January 7 - January 11/12 2020

North Korea Winter Budget Tour

4 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

Our first tour of 2020! Visit Korea in the quiet of winter as
the country looks forward to the year ahead. Round-trip by train
or upgrade to flight.

From 699 EUR per person

Please apply by 20th December, 2019.

North Korea Winter Budget Tour

4 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

Our first tour of 2020! Visit Korea in the
quiet of winter as the country looks forward
to the year ahead. Round-trip by train or
upgrade to flight.

From 699 EUR per person

  • Overall

    A North Korea winter is chilly and quiet. Already among the least visited countries in the world, visit North Korea at a time when there are even fewer travellers around and enjoy the calm and quiet as you explore the DPRK.

    This North Korea tour package includes a city tour of Pyongyang and a DMZ tour at Panmunjom, you’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where we will stop by a local school and see the Korean War headquarters of the Korean People's Army.

    The clear skies, snow-covered streets, and Koreans fully kitted out for a North Korea winter wrapped up in hats and scarves make for great pictures! Plus, you’ll be amongst the first to hear about the latest economic and political developments that DPRK has in store for the year ahead in the New Year’s Address nationwide speech.

    Our North Korea Winter budget tour is perfect for those seeking adventure travel on a budget, or those wanting a short break away. Tick North Korea off your bucket list and get a key insight into this little-explored country. Prepare yourself for a truly action-packed itinerary and a comprehensive introduction to North Korean history and society today!

    See below for an overview of tour highlights, the tour itinerary, transport options, visa information, and extras.


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    • See Pyongyang highlights, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Mansudae Grand Monument, the Pyongyang Metro, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo
    • Cross into South Korea at the Panmunjom Truce Village in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
    • Get out of the capital, to the provincial city of Pyongsong, a centre of trade and the new economy
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. January 6 | 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.


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


      • 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. January 7 | Tuesday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      • 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.


      • 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 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, museums, and the Grand People's Study House.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods.

      Overnight | The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

    3. January 8 | Wednesday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang. January 8 is the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un, however, this day is not an official North Korean holiday.

      • Pyongsong | Drive north to this small satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

      • 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.

      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School | One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students.

      • Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site | Wartime headquarters of the Korean People's Army and now a historic museum.


      • Pyongyang | Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1-hour drive
      • 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 | A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • 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.
      • 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).
      • 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.
      • Grand People's Study House |  A giant building in Neo-traditional style overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, which serves as North Korea's national library.
      • Yanggakdo International Cinema Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a North Korean romantic comedy co-produced by Koryo Tours. The ticket is approximately 10 EUR (subject to change).

      Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. January 9 | Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      • 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. 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. Cancellations are rare but possible.

      • 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. Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here (we hope you won't be wearing these anyways in the middle of the North Korean winter!)


      • 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.

      • Kaesong | Drive 160 km south on the 'Reunification Highway' to this historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. 2.5-hour drive.
      • Arch of Reunification We'll stop by the large stone arch over the 'Reunification Highway' dedicated to Korean reunification.
      Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. One of our favourite hotels in the DPRK. Friendly staff, great food, and 1970's socialist design. A cosy place to stay in winter!
    5. January 10 | Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour at Panmunjom

      • Sonjuk Bridge | Historic stone bridge and the assassination of Koryo minister Jong Mong Ju in the 14th century.
      • Walk in Kaesong Old City | A stroll through Kaesong old city among traditional Korean houses dating back a few centuries.
      • 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 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).


      • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Sariwon | Drive north via the city of Sariwon - we'll stop off at the Sariwon Folk Street, a historic recreation of a traditional Korean street
      • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital city. 2.5 hour drive
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre | For some bowling fun and a bulgogi BBQ restaurant farewell dinner.

      Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. January 11 | Saturday

      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 JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.


      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday, January 12 at 08:30. For this tour, the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

      End of Tour

  • 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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    • 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.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train travel Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang by hard sleeper class with transfer in Dandong. Flight upgrades available!
      All meals on the tour apart from meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation in North Korea
      Two local English-speaking Korean guides and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in North Korea
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 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) or film screening (approx. 10 EUR)
      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

    Our Koryo Budget Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

    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 20th December, 2019.

info@koryogroup.com | + 86 10 6416 7544
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Chaoyang District. Beijing 100027. P.R China

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