August 13 - September 1 2019

One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla

19 nights in North Korea,
South Korea, and China

Travel the length of the Korean Peninsula — from Mt. Paektu to Mt. Halla, visit Pyongyang
and Seoul, experience the DMZ from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and
society in the DPRK and ROK.

From 3,995 EUR per person

Please apply by 21st July, 2019.

One Korea Tour | From Mount Paektu to Mount Halla

19 nights in North Korea,
South Korea, and China

Travel the length of the Korean Peninsula — from Mt. Paektu
to Mt. Halla, visit Pyongyang and Seoul, experience the DMZ
from both sides, and compare Korean history, culture, and
society in the DPRK and ROK.

From 3,995 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Visit North Korea and South Korea together on this journey like no other across the entire Korean Peninsula.

    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. Visiting both major sites and heading to some rarely visited areas, we can see first hand how these two nations have grown in separate ways - but still retain their common Korean heritage.

    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.

    As a very special treat, we'll travel the length of the peninsula visiting Mount Paekdu on Korea's northern border with China to Mount Halla on Jeju Island in the south.

    This tour takes you to explore the Chinese border town of Dandong before experiencing the unique ferry ride from China to South Korea - a surprisingly comfortable journey that few foreigners get to enjoy.

    As well as visiting the big cities in South Korea, we will also leave the bright lights behind as we head to ancient temple areas, beautiful beaches, and active volcanos!

    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?

    Highlights

    • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th!
    • 2 capital cities, Pyongyang & Seoul
    • Mt. Paekdu, surrounded by alpine forests and topped by Lake Chon, is the highest mountain in Korea. This sacred mountain in Korea is associated with the origins of the Korean people, and of great significance to the revolution.
    • Explore Dandong city, a Chinese border city & gateway to the DPRK.
    • 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.
    • Mt. Halla, a shield volcano and the highest mountain in South Korea, and often referred to in North Korean songs about reunification.
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. August 12 | 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.

      AM

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

      PM

      • 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 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. August 13 | Tuesday

      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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

      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. August 14 | Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      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 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.
      • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • 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.

      PM

      • Tram Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street. A Koryo exclusive!
      • 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 5 EUR for great views of the city.

      • 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.
      • Munsu Water Park // We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee 10 EUR with suit rental).
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
    4. August 15 | Thursday

      Liberation Day

      Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

      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.
      • 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.
      • 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 miles) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). 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’.
      PM
      • 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.
      • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) // A one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
      • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • 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).
      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
    5. August 16 | Friday

      Nampo

      AM
      • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1-hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
      • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm // The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung (there is a bronze statue of him and various farm workers here), the place where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse and the local shop & kindergarten, see the fields and greenhouses.
      • 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.
      PM
      • 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 lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
      • Wau Islet // Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven types of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
      • Potonggang Restaurant Lamb BBQ // One of the best lamb barbeque places around. Good atmosphere and location as well as food.
      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
    6. August 17 | Saturday

      Wonsan

      AM
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and gateway to Mt. Kumgang. One of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK. A 4 hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan. ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
      PM
      • Wonsan Agricultural University // The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp // A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks // Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery // Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists, where you can purchase paintings.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse // Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

      Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. Large seaside building. Basic but clean and with an excellent bookshop often stocking titles long sold-out in Pyongyang. Great interior decorating.
    7. August 18 | Sunday

      Mt. Kumgang

      AM

      • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
      • Samil Lagoon // A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days-gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

      PM

      • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area // ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

      Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
    8. August 19 | Monday

      Back to Wonsan

      AM

      • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

      • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

      PM

      • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

      Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan

    9. August 20 | Tuesday

      Flight to Mt. Paekdu!

      AM

      • Charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu from Wonsan Kalma International Airport that is not-yet used for any international flight but a fascinating point for looking at the plans to develop this area. The US Marines landed here during the Korean War.
      • Mt. Paekdu crater rim and Lake Chon // Ascend to the highest point in all of Korea (on foot, or by funicular railway) for amazing views of the highest crater lake in the world, sitting in the caldera of the volcano. A breathtaking and remote place of stunning and unique scenery – unforgettable in fact. From the top one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters. Basic facilities on site with a picnic lunch to maximise the time here.

      PM

      • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp // The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in a hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
      • Rimyongsu Waterfall // A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighbouring villages.

      Overnight: Pegaebong Hotel. The only option in this area. Located on the edge of Samjiyon Town. A well-maintained place offering hospitable service, a range of potato-based dishes (spuds are the main crop in this area) as well as billiards and a very nice garden area.
    10. August 21 | Wednesday

      Samjiyon Town and flight back to Pyongyang

      AM

      • Samjiyon Grand Monument // Vast complex of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country and a truly impressive scenic/propaganda wonder. On the site that the army paused before their first major military engagement. Look for Mt. Paekdu in the background on a clear day.
      • Samjiyon Schoolchildren’s Palace // Centre of extracurricular activities in the arts, music, and sports for local children with a performance.
      PM
      • Charter flight back to Pyongyang Sunan Airport.
      • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
      • Moran Beer Bar // A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers). Also serves food.
      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
    11. August 22 | Thursday

      Drive to Kaesong

      AM
      • Drive 3 hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarized Zone with a stop at the Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification an iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between the Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Pakyon Waterfall // Light walking with a picnic lunch in a relaxing wooded area. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes swimming in the series of pools above the falls.
      PM
      • Gwanum Temple // Located a 30-minute hike, above Pakyon Waterfalls, the temple dates back more than a thousand years and is dedicated to the Buddhist Bodhisattva or Mercy. There is an ornate marble Bodhisattva statue the nearby cave. The current building dates back to the Ri Dynasty and has an interesting tale associated with its construction.
      • Tomb of King Kongmin // Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife. Set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Janam Hill and Old City View // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean style. Housed in beautiful courtyards of Kaesong’s old city, structures date back to the Ri Dynasty. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply – please bring a torch.
    12. August 23 | Friday

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM
      • Old City Walk and South Gate // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom and DMZ // Perhaps the most famous place in the entire country. The iconic manifestation of the tragic division between North and South Korea. The ‘truce’ village where several huts straddle the Central Military Demarcation Line (de facto border) with soldiers from each side standing guard. A tour here starts with a briefing at the edge of the DMZ, a visit to the Armistice Negotiation Hall and Armistice Signing Hall, seen as symbols of victory over foreign aggression on this side of the line. Then to Panmunjom itself – cross the border inside one of the blue huts, experience the uncanny feeling of crossing the front line of a sad and needless division of one society, and then take a higher view from the Panmun Pavilion looking over the line from above. A Korean People’s Army officer will be there to explain their side of things and will willingly pose for some photos too. A completely and utterly unmissable place.
      • Sonjuk Bridge // Small stone bridge built in 1290, which in 1392 was the site of of the assassination of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty). This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge that can be seen to this day.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum (Songgyungwan Academy) // A former Confucian school and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from the time. One of Kaesong’s many UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings are in Koryo Dynasty style but date back to the early 17th century following their destruction in the Imjin War.
      • Stamp Shop // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.
      • Traditional Korean Royal Lunch // Also known as pansanggi, the meal is made up of different dishes served in small brass bowls. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest!
      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. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through the countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 3-hour drive.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Farewell dinner at the Bowling Alley's bulgogi restaurant.
      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
    13. August 24 | Saturday

      Train to Dandong

      AM

      • After leaving Pyongyang on the 10:25 train and enjoying the ride through rural DPRK we cross the bridge into China passing customs from both countries. Disembark at 16:23 and meet the local guide in Dandong.
      PM
      • Broken Bridge // The iconic attraction of Dandong is a bridge that leads across the river – to nowhere. It was bombed in 1951 by the US Air Force and never repaired. A viewing platform halfway across terminates this cul-de-sac as well as being a great place for photos.
      • We will have a delicious dinner of local specialities before a night of freedom to try out some local nightlife or simply relax.
      Overnight: Sunny Resort Hotel, Dandong.
    14. August 25 | Sunday

      Dandong and ferry to the southern side

      AM
      • Tiger Mountain Great Wall // The wall terminates atop a hill overlooking a North Korean island, just a metre from the Chinese side of the narrow river, don’t step across it though!
      • Museum of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea // See the Chinese side of the conflict, accounts of the exploits of the ‘volunteer’ army, propaganda war and some amazing models and panoramas, as well as a field of war machines too. Please note that the museum is currently undergoing renovation. The re-opening day is yet to be announced.
      PM
      • Boat Trip on the Yalu River // Get a peek into the border city of Sinuiju. The river itself is the border between the two countries so this ship swings very close to the DPRK shore, close enough to exchange greetings and waves with locals on the other side.
      • Ferry to Incheon // A 16-hour cruise to the Republic of Korea (ROK). 6-beds per cabin with bathroom. Dinner on the ferry is not included but can be purchased on board. 
      Overnight: Ferry boat
    15. August 26 | Monday

      Incheon and Seoul City Tour

      AM

      • Arrival to Incheon Port at 9:00, South Korean immigration and customs. Incheon was the site of the landing of American forces in September 1950 which resulted in the reversal of the Korean War in favour of the United Nations. Incheon is also the home of the only official Chinatown in South Korea.
      • Jayu Park // Also known as Incheon’s Freedom Park, celebrating the end of the Korean War. Many name changes over the year represent the many years of history it’s steeped in. The current name was given when a statue of General McArthur was put in place.
      • Transfer to Seoul. Approx. 1.5 hour.

      PM

      • 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’.
      • Check-in at the hotel, and free time in the evening. Please note that dinner is not included on South Korean side.

      Overnight: 4* hotel in Seoul

    16. August 27 | Tuesday

      DMZ and JSA Tour

      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: Seoul

    17. August 28 | Wednesday

      Seoul City Tour

      AM

      • Seodaemun Independence Park and Prison // An area dedicated to independence fighters during the Japanese colonial period. The site was used by Japanese imperialists as a prison for independence activists.
      • 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.

      PM

      • 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!
      • Dongdaemun Market // Originally opened in 1905 is steeped in history and culture. It was completely destroyed during the Korean War and rebuilt in 1959. Here, you can get all of your traditional and modern goods.
      • Free time at your own leisure.

      Overnight: Seoul

    18. August 29 | Thursday

      Historic city of Gyeongju

      AM

      • KTX to Gyeongju // A 2-hour train ride on the Korean high-speed train to Gyeongju, Korea’s ancient capital city. Leave behind the bright lights of Seoul and steep yourself in history. There’s more temples, tombs, and palace ruins here than any other place in South Korea.
      PM
      • Tumuli Park // Tumuli in Korean means ‘tombs’. In Gyeongju, the Tumuli Park is come to over 25 tombs in an area that used to be a small town. In the 1970s, buildings were removed and the area was turned into a peaceful park.
      • Gyeongju National Museum // Home to many historical and cultural artefacts from the Silla Dynasty (57 BCE - 935 CE). It was recently renovated and holds various special exhibitions throughout the year.
      • Cheomseongdae Observatory // Cheomseongdae literally means ‘star-gazing’. It is the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia and was constructed during the Silla Dynasty.
      • Free time at your own leisure.
      Overnight: Gyeongju Hanokstay. Here guests stay in traditional Korean housing and sleep on heated floors.
    19. August 30 | Friday

      Gyeongju and Busan

      AM
      • Bulguksa Temple // This temple is situated close to the Seokguram Grotto on the slopes of Mt. Toham. It contains seven National treasures of South Korea and is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Seokguram Grotto // A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a temple built in the Silla Dynasty and contains a large seated statue of Buddha - largely considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Buddhist art in the world.
      PM
      • Drive to Busan // Busan is Korea’s second largest city by population. Located in the south-east, it is an economic and industrial hub and is home to Korea’s busiest port - the 9th busiest port in the world!
      • Busan Tower // An iconic symbol of Busan and is 69m above sea level. Here you can get a great night view of the city lit-up with plenty to do around the area.
      • Jagalchi Fish Market // One for seafood lovers, this Jagalchi Market is Korea’s biggest seafood market. It sells both live and dried fish which you can eat right in the market.
      • Gukje Market // ‘Gukje’ in Korean means ‘international’ and Gukje Market is one of Korea’s largest markets. After the Korean War, refugees who fled to Busan set up their shops and stalls at this market to earn money. It also connects to further, smaller markets!
      • Check-in at the hotel, and free time at your own leisure.
      Overnight: 3* or 4* hotel in Busan
    20. August 31 | Saturday

      Busan and flight to Jeju Island

      AM
      • Busan Modern History Museum // Housed in the former building of the Busan Branch of the Oriental Development Company during Japanese imperialist rule and the CIA post after the Korean War, this museum exhibits the history of modern Busan, including Japanese colonial rule and the period of the Korean War.
      • UN Memorial Cemetery // Was built to honour UN soldiers that were killed during the Korean War. The grounds spread over 135,000 square meters and includes various monuments and two ponds.
      • Gamcheon Culture Village OR Songdo Beach // Enjoy a stroll amongst various murals and cute cafes downside alleyways in a colourful collection of residential houses on the side of a mountain, or spend time at Songdo Beach that has various activities, such as swimming and sunbathing. But aside from beach activities, there’s also a skywalk and a cable car to keep you busy.
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      • Jeju Air flight 7C 515 from Busan Gimhae International Airport at 17:05, arriving on Jeju Island at 18:00. Jeju island is a volcanic island in Jeju province. It is a popular tourist destination for both foreign and Korean tourists, with a pleasant climate all year-round. It’s home to the famous Lava Tubes World Heritage Site.
      • Transfer to hotel, and free time at your own leisure.
      Overnight: 3* or 4* hotel near Jeju Airport
    21. September 1 | Sunday

      Mt. Halla hike
      • Mt. Halla is South Korea’s highest peak, and an active volcano. From the peak, you get incredible views stretching across Jeju Island. There will be 2 options here: All-day hike up Gwanemsa and down Seongpanak with the Koryo Tours tour leader or a shorter hike up with a local tour guide before visiting the 4.3 Peace Park.
      • Jeju 4.3 Peace Park (optional) // Created to remember those who fell during the massacres of the Jeju 4.3 incident, the Jeju Peace Park is a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
      • Drop off at the hotel around 18:00. We can help you arrange an extra night on Jeju or you can fly out of Jeju in the evening. The Jeju-Seoul route is the World's busiest air route and you can board a plane back to the capital in at least every 15 minutes.
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  • Extras

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (One Korea Tour)

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. Flight to Pyongyang is also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to the flight to Pyongyang.

    • 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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    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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    • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

      This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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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 (10 to 13 night)

      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 Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Dandong and ferry Dandong – Incheon
      All meals in North Korea except meals on the train and the ferry, breakfast and lunch in South Korea
      Hotel accommodation
      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 incl. the charther flight to Mt. Paekdu
      All transportation in the ROK incl. the KTX train to Busan and flight Busan – Jeju
    • Not included
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang (199 EUR)
      Meals on the trains and the ferry
      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 21st July, 2019.

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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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