Our Rason Trade Fair tour is the perfect chance to discover not only a lesser-visited area of North Korea but also an opportunity to learn about how business is conducted in the country’s most prominent and fastest growing special economic zone. We have been leading this trip successfully for five years now which has allowed us to establish contacts that give us genuinely unprecedented access to this unique event.
In addition to the special chance to attend Rasons Trade Fair, we will also explore everything else Rason has to offer which is a YPT favourite. First We’ll have the opportunity to visit a market as a tourist and open our own North Korean bank accounts. In addition to this, we will also chat with students at the Foreign Language School, visit factories, drink at local watering holes and more!
This is a truly unique tour to a region of North Korea that feels incredibly different then Pyongyang. Perfect for first-timers who want to experience something other than Pyongyang, return customers or people interested in making business contacts in the DPRK, there is something for everyone on this tour.
Meet your YPT guide at 10:00am at the Beijing Jingu Qilong 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.
Walk to Beijing Railway Station and board the overnight sleeper train at 1:10pm for the journey to Yanji city.
Dinner, drinks, and overnight on the train.
Arrival in Yanji and transfer to the LiuJing Hotel – this hotel is very famous for being run by the DPRK in Yanji.
We will meet group B (Those joining in Yangi) at the hotel and explore Yangi city.
Dinner, drinks and or even Korean show at the hotel – extra charges.
Monday 20thAugust Morning
Wake up early for an 8:30am departure to the border between the DPRK and China – 3 hour drive
Arrive at the Chinese Immigration Border to go through border formalities
Cross the friendship bridge linking China and the DPRK
Meet our two local Korean guides and head to the Rason International Travel Agency restaurant for lunch.
Visit the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il.
Visit the Rason Foreign Languages School – here we can have an impromptu class and speak/teach English with the students.
Rason Kindergarten – watch a fabulous performance which is particularly famous in the region. We encourage tourists to bring some sweets, snacks and stationery to gift to the children.
Visit the Rajin Clothing Factory – one of the more interesting factories in town with a lot of outsourced production finding its way here.
Dinner at the Local Noodle House – here we can sample some very famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles
(Optional massage at the famed Rason Massage clinic 100 RMB for an hour)
Drinks and overnight at Pipha Tourist Hotel
Tuesday 21stAugust Morning
A short hike up Mt Sahyang – the highest peak in the region to visit a revolutionary site
Visit Golden Triangle Bank – it is permitted to exchange foreign currencies into Korean Won at an unpublished rate and to open a local DPRK bank account. Here you can use and keep your local DPRK debit card as a souvenir
Visit Rason Art Gallery – Most of the works here are also for sale with some of the DPRK’s top artists having paintings featured
Rason Bookshop and Souvenir Shop – books and a wide range of souvenirs are available here.
Take part in the opening of the 8th annual Rason trade fair. Here we will have the chance to rub shoulders with local Korean businesspeople, Government officials and people currently involved in business in Rason SEZ.
Specially organized welcome dinner for everyone participating in the Rason International Trade Fair.
Overnight at the Pipha Tourist Hotel.
Wednesday 22ndAugust Morning
Trip Highlight – visit the only private market where tourists are able to visit in the DPRK. Here it is possible to see what’s available for normal citizens to buy and sell. Tourists can use local DPRKorean Won as well as other hard currencies. This is one of the best and cheapest places on the planet to buy some great seafood, soviet clothing, cigarettes, alcohol and other goodies.
Head back to the Rason Trade Fair where everything is now underway and in full swing.
Once we arrive, we will have the opportunity to attend a seminar and hear first hand about investing and conducting business in Rason.
To begin the afternoon, we will head straight into the heart of the show to discover everything on offer. This is the perfect opportunity for us to get involved and begin establishing contacts with people who would like to conduct business abroad.
We will have time to arrange one on one business meetings and potentially cement our own ties in Rason.
Overnight at the Pipha Tourist Hotel.
Thursday 23rdAugust Morning
Up early and check out of the hotel.
Visit Pipha Island for scenic ocean shots of the East Sea of Korea
Visit the Emperor Hotel – this astonishing 5 star hotel and casino was built by Hong Kong investors. Here we can take a look around and relax over a coffee.
Visit a Joint Venture Seafood Factory on Pipha Island.
Drive to Sonbong to visit the Sonbong Revolutionary site.
Drive to the three point pass where the borders of the DPRK, China and Russia meet. Fantastic photo opportunity here!
Visit the monument of Admiral Ri Sun Xin
Picnic lunch at the three point pass overlooking China and Russia
Visit the DPRK-Russia Friendship Pavilion
Drive to DPRK customs and cross back to China through immigration
Coach transfer back to Yanji where our tour ends!
If you need to organize a flight, train or an overnight in Yanji, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist.
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train from Beijing to Yanji.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).