October Holiday is one of the best times not to be in China, and coincidentally one of the best times to be in Korea, with less tourists and great weather!
By travelling from Dandong (which is easily reachable from most of China), and staying in the more than comfortable Chongnyon Hotel in Pyongyang, we are able to offer a great price that has you in the country for 2 nights, 3 days, which is inclusive of one full day seeing all the main sites of Pyongyang and going out both nights of the trip.
This trip is perfect for those people already in China, or those simply travelling through that do not have the time or budget to do a full trip.
Please note: All travellers must have a re-entry visa into China as there isn’t enough time to apply for a Chinese visa in Pyongyang and the 144 hour transfer visa doesn’t permit rail use.
Meet your YPT guide at 8:00am inside the entrance of the Dandong Railway Station to collect train tickets, DPRK visas and go through DPRK procedure.
Board the 9:25am train from Dandong.
10:25am arrival in Sinuiju to go through DPRK entry procedure.
Ride on into Pyongyang and enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way.
Optional lunch on the train (50RMB extra)
5:00pm arrival in Pyongyang to be met by your guides
Driving city tour of Pyongyang, including us stopping at Kim Il Sung Square for a walk and pictures
Check into the Chongnyon Hotel
Dinner and overnight in the Chongnyon Hotel
Wednesday 3rd October
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). We expect it to be very busy at this time with locals paying their respect.
Visit the recently renovated Korean War Museum – let the expert local guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks etc, and captured American equipment!
USS Pueblo – The only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation.
Lunch at a local Korean restaurant to sample the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or the well known Korean bibimbap dish
Foreign Language Bookshop- Shopping central for books, pins, DVD’s, CD’s and periodicals in English and other foreign Languages, followed by a brisk walk to:
Kim Il Sung Square- The central square of Pyongyang City.
Pyongyang Metro! Ride from Stop 1 to Stop 2 then on to stop 6! Exiting to:
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.
Juche Tower – monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euros to go to the top).
Monument to the Party Foundation – built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party
Dinner at the Moran Hill Chicken restaurant
Kaeson Funfair – enjoy the latest of the DPRK’s amusement parks! (Entry 2 euros, rides 3 to 5 euros extra each depending on how awesome they are).
Taedonggan Diplomat’s club. There’s local and imported drinks, karaoke, billiards, ping pong and a great chance to meet some local Pyongyang expats
Overnight in the Chongnyon Hotel
Thursday 4th October
Up early (if you wish!) for a chance to swim in the outdoor pool at the Chongnyon Hotel (4.5 euros)
Check out of hotel
Slow drive to the train station stopping at a few interesting places for last photos
Board the 9:55am train to Dandong
Optional lunch on train (50RMB extra)
4:30pm arrival in Dandong
Tour concludes – if you need to make any accommodation or a way out of Dandong please let us know!