Join YPT for what we believe to be the cheapest ever travel package to take people into the DPRK! Join in on the Victory Day celebrations with mass dancing with the university students of Pyongyang, watching the fireworks and participating in any other surprises that may occur during the tour!
By making use of traveling from Dandong (which is easily reachable from most of China), and the more than comfortable Youth Hotel in Pyongyang, we are able to offer a great price that has you in the country for 2 nights, 3 days, which is inclusive of one full day seeing all the main sites of Pyongyang, going out both nights of the trip, as well as most importantly seeing all the celebrations that will be taking place around Pyongyang.
This trip is perfect for those people already in China, or those simply traveling through that do not have the time or budget to do a full trip.
Please note: Unfortunately we are unable to take travellers using US passports on our Ultra Budget tours due to DPRK restrictions. US travellers are required to fly in and out of the DPRK. For all other travellers you must have a re-entry visa into China as there isn’t enough time to apply for a Chinese visa in Pyongyang and the 144 hour transfer visa doesn’t permit rail use.
Meet your YPT guide at 8:00am inside the entrance of the Dandong Railway Station to collect train ticket, DPRK visa and go through DPRK procedure.
Board the 9:25am train from Dandong.
10:25am arrival in Sinuiju to go through DPRK entry procedure.
Ride on into Pyongyang and enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way.
Optional lunch on the train (50RMB extra)
5:00pm arrival in Pyongyang to be met by your local Korean guides
Driving city tour of Pyongyang, including us stopping at Kim Il Sung Square for a walk and pictures
Check into the Pyongyang Youth Hotel
Dinner and overnight in the Youth hotel
Thursday 27th July – Victory 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). We expect it to be very busy at this time with locals paying their respect.
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.
Lunch at a local Korean restaurant to sample the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or the well known Korean Bibimbap dish
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 central square of Pyongyang City.
Juche Tower- The tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
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.
Trip highlight – join the university students as they perform a mass dance to celebrate Victory Day
Dinner at National restaurant with performance!
Go to Kim Il Sung square to watch the fireworks with the local!
Kaeson Youth Park (Entry 2 euros, rides 3 to 5 euros extra each depending on how awesome they are).
Taedonggang Beer Festival – this is the second year for the famous Pyongyang Beer Festival to be held and we have been invited to join the festival and to try Pyongyang’s finest beers on tap!
Overnight in the Pyongyang Youth hotel
Friday 28th July
Up early for a chance to swim in the outdoor pool at the Pyongyang Youth Hotel (4.5 euros)
Check out of hotel
Slow drive to the train station stopping at a few interesting places for last photos
Board the 9:55am train to Dandong
Optional lunch on train (50RMB extra)
4:30pm arrival in Dandong
Tour concludes – if you need to make any accommodation or a way out of Dandong please let us know!