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ITINERARY INFORMATION

YPT are proud to announce that in co-operation with Morten Traavik of Pyongyang Goldstars fame, we are taking you to the first ever R&R concert in North Korea. The internationally acclaimed band from former Yugoslavia, Laibach, will perform in Pyongyang for two nights on Wednesday the 19th and Thursday the 20th of August in an unprecedented concert. This is quite literally the first of its kind and the concert will be the subject of a documentary scheduled for release in 2016.

So join us as we enter the DPRK, rock out, and join in on the celebrations of Liberation day- with this year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea.

During this tour we will be taking part in all the official DPRK celebrations, as well as hanging out and drinking, dancing and singing with locals in the park, watching the fireworks and there may even be a military parade we can attend! This is one of the biggest holidays of the 2015 calendar and a brilliant time to visit.

ITINERARY

Monday 17th August
  • Meet your YPT guide at 3:00pm at a Chinese restaurant located near Beijing Railway Station found here. Our usual meeting place at Beijing City Central Hostel is currently under renovation. During this meeting we'll go through the itinerary, receive visas and tickets, etc.

  • Train takers depart Beijing Railway station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.

Tuesday 18th August
  • 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 (Meet group at Air Koryo check in counter).

  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 4:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.

  • Train group arrive at 5:30pm 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.

Wednesday 19th August Morning
  • Up Nice and early to drive to Kaesong city 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 where you can pick up anything propaganda related!

  • 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!

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 extras- Dog soup 5 euro, Ginseng Stuffed Whole Chicken 30 euro- can be split between several).

  • Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folkcustom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.

  • Try locally brewed Makkoli in the local tea house

  • Drive back to Pyongyang and stop by for a photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.

  • Dinner and drinks at the lamb BBQ restaurant – with a Korean performance by the waitresses!

  • Trip Highlight: Watch Laibach perform live! - (Extra charge. More info TBA. There will be VIP backstage tickets available)

  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Thursday 20th August 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 flowers if you wish: small bunches are 2 euro, larger ones 4).

  • 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.

Afternoon
  • Lunch at the Chongryu Hot Pot restaurant.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Juche Tower- The tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.

  • Drinks at Taedonggang Micro Brewery #3 – here we can sample three micro brewed beers, have access to imported spirits, soft drinks, juices and the best french fries in Pyongyang!

  • Trip Highlight: Watch Laibach perform live! - (Extra charge. More info TBA. There will be VIP backstage tickets available)
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Friday 21st August 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 of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.

Afternoon
  • Lunch at the KITC restaurant in Mangyongdae District – sample Pyongyang Cold Noodles or a tradtional mixed rice Korean dish called Bibimbap

  • 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.

  • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s palace- The largest of the schoolchildren’s palaces (extracurricular centres) in the DPRK, we’ll first observe some lessons then watch the amazing performance

  • Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling Alley - this is particularly busy on a Sunday afternoon. A great chance to mingle and challenge the locals! (Optional extra 2.5 euro to bowl)

  • Rakwon Department Store and Rakwon Beer Bar - home of some of the cheapest draft pints in Pyongyang (.5 euro each!)

  • Dinner at Dongsong restaurant – the friendly waitresses here aren't shy to sing karaoke or dance with you!

  • Kaeson Youth Park (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 Yanggakdo hotel

Saturday 22nd August Morning
  • Flight members depart at 9.00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).

  • Train members depart at 10:40am to Beijing on an overnight sleeper train

Sunday 23rd August Morning
  • Train members will arrive at Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am

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