March 7 - March 12/13 2020

International Women's Day in North Korea

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

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

From 1,149 EUR per person

Please apply by 14th February, 2020.

International Women's Day in North Korea

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

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

From 1,149 EUR per person

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

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

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

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

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

    North Korean Women:

    North Korean Traffic Ladies
    Famous North Korean Women

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

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


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

    Briefing Day
    1. March 6 | Friday

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

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


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


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

      Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. March 7 | Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


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


      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:55. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • Victory (Sungni) Street Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre along one of post-war Pyongyang's oldest streets.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

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

    3. March 8 | Sunday

      International Women's Day in North Korea


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

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

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

      • Changgwanwon Health Complex | Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (3-10 EUR) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites!

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

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

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

      • International Cinema | Showing of Comrade Kim Goes Flying & meet the star actress for a short talk and introduction to the film. An exclusive showing of a Korean film at one of Pyongyang’s major cinemas. Subtitles in English.
      Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    4. March 9 | Monday

      Pyongyang to Kaesong


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

      • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Talk with local Korean women and discuss the role of women in North Korea's society today.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

        DMZ / Nampo


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

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

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

        • Panmunjom Restaurant Lunch with dog meat soup option

        • Sariwon | The provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and centre of regional industry.
        • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.

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

        • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.

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

      • March 11 | Wednesday

        Nampo to Pyongyang


        • Tae’an Glass Factory | Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.

        • Chongsan-ri Co-operative Farm

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

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

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

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

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

      • March 12 | Thursday

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


        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS251 at 10:15 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.


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

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

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

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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      • Upgrade to your own room

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

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      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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      • Insurance for up to six nights

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

    6. What is / is not included?

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

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

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

    Please apply by 14th February, 2020. | + 86 10 6416 7544
    27 Bei Sanlitun Nan (East Courtyard).
    Chaoyang District. Beijing 100027. P.R China

    中国北京市朝阳区北三里屯南 27 号 (东侧院),
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