Join YPT as we celebrate Children’s Day in the DPRK! We have organised a very special visit to Pyongyang’s largest park that will be holding a huge and very unique event on this holiday to express their joy for Children’s Day. There will be games, rides, and events to partake in.
During your tour we’ll have the opportunity to explore the recently renovated Korean War Museum to hear the North’s version of the story and to see captured American equipment, ride the deep and mysterious Pyongyang Metro, go on top of the Juche Tower for 360 panoramic views of Pyongyang city and much more!
No trip to the DPRK is complete without visiting the DMZ, where North and South Korea meet head on.
Children’s Day is an exciting and interesting time to visit the DPRK so secure your spot with us today.
Meet your YPT guide at 1:30pm at the Beijing Zhong Gu Hotel near Beijing Railway Station found here. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive DPRK visas and tickets, as well as a great chance to meet your fellow travellers and to discuss any other questions you may have about the DPRK.
Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24-hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
Thursday 30th May
Train group arrive in Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:30am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side.
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo flight at 2:00pm (Meet the group at Air Koryo check-in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 5:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Train group arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome.
In the evening your YPT guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides.
Dinner and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Friday 31st May
Walk through Mansudae Fountain Park and see the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il.
Visit Mansudae Grand Monument – the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the city. (Optional extra – you can present flowers if you wish: small bunches are 2 euro, larger ones 4).
Pyongyang Metro! Ride from Stop 1 to Stop 2 then on to Stop 6. Exiting at:
The Arch of Triumph – the largest Victory Arch on the planet, it celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the return of the General Kim Il Sung to his home city.
Lunch at the Korean Hot Pot Restaurant
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum – see captured American tanks, weapons, shot down planes, as well as the infamous USS Pueblo and the museum’s many amazing displays and dioramas.
Visit Kim Il Sung Square – the centre of the city and where all the parades and rallies occur. Followed by a short walk to the:
Foreign Language Bookshop – where you can buy English-language Korean books, posters, pins, flags, DVDs, and more!
Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Dinner at the KITC No. 1 Restaurant to try the local famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles dish or the traditional Korean Bibimbap.
Evening walk along Mirae Future Scientist Street – one of the newer residential streets in Pyongyang
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Saturday 1st June – Children’s Day!
Grand People’s Study House – library and academic centre for adult learners, this grand building is built in the Korean style and affords a great view over the Central Square.
Trip Highlight– Visit Mangyondae Fun Fair to watch the children celebrate in a “true DPRK style” Children’s Day with sports, games, and other fun activities! Feel free to jump in and participate in all the activities during the morning!
Lunch at a local restaurant
Monument to the Party Foundation – Built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Worker’s Party.
Visit the Korean Film Studio where we’ll have a chance to dress up in costume and check out the backdrops of fake locations such as Seoul, China, Japan and even Europe!
Stop by the Mansudae Art Studio where all the art works, portraits, and monuments from the government are produced.
Visit the Kwanbok Department store – this three-story complex has a supermarket, retail clothing, food courts and the only place to exchange your currency into local DPRK Won.
Dinner at the National Restaurant with a live performance.
Visit the Kaesong Youth Fair – 2 euros for entry, 3 – 5 euros per ride.
Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel.
Sunday 2nd June
Up nice and early to drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university, and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK – so don’t forget your wallet!
The DMZ – See one of the most tense places on earth, complete with a friendly KPA officer who will not only give you a guided tour but also keep you safe. Also the only place you can take photographs of and even with a soldier!
Lunch at the Thongil restaurant in Kaesong City – try your hand at traditional Korean Pasangi – a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog soup 5 euro or Ginseng stuffed whole chicken 30 euro which can be split between several people).
Drop by Sariwon City (capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain pagoda.
Try locally-brewed Makkoli in the local tea house.
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil Highway.
Dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
Mansugyo Beer Bar – a local bar packed with locals, great opportunity to sample any of the seven locally brewed beers in Pyongyang or a coffee/juice
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Monday 3rd June
Flight members depart at 9:00am with Air Koryo, arriving at 9:55am Beijing local time.
Train members depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing, and to enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China.
Tuesday 4th June
Train members arrive at 9:00am to Beijing Railway Station.
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• All transport beginning and ending in Vladivostok.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).