The Pyongyang International Film Festival is held biannually and is a great chance to see something a little different during your tour!
This trip will show you all the must see and do sites and activities around Pyongyang city and also take in the opening ceremony and opening film of the festival with a crowd of international and local guests and VIP’s. We’ll also arrange a special screening of a classic DPRK film and hold a Q and A session with one of the actors or senior crew from the film. You’ll also have the chance to get an autographed copy of the film giving you a truly unique souvenir or a signed poster.
The Film Festival is very popular (as things in Pyongyang go, anyway) and tickets for the opening ceremony are limited, so we recommend booking early to ensure your place at the show.
To submit your film to PYONGYANG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, check out Pioneer Media.
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 travelers 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 18th September
Train group arrives 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 arrives in Pyongyang at 3:30pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Train group arrives at 5:30pm to an equally warm welcome.
Dinner at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
DPRK classic film screening, with a Q and A session with one of the cast or crew and opportunities for photographs and to buy autographed DVDs and film posters!
Wednesday 19th September
Walk through Mansudae Fountain Park and see the iconic mosaic pictures the leaders.
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.)
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 grand central square of Pyongyang where the military parades are held
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
Lunch at the KITC restaurant in Mangyongdae District – here you can have the chance to sample Pyongyang’s famous Cold Noodle dish or the Korean traditional Bibimbap amongst other dishes.
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum – See captured American Tanks, weapons and shot down planes, the infamous USS Pueblo and the museum’s amazing displays and dioramas.
Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Stop by the local department store – here we can buy local made items and use the local DPRK Won currency!
Pyongyang International Film Festival opening ceremony and film (The film will be announced a few weeks for the ceremony) – extra charge and prices will be announced closer to the tour date
Dinner at KITC Restaurant to try Pyongyang’s famous cold noodle dish or Korean Bibimbap
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel
Thursday 20th September
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!
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.)
Tomb of King Kongmin – the only original tomb of its kind still standing in the DPRK.
Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae Province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
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 famous Duck BBQ Restaurant.
Visit Rugna Funfair – entry is 2 euros and each ride is 2 – 3 euros each.
Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.
Friday 21st September
Flight members depart at 10:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving in Beijing at 11:30am Beijing time.)
Train members depart at 9:55am for Beijing
Saturday 22nd September
Train members arrive in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am
• 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).