At Young Pioneer Tours, we strongly believe in ethical tourism and providing opportunity to change perceptions of the DPRK (North Korea). We have a long and proud history of arranging cultural projects with the Korean people; be it through art, sport, or whatever medium brings people together.
Examples of the breadth and variety of what we can help you achieve are below. If you know of a sports team or artist who would like to visit, or if you have an idea for a project, please get in touch.
Skill Training in Singapore – March 2016
In partnership with Aram Pam of DPRK360, a group of North Koreans involved in tourism travelled to Singapore for marketing, media and associated skills training. To most of them, this was their first time to leave North Korea. For this exceptional experience, YPT provided consultation, advice, and transportation logistics.
Laibach Concert – August 2015
In partnership with DPRK Consultant Morten Traavik, YPT helped to organize the first ever rock concert in North Korea. Laibach, a rock group from the former Yugoslav republic of Slovenia, performed to a full house of Koreans. A group of YPT guests attended the concert, and we arranged transport and logistics for the band and their entourage. This was one of the biggest events to hit North Korea and something we are very proud of.
Scuba Diving Tour – June 2014
After negotiation, we arranged for the first Western tourist in history to scuba dive in North Korean waters. The diving took place off the coast of Mt Chilbo, in North Hamgyong Province. The dive was assisted by local Koreans, whose village we then stayed overnight in. We will be extending this into our first ever DPRK Scuba Diving group tour in 2017.
Parkour Tour – August 2013
The first ever Parkour event in North Korea, arranged in conjunction with Breathe Parkour magazine. Our group were taken to a number of places to practice, attracting much interest from local Koreans. It may not have sparked a parkour explosion in the DPRK, but it was extremely successful, and garnered media interest both in and out of the country.
Annual Five-a-side Football – 2013 – Present
Every June, our football tour has our guests not only watching a live football game from top-level North Korean football teams, but taking part in a friendly football tournament with our Korean hosts at KITC (Korean International Travel Company). Every year it is more successful, and we also donate football shirts and other sporting equipment.
Opening the Tumen Border – November 2012
Troy Collings of YPT was the first ever Western visitor to cross the Chinese-Korean border at Tumen, Jilin, China. Previously only open to Chinese visitors, and after years of meetings and negotiations, we were able to make this available to Westerners. We now run regular group and independent tours to this little visited area of the country. The opening of this border, and the direct improvement to the lives of the people in the region through tourism, is one of our most successful cultural exchange programs.
Juche Study Tour – March 2012
With our partners in the DPRK, The Korea International Travel Company (KITC), we arranged the first ever study tour to North Korea. The trip focused on the Korean Language, and the Juche Idea, the official state ideology of the country. It gained a lot of media interest both in and out of the country, and whilst there have been similar projects since, at the time this was a groundbreaking itinerary.