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ITINERARY INFORMATION

Come with us as we enter the DPRK to join in on the massive celebrations for Liberation day! This holiday marks the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea and considered one of the biggest national holidays. During this tour we will be taking part in all the official celebrations, as well as hanging out and dancing and singing with locals in the park, watching the fireworks and participating in the Mass Dance!

During our visit we’ll visit the Mausoleum where both President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il lay in state. We’ll also experience the deep Pyongyang metro as we ride not two but six stations of line 1! We’ll also have an opportunity to visit the Korean War Museum and see the North Korean’s story of the war that took place against the Americans. No trip to the DPRK is complete without visiting Panmumjom (the DMZ) from the North side where North and South Korea meet head on! As well as lots more to do and see.

We’ve combined this unique DPRK holiday with a very exciting trip up to Mt Paektu in the far north east of Korea. We’ll be chartering our very own plane to reach a path well off the beaten track! Whilst we’re exploring the north east region we’ll stop by Secret Base Camp where Kim Jong Il was born, early revolutionary camp sites where the Koreans began to stage their attack against the Japanese and to stay overnight in the quiet, gorgeous town of Samjiyon.

This is one of the biggest holidays of the year and with our very own flight up to Mt. Paektu, it’s an adventure not to be missed!

ITINERARY

Thursday 11th August

  • Meet your YPT guide at 1:00pm at the City Line Hotel on Level 2 located 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.

Friday 12th 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.

Saturday 13th August

Morning

  • 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:
  • Visit Kim Il Sung Square and walk around the largest square in 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.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Chongryu Hot Pot restaurant.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit a local department store
  • Visit Rakwon Microbrewery for Pyongyang's cheapest pints at .50 EUR! Juices and soft drinks also available.
  • Dinner at KITC Restaurant in Mangyongdae District
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Sunday 14th August

Morning

  • 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!

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.
  • Visit the local Makkoli bar in Sariwon to try the traditional Korean fermented rice drink. (5 rmb a bowl)
  • Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
  • Get back to Pyongyang for dinner at the National restaurant with performance!
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Monday 15th August - Liberation Day!

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the sun- Where President Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il lie in state.
  • 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).

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Moranbong Chicken Restaurant
  • Party with the locals at Moranbong Park - the central park in Pyongyang
  • Juche Tower - The tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
  • Workers Party Foundation Monument - built in 1995 to signify the 50th anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea
  • Mass Dance - this is where the university students in Pyongyang gather to perform a dance of up to 1000 students! Fantastic for photos and we dare you to find a local partner and join in!
  • Dinner and farewell drinks at the Duck BBQ restaurant
  • Go to Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks of the Taedong River and Juche Tower
  • 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 Yanggakdo hotel.

Tuesday 16th August

Morning

  • Check out and take a YPT chartered flight to Samjiyon airport near the very famous Mt Paektu. For plane enthusiasts this is the ultimate experience as we fly in a small 44 seater Antonov 24!
  • Drive to Mt Paektu then hike or take the incline railway for 2.5 euros to the top. (1 hour hiking).
  • Observe the spectacular views from the top and wave to the China! This particular spot is a very famous background for the portraits of their leaders.
  • If weather permits we can hike down to Chon Lake

Afternoon

  • A scrumptious picnic lunch on top of the peak
  • Take the incline railway back down - 2.5 euros
  • Visit Mt Paektu secret base camp - Headquarters of the anti- Japanese revolutionary struggle and the birthplace of General Kim Jong Il.
  • Rimyongsu Waterfall - one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in the DPRK.
  • Chongbong Bivouac - Where the main force of the KPRA stayed on the first night when going to the Musan area. It features the headquarters, kitchen, barracks and a statue of the President Kim Il Sung.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Begabong hotel, where we can enjoy amazing sky views, and true tranquillity. Usually our groups sit outside at night drinking and talking with the Korean guides.

Wednesday 17th August

Morning

  • Visit the Samjiyon Revolutionary Museum and learn more about the township of the lcoals
  • Drive through Samjiyon town and head to Samjiyon Grand Monument (statue of Kim Il Sung) by the gorgeous Lake Samji

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Begabong Hotel
  • Board our chattered flight back to Pyongyang
  • Visit Taedonggang Micro Brewery #3 to sample either of the 7 beers they have available! Softdrinks and juices are also available
  • Dinner and farewell drinks at Dongsong restaurant
  • Overnight at the Youth hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang! This hotel was built for the World Youth Games back in 1989 and has Pyongyang's only outdoor swimming pool that tourists can jump into!

Thursday 18th August

  • Flight members depart at 10:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 11:30am Beijing time).
  • Train members depart at 10:10am for Beijing on train K28. If you can wake up early you can swim in Pyongyang's only outdoor swimming pool at the hotel.

Friday 19th August

  • Train members arrive at Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am

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