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! ***Application Deadline Extended!***

From 1,249 EUR per person

Please apply by 12th 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!
***Application Deadline Extended!***


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.

    Discounts available for those working in the brewing industry and for big groups

    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.

    ***Train entry option is now sold out for this tour***

    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.

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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 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 entry sold out)
      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 12th May, 2019.

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