Kim Il Sung’s Birthday tour is without a doubt the largest celebration in North Korea this year with mass dance events involving over 3000 university students, fireworks and numerous other celebrations taking place throughout the day – this is one birthday party you don’t want to miss.
During your tour with us you’ll have the opportunity to explore all the must-see sights of Pyongyang such as the Mausoleum, Korean War Museum, take a ride on the deep Pyongyang metro, explore around Kim Il Sung Square, Mangyongdae School Children’s Palace, visit the iconic two large bronze statues of the former leaders, head to the top of the Juche Tower for panoramic views of the capital and a whole lot more.
No tour to North Korea is complete without a visit down to the DMZ where we’ll take you further off the tourist path to visit the concrete wall – here you’ll catch a further glimpse of South Korean and US military bunkers as we stand at an active North Korean guard post – not all travel companies offer this.
Extend your stay with us onto Group B as we’ll take you southwest of Pyongyang to the busy port city of Nampo where we’ll stay overnight at a therapeutic hot spa resort with your very own hot mineral spa bath located in your room. You’ll also have the chance to see North Korean factories and farms up close as we explore the lesser-visited industrial and agriculture regions of North Korea.
During the Group C tour, you’ll head north to Mt. Myohyang where the unique International Friendship Exhibition is built into the mountain and holds gifts presented to Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un from other nations, organisations and individuals. Whilst we’re up in the mountains we’ll explore one of the very few remaining Buddhist temples in the country as well as a cave that’ll take us deep into the mountain.
Our signature way to end this spectacular tour will be taking a local domestic train to the small rural town of Dongrim, a place that sees very little foreign tourists. Here you’ll be taken on a hike to the waterfalls and staying overnight in a very comfortable hotel. You’ll then head to Sinuiju, the largest border town city of North Korea to China, to explore Sinuiju’s grand central square, visit a local kindergarten, inspect a cosmetics factory, and more.
Be sure to book and reserve your spot on tour before it’s too late! Please note: flights between Beijing and Pyongyang are very limited and schedules are only announced a few weeks before the tour.
This is what we believe to be one of the most exciting tours of the year. So don’t risk losing your spot and enquire now to secure your holiday to North Korea with us. And, if you have time in China before the tour, why not explore the Chinese ghost city of Ordos with us?
Thursday 11th April
Friday 12th April
Saturday 13th April
Sunday 14th April
Monday 15th April – The Day of the Sun – Birthday of President Kim Il Sung
Tuesday 16th April
Group A Depart:
Group B and C Continue:
Wednesday 17th April
Thursday 18th April
Friday 19th April
Group B Depart:
Group C continue:
Saturday 20th April
Sunday 21st April
Monday 22nd April
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• 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).
• Extra drinks and souvenirs.
• Cost of visas.
• Tips for Korean guides and the driver.
• Additional events not listed in the itinerary.
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.