Join us for our exciting summer adventure tour to the DPRK whilst the nation celebrates their 75th anniversary of Liberation Day with mass dancing, fireworks and a possible military parade planned. This holiday marks the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea and considered one of the biggest national holidays. This is not your usual North Korean tour and without a doubt our most favourite tour of the year. Bring your swimmers and your towel as we take advantage of the beautiful hot summer season!
During our Group A tour we’ll see everything you must see within Pyongyang such as the War Museum, the Mausoleum of the leaders, ride the underground Pyongyang Metro, explore Kim Il Sung Square, the DMZ and we’ll spend an evening down at Kaesong city at a Traditional Korean Folklore hotel, only 8km from the DMZ!
We’ll head to the beautiful city of Nampo and its therapeutic hot spa resort on the west coast, as well as a co-op farm and nearby factories. We’ll then go for a fresh dip and hang out with the locals and their families at a nearby beach located near the famous West Sea Barrage.
For those who want to explore more this is the perfect time to do an extended tour, our group B tour will take you to the east coast of the Korean peninsula to the gorgeous and very sunny city of Wonsan. This is a very popular holiday destination for Koreans all over the DPRK. Here we’ll try the very delicious and very fresh seafood caught along the pier and to spend a special afternoon kicking a football around, playing frisbee and swimming with the local families. We’ll also have time to explore the newly renovated International Children’s Summer Camp.
We’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!
During Group A of our tour, we’ve been given special access to a Russian Mil Mi-17 helicopter to take for a whirl around Pyongyang city for a unique aerial tour of the capital.
We’ll swoop around the iconic, 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, do a low flyby of the Taedong River passing the Juche Tower, have a great glimpse of May Day Stadium – the world’s largest stadium, and explore the many districts sprawling across the city for fantastic and unique photography opportunities. This joyride is completely optional and is €250 per person on top of the tour costs. If you are interested please let us know while booking.
So come join us as we hit up another exciting summer in the DPRK and take you around on this amazing tour! Don’t forget your swimmers!
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.
Thursday 13th August
Train group 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
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 2:00pm (Meet group at Air Koryo check in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 5:00pm 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 Sosan Hotel.
Friday 14th August
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: 5 euros per bunch).
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 Kim Il Sung Square
Lunch at a Korean Hot Pot Restaurant
Korean War Museum- Let the expert local guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks etc, and captured American equipment!
USS Pueblo- The only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation.
Begin drive down to Kaesong city – located only 8km away from the DMZ
On the way stopping at Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom 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.
Tomb of King Kongmin- the only original tomb of its kind still standing in the DPRK.
Check into Korean Folklore Hotel in Kaesong
Dinner, drinks and overnight at hotel
Saturday 15th August – 75th Anniversary of Liberation Day!
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 – 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).
Walk up to Jannam Hill for a spectacular view over old Kaesong town
Drive back to Pyongyang
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any holiday events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a circus performance, symphony red orchestra performance and possibly some other surprises.
We’ll take a stroll through Moranbong Park where locals gather to meet, picnic, drink and dance – don’t be shy to join in on the dancing
Spectate and/or join in on the Pyongyang university students performing a mass dance near an iconic DPRK monument – fantastic for rare photo opportunities!
Spectating the military parade heading through Kim Il Sung Square – to be confirmed
Dinner and drinks at the Duck BBQ restaurant
Go to Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks over the Taedong River and Juche Tower – to be confirmed
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Sunday 16th August
Kumsusan Palace of the sun- Where President Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il lie in state.
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:
Visit Kim Il Sung Square and walk around the largest square in Pyongyang City.
Helicopter Joyride option – we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board a Mil Mi-17 to take on a joyride for a 40-minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city. (250 euros)
Lunch at local Korean restaurant
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.
Visit Kwangbok department store – here we can buy locally made items and exchange our foreign currency into local DPRK Won!
Juche Tower – The tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Workers Party Foundation Monument – built in 1995 to signify the 50th anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea.
Drive to Nampo City (2 hours)
Dinner and Overnight at the Ryonggang hot spa hotel- with a mineral spa in each room! Great place for billiards and ping pong. Here we have a chance to try Korea’s famous Korean clam BBQ for 5 euros extra.
Monday 17th August
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.
Unique trip highlight – Swim at Nampo beach and hang out with the locals!
Lunch at the Hangu harbour hotel – a quiet and less visited hotel in Nampo city
Chollima Steel Complex- One of the DPRK’s most famous industrial sites – named after the Chollima movement it helped lead. Here we’ll see workers in action as we watch the steps on how Koreans forge steel.
Chongsan Co-operative farm- One of the top co-op farms in the DPRK and a model of the co-op method. Here we’ll be able to explore the village and possibly visit the nursery, a farmers house or even the local theatre.
Kangso Mineral water factory- Home to the DPRK’s most famous sparkling water- with samples!
Drive back to Pyongyang
Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang! This hotel was built for the World Youth Games back in 1989 and has Pyongyang’s only outdoor swimming pool that tourists can jump into!
Tuesday 18th August
Group A flight members depart at 8:50am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving in Beijing at 9:50am Beijing time).
Group A train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on Wednesday the 19th).
Group B continue on:
Breakfast in Pyongyang and drive to Wonsan city (4 hours) stopping at Sinpyong Lagoon along the way for a quick rest and refreshments
Picnic lunch at Ulim Waterfall – one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in the DPRK
Arrive in Wonsan, check into Tongmyong hotel overlooking Wonsan Bay
Visit Songdowon International Children’s Union Camp – This recently renovated summer camp was designed for children in both the DPRK and for international guests. Its facilities include a waterpark, dormitories, aquatic centre, aviary, track & field and a beach
Walk along the pier to Chok Islet where the locals will be fishing, drinking and enjoying their own BBQs with friends and family. Here you have the option of trying the fresh catch of the day for 5 euros, this will give you a good mix of everything
Dinner at a nearby famous seafood restaurant along the waterfront
Overnight at Tongmyong Hotel
Wednesday 19th August
Take a walk around Wonsan Central Square and the nearby port to see DPRK’s very own cruise ship named the Mangyongbong-92
Visit the former Railway Station which has now been converted into a Revolutionary site with an old Japanese stream engine left over by the Japanese during the Korean occupation
Trip highlight – Visit Wonsan Beach for a swim, sunbathe, or to play beach games with the locals (the entry for the beach is 2 euros per person and optional bbq on the beach available 5 euros per person)
Lunch at a local Wonsan restaurant to sample famous local dishes
Drive back to Pyongyang
Stop by the Tomb of King Tongmyong – the founder of the ancient Koguryeo Kingdom
Dinner at KITC Restaurant in Mangyongdae District to try Pyongyang’s famous Cold Noodle Dish or the traditional Korean Bibimbap dish with Korean performance
Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel
Thursday 20th August
Drive to Mt. Myohyang, one of Korea’s most beautiful mountain ranges located two and a half hours north of Pyongyang
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. Something not to be missed!
Pohyon Temple – One of the 5 famous temples of Korea and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the DPRK.
Lunch at the Chongchun 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
Stop by Mansugyo Beer Bar – a local bar to join the locals for refreshments
Dinner and farewell drinks at Moran Hill Restaurant
Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel
Friday 21st August
Group B flight members depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving in Beijing at 10:00am Beijing time).
Group B train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28.
Saturday 22nd August
Group B train members arrive at 9:00am at 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).