A 9-night journey inside North Korea from Kaesong and the DMZ to Hyangsan and the International Friendship
Exhibition. Be in Pyongyang for National Day, one of the largest North Korean holidays. Round-trip by
train or upgrade to flights.
From 1,449 EUR per person
Please apply by 14th August, 2020.
A 9-night journey inside North Korea from Kaesong and the DMZ to Hyangsan
and the International Friendship Exhibition. Be in Pyongyang for National
Day, one of the largest North Korean holidays. Round-trip by train or
upgrade to flights.
From 1,449 EUR per person
National Day on September 9 is one of the largest North Korean holidays. Be in Pyongyang for the 72nd anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK for mass dances and possible fireworks.
In addition to the must-see Pyongyang attractions, we’ll take a ride on both lines of the Pyongyang Metro and take on the locals in a game of volleyball.
September is one of the best times of the year to tour North Korea for fine weather and long days. This 9-night adventure gets you out of Pyongyang to explore a range of places, from the DMZ at Kaesong to Hyangsan (Mt. Myohyang) and the enormous International Friendship Exhibition - exhibition hall of gifts to the DPRK leaders. We’ll visit plenty in between, including the port city of Nampo Sariwon, Pyongsong, and Anju - a rarely visited industrial city.
Year to year this one of Koryo’s most popular tours, this tour has it all: grand monuments, museums, historic sights, industry, agriculture, and more!
See even more on the road inside North Korea on our 25-night National Day Mega Tour - the extended option fo this tour.
Scroll down for a summary of trip highlights, full tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa service, and tour extras.
Image credit: Christian Petersen-Clausen
Arrival Day in Pyongyang
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.
National Day, the 72nd anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK
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.
Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Drive to Mt. Myohyang
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 in the country. Visitations are by special request only and 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.
Overnight | Huichon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel located 30 minutes north of Mt. Myohyang. Very good local food much different from the lowlands, on-site sauna, and limited electricity.
This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.
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
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
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
Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.See more
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.
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 14th August, 2020.