Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour With Mass Games
The Pyongyang International Film Festival is held biannually and is a great chance to see something a little different during your tour!
This trip will show you all the must see and do sites and activities around Pyongyang city and also take in the opening ceremony and opening film of the festival with a crowd of international and local guests and VIP’s. We’ll also arrange a special screening of a classic DPRK film and hold a Q and A session with one of the actors or senior crew from the film. You’ll also have the chance to get an autographed copy of the film giving you a truly unique souvenir or a signed poster.
The Film Festival is very popular (as things in Pyongyang go, anyway) and tickets for the opening ceremony are limited, so we recommend booking early to ensure your place at the show.
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.
Original Price (Per Person)
To submit your film to PYONGYANG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, check out Pioneer Media.
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 17th September
Train group arrives 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 1:00pm. (meet group at Air Koryo check-in counter)
Flight group arrives in Pyongyang at 4:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Train group arrives at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome.
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant on Ryomyong Street
Check-in and overnight at Yangakkdo hotel
Wednesday 18th September
Wake up early and make our way down to Kaesong City
Panmunjom 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 extra – dog meat soup 5 euro)
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.
Try locally brewed Makkoli in the local tea house
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
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 the Famous Duck BBQ Restaurant.
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Thursday 19th September
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 a Korean 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.
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 artwork and statues are created. This is where we get to meet some of the local artists too
Visit the Korean Film Studio where we’ll have a chance to dress up in costume and check out the backdrops of fake locations such as Seoul, China, Japan, and even Europe!
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 and drinks at the Moran Hill Restaurant
DPRK classic film screening, with a Q and A session with one of the cast or crew and opportunities for photographs and to buy autographed DVDs and film posters!
Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel.
Friday 20th September
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.
Lunch in a local Korean restaurant to try the local famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or the traditional Korean dish of Bibimbap!
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 – a monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euros to go to the top).
Stop by Mansugyo Beer Bar – a very popular bar with the locals, soft drinks and coffee also available.
Pyongyang International Film Festival opening ceremony and film (The film will be announced a few weeks for the ceremony)
Dinner at the National restaurant with a performance!
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel
Saturday 21st September
Train members depart at 10:25am
Flight members depart at 8:50am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving in Beijing at 9:50am Beijing time.)
Sunday 22nd September
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.
• Entrance to the Film Festival
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).