Unseen DPRK & Entire Pyongyang Metro Tour with Mass Games
Come join us as we host one of our most adventurous tours of the year. We’ve specifically designed this tour to give you the best opportunity to not only explore the less visited sights of the east coast but to also grant you a glimpse of everyday life in the DPRK. This tour will also cover the massive celebrations that’ll take place for the 70th anniversary of their National Day that’ll include mass dancing, fireworks and a possible military parade taking place in Kim Il Sung Square!
The Mass Games, the world’s largest performance with over 100,000 performers last held in Pyongyang in 2013 is making a one performance only return for this 70th Anniversary celebrations. Now is your chance to watch this incredible performance!
The tour will first take you to Hamhung city, the second largest city of the DPRK. Here we’ll explore the east coast’s largest fertiliser factory and some of the heritage sights surrounding the outskirts. During our visit to Hamhung we’ll stay at the Majon resort with a gorgeous beach located at the foot of our own private villas.
Onwards we’ll drop down to Wonsan city, the most famous beach city of North Korea. Here we’ll be able to mingle with the locals on the beach, play beach sports, swim and try some of our favourite soft-serve ice cream in the country.
Once we return back to Pyongyang we’ll visit the Korean War Museum, the Mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, the Juche tower, Kim Il Sung Square and an incredibly unique visit of almost the entire Pyongyang Metro. We’ll explore 13 out of the 16 mysterious metro stations that are spread 100 metres underground the city on both Line 1 and 2! We’ve organised this the day prior to the National Day celebrations which will provide us busy shots of the Pyongyang life underground. Finally to make your Unseen DPRK Tour more complete we’ll also visit the infamous DMZ where we’ll be able to take photos of the soldiers!
During your 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.
During our overnight stays in Pyongyang we’ll be staying at the lavish and super deluxe Koryo Hotel.
So come join us as we show you one of the most in-depth tours into the DPRK!
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 4th September
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 12:30pm (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 Koryo Hotel.
Wednesday 5th September
Check out and drive to Hamhung city – this city has only recently been opened to foreigners and is the DPRK’s second largest city and a centre of industry on the east coast of the peninsula.
On the way we’ll stop at Sinphyong Lagoon for refreshments and photos.
Picnic lunch at Ulim Waterfall – one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in the DPRK.
Visit the Tongbong Co-operative farm – here we’ll see how farmers out in the rural areas work with their latest machinery, visit a family’s home and join the nursery school for classes. Here’s a great chance to bring something nice for the children such as candy, stationary or toys.
Visit the Statues of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il in the grand square of Hamhung city.
Walk to the pagoda on the hill to overlook the main strip.
Dinner, drinks and overnight at the Majon Resort – here we’ll have our own private beach with other recreational facilities such as billiards and karaoke.
Thursday 6th September
Hungnam Fertilizer Factory – one of the key factories for the agricultural sector, this factory produces much needed fertilizer for the entire east coast
Visit the Hamhung Grand Theatre (exterior) – the largest theatre in the DPRK
Ancient home of Ri Song Gye – founder of the Ri Dynasty
Lunch at Hamhung hotel
Drive down to Wonsan City – the best beach city in DPRKorea! 2.5 hours driving.
Trip highlight! – Swim at Wonsan beach and hang out with the locals! 2 euros entry to beach.
Walk along the pier to Chok Islet where the locals will be fishing, drinking and enjoying BBQ – we’ll have the chance to eat some locally caught seafood on the pier! Optional 5 euros extra.
Dinner at the famous Wonsan seafood restaurant, a local highlight.
Drinks and overnight in Tongmyong hotel which overlooks the gorgeous bay.
Friday 7th September
Walk around the central square and near the port in the city and see the DPRK Mangyongbong-92 cruise ship with an explanation.
Visit the former Railway Station Revolutionary site where an old Japanese built steam engine rests.
Songdowan International Children’s Union Camp- This recently renovated summer camp was designed for children both in the DPRK and for international guests. It holds a small water park, dormitories, aquatic centre, aviary, track ‘n field and much more.
Lunch at a local Wonsan restaurant to sample some famous local dishes.
Drive back to Pyongyang (5 hours) stopping along the way for refreshments.
Stop by the Tomb of King Tongmyong – the founder of the ancient Goguryeo kingdom.
Dinner at the famous Duck BBQ restaurant in Reunification District.
Drinks and overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
Saturday 8th September
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.
Visit the newly renovated Pyongyang Metro Museum for a detailed insight to the most mysterious metro in the world
Juche Tower – The tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Lunch at Moranbong Chicken Restaurant.
Trip speciality – explore 13 out of the 16 underground Pyongyang Metro stations of both Line 1 and 2. Tourists visiting Pyongyang rarely have this insight and will be a perfect opportunity to snap some rare shots!
Walk along the Taedonggang river bank to snap Pyongyang life on a typical afternoon.
Workers Party Foundation Monument – built in 1995 to signify the 50th anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea
Visit Taedonggang Brewery #3 for coffee and local draft beers.
Dinner at the New Stamp Restaurant.
Visit Kaeson Youth Park (entry 2.5 euros, rides 3 to 5 euros extra each depending on how awesome they are).
Overnight at Koryo Hotel.
Sunday 9th September – National Day
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
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).
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 local hot pot restaurant.
We’ll take a stroll through Moranbong Park where locals gather to meet, picnic, drink and dance – don’t be shy to join in on the dancing and a fantastic place for photography
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum- See the amazing dioramas and displays as well as Korean military equipment from the war, captured American equipment and the infamous USS Pueblo.
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a military parade, a circus performance, and possibly some other surprises.
Mass Dance – this is where the university students in Pyongyang gather to perform a dance of up to 1000 students! Fantastic for photos and we dare you to find a local partner and join in!
Dinner at national restaurant with performance.
Spectate the Mass Games – The world’s largest performance is happening again! Ticket costs to be announced later
Go to Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks over the Taedong River with the Juche Tower in the background
Overnight at Koryo Hotel.
Monday 10th September
Drive to Kaesong City.
Visit the DMZ at Panmunjom area where you can see the armistice negotiation rooms and signing rooms as well as the border line, pavilions and huts. All under the guidance of an officer of the KPA.
The concrete wall of the DMZ – this is a little off the beaten track and gives us a great glimpse at the wall which was erected b the South Koreans during the 70’s. We can even see South Korean watch towers along the hill from the DPRK post.
Lunch at the Thongil Restaurant on Janam hill – 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).
Walk up the hill to view the old city of Kaesong – This area survived the bombing during the war as it was held by the US/South for most of the war.
Tomb of King Kongmin
Drive back to Pyongyang stopping in Sariwon to see the folklore park and enjoy Makkoli in a local bar if you wish
Monument to the three charters of National Reunification.
Dinner at KITC restaurant where we can try the local famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or Korean Bibimbap dish.
Taedonggang 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 Koryo hotel.
Tuesday 11th September
Flight members depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo and arrive in Beijing 9:55am.
Train members depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing and enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China.
Wednesday 12th September
Train members arrive 9:00am in Beijing Railway Station.
• 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)