Join us on this winter essential tour as we draw nearer to the end of the year and as Pyongyang enters its beautiful frosty winter season! This is an extremely action packed city buster tour, with us visiting Pyongyang, Nampo, and the DMZ in five days.
With the trip taking place during the last week of November this trip offers not only a very insightful look into what the country is like, and how it copes in winter, but more importantly as it is not the “high-season”, and gives you the chance to be one of the very few tourists in the country at the time.
During our tour in Pyongyang we’ll be visiting the Kim Il Sung Square, stopping by a local fun fair, exploring the deep Pyongyang Metro, visiting the Mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, checking out the War Museum, heading down to the DMZ and much much more!
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 26th November
Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:55pm (meet the group at the Air Koryo check in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:30pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Train group arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome.
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant on Ryomyong Street
Check in and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Wednesday 27th November Morning
Up Nice and early to drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
The DMZ- See one of the tensest 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 soldier!
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!
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 5 euro, Ginseng Stuffed Whole Chicken 30 euro- can be split between several).
Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folkcustom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
Get back to Pyongyang for dinner at the Famous Lamb BBQ restaurant with performance!
Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.
Thursday 28th November Morning
Kumsusan Palace of the sun- Where President Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il lie in state.
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).
Lunch at the KITC restaurant in Mangyongdae District.
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.
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.
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.
Drive to Nampho City.
Dinner and overnight at the Ryonggang spa resort with a mineral spa bath in each room!
Friday 29th November Morning
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 Taedonggan river and surrounding farmland useless as well as to tame the local sea.
Chollima Steel Works.
Kangso Mineral Water bottling plant.
Chongsan Co-operative farm- One of the most successful co-operative farms in the DPRK and a great place to learn about the co-operative farming method.
Drive back to Pyongyang.
Lunch at the Chongryu Hot Pot restaurant.
Grand People’s study House- Library and academic centre for adult learners, this grand building is built in the Korean style and affords a great view over the central Square.
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.
Stop by the local department store – here we can buy local made items and use the local DPRK Won currency!
Dinner at the Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant.
Taedonggan 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 Yanggakdo hotel.
Saturday 30th November
Flight members depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).
Train members depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing and enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China
Sunday 1st December
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).