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ITINERARY INFORMATION

Group Start Date End Date Price
A – 5 days April 27th May 3rd €945
B – 8 days April 27th May 6th €1295
C – 10 days April 27th May 8th €1495

 

Join us for one of the most spectacular holidays to celebrate in North Korea, May Day!

Aside from all the usual sites, May Day gives us one of the best opportunities to relax, meet, and hang out with locals during the celebrations on Moran Hill. Koreans take this holiday very seriously and you will more than be expected to sing, dance, and play around with them during the festivities. Could there be a better time to go?

Whilst celebrating we’ll be visiting all the must-see sights around Pyongyang city such as the mausoleum, the recently renovated Korean War museum, Kim Il Sung Square, the famous Pyongyang Metro, and much more! If you’ve got the energy to explore more with us, our Group B and C tour continues to the western coastal city of Nampo where we’ll see more of the industrial side of North Korea and partake in a relaxing hot spring bath located privately in our own room. We’ll also stop by the recently opened Pyongsong city to visit the local schools and museums,  stopping along the way to enjoy scenic countryside and some of the smaller towns.

Our Group C will then head up to Mount Myohyang, a beautiful mountain located further north of Pyongyang where the very famous International Friendship Exhibition hall is buried into the mountain displaying the large collection of gifts given to the DPRK leaders from all around the world.

To further spice up the Group C tour we’ll be making our way to Sinuiju, the bordertown of the DPRK located next to Dandong in China across the Yalu river. We’ll be taking the domestic train from Pyongyang up to Sinuiju and are to be one of the first groups to stay at the Dongrim Hotel located in a small city just outside of Sinuiju. We’ll then be visiting the Pomhayanggi Cosmetics Factory, Sinamri Co-operative farm, a local Folklore Park where you can engage in traditional Korean activities with the locals, and will watch a performance by the Bonbu Kindergarten.

This May Day also marks the 8th year “birthday” of YPT taking revellers into the DPRK! So join us as we too celebrate a very special time for both us and the locals in North Korea!

Unfortunately for those travelling on US passports, you will be unable to join us for Group C as the local DPRK law restricts US passport holders to use the rail in the DPRK.

ITINERARY

Wednesday 27th April

  • 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 itinerary, receive DPRK visas and tickets, and have a 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.

Thursday 28th April

  • Train group arrive in 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 2:05pm (Group will meet at Air Koryo check in counter).
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 4:30pm 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 Yanggakdo Hotel.

Friday 29th April

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 solider!

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Thongil restaurant in Kaesong City- try your hand at traditional Korean Pasangi, a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras – Dog soup 5 euro or Ginseng stuffed whole chicken 30 euro which can be split between several people.)
  • Drop by Sariwon City (capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folkcustom park and view the city from the mountain pagoda.
  • Try locally-brewed Makkoli in the local tea house.
  • Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil Highway.
  • Dinner at the famous Duck BBQ restaurant
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Saturday 30th April

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).
  • Pyongyang Metro – ride 6 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.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Korean Hot Pot Restaurant.
  • Visit the recently renovated Korean War Museum – let the local military guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks, ands aircraft, and captured American equipment!
  • USS Pueblo – The only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation.
  • 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!
  • Juche Tower- Monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euro to go to the top).
  • Monument to the Party Foundation – Built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party.
  • Dinner at KITC restaurant on Kwangbok street – very famous for its delicious Pyongyang cold noodles!
  • Overnight in Yanggakdo hotel.

Sunday 1st May - International Workers Day

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Trip highlight - Mt Taesong Amusement park – Celebrate May Day by enjoying some sports and dancing with the local people – football, volleyball, tug of war, sack races, and more! The local fun park also has rollercoasters and other rides for you to jump on and enjoy!

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Moran Hill Fried Chicken restaurant.
  • Walk to Moran Hill to join the locals for dancing, singing, and drinking! - Highlight Number 2 of the trip!
  • Moranbong Souvenir Shop – one of the best and biggest souvenir shops in Pyongyang.
  • Grand People’s study House – Library and academic centre for adult learners, this grand building is constructed in the Korean style and affords a great view over Kim Il Sung Square.
  • Special celebratory events - Yet to be confirmed, but we will take part in any birthday events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a parade, a circus performance, a mass dance, and possibly some other fun surprises as well.
  • 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.
  • Dinner at National restaurant with a live performance!
  • 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 at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Monday 2nd May

Morning

  • Group A flight members depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time.)
  • Group A train members depart at 10:10am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 9:00am on Tuesday the 3rd.)

Group B and C continue

  • Kim Il Sung University - We'll explore the students' lives here at the campus of the most prestigious university in the DPRK.
  • Korean Film Studio – The largest and most famous of the DPRK’s film studios.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Gold Cup restaurant.
  • Drive to Nampho City - a city located on the west coast of the DPRK.
  • Chollima Steel Complex – One of the DPRK’s most famous industrial sites, named after the Chollima movement it helped lead.
  • Kangso Mineral water factory – Home to the DPRK’s most famous sparkling water, with samples!
  • Nampo Orphanage – If you wish you can bring some infant formula for the infants here, the orphanage will really appreciate the donation.
  • Dinner, drinks, and overnight at the Ryonggang spa resort with a private mineral spa bath in each room. Here we have the option to try the DPRK’s famous BBQ clams for 5 euros extra.

Tuesday 3rd May

Morning

  • West Sea Barrage – An astounding example of socialist construction, the barrage was built to keep the salty water of the West sea from rendering parts of the Taedonggan river and surrounding farmland useless, as well as to tame the local sea.
  • Chongsan Co-operative farm – One of the most successful co-operative farms in the DPRK and a great place to learn about the co-operative farming method.

Afternoon

  • Picnic Lunch Mt Ryangak - the highest mountain near Pyongyang.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
  • Korean National Treasure House – showcasing gifts presented to the leaders from DPR Koreans, South Koreans and Overseas Koreans.
  • Visit Mansudae Art Studio – the nation's most important art work and statues are created here. This is where we'll have a chance to meet some of the local artists, too.
  • Visit the Rakwon department store and stop by the nearby microbrewery for some cheeky beers.
  • Dinner at the brand new stamp restaurant.
  • Overnight in the newly renovated deluxe Sosan Hotel - to experience a different hotel in Pyongyang! We think this hotel is the fanciest in Pyongyang!

Wednesdsay 4th May

Morning

  • Stop by the Austrian Joint Venture Cafe to pick up Pyongyang's finest coffee by Kim Il Sung Square.
  • Drive to Pyongsong – a city which recently opened to foreign tourists.
  • Paeksonri Foodstuffs factory – this factory produces a wide variety of goods largely from corn.
  • The central Square of Pyongsong City and Statue of the President Kim II Sung.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Jangsusan Hotel.
  • Kim Jong Suk Middle School Number 1 - here you can meet English students and we encourage you to speak and even teach an impromptu class!
  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
  • Head to the Meari Shooting range which been recently renovated and equipped with rifles, pistols, archery, virtual games, and automatic rifles! (Extra charge.)
  • Dinner at the National restaurant.
  • Overnight at Sosan Hotel.

Thursday 5th May

Morning

  • Group B flight members depart at 10:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 11:30am Beijing time.)
  • Group B train members depart at 10:10am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 9:00am on Friday the 6th.)

Group C continues

  • Drive out to the beautiful Mount Myohyang - two and a half hours north of Pyongyang.
  • Visit the very famous International Friendship Exhibition - Two large gift houses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from people, governments, and institutions all over the world. This is a must-see!
  • Pohyon Temple - One of the 5 famous temples of Korea and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the DPRK.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Chong Chun Hotel.
  • Street Walk around Hyangsan town and along the river.
  • Ryongmun Cavern - One of the most famous cave complexes in the DPRK, the Ryongmun cavern is famous for its stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
  • Dinner at the famous Duck BBQ restaurant.
  • Drinks at Taedonggang Micro Brewery - three different beers to sample!
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

Friday 6th May - Unique Sinuiju overnight trip

Morning

  • Depart Pyongyang by domestic train at 10:40am and arrive in Sinuiju at 3:30pm.

Afternoon

  • Explore the large central square of Sinuiju and see the statue of President Kim Il Sung.
  • Visit the mosaic images of the “Three Tigers of Mt. Paektu” – Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Suk.
  • Drive 30 minutes out of Sinuiju city to Donrim town – the nearest town outside of Sinuiju, located south amongst the valleys of the east coast of the peninsula.
  • Check into Dongrim Hotel to drop off luggage.
  • Walk to Dongrim waterfall and explore the surrounding valleys.
  • Dinner, drinks, and overnight at the Dongrim Hotel.

Saturday 7th May

Morning

  • Up nice and early and drive back to Sinuiju.
  • Visit the North Phyongan Province Revolutionary History Museum – This will go into detail about the history of the local province.
  • Tour the Pomhayanggi Cosmetics Factory and meet some of the local workers that produce some of DPR Korea’s most famous cosmetics.
  • Visit the Sinamri Co-operative farm where the locals grow rice, cabbage, chilli, and cucumbers.
  • Head to the local Folklore Park where you can engage in traditional Korean activities and some more modern activities as well (extra charges apply for partaking in the local games, these will vary from game to game), or you can simply walk around and enjoy the scenery and watch the locals.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Myohyangsan Travel Company Restaurant which also features a great souvenir shop.
  • Explore Amrok park and walk down to the Amrok River (Yalu River) and see the original Chinese/Korean Friendship Bridge bombed by the Americans during the Korean War. Very few tourist are able to view the bridge from the DPRK side!
  • Visit the Art Studio which holds over 250 pieces of DPRK fine arts in six large halls – some very cool and eye-opening art pieces are here!
  • Bonbu Kindergarten and performance – Famous for training the children who perform in the skipping scene of the Arirang Mass Games, as well as its long history of training artistic performers. The performance here is the best of any Kindergarten in the country.
  • Jump on the 5:00pm bus and go through Korean customs to finish tour in Dandong, China.
  • Board the 6:00pm overnight train to Beijing.

Sunday 8th May

Morning

  • Arrive in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am.

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