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.
During Group A of our tour, we’ve been given special access to a Russian Mil Mi-17 helicopter to take for a whirl around Pyongyang city for a unique aerial tour of the capital.
We’ll swoop around the iconic, 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, do a low flyby of the Taedong River passing the Juche Tower, have a great glimpse of May Day Stadium – the world’s largest stadium, and explore the many districts sprawling across the city for fantastic and unique photography opportunities. This joyride is completely optional and is €250 per person on top of the tour costs. If you are interested please let us know while booking.
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 marks the 11th anniversary of YPT taking revellers into North Korea!
Meet your YPT guide at 1:30pm at the Beijing Zhong Gu 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 30th April
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 6:45pm 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 1st May – International Workers Day
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 flowers if you wish: small bunches are 2 euro, larger ones 4).
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!
Lunch at Moran Hill Restaurant.
Walk to Moran Hill to join the locals for dancing and singing! This is a fantastic opportunity to take photos of the locals celebrating May Day holiday.
Special celebratory events – yet to be confirmed, but we will take part in any 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.
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 Kim Il Sung to his home city.
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.
A specially organised banquet dinner with an extraordinary Korean performance
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Thursday 2nd May
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 most tense 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 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 folk custom 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.
Friday 3rd May
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – the Mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery – final resting place of many of the Anti-Japanese Revolutionaries, each grave features a bronze bust of the figure within.
Helicopter Joyride option– we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board a Mil Mi-17 to take on a joyride for a 40 minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city.
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, 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!
Stop the Kwangbok Department Store – here you’ll be able to shop with the locals and use local DPRK Won currency!
School Children’s Palace – the largest of the school children’s palaces (extra-curricular centres) in the DPRK, we’ll first observe some lessons then watch the amazing performance.
Dinner at KITC restaurant – very famous for its delicious Pyongyang Cold Noodles and Korean Bibimbap dish!
Kaeson Youth Park (Entry 2 euros, rides 3 to 5 euros extra each depending on how awesome they are).
Overnight in Yanggakdo Hotel.
Saturday 4th May
Group A Flyers depart Pyongyang at 8:30am on Air Koryo, arrive in Beijing at 9:55am local time.
Group A Train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing, arriving at Beijing Railway Station at 9:00 am on Sunday 5th May.
Group B & C continues Morning
Drive to Pyongsong – a nearby satellite city which has recently opened to foreign tourists
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!
The central Square of Pyongsong City and Statue of President Kim II Sung.
Drive back to Pyongyang
Lunch at the Ji Ha restaurant.
Drive to Nampo 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!
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.
Sunday 5th May
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 Taedonggang 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.
BBQ picnic lunch Mt Ryangak (Dragon Mountain) – the highest mountain near Pyongyang and a gentle hike to the top
Drive back to Pyongyang.
Head to the Meari Shooting Range equipped with rifles, pistols, archery, virtual games, and automatic rifles! (Extra charge)
Visit the Korean Film Studio where we’ll have a chance to dress up in costume and check out the backdrops of fake locations such as Seoul, China, Japan and even Europe!
Dinner at on Reunification Street with a roof top view
Overnight in the newly renovated deluxe Sosan Hotel – to experience a different hotel in Pyongyang! We think this hotel is the fanciest in Pyongyang!
Monday 6th May
Morning walk along the Taedong River passing landmarks such as the Pyongyang Culture House and the oldest street in Pyongyang
Visit the Grand People’s Study House – A library and academic centre for adult learners. This grand Korean traditional styled building is located in the very centre of Pyongyang with fantastic views over Kim Il Sung Square
Visit the Mansudae Art Studio where all the art works, portraits, and monuments from the government are produced.
Lunch at a local restaurant
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
Head to Gold Lanes Bowling to play and mingle with some locals
Visit the Pyongyang Greenhouse where the flower exhibitions for the birthday events are held. Here we’ll have a explanation of the Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia flower.
Dinner at the Pottongang Restaurant
Walk along the newly constructed residential Ryomyong Street with it’s highest building being 75 storeys.
Overnight at Sosan Hotel.
Tuesday 7th May
Group B flight members depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time.)
Group B train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 9:00am on Wednesday the 8th.)
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.
Lunch at the Hyesan Hotel – a 5 star hotel located within the mountain ranges of Mt. Myohyang
Ryongmun Cavern – one of the most famous cave complexes in the DPRK and is famous for it’s stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Drive back to Pyongyang.
BBQ dinner in downtown Pyongyang
Drinks at Taedonggang #3 Micro Brewery – three different beers to sample with coffee and softdrinks
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Wednesday 8th May – Unique Sinuiju overnight trip
We say goodbye to our Korean guides in Pyongyang and depart by train at 10:25am and arrive in the town of Dongrim at 2:00pm. Dongrim is the nearest town outside of Sinuiju, located south amongst the valleys of the east coast of the peninsula.
Our new local Korean guides will meet us as we step off the train
Check into Dongrim Hotel to drop off luggage
Walk to Dongrim waterfall and explore surrounding valleys
Dinner and overnight at the Dongrim Hotel – a brand new swanky hotel with a swimming pool. sauna, table tennis, massage, bars, karaoke, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Thursday 9th May
Up nice and early and drive to Sinuiju city (1 hour)
Visit the Sinamri Co-operative farm where the locals grow rice, cabbage, chilli and cucumbers
Tour the Pomhayanggi Cosmetics Factory and meet some of the local workers that produce some of DPRKorea’s most famous cosmetics
Visit the North Phyongan Province Revolutionary History Museum – This will go into detail about the history of the local province.
Lunch at a local restaurant which also features a great souvenir shop
Head to the local Folklore Park where you can engage in traditional Korean activities and some more modern activities too (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
Explore Amnok park and walk down to the Amnok River (Yalu River) and see the original Korean/Chinese 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 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.
Board the 4:30pm bus and go through Korean customs to finish tour in Dandong, China.
Board the 6:30pm overnight sleeper train to Beijing
• 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).