In November 2012, YPT and Troy became the first westerner to cross the Tumen border in Namyang, into the extreme North-East of the DPRK. This will be the fourth YPT group to enter the country via Namyang and to undertake this route!
Our trip starts off either in Beijing or meeting us directly in Tumen to cross on foot over the bridge and into the DPRK, and Namyang, where your extreme DPRK experience starts with a bang. This can be considered the most intense border crossing in the country, with every piece of paper that you own, and all your electronics and bags being given the most thorough going over you are ever likely to receive in any border! It might sound scary, but the intensity makes it quite the experience.
We are then met by our extremely friendly guides and driven to Hyeryong, a city only just opened to western tourists, and hometown of not only the most beautiful women in the country (according to the Koreans), but also mother Kim Jong Suk, before heading on to the infamous Chongjin and the scenically beautiful Mt Chilbo, where we indulge in the only home-stay available in the country. This is an extremely unique and interesting experience, and your night spent drinking, eating and playing sports with the Korean family will undoubtedly be unforgettable.
We’ll then hit Hoeryong city and Onsong county, only opened to Westerners last year, highlights there include the Kim Ki Song middle school where you can talk to some students who may quite probably be meeting a foreigner for the first time as well as a great song and dance affair with the waitresses that evening. Onsong is the location of the Wangjaesan Grand monument, one of the most impressive in the country and a must see for any fan of such things.
We then finish the tour Yanji, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, an area with the largest Korean-Chinese population in China.