July 6 - July 29/30 2019

Pyongyang Summer Language Program

23 nights in North Korea + Beijing
Orientation + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Learn Korean
in North Korea

From 2,499 EUR per person

Please apply by 20th June, 2019.

Pyongyang Summer Language Program

23 nights in North Korea + Beijing
Orientation + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Learn Korean
in North
Korea

From 2,499 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Join Koryo Tours for our most extensive tour to North Korea in the year. We’ll spend almost a month based in the capital of Pyongyang taking part in Korean language lessons at the university, evenings taking part in extra-curricular activities, and spend our weekends on trips throughout the country.

    Learn Korean with a difference - book your place now on this exclusive North Korean tour, with only limited spaces available.

    The Korean language course will take place at the Tourism College in Pyongyang. Lead by highly-educated Korean teachers, you’ll get a high-class level of teaching. Korean lessons will be tailored to your ability, with a variety of levels available from absolute beginner upwards. Outside of lesson time, use your Korean around the city as you chat with Koreans on the Pyongyang metro or at the local bar to make sure you get the most out of your learning Korean experience.

    All work no play? We think not! During our free time on evenings and weekends, we’ll make the most of our time (after we’ve finished out homework!) exploring the rest that the DPRK (North Korea) has to offer and taking part in extra curricular activities and cultural exchanges, such as Taekkwondo.

    Plus, we have some Koryo Tours exclusives including a tram ride and cycle tour of Pyongyang centre.

    As well as visiting the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum , Kumsusan Palace of the Sun , the Juche Tower , various famous monuments and sites throughout Pyongyang, and the DMZ South Korea - North Korea border, this exclusive tour takes you to places in North Korea rarely visited by tourists.

    This includes Wonsan, Nampo, and Mt. Myohyang, Jangdok Island and the Diamond Mountains. Chill out on the beach at Wonsan, go for hikes in the mountains, and enjoy the impressive rock formations in the Ryongmun Caves.

    All of this, plus… Victory Day celebrations!
    We’re in North Korea during Victory Day celebrations. This is a national holiday in North Korea, and locals take advantage of the time off by enjoying it to the full - and we will be joining them!
    On Victory Day , we’ll be joining the locals in Moranbong Park for celebrations, dancing, and maybe the odd drink.
    Weather dependent, we may also be lucky enough to catch a Mass Dance !

    Book now to avoid disappointment.

    Highlights

    • Learn Korean at a North Korean university
    • Experience life in Pyongyang
    • Tour the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, Wonsan, Mt. Kumgang, Nampo, and Mt. Myohyang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. July 4 | Thursday

      Pre-Tour

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing on the afternoon or evening of Wednesday July 3.

      AM

      • Orientation Meeting I | The group will gather at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing for introductions and overview of the programme.Time TBC. Please be punctual.
      • Group lunch at a North Korean restaurant in Beijing.

      PM

      • Orientation Meeting II | This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most of your time in the country. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK.

      Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    2. July 5 | Friday

      AM

      • Orientation Meeting III | An Introduction to Language in North Korea and Cultural Matters.
      PM
      • Those entering the country by train depart Beijing Railway Station by overnight sleeper-train to Dandong.
      • Those taking the flight the next morning have a free day afternoon in Beijing.
      • Optional North Korean film screening at Koryo Tours: Time TBD

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    3. July 6 | Saturday

      AM

      • Those departing by train arrive in Dandong and transfer to Dandong-Pyongyang train at Dandong Railway Station.
      • Those departing by flight check-in at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2.
      PM
      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to the hotel.
      • Train arrival at Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.
      • Walk from the train station to the hotel.
      • Walk to Arirang Restaurant for a group BBQ dinner.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang. An old classic hotel located in downtown Pyongyang. Popular with Pyongyang’s long-term foreign residents. Excellent restaurant.
    4. July 7 | 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. 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 Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • 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.
      • Walk from the Mansudae Grand Monument to the restaurant.
      • 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
      • Walk from the resaturant to Pyongyang Hotel along the Taedong River via the Foreign Languages Bookshop | Sells a range of publications in foreign languages, mostly in Chinese. It also sells souvenirs, including some interesting alcohol.
      • Mangyongdae Native House and Pavilion | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding. Mangyongdae Pavilion is overlooking Taedong River and Pyongyang from a hill just 5 minutes from the Native House.
      • Mangyongdae Funfair | Pyongyang’s largest funfair originally opened on April 15th 1982 (the 70th birthday of President Kim Il Sung) and refurbished in 2012. 1 EUR entry fee, rides cots between 1-3 EUR.
      • Kwangbok Department Store and dinner at the food court | 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.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    5. July 8 | Monday

      AM

      • Introduction language class // This morning the language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism commence. A local teacher will give 2 lectures à 90 minutes, adapting to the participants' skills and needs. This session will also decide a possible split-up in different levels, depending on the number of participants and the variation of existing knowledge.
      • Lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Grand People’s Study House | National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean style and great views of the city.
      • Walk back to the hotel.
      • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    6. July 9 | Tuesday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street. Taekwondo is the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
      • Pool at Chongnyon Hotel | Outdoor and indoor swimming pools to relax after practicing taekwondo or just to cool down after a hot day.
      • Dinner at Pyongyang Hamburger Restaurant.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    7. July 10 | Wednesday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Two-Line Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride both lines and stop off at smaller stations, rarely visited by tourists.
      • Arch of Triumph | A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Dinner at Moranbong Ragon Chicken Restaurant | Fried chicken, beer, cold noodles – Pyongyang's answer to KFC!
      • Walk back to the hotel.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    8. July 11 | Thursday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Taekwondo Class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street.
      • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
      • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    9. July 12 | Friday

      AM

      • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      • Language practice and activities with Korean students (90 minutes).
      • Lunch at a local restaurant in East Pyongyang.
      PM
      • 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’.
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1-hour drive.
      • Songbol Temple | Early Koryo Dynasty style temple located on Jongbang Mountain near Sariwon. The temple houses one thousand buddha statues, each with its own distinctive look.
      • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
      Overnight | March 8th Hotel, Sariwon. March 8th is Women’s Day, a noted holiday in the socialist world. This hotel is a quirky one as it is gaudily furnished by donated beds, chairs, etc. from a South Korean furniture magnate during friendlier times. Good restaurant and some basic leisure facilities, rarely used by foreign guests due to its proximity to Pyongyang.
    10. July 13 | Saturday

      AM
      • Migok Cooperative Farm | We will spend some time here helping the local farmers with their work on the fields. Bring some sun protection!
      • Drive to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5-hour drive.
      PM
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Cooking class and dinner with kayagum performance at Minsok Folk Hotel | Learn how to cook traditional Korean dishes and eat the food of your own making. Kayagum is a traditional Korean stringed instrument, one of the most beautiful sounds you will ever hear.
      Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. 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.
    11. July 14 | Sunday

      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
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Ri In Mo Monument | Bronze statue of Ri In Mo, a long-term unconverted prisoner who spent decades in captivity in the south after being captured during the Korean War. Located on modernist Tongil Street. Ri In Mo is known in the DPRK as ‘the incarnation of faith and will’.
      • Walk to the restaurant.
      • Duck BBQ Restaurant | Famous restaurant in south Pyongyang specializing in duck meat barbecue on a grill. Southcentral does it like nobody does!
      Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    12. July 15 | Monday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Self-study at Grand People’s Study House.
      • Walk back to the hotel.
      • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
      Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    13. July 16 | Tuesday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Youth Movement Museum |
      • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street. Taekwondo is the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
      • Dinner at one of Pyongyang's Pizza Restaurant (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    14. July 17 | Wednesday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Walk to the War Museum.
      • 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.
      • War Heroes’ Cemetery | Cemetery dedicated to heroes of the Korean War. Opened in 2013 and centred around a monument of a rifle and red flag. A presentation of flowers is customary here (€).
      • Dinner and walk on Ryomyong Street.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    15. July 18 | Thursday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • 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.
      • 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.
    16. July 19 | Friday

      AM
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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 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.
      • Lunch at Wonsan Seafood Restaurant.
      PM
      • 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.
      • Relax and dinner at hotel.
      Overnight | Kumgangsan Family Beach Hotel. A hotel built by the South Koreans during the Sunshine Policy but it hasn’t been used so still looks brand new. Good standard rooms and bathrooms (24-hr hot water). There is ping pong and karaoke all in Korean. There is a lovely outdoor area overlooking the beach where you can take drinks.
    17. July 20 | Saturday

      • All-day hiking in the Diamond Mountains | A place so beautiful that celestial fairies once descended from heaven to play in its woodlands and bathe in its crystal streams beneath towering pinnacles. Beyond celestial beings, the mountain has attracted generations of travelers from across Korea and China, artists and poets, domestic and foreign tourists. Located not far from the DMZ, the region has been a centre of inter-Korean co-operation (and controversy).
      • Drive back to Wonsan.
      Overnight | Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan
    18. July 21 | Sunday

      AM

      • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang via 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.
      • 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.
      • Dinner at the Bowling Centre's bulgogi restaurant.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    19. July 22 | Monday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language class (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Self-study at Grand People’s Study House.
      • Walk back to the hotel.
      • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
      Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    20. July 23 | Tuesday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Korean Central Art Museum // National gallery of Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The local guides an excellent introduction to Korean culture and history through art.
      • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street. Taekwondo is the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
      • Dinner at Sanghung Restaurant | A local restaurant in West Pyongyang.
      Overnight: Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    21. July 24 | Wednesday

      AM

      • Drive to Mt. Myohyang | The Mt. Myohyang Tourist Highway passes Anju on the way to Mt. Myohyang, a drive of 2.5-3 hours. The drive starts in agricultural plains before ascending into the mountains. One can see examples of the DPRK’s heavy industry, a grand monument, and mining industry along the way.
      • International Friendship Exhibition | A semi-subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
      • Pohyon Buddhist Temple | A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 CE with stone pagoda and repository of print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasions during the Koryo Dynasty.

      PM

      • Manpok Valley Hike with picnic lunch | Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points.
      • Ryongmun Caves | A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang (2.5-3 hours).
      • Dinner at hotel.

      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang

    22. July 25 | Thursday

      AM

      • Language classes (2x90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at hotel.
      PM
      • Language practice with Korean students (90 minutes) at the Pyongyang University of Tourism.
      • Taekwondo Class at the Sacred Hall of Taekwondo on Sports Street.
      • Mansudae Art Studio | The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Dinner and self-study at hotel.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    23. July 26 | Friday

      AM

      • Exam time! | Take your final Korean language exam.
      • Party Foundation Museum | Museum dedicated to the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party.
      • Graduation Ceremony | Get your certificate and final grade from the past weeks of language classes.
      • Farewell lunch with your teachers at Haeyang Restaurant.

      PM

      • 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).
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A beer bar serving seven types of beer.  Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best place to drink pints with local people.
      • Dinner at hotel.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    24. July 27 | Saturday

      AM
      • Tram Ride | A ride through Pyongyang from Pyongyang Station to Kwangbok Street on one of city’s municipal trams made in former Czechoslovakia.
      • City Cycling | Tour Pyongyang on a bike (please note that bicycles are limited to 20 spots) starting from Kwangbok Department Store through downtown Pyongyang to Munsu Water park stopping at:
        • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!

        • 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 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.
      PM
      • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll and have picnic lunch 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’.
      • Mass Dance | Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Kaeson Funfair | Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    25. July 28 | Friday

      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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      PM
      • Wau Islet | Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang.
      • Farewell dinner at Yanggakdo Hotel Revolving Restaurant overlooking Pyongyang City.
      Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang
    26. July 29 | Monday

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 09:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:20.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Tuesday, July 30 at 08:38. 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.

    • 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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    • Insurance (17 to 21 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 Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer in Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer in Dandong
      All meals in the DPRK + one group meal in Beijing
      Hotel accommodation (shared room) in DPRK
      Language instructions
      Part-time accompaniment by professional tour guides
      All transportation in the DPRK
      Entry fees for locations listed on the itinerary (please not that some locations may have optional activities at additional costs, please see below)
      Certificate of programme completion from Pyongyang Tourism College
    • Not included
      DPRK visa
      Flight upgrade (+199 EUR one-way; +299 EUR round-trip)
      Accommodation in Beijing (2 nights required for orientation)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Textbooks (5 EUR per book // contact us for more details)
      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
      Tips for tour guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Typically the order will change based on local opening times, but the overall content will remain the same unless. If an items is not possible on tour, it is typically replaced by a similar or related location. Thank you for your understanding.

Please apply by 20th June, 2019.

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