish, and Arabic. No visit to Pyongyang is complete without a visit to this famous bookshop. Situated at a road crossing patrolled by the infamous Pyongyang traffic police, it is also great to capture the perfect picture of these iconic workers. We continue our walk crossing to the Mansudae Fountain Park from where we can continue to picture everyday life as well as some examples of Korean sculpture.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic center of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • As we approach lunchtime, we further our expedition through the streets of Pyongyang past some of the cities newer apartments, to our destination, the Okryugwan cold noodle restaurant. This restaurant located on the banks of the Taedong river not only offers visitors great views but delivers us the best cold noodles in the city. Often busy with locals, we may have a little wait before trying Pyongyang’s signature dish.

      PM

      • After our hearty lunch, we board our bus and drive to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo. Here we have an extended visit taking time to photograph the military hardware, large statues, and the famous USS Pueblo. For our visit, we will be accompanied by a local Museum guide dressed in military clothing. She will be happy to allow time for some portraiture.
      •  Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012, 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 for many a highlight of the trip.When we leave the Museum we drive to Pyongyang central tram terminus from where we take a ride on one of the cities older Trams which will offer great photographic options as we pick our way through the streets at a local level. 

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

      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style accommodation 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. May 20 | Monday

      Visit DMZ and Kaesong

      AM

      • After a morning photographing the beautiful hotel area we drive to visit the Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ. In this area, photography is limited. Although, if the rules are followed there is still a great opportunity to get some great shots. Traveling in a small group also means a better chance of getting a photograph with a Korean military officer - the only place in North Korea this is possible.
      • 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. After our visit to this strange and unusual area, we continue with a visit to Kaesong Koryo Museum. This interesting area is great for photographing ancient architecture. If we're lucky, we may get the chance to catch some local couples having their wedding photos taken.
      • 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 perfect for North Korea photos.
      • Before lunch, we take another walk to build an appetite taking a look at some of Kaesong's older buildings.
      • 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.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | An incredibly photogenic meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. Perfect for avid instagrammers, and tastes great too! The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest!

      PM

      • Once lunch has finished, we start our drive returning to Pyongyang. On the way, we of course have some more photographic opportunities.
      • 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’.
      • Workshop after dinner. We gather together to view our photos from the days excitement and listen to instruction for the coming days.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 21 | Tuesday

      Industry and Iconic Culture

      AM

      • Pyongyang Textile Factory and Dormitory. 

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour (two-line ride) | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station, you’ll find it hard to put your cameras down. Ride both lines and stop off at smaller stations rarely visited by tourists. We visit all we can, making the most of our time here and getting some rare North Korea pictures.

      PM
      • May Day Stadium this afternoon we tour the grounds and facilities of the world’s largest stadiums. With a capacity of 150,000 and renovated in September 2014, it is used for all of the DPRK’s major sporting events and in 2018 hosted the return of the Mass Games. Its grand architectural style lends itself to great photography.
      • Pyongyang International Football Academy only a short leap from the Mayday stadium, this is a Premier football school for young and promising athletes. We tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. It has multiple training pitches where you can see yourself against some students here.
      • This evening it's off to a different setting for dinner as we enjoy an exclusive meal on the Rainbow boat on the Taedong River. From here, we can also get some great night time city-scape shots.  

      • Workshop after dinner - We gather together to view our photos from the days excitement and listen to instruction for the coming days.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. May 22 | Wednesday

      Hamhung

      AM

      • Today it's off early as we start our drive to Hamhung. Hamhung together with its southern neighbor Hungnam make up the DPRK’s second largest urban area by population. They are a major center of chemical industry, producing fertilizers and Vinalon, or ‘Juche Fiber’.The twin cities were rebuilt after the Korean War with the assistance of East German architects and planners. This 6-hour drive will be broken with visits along the beautiful mountain road, perfect for photos of North Korea countryside.

      • Upon reaching Hamhung we make our visit to Hungnam Fertiliser Factory. This is a massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilizers. We will have a tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant, where you will also be able to take photos. A perfect location for some industrial photography and if we're lucky some welcome portraiture photographs.
      • 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. This traditional style building is a peaceful place to brush up on history and catch some of those photos of traditional style buildings.
      • After dinner, electricity permitting, it’s time to review those photos again!

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

    7. May 23 | Thursday

      Wonsan

      AM

      • Today we head off for our adventure onwards to the coastal city of Wonsan which is home to the famous hot spring spa where we will spend the night to relax and recharge.
      • Wonsan is a crucial city on the east coast of the country. The least heavily industrial, but a key port and a city where the national government focuses efforts on leisure facilities and promoting the favorable location of the city between sea and mountains. On our journey, there are some stops to be made.
      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm is located on the outskirts of Hamhung offering visitors the chance to view some of the farm machinery, a local home, and even a local farm shop where visitors can buy some homemade products. From here, we can take photos of daily life and work on some portrait photos.
      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 Catholic monks living in the area in the early 20th century. Great not only for the architectural style, but it can offer some candid shots of its students.
      • Next stop, 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.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor. Local fishermen flock to this area, feel free to chat with them along the way, and get some shots of the locals. We time our visit so as to stroll out at sunset, to catch our best chance of pictures as the sun lights this attractive sea resort.

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

    8. May 24 | Friday

      Wonsan and Pyongyang

      AM

      • Chonsam-ri Co-operative Farm Learn about rural life at this farm specialising in rice and persimmons. Visit the cultural centre, farm house, and fish pond giving us another chance to photograph farming in North Korea.
      • The pace of the tour slows a little as we visit Sokwang Temple to view the remains of a Buddhist temple established dating back to the late-14th century and associated with the dream that predicted the fall of the Koryo Dynasty. A historic and haunting place set in a serene mountain valley with stream.
      • Return to Wonsan for lunch

      PM

      • Afternoon drive back to Pyongyang via Masikrong
      • Visit Masik Pass Ski Resort in the winter its DPRK’s largest ski resort. Opened in 2013, Masik Pass is also good for hiking in spring, summer, and autumn. We stop here for coffee on the way back to Pyongyang from Wonsan. 

      • Tower of 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. Lift ticket paid on the spot (€).
      • Farewell dinner at Duck BBQ restaurant 

      Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 

    9. May 25 | Saturday

      Train Return to Beijing

      It’s a relaxed start for us as we depart the captivating capital of Pyongyang for our return journey to Beijing. We travel via the train using soft-sleeper carriages (4 bunks per compartment with their own doors). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong.

      As we travel you will still have time for a little more scenic countryside photography.

      Overnight | On-train

    10. May 26 | Sunday

      Arrival into Beijing.

      • We should arrive into Beijing station at 08.34 AM and from there you are free to head to your accommodation or begin your journey home.

      For those who wish to, there will be a final tour debrief and photo session at the Koryo office, we will have the opportunity to review a final selection of photos and ask any last minute questions.

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

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    • Insurance (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
      Flight to Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Return Pyongyang – Beijing (soft Sleeper)
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train.
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours tour leader
      Leica Photographic instructor
      All transportation in the DPRK
      The shared use of three Leica cameras
      Evening instruction and talks
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 1st May, 2019.

May 27 - June 1/2 2019

Brewery Industry Tour

5 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

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

From 1,249 EUR per person

Please apply by 5th May, 2019.

Brewery Industry Tour

5 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

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

From 1,249 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

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

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

    Dates don’t suit? Get in touch with us about booking a private tour for a personalised itinerary and dates that work around you.
    Discounts for big groups available!

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. May 26 | Sunday

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

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

      AM

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

      PM

      • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
      • 17:00 | Train travelers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (North Korea). Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
      Overnight | Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. May 27 | Monday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
      PM
      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 12:00pm. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch.
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Moran Beer Bar | A small local bar in Pyongyang, we'll stop here on our way to our hotel for our first sample of locally produced beer and familiarise ourselves with how the locals like to enjoy their beer.
      Overnight:

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

      Pyongyang

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ — a symbol of speed — commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Lunch at Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Raengmyeon or Pyongyang Cold Noodles.
      PM
      • Brewery #1 | Hidden away in deep Pyongyang is this new brewery producing both beer and the traditional Korean drink makkoli - a fermented rice drink. We'll tour the factory, meet the friendly staff and sample their product fresh from the production line.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Brewery #2 | Tucked away in a small corner of Pyongyang is this brewery producing fresh draught beer for a certain clientele. We'll meet the brewer and learn about how they brew beer for their special customers.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. May 29 | Wednesday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 3 Hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

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

      Pyongyang

      AM
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Factory Visit | we'll visit a local factory producing soju - a traditional distilled beverage and the undoubted national drink of Korea. We'll learn about how it's made and it's history dating back to the 13th century.
      PM
      • Coffee Shop | Pyongyang has a burgeoning cafe scene, we'll stop at one for a post lunch coffee and to recharge ourselves for the afternoon.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Drive to Pyongsong. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      Overnight:

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

      Pyongsong

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

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

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

      AM

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

      OR

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

      End of Tour.

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

      See more
    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance for up to six nights

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

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

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

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 5th May, 2019.

July 2019

July 30 - August 7/8 2019

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

8 nights in North
Korea from Dandong

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

From 1,399 EUR per person

Please apply by 10th July, 2019.

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

8 nights in North
Korea from Dandong

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

From 1,399 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. July 29 | Monday

      *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. Please be punctual for the briefing. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Dandong, China.

      PM

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

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

      Arrival day in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea


      AM

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

      PM

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

      Farms and Factories in the Taedong River Valley near Pyongyang

      AM

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

      Tour of the new Pyongyang

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park | Centrally-located pleasant park popular with local citizens afterschool, on weekends. Flanked by examples of representative architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line. train carriages formerly used in West Berlin are used on this line, along with a new domestically made train too.
      • Arch of Triumph | 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris. Viewing platform has a fee (€)
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      PM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | A world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip. Unmissable.
      • Pyongyang Catfish Factory | A full-scale facility where you can learn about the fascinating science of catfish production.
      • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone.

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

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

      AM
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Ginseng Factory | see how this famous panacea is harvested and processed into various forms (tea, candy, powder, etc). Also, learn the history of the root – it was first cultivated in Kaesong, the ‘home of ginseng’

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

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

      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive.
      • Munsu Water Park | We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee 10 EUR with suit rental).
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. August 03 | Saturday

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

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

      PM
      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm | Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory | Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
      Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon. A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
    7. August 04 | Sunday

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

      AM
      • Late departure from Majon to enjoy the seaside.
      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory | Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
      • Drive to Wonsan, a major port city on the east coast of Korea.
      PM
      • Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR or USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.
      Overnight | Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.
    8. August 05 | Monday

      Wonsan

      AM

      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, birdhouse, gymnasium, and more!
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery | Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists, where you can purchase paintings.
      PM
      • Chonsam-ri Co-operative Farm | Learn about rural life at this farm specialising in rice and persimmons. Visit the cultural centre, farmhouse, and fish pond.
      • Songdowon Beach | Time to rest and relax at one of Wonsan's major beaches
      Overnight | Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan.
    9. August 06 | Tuesday

      Wonsan and return to Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
      • Pizza Restaurant | Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    10. August 07 | Wednesday

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

      AM

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

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

      See more
    • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Dandong – Beijing
      Train Pyongyang – Dandong
      All meals on the tour except the final pizza dinner
      Hotel accommodation
      Koryo Tours Tour Leader
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      Transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 10th July, 2019.

August 2019

August 13 - September 1 2019

One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla

19 nights in North Korea,
South Korea, and China

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

From 3,995 EUR per person

Please apply by 21st July, 2019.

One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla

19 nights in North Korea,
South Korea, and China

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

From 3,995 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. August 12 | Monday

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

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

      AM

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

      PM

      • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
      • 17:27 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with North Korea. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

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

    2. August 13 | Tuesday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective with artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      PM

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

      • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
      • Munsu Water Park // We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee 10 EUR with suit rental).
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
    4. August 15 | Thursday

      Liberation Day

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

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun // Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) // A one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
      • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Kaeson Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).
      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
    5. August 16 | Friday

      Nampo

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

      Wonsan

      AM
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and gateway to Mt. Kumgang. One of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK. A 4 hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan. ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
      PM
      • Wonsan Agricultural University // The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp // A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks // Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery // Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists, where you can purchase paintings.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse // Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

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

      Mt. Kumgang

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

      Back to Wonsan

      AM

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

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan

    9. August 20 | Tuesday

      Flight to Mt. Paekdu!

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

      Samjiyon Town and flight back to Pyongyang

      AM

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

      Drive to Kaesong

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

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

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM
      • Old City Walk and South Gate // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom and DMZ // Perhaps the most famous place in the entire country. The iconic manifestation of the tragic division between North and South Korea. The ‘truce’ village where several huts straddle the Central Military Demarcation Line (de facto border) with soldiers from each side standing guard. A tour here starts with a briefing at the edge of the DMZ, a visit to the Armistice Negotiation Hall and Armistice Signing Hall, seen as symbols of victory over foreign aggression on this side of the line. Then to Panmunjom itself – cross the border inside one of the blue huts, experience the uncanny feeling of crossing the front line of a sad and needless division of one society, and then take a higher view from the Panmun Pavilion looking over the line from above. A Korean People’s Army officer will be there to explain their side of things and will willingly pose for some photos too. A completely and utterly unmissable place.
      • Sonjuk Bridge // Small stone bridge built in 1290, which in 1392 was the site of of the assassination of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty). This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge that can be seen to this day.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum (Songgyungwan Academy) // A former Confucian school and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from the time. One of Kaesong’s many UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings are in Koryo Dynasty style but date back to the early 17th century following their destruction in the Imjin War.
      • Stamp Shop // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.
      • Traditional Korean Royal Lunch // Also known as pansanggi, the meal is made up of different dishes served in small brass bowls. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest!
      PM
      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 3-hour drive.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Farewell dinner at the Bowling Alley's bulgogi restaurant.
      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
    13. August 24 | Saturday

      Train to Dandong

      AM

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

      Dandong and ferry to the southern side

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

      Incheon and Seoul City Tour

      AM

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: 4* hotel in Seoul

    16. August 27 | Tuesday

      DMZ and JSA Tour

      AM

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Seoul

    17. August 28 | Wednesday

      Seoul City Tour

      AM

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Seoul

    18. August 29 | Thursday

      Historic city of Gyeongju

      AM

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

      Gyeongju and Busan

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

      Busan and flight to Jeju Island

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

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

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

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

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

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    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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

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

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance (10 to 13 night)

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

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Dandong and ferry Dandong – Incheon
      All meals in North Korea except meals on the train and the ferry, breakfast and lunch in South Korea
      Hotel accommodation
      Koryo Tours tour leader
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in North Korea and a local Korean guide and a driver in South Korea
      All transportation in the DPRK incl. the charther flight to Mt. Paekdu
      All transportation in the ROK incl. the KTX train to Busan and flight Busan – Jeju
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang (199 EUR)
      Meals on the trains and the ferry
      Dinners in South Korea
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 21st July, 2019.

September 2019

September 19 - September 24/25 2019

Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour and Autumn Trade Fair Tour

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

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.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. September 18 | Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. September 19 | Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

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

    3. September 20  |  Friday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony!

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

      Pyongyang Film Locations Tour

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

      PM
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo | We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR). This location appears in numerous DPRK films.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
       
      Overnight | The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 
    5. September 22 | Sunday

      Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

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

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

      Kaesong Day Trip and DMZ

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

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


      AM

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

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

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

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 232 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 420 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: 219 EUR; round-trip: 394 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.

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