Party Foundation Day & Mt. Kumgang Tour With Mass Games
This year come join us as we take part in the celebrations happening in Pyongyang for the Party Foundation Day holiday including a mass dance, fireworks and any other surprises that are announced during the festivities!
During our tour in Pyongyang we’ll be seeing all the must see sights of the capital such as the Mausoleum where both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, we’ll make our way up to the top of the Juche tower, ride the deep and mysterious Pyongyang Metro, visit the Korean War Museum and much much more.
We’ll also head down to Kaesong city. This city is 8km away from the DMZ that separates North and South Korea. We’ll then make our way to Panmumjom (the DMZ site) where we’ll meet our own local Korean People’s Army officer for a detailed tour and history of the site.
Our extended and highly recommended Group B tour will take us all the way to the east side of the Korean Peninsula to visit the famous Mt Kumgang region and the sunny coast of Wonsan city. We’ll first arrive in Wonsan, which is a 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.
The following day we’ll head to Mt. Kumgang and hike Kuryong falls and explore the gorgeous Samil Lagoon. With the Autumn season setting in, Mt. Kumgang is particularly stunning during this time of the year, featuring vivid and multi-coloured green, orange, red, brown foliage. During our evening in this extremely scenic region we’ll spend a night at a lesser visited hotel before heading back to Pyongyang and concluding the tour in Beijing.
The Mass Games, the world’s largest performance with over 100,000 performers is expected to make a return this year! Now is your chance to watch this incredible performance! Ticket prices are on-top of tour cost and are available to be purchased and reserved in Pyongyang. Ticket prices will be announced closer to the event. We highly recommend securing your spot on tour early as we expect spaces to fill up very quickly.
To be confirmed, estimated ticket costs for Mass Games:
Original Price (Per Person)
We’ve also 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.
This is our only group tour that heads to the Mt. Kumgang region so be sure to book early to secure your spot on tour!
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 8th October
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 12:55pm (meet the group at Air Koryo check in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 4:00pm 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.
In the evening your YPT guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides.
Wednesday 9th October
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.
Lunch at the Gold Cup 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.
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 5 euro to go to the top).
Visit Kwangbok Department Store – here is where most of the middle class in Pyongyang shop for local goods. It’s also our chance to obtain local DPRKorean Won!
Stop by the Taedonggang Micro Brewery for some refreshments (Pints are 2 euros each, coffee and soda also available)
Dinner at the National restaurant with performance!
Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Thursday 10th October – Party Foundation Day
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 of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.
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 the Moran Hill Restaurant
Walk up along Moran Hill located in the heart of Pyongyang. Here the locals visit the park to celebrate today with their families and friends with BBQ, dancing, singing and drinking. Fantastic opportunity to soak up the atmosphere.
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any birthday events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a parade, a circus performance, and possibly some other surprises.
Party Foundation Monument – this monument marks the 50th anniversary of the Worker’s Party of Korea built in 1995
Participate at Mass Dance ceremony held at the monument. A fantastic unique photo opportunity! Also don’t be shy to jump in and dance with the locals!
To be confirmed: Spectate the Mass Games – The world’s largest performance is happening again! Ticket prices to be announced. Tickets can be purchased and reserved whilst on tour in North Korea
Dinner at Ji Ha Restaurant
Drinks and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Friday 11th October
Drive to Kaesong City (2 hours) – this ancient city is only a stone’s throw away from the DMZ.
Panmunjon DMZ Village- see the DMZ and the treaty and conferences rooms where the armistice was signed all in the company of a friendly KPA officer guide (You can also take pictures of soldiers here!)
Koryo Museum- the oldest university in Korea and now a converted museum of local history. Also the site of the best propaganda and stamp/postcard shop in the DPRK!
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).
Visit the Concrete Wall observatory – here we’ll see the wall built by the South Koreans to prevent any possibility of an attack.
Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda. You can also try locally brewed Makkoli in a local bar.
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant to try the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap.
Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Saturday 12th October
Group A flight members depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).
Group A train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 9:00am on Sunday the 13th).
Group B continues on
Drive to Wonsan City – the best beach city in DPRKorea! 5 hours driving in total including a rest/scenic stop at:
Arrive in Wonsan, check into our Tongmyong hotel
Lunch at a nearby restaurant, famous for its locally caught fresh seafood
Songdowan International Children’s Union Camp- This recently renovated summer camp was designed for children both in the DPRK and for international guests. It holds a small water park, dormitories, aquatic centre, aviary, track ‘n field and much more.
Trip highlight: Swim at Wonsan beach and hang out with the locals!
Walk along the pier to Chok Islet where the locals will be fishing, drinking and enjoying BBQ – we’ll have the chance to eat some locally caught seafood on the pier! optional 5 euros
Dinner at Tongmyong restaurant
Overnight in Tongmyong Hotel
Sunday 13th October
Head further south towards the DMZ to Mt. Kumgang (2 hours).
Stop at Samil Lagoon for breathtaking photos and refreshments.
Lunch at Tanpung Restaurant.
Check in Mt. Kumgang Hotel – this hotel was renovated by South Koreans with spectacular views of the Mt. Kumgang ranges.
Hike to Kuryong falls – the most famous scenic place in the Mt. Kumgang region with absolutely stunning and surreal views of multi-coloured Autumnal leaves and crystal clear rock pools.
Stop by Mt. Kumgang Natural Spa – here you can get a deep massage or soak up the natural spring water – optional and extra cost.
Exotic dinner and drinks nearby the hotel whilst taking in the breathtaking views.
Overnight at Kumgang Hotel.
Monday 14th October
Drive back to Wonsan.
Walk around Wonsan central square and near the port in the city and see the DPRK Mangyongbong-92 cruise ship with an explanation.
Visit the former Railway Station Revolutionary site where an old Japanese steam engine rests.
Drive back to Pyongyang stopping at Ulim Waterfall for a picnic lunch.
Visit Meari Shooting Range – this shooting range has recently been renovated to include indoor shooting with pistols, rifles or archery! 50 US cents per bullet.
Stop by the Mansugyo Beer Bar for some refreshments with the locals.
Dinner at Liberation restaurant.
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 15th October
Group B flight members depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).
Group B train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28.
Wednesday 16th October
Train members arrive in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am.
• 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).