To mark the 135th
anniversary celebration of International Worker’s Day in the DPRK and Young
Pioneer Tours’ 13th anniversary we are offering this exclusive VIP
tour to make your experience in North Korea with us a unique one.
This tour is all inclusive of an evening in Beijing, first-class soft sleeper bed on the overnight train from Beijing to Pyongyang, deluxe accommodation, and an Air Koryo flight out from Pyongyang back to Beijing to give you the ultimate experience. Your YPT guide will be Rowan Beard who has been leading tours for YPT into North Korea for over 8 years and has visited the country more than 100 times.
During the tour you’ll
be taking in all the must see and do sights of Pyongyang such as the deep
Pyongyang Metro, exploring Kim Il Sung Square, visiting the Korean War Museum, shopping
at a local department store, taking part of all the massive celebrations
planned for the May Day festivities including a mass dance involving over
10,000 university students, all whilst staying at the capital’s deluxe Koryo
Hotel located downtown in Pyongyang.
You will also
have the opportunity to stay overnight in Kaesong city, located only 8km from
the DMZ border in a traditional Korean Folklore House where you’ll also have a
Korean cooking class. We’ve also included some of Pyongyang’s most famous and
delicious restaurants for you to taste and sample some of the best dishes the
country has to offer including a seafood restaurant which hosted DPRK Leader Kim
Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in 2018 and visit Kenji Fujimoto’s
Sushi Bar who was Kim Jong Il’s personal sushi chef.
You’ll then head
north of Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang which is most famous for the International
Friendship Exhibition. This incredible exhibition is buried deep into the
sacred mountain and holds the gifts presented to all three leaders by other
governments, corporations, and individuals such as Dennis Rodman and the
Globetrotters! Something definitely worth checking out! We’ve arranged to stay at one of the very few
5 star hotels outside of Pyongyang within the mountain ranges of Mt. Myohyang.
A perfect spot for hiking.
Due to the nature of some of the locals-only restaurants, we will cap this tour at 10 group members to give you more of a personal experience when visiting North Korea so be sure to secure your spot early.
Arrival at your own leisure and check into the City Line Hotel located near Beijing Railway Station
Meet Rowan, your YPT guide at 6:00pm inside the City Line lobby before heading out for a classic Beijing feast of Peking duck, and evening drinks nearby as your guide will go over the DPRK procedure and answer any questions you may have.
Overnight in City Line Hotel
Monday 26th April
Join Rowan for a walking tour of Beijing of which includes Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven park
Late check out of hotel and board the overnight first-class sleeper departing Beijing Railway Station at 5:25pm to Pyongyang
Tuesday 27th April
Arrive in Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side
Arrive into Pyongyang Railway Station at 6:45pm to be greeted by our local Korean guides
Check in to Pyongyang’s deluxe Koryo Hotel with a tour of the twin towers
Dinner at Koryo Hotel Revolving Restaurant
Overnight at Koryo Hotel
Wednesday 28th April
Morning walk from the Koryo Hotel along Pyongyang’s main avenue visiting Pyongyang Grand Theatre along the way and finishing at Kim Il Sung Square – located in the heart of the city
Explore Kim Il Sung Square
The Foreign Language Bookshop- A great place to buy books, pins, posters and Korean DVD’s
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: 40RMB or 5 euros).
Lunch at Okryu Restaurant – without question the most famous restaurant in the DPRK, known for its Pyongyang Cold Noodles, with the chef here responsible for cooking for Marshal Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in at their first Inter-Korean summit in 2018.
Ride the Pyongyang Metro – ride 6 stops in total on the famous Pyongyang Underground!
Exiting at the Arch of Triumph – the largest Victory Arch in the world, built to celebrate the triumphant return of Kim Il Sung after the Anti-Japanese war.
Juche Tower – The tallest stone tower in the world this monument represents the eternally burning flame of the Juche ideal (Optional extra 40RMB or 5 euro to go to the top of the tower).
Visit the Kwangbok Department Store – Pyongyang’s busiest department store. Here is your best chance to browse through locally made North Korean goods and to have access to local DPRK Won currency.
Dinner at Taedonggang Seafood Restaurant. Recently opened in 2018, this massive river-side establishment houses multiple restaurants and surreal, giant tanks with live fish and hosted Marshal Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in for dinner in 2018.
Overnight at Koryo Hotel
Thursday 29th April
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. A truly unique experience.
Revolutionary Martyry’s Cemetery – The resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.
Lunch at Korean Hot Pot Restaurant
Drive 2 and a half hours south to Kaesong city – located only 8km from South Korea
On the way pose for a photo at the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Reunification Highway.
Stop by Sariwon city – explore the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda. A great spot to try Makkoli, a local specialty beverage consisting of rice and alcohol.
Arrive and check into Kaesong Folkore Hotel – here you’ll have a traditional style Korean house with a courtyard
Learn how to make tteok rice cake, a Korean bean pancake using the traditional method of smashing it with a large wooden hammer
Traditional Korean dinner
After dinner indulge in a special North Korean liquor tasting night with a resident expert in all things locally-made North Korean liquor. With tasting notes we’ll try soju, makgeolli, red wine, brandy and sake all made locally in the DPRK.
Overnight at Kaesong Folklore Hotel
Friday 30th April
Drive to Panmunjon DMZ Village – see the DMZ and the treaty and conferences rooms where the armistice was signed all in the company of a friendly KPA officer guide (you can also take pictures of soldiers here!).
Koryo Museum – the oldest university in Korea and now a converted museum of local history, also the site of the best propaganda and stamp/postcard shop in the DPRK!
Unique visit – 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 by the South Koreans during the 70’s. We can even see South Korean watchtowers along the hill from the DPRK post
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 40RMB)
Head back to Pyongyang
Visit the recently renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum)– with captured American weapons, tanks, jets and unique dioramas from famous battles and much more!
USS Pueblo – the only US Naval Vessel held captive by another nation and the centre of a major incident in 1968.
Monument to the Party Foundation – the iconic stone monument with the giant hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush – built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Worker’s Party of Korea
Dinner at the Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant.
Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
Saturday 1st May
Morning walk along the Taedonggang river which divides Pyongyang into west and east districts – catch locals on their way to work and school
Visit the Grand People’s Study House – the country’s largest library and adult education centre with spectacular views over Kim Il Sung Square
Trip highlight – Mt Taesong Amusement Park – celebrate May Day by enjoying some sports and dancing with the local people – football, volleyball, tug of war, sack races, and more! The local fun park also has roller-coasters and other rides for you to jump on and enjoy!
Lunch at Victory Restaurant – located near the Arch of Triumph
Walk to Moran Hill to join the locals for dancing and singing! This is a fantastic opportunity to take photos of the locals celebrating May Day holiday.
Special celebratory events – yet to be confirmed, but we will take part in any events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a parade, a circus performance, a mass dance, and possibly some other fun surprises as well.
Mass Dance – a special Mass Dance event involving over 10,000 university students will take place in Kim Il Sung Square for the 135th Anniversary of International Worker’s Day
Watch Fireworks over Kim Il Sung Square – to be confirmed
Mansugyo Beer Bar – usually a very busy and happening bar in Pyongyang, cheap beers with over seven different local brews on tap! Coffee and softdrink also available
Dinner at National Restaurant
Overnight at Koryo Hotel
Sunday 2nd May
Visit the Three Revolution Exhibition – The exhibition primarily showcases the three revolutions of Kim Il-sung, the ideological, technical, and cultural with North Korean satellites on display.
Drive 2 and a half hours north of Pyongyang to the mountain ranges of Mt. Myohyang on the way stopping for refreshments
Visit Pohyon Temple – One of the 5 famous temples of Korea and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the DPRK.
Check into Hyangsan Hotel – One of the very few 5 star hotels
Lunch at Hyangsan Hotel and change into comfortable hiking gear
Hike the mountain ranges of Mt. Myohyang
Sangwon Valley is the most famous for the Sangwon Hermitage site at the end of the trail.
See breathtaking views of Manpok Valley which holds many scenic waterfalls.
Return to hotel, dinner drinks and overnight at Hyangsan Hotel
Monday 3rd May
Visit the International Friendship Exhibition – Two large gift houses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un from people, governments and institutions all over the world. One of the major highlights of the tour.
Lunch at Hyangsan Hotel
Head back to Pyongyang and on the way stopping at Ryongmun cavern – one of the most famous cave structures in Korea, it’s well known for its size and the uniqueness of its rock formations.
Stop by the Mansudae Art Studio where all the art works, portraits and monuments from the government are produced
Munsu Water Park – with Indoor and outdoor pools and waterslides available, the park also features plenty for those who don’t want to swim, including a café, beer bar, table tennis, billiards, gym, massage or get a North Korean haircut – swimming 80RMB other services around 50RMB. A great place to mingle with local people!
Rakwon Beer Bar, a small micro-brewery and bar for some pints with the optional extra visit to pay a visit to the famous Kenji Fujimoto Sushi Bar. This little sushi bar is owned by the once private chef of General Kim Jong Il. (Sushi at extra cost depending on your appetite).
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant on Liberation Street to eat a traditional Korean dish of Bibimbap meaning imixe
Overnight at Koryo Hotel
Tuesday 4th May
Depart at 8:50am to Beijing on Air Koryo flight arriving 9:50am Beijing time
Farewell hugs at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 – tour concludes
• Twin share deluxe accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 45 EUR per night).
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).
• First Class overnight sleeper train from Beijing – Pyongyang
• Air Koryo Flight Pyongyang – Beijing