Join the party and head into North Korea with us to celebrate and welcome in the New Year – Pyongyang style! We’ve planned an extravagant banquet dinner before heading out to join the locals at Kim Il Sung Square to countdown 2022! There will be a spectacular fireworks display, live Korean band performances from the Moranbong Band, and socialist ice sculptures competitions.
During your visit in Pyongyang you’ll be exploring all the must see sights of the capital including the Mausoleum where both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, experience the deep mysterious Pyongyang Metro as you ride six stations of line 1! You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Korean War Museum or formally known as “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” which coincides with the events of this tour, wander Kim Il Sung Square, visit the top of the Juche tower, browse through a North Korean supermarket, and much more.
No visit to North Korea is complete without exploring the DMZ. This will be your chance to snap a photo with a North Korean soldier as you visit Panmunjom Village and see the very spot where talks between the North and South Korea are held.
Don’t waste any time, book with us now and secure your spot for a one of a kind New Year’s celebration!
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 30th December
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 31st January – New Year’s Eve!
Head south of Pyongyang 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 tenses 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!
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, Ginseng Stuffed Whole Chicken 230RMB – can be split between several people).
Drop by Sariwon city – capital of North Hwanghae province. Explore the folkore park and view the city from the mountain top 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.
Extravagant banquet dinner and drinks at the Pyongyang Hotel restaurant, accompanied by singing and dance performances.
“Happy New Year!” – join the locals at Kim Il Sung Square for fireworks and to celebrate the arrival of 2022!
Drinks and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Saturday 1st January – New Year’s Day!
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 a bouquet of flowers for 5 euro).
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.
Grand People’s Study House – library and academic centre for adult learners. This grand building is constructed in the Korean style and affords a great view over the central square.
Lunch at Chongryu Hot Pot Restaurant.
Pyongyang Metro – ride 5 stops 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.
Visit the recently renovated 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.
Juche Tower – monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 40RMB or 5 euros to go to the top).
Dinner at Korean BBQ restaurant
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Sunday 2nd January
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – the mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
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 the Moran Hill 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.
Party Foundation Monument – this monument is 50 meters high and displays the socialist hammer, sickle and writing brush
Visit Mansudae Art Studio – where the nation’s most important art work and statues are created. This is where we get to meet some of the local artists too
Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling Alley (2.50 euro extra charge for bowling).
Stop by the Kwanbok Department store where we can shop with the locals and have access to the local DPRK won currency!
Dinner at KITC Restaurant on Liberation Street – try the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap dish.
Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Monday 3rd January
Flight members depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo arriving in Beijing at 10:00am local time.
Train members depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing and enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China.
Tuesday 4th January
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).