May 30 - June 6/7 2020

International Children's Day and East Coast Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

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

From 1,199 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th May, 2020.

International Children's Day and East Coast Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

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

From 1,199 EUR per person

  • Overall

    June 1 is International Children's Day. There is a famous saying in North Korea that 'Children are the Kings of the Country' and significant attention is devoted to children's upbringing and education.

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

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

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

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



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    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. May 29 | Friday

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

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

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

    2. May 30 | Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Sungni (Victory) Street | Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then on to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Mirae (Future) Scientists Street | An evening walk through the newly built residential apartment distrcit for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.

      Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel | A very green retro-futurist giant, located on modernist Kwangbok Street. Outdoor AND indoor swimming pools, and home to the best foreign karaoke in Pyongyang. One of very few of our tours to stay at this unique hotel!

    3. May 31 | Sunday

      Kaesong & DMZ

      AM

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

      • Panmunjom Truce Village | Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

      • Kaesong Koryo Museum & Stamp Shop | A former Confucian education school, now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from the time. One of Kaesong’s many UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal consisting of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet-meat soup' is also an option here (+5 EUR).

      PM

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

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

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

      • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.

      • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

    4. June 1 | Monday

      International Children's Day & Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

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

      PM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.

      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima, or ‘thousand ri [400 mile] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!

      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

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

      • Kaeson Funfair | We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

      • Dinner at the Sanghung Restaurant in Pyongyang

      Overnight | Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

    5. June 2 | Tuesday

      Hamhung

      AM

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

      PM

      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm | Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
      • Home of Ri Song Gye | Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!
      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory | Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

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

    6. June 3 | Wednesday

      Hamhung

      AM

      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.

      • Tonghung Revolutionary Site | Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River. A presentation of flowers is customary.

      PM

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

      • Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.

      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!

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

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

      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

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

    7. June 4 | Thursday

      Kumgangsan

      AM

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

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

      PM

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

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

      Return to Pyongyang

      AM

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

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

      PM

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

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo | We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

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

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

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

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

      OR

      • Train departure at 10:25 to Dandong, on the Sino-Korean border, with train transfer and onward travel to Beijing by hard-sleeper (six bunks per berth; basic but comfortable). Scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday, June 7 at 08:30.  

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

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

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

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

  • What is / is not included?

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

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

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

Please apply by 15th May, 2020.

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