Following the wild success of our previous farming volunteer
programs since 2012, we now offer our Agricultural Tour as an Independent Tour
option. We’ve created this program specifically to give you an exclusive
insight and experience to traditional organic farming, a skill that DPR Koreans
are renowned for and to mingle with farmers and their families.
Chilgol farm is located in the far outskirts of Pyongyang. This farm is
operated by over one hundred different Korean families capable of growing
cabbage, rice, strawberries, plums, tobacco, sesame seeds, potatoes, corn,
cucumbers and chilies.
To partake in this program you must be prepared to get down and dirty with
the farmers as we combine teamwork to complete the daily tasks of transplanting
rice by hand and other odd jobs around the field. It’s not exactly backbreaking
labour, so anyone can join in!
In this tour program you’ll also see the must-see sights of Pyongyang to
give you a better understanding of the country.
For all visitors, YPT will also make a contribution to help purchase fuel vouchers to help keep machinery running on the farm. If you would like to donate goods on top of our contribution, please let us know. It is much appreciated and we can help you to choose the items most in need.
This sample itinerary starts from €1805 per person for 2-5 people (twin room share) or €2113 for a solo traveller. DPRK visas are €60 extra per person. Flights can be arranged for an additional cost, please confirm with us for flight schedules.
Meet one of our YPT staff in Beijing to go through itinerary, hand over your DPRK visas and tickets, and give you a quick briefing on what to expect during your tour as well as answer any questions you may have.
Depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24-hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
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.
Arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome.
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant
Check in and overnight at the Sosan Hotel
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).
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!
Pyongyang Metro! Ride from Stop 1 to Stop 2 then on to Stop 6! Exiting at:
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.
Lunch at local Korean restaurant
Visit the recently renovated Korean War Museum – let the expert local military guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks and captured American equipment!
USS Pueblo – the only US Naval Ship still held captive by another country.
Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Monument to the Party Foundation – built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Worker’s Party.
Stop by Taedonggang Brewery #3 for refreshments (beer, soda, coffee available).
Dinner at the Korean Hot Pot restaurant.
Overnight at Sosan Hotel
Wake up early and drive to the farm to meet the local farmers and their families. They will give you a tour around the farm and the fields while explaining what our assigned tasks to be completed are for the day. The tasks depend on the season when you are visiting.
Time for a break! We’ll eat a home-made meal with the farmers and will be joined by their families as well!
Receive an updated task or to continue completing your morning task
As you work throughout the day the families will prepare beers and snacks for you to drink together for a job well done!
Relax and replenish with dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
Overnight in Sosan Hotel
Up nice and early to drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK – so don’t forget your wallet!
The DMZ – See one of the most tense places on earth complete with a friendly KPA officer who will not only give you a guided tour but also keep you safe. Also the only place you can take photographs of and even with a solider!
Lunch at the Thongil restaurant in Kaesong City – try your hand at traditional Korean Pasangi – a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras – Dog soup 5 euro or Ginseng stuffed whole chicken 30 euro which can be split between several people.)
The DMZ concrete wall – See the wall and meet the DPRK’s coolest general as he takes us around this exclusive area.
Drop by Sariwon City (capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain pagoda.
Try locally brewed Makkoli in the local tea house.
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil Highway.
Dinner at a local restaurant to try the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap with a special performance from the waitresses
Drinks and overnight at the Sosan Hotel
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – Former office of the President, this building is now where the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state.
Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery – the resting place of the greatest anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters. Each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Tae’an Friendship Glass Factory – A very retro factory in cooperation with the Chinese which produces most of the glass used in the DPRK
Kangso Mineral water factory – Home to the DPRK’s most famous sparkling water – with samples!
Dinner, drinks and overnight at the Ryonggang spa resort with a private mineral spa bath in each room. Here we have an option to have DPRK’s famous BBQ clams for 5 euros extra per person.
Chongsan Co-operative farm – here you’ll have a chance to explore a North Korean co-op farm, visit a local nursery and farmer’s houses and impress the locals with some shots of your farmwork from Chilgol.
West Sea Barrage – An astounding example of socialist construction, the barrage was built to keep the salty water of the West Sea from rendering parts of the Taedonggang River and surrounding farmland useless, as well as to tame the local sea.
Drive on towards Haeju City stopping for a picnic lunch on the way.
Stop on the way at the famed Sokdamgugok a renowned scenic area and home to the former Sohyon Confucian Academy.
Visit the Kyenam Stock Farm- unlike the previous two farms this farm is a state farm, so workers here are paid a salary. The farm raises Pigs, Goats, Pultry and Rabbits as wells as producing Yoghurt and growing Mushrooms.
Arrive in Haeju for dinner and overnight at the Haeju Hotel
Visit the Puyong Pavilion- originally built in 1500, this pavilion has since been rebuilt in more recent times, but still offers the original feel.
Drive back to Pyongyang
Arrive in Pyongyang and have lunch at the Ji Ha Restaurant
Visit the Kwanbok Department store where you can shop for local goods and use DPRK Won. The first floor is primarily a supermarket, the second a department store and the third is a bustling food court, which is well worth a visit.
Visit the Kumryong Cafe for a cup of coffee or a cold beverage
Go Bowling at the Pyongyang Gold Lanes Bowling Alley- the cost of a game is 2 euro and the alley also features a microbrewery with light and dark ale, table tennis, video games and Billiards.
Dinner and overnight at the Sosan Hotel
Depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing and enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China.
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
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).