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ITINERARY INFORMATION

Since the DPRK winter season was first opened to tourists in 2014, we’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity to explore Pyongyang during the frosty season!

Come join us as we show you an insight on how Pyongyangites cope during the winter, but more importantly this is not the “high-season” and gives you the chance to be one of the very few tourists in the country.

We’ve turned this tour into a budget tour but don’t think you’ll miss out on any of the action! We’ll be visiting all the hot spots around Pyongyang such as the mausoleum, the recently renovated Korean war museum and the DMZ! We’ll also have enough time to sink some beers and to go bowling with the youths of Pyongyang.

Make your first holiday of 2018 with us in North Korea!

ITINERARY

Monday 8th January

  • Meet your YPT guide at 1:30pm at the Beijing Jingu Qilong 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.

Tuesday 9th January

  • Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side.
  • Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:55pm (group will meet at Air Koryo check in counter).
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:30pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrive at 5:00pm 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 Sosan Hotel.

Wednesday 10th January

Morning

  • 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 to show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. (Optional extra - you can present a bouquet of flowers for 5 euro).
  • Foreign Language Bookshop - with a large selection of books in English and other European Languages as well as other souvenirs followed by a short walk to:
  • Kim Il Sung Square - the central square of Pyongyang city and the place where all the action happens.

Afternoon

  • Lunch in a local Korean restaurant to try the local famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or the traditional Korean dish of Bibimbap!
  • Pyongyang Metro - ride 5 stops on the famous Pyongyang Underground!
  • Exiting at the Arch of Triumph - the largest Victory Arch in the world, built to celebrate the triumphant return of Kim Il Sung after the anti-Japanese war.
  • 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.
  • Juche Tower - monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euros to go to the top).
  • We'll stop by the famous Taedonggang Micro Brewery #3 for refreshments
  • Dinner at the National restaurant with performance!
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Thursday 11th January

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - the mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery - the resting place of the greatest anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Ji Ha restaurant
  • Stop by the Kwanbok Department store where we can shop with the locals and have access to the local DPRK won currency!
  • 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.
  • Visit the new Science and Technology Park – here the DPRK have organised all the latest medical, scientific and warfare technology and have presented it in an interactive way.
  • Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling Alley (2.50 euro extra charge for bowling).
  • Stop by the Party Foundation Monument - this monument is 50 meters high and displays the socialist hammer, sickle and writing brush
  • Dinner and drinks at the Moran Hill Restaurant
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Friday 12th January

Morning

  • Wake up early and make our way down to Kaesong City
  • Panmunjom DMZ Village - see the DMZ and the treaty and conferences rooms where the armistice was signed all in the company of a friendly KPA officer guide. (You can also take pictures of soldiers here!)
  • Koryo Museum - the oldest university in Korea and now a converted museum of local history, also the site of the best propaganda and stamp/postcard shop in the DPRK!

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Thongil Restaurant in Kaesong City. Try your hand at traditional Korean Pansangi - a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extra - dog meat soup 5 euro)
  • Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae Province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
  • Try locally brewed Makkoli in the local tea house
  • Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
  • Dinner at the Famous Duck BBQ Restaurant.
  • 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 at the Sosan Hotel.

Saturday 13th January

Morning

  • Flight members depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo arriving at 9:55am Beijing time.
  • Train members depart at 10:10am for the overnight train to Beijing and enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China

Sunday 14th January

Morning

  • Train members arrive 9:00am in Beijing Railway Station.

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