Join us in the DPRK to partake in the celebrations for the birthday of General Kim Jong Il and the Seollal Lunar New Year in Pyongyang! Celebratory events have yet to be announced, but every year there are artistic performances, mass dancing, fireworks and more! Be sure that any special events that are announced will definitely be added to the itinerary!
Aside from the special events linked to the birthday of General Kim Jong Il and Spring Festival, we’ll also be exploring all the must see sites around Pyongyang such as the Mausoleum, the newly renovated Korean War Museum, the Juche Tower and explore the action packed Kim Il Sung Square. No trip to the DPRK is complete without visiting the iconic Panmunjom (DMZ), site of the separation of Korea, as well as all the other must-see sites you would expect from a DPRK tour.
So for those residing in Asia what better time to escape the madness of the Spring Festival holiday and join us in the DPRK and celebrate the General’s Birthday!
Please note: the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang will be closed for the entire length of the tour. To join this tour you must have a re-entry visa into China or use the 144 hour transfer visa.
Meet your YPT guide at 1:30pm at the Beijing Zhonggu 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 13th February
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 Rakrang Hotel.
Wednesday 14th February
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 a bouquet of flowers for 5 euro.)
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.
Lunch at the KITC Restaurant where you can try Pyongyang’s famous Cold Noodle dish or traditional Korean Bibimbap rice 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.
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 – the tallest stone tower in the world. It represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology. (Optional extra 5 euro to go to the top of the tower.)
Monument to the Party Foundation – built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party.
Stop by the local Mansugyo Beer Bar for refreshments – soft drinks, coffee and juices also available!
Dinner at Pottongang Restaurant.
Overnight at the Rakrang Hotel.
Thursday 15th February – Seollal Lunar New Year’s Eve!
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 tensest 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 Pansangi – a series of Korean 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 Duck BBQ restaurant.
Overnight in Rakrang Hotel.
Friday 16th February – Day of the Shining Star (General Kim Jong Il’s Birthday)
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – the mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
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.
Lunch at Golden Cup Restaurant.
Visit the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition – an exhibition dedicated to a flower named after the Gerneral Kim Jong Il.
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any holiday events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include synchronised swimming, an ice skating performance, a circus performance, and possibly some other surprises.
Spectate and/or join in on the Pyongyang university students performing a mass dance – fantastic for rare photo opportunities!
Stop by the Kwanbok Department store where we can shop with the locals and have access to the local DPRK won currency!
Dinner at National Restaurant with a local performance!
Stop by Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks with the locals.
Taedonggang Diplomatic club – There’s local and imported drinks, karaoke, billiards, ping pong, and a great chance to meet some local Pyongyang expats.
Overnight at the Rakrang Hotel.
Saturday 17th February
Flight members depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koyro and arrive in Beijing at 9:55am (Beijing time).
Train members depart at 9:55am for Beijing on train K28.
Sunday 18th February
Train members arrive at Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am.
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Flights are extra.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).