Join the party as we jump into the DPRK to celebrate and welcome in the New Year in Pyongyang style!
During New Year’s Eve, we start the evening off dropping by a few bars and then hanging out with locals and expats alike at the Koryo Hotel and then heading off to Kim Il Sung Square to watch the firework show! During our frosty visit, we’ll visit the Mausoleum where both leaders lay in state, ride the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Korean War Museum… and what better way to start off the New Year’s than by visiting the KPA Soldiers at the DMZ to hear an explanation of the division of both Koreas.
During our tour, we’ve been given special access to a RussianMil Mi-17helicopter to take it for a whirl around Pyongyang city for a unique aerial tour of the capital.
We’ll swoop around the 105 storey 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.
We’ve included an extra day into this tour for the same cost as a regular five-day tour! So don’t waste any time, book with us now and secure your spot for a one of a kind New Year’s celebration!
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.
Saturday 29th December
Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control, then depart for Sinuiju at 10:30am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 1:00pm (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 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 Sosan Hotel.
Sunday 30th December
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 anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.
Lunch at Chongryu Hot Pot Restaurant.
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.
Visit Pyongyang’s largest department store! – here we can shop for locally made items and also have the chance to spend local DPRK Won currency!
Juche Tower – Monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euro to go to the top).
Visit the Worker’s Party Foundation monument – the giant hammer, sickle and intellectual writing brush.
Drinks at Mansugyo Beer Bar, very busy with locals with seven different locally brewed bers on tap. Coffee, soda and other refreshments are available.
Dinner at KITC Restaurant on Kwangbok Street – try the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap dish.
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Monday 31st December – New Year’s Eve!
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.)
Taken to the Chollima Statue, with an explanation about the Chollima Movement.
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.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Head to Munsu Water Park to warm up! – With Indoor heated pools and modern waterslides, the park also features plenty for those who don’t want to swim, including a Haemaji coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiards, massage, or a beauty salon (various services extra charge, swimming and access to the gym, table tennis and billiards is 10 euro). We expect this day to be very busy this new years!
We go for a very special dinner and drinks session at the national restaurant, accompanied by the beautiful singing and dancing waitresses.
We continue the pre-drinks and celebration at the Koryo Hotel with local beers on tap
Happy New Year!” – join the locals at Kim Il Sung Square for fireworks and to celebrate the arrival of 2019!
Drinks and overnight at Sosan Hotel.
Tuesday 1st January – New Year’s Day!
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 the central square.
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.
Helicopter Joyride option – we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board an Mil Mi-17 to take it on a joyride for a 40 minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city.
Lunch at the Moran Hill 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
Visit Mansudae Art Studio – the nation’s most important art work and monuments are created here. This is where we get to meet some of the local artists too.
Dinner at Ji Ha restaurant
Take an evening stroll along the new Ryomyong residential street – fun for photo shoots with the locals
Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Wednesday 2nd January
Drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture… and 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!
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, 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 folk custom park and view the city from the mountain pagoda.
Stop by a local Makkoli bar to try some locally-brewed Korean Makkoli
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil Highway.
Dinner at Duck BBQ restaurant.
Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Thursday 3rd January
Flight members depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo arriving in Beijing at 9:55am local time.
Train members depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing and enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China.
Friday 4th January
Train members arrive 9:00am in Beijing Railway Station.