September 21 - September 27 2019

One Korea Tour | Pyongyang, Seoul, and the DMZ (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

7 nights in North Korea,
South Korea, and China

An especially designed tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass Games, Pyongyang's and Seoul's
highlights, experience the DMZ from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and society
in the DPRK and ROK.

From 1,995 EUR per person

Please apply by 31st August, 2019.

One Korea Tour | Pyongyang, Seoul, and the DMZ (MASS GAMES EXPECTED)

7 nights in North Korea,
South Korea, and China

An especially designed tour for visitors wanting to see the Mass
Games, Pyongyang's and Seoul's highlights, experience the DMZ
from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and society
in the DPRK and ROK.

From 1,995 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Visit the North Korean and South Korean capitals and the DMZ together on this weeklong journey.

    This specially designed One Korea tour in cooperation with Panmunjom Travel Center will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating North Korean travel experience to take place in years – see the amazing and life-changing Mass Games.

    Travelling from North to South, we'll explore the commonalities and differences between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south.

    The two have been divided from each other since 1945 and still technically at war since 1950.

    This trip will take us to the respective capitals of the DPRK and ROK. From the monumental, ordered Pyongyang to the dynamic, bustling Seoul, where we can compare how the city's have tried to better each other in the past through competitions, and how each remembers the past through visits to their Korean War museums.

    We'll also have a tour of the DMZ at Panmunjom from both sides.

    This tour takes you to explore the Northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang with its Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage where Chinese Koreans, North Korean, and South Koreans live and work side-by-side.

    2018 was a historic year for the two nations, setting the tone for further potential developments in 2019. See this first hand in both countries as you learn from your North Korean guides about Korean history and reunification and engage with locals to find out more.

    "Korea is one!" is a common saying in both North and South Korea. See if for yourself with Koryo Tours!

    What’s it like to visit one of the world’s most dangerous borders, and how has history changed the North-South Korean border over time?

    Want to travel across the entire Korean Peninsula? Check out our One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla also in cooperation with Panmunjom Travel Center.

    Visa Information

    Please read the following for important information about the visa requirements for China and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

    We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts in and travels through China and finishes in South Korea you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China and South Korea for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese and South Korean embassy abroad, respectively. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

    Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. Please note that this can only be an option at the beginning of your trip as we will be re-entering China by train in Dandong and leave for Seoul by flight in Shenyang.

    Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China and in South Korea while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese and South Korean visas, but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.

    See below for an overview of all tour options and extras.

    Highlights

    • See the Mass Games one of the greatest shows on earth
    • 2 capital cities, Pyongyang & Seoul
    • Shenyang, the commercial hub of Northeast China with a strong Korean community where Korean Chinese, North and South Koreans live and work side-by-side
    • The Demilitarized Zone from both the northern and southern sides: the Concrete Wall, Dorasan Station, and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides
    • Parallel narratives of war, division, and reunification
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. September 20 | 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.

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00 | Pre-tour briefing at our Beijing Office.  
      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!
    2. September 21 | Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • 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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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 | 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.
      • 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). This visit is weather-dependant.

      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s oldest hotel in operation and centrally located. Popular with overseas Koreans and Japanese. Excellent restaurants and cafes.

    3. September 22 | Sunday

      AM
      • 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. Please note 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.
      • 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.
      • 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 Pyongyang Cold Noodles.
      PM
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      • Manggyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Kwangbok Supermarket and a la carte dinner at the food court | Local supermarket selling all kinds of domestically and foreign produced household goods, clothes, foods. Exchange for local currency here! Please note that local currency, the Korean Won, can only be exchanged for and spent at this location.
      • Mass Games! | The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 100 EUR.

      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. September 23 | Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5-hour drive.
      • 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).

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive to Sariwon the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1.5-hour drive. 
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm | Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and local home.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 1 hour drive.
      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. Southcentral does it like nobody does!

      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. September 24 | Tuesday

      Departure day from Pyongyang and train to Shenyang.

      AM

      • Train departure by sleeper train to Dandong at 10:25.
      PM
      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from the sleeper train to Dandong-Shenyang high-speed.
      • Arrival at Shenyang Station in the evening, transfer to the city.
      • Dinner in a North Korean Restaurant in Shenyang's Xita District.
      Overnight | Chilbosan Hotel, Shenyang.
    6. September 25 | Wednesday

      Shenyang and flight to Seoul/Incheon

      AM

      • Free time at your own leisure or city walking tour to discover Shenyang's Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage.
      PM
      • Lunch in a South Korean Restaurant in Shenyang's Xita District.
      • Transfer to Shenyang's Taoxian Airport.
      • Flight departure from Shenyang on Korean Air flight KE834 at 16:50.
      • Arrival to the Best Airport Worldwide, Seoul's Incheon International Airport (ICN) at 20:00. ROK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guide, and transfer to the hotel.
      • Optional dinner in a typical Korean tent restaurant (pojangmacha) with your Tour Leader.
      Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
    7. September 26 | Thursday

      Seoul City Tour

      AM

      • Gyeongbokbung | The Gyeongbokbung, or Gyeongbok Palace was built in 1395. Gyeongbokbung acted as the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) and, as the largest palace, is often argued to be the most beautiful.
      • Bukchon Hanok Village | A chance to be immersed in traditional Korean culture as you explore the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, or hanoks.
      • Gwanghwamun Square | Also known as Gwanghwamun Plaza, is a large public open space featuring fountains and statues of historical significance, also housing the royal administrative buildings known as the ‘ Street of Six Ministries’.

      PM

      • War Memorial of Korea | Visit the War Memorial of Korea in South Korea and see things from a different perspective. The War Memorial of Korea features both indoor and outdoor exhibition halls containing approx. 33,000 artefacts.
      • Namsan and Seoul N Tower | One of the biggest landmarks in Seoul and a must-visit! With a great view of the surrounding Namsan mountains, it’s a great way to unwind. There are restaurants, an art gallery, and lots in the surrounding area to keep you busy!
      Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
    8. September 27 | Friday

      *DMZ and JSA Tour | Please note that the Joint Security Area (JSA) is administered by the United Nations Commands and visits to the JSA is subject to cancellations according to local circumstances.

      AM

      • Drive to Imjingak, the South’s version of Panmunjom, visit the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) from the other side.
      • Third Infiltration Tunnel | The Third Tunnel of Aggression is one of four known tunnels built by North Korea running from north to south. Visitors can take a tour of this tunnel, but photography is not permitted inside.
      • Dorasan Observatory | One of the many observatories at the DMZ where you can overlook North Korea from the South and have a peek back into Kaesong and other places back in the DPRK.
      • Dorasan Station | The last stop in South Korea before the tracks enter North Korea. It is located 56km from Seoul and 205km from Pyongyang.
      • Bulgogi lunch.

      PM

      • Camp Bonifas | A UN command post in South Korea, 400 meters away from the southern line of the DMZ. Also home to the “world’s most dangerous hole in golf” as it sports a golf course surrounded by landmines. A safety briefing will be held here by a South Korean or American military guide before visiting the JSA. Please note that cancellation is possible.
      • JSA | Visit the Joint Security Area (Truce Village) from the south as well. It is the closest you’ll be getting to North Korea from the South side.
      • Drive back to Seoul.
      • Free time at your own leisure.
      Overnight | Ibis Ambassador Insadong Hotel, Seoul.
    9. September 28 | Saturday

      Departure day from Seoul

      Our trip ends this morning. Catch an international flight from Seoul's Incheon (Airport code: ICN; serves over a 130 destinations in more than 50 countries) or Gimpo Airport (Airport code: GMP, serves domestic cities and East Asian metropolitan areas) or continue to explore Seoul and South Korea independently. For tips in South Korea please contact your tour manager.

      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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    • 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.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang and Shenyang – Seoul/Incheon
      Train Pyongyang – Dandong and Dandong – Shenyang
      All meals in North Korea and China except the a la carte dinner at Kwangbok Department Store and meals on the train; breakfast and lunch in South Korea
      Hotel accommodation
      Entry fees unless otherwise stated on the itinerary
      Koryo Tours tour leader
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in North Korea and a local Korean guide and a driver in South Korea
      All transportation in the DPRK and in the ROK
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR)
      Meals on the train and the a la carte dinner at Kwangbok Department Store
      Dinners in South Korea
      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)
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of local Korean guides and a 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 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 31st August, 2019.

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