The least visited part of North Korea that is actually more open to foreigners than the rest of the country. Rason has plenty to offer to return visitors and those interested in the DPRK’s unique economy. This is the only part of the country where tourists can visit public markets and use the local currency (DPRK Won) freely in shops, markets, restaurants and hotels throughout the region.
Visiting the bustling and exciting market feels like a truly different world than the rest of the country and the super fresh seafood, homemade snacks, and bargains on clothing such as your own Kim Il Sung style suit or Korean traditional dress provide a reason in themselves to visit this part of the country.
Rason also features such highlights as the Rason Foreign Language school, a Kindergarten performance and an excellent Art Gallery with some of the best prices in the country.
Overnight at the Liu Jing Hotel in the Chinese city of Yanji
Wake up early for an 8:30am departure to the border between the DPRK and China – 3 hour drive
Arrive at the Chinese Immigration Border to go through border formalities
Cross the friendship bridge linking China and the DPRK
Meet your local Korean guides and head to the Rason International Travel Agency restaurant for lunch.
Visit the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il.
Visit the Rason Foreign Languages School – here you can have an impromptu class (if you feel up to it!) and speak/teach English with the students.
Rason Kindergarten – watch a fabulous performance which is particularly famous in the region. We encourage tourists to bring some sweets, snacks and stationary to gift to the children.
Visit the Rajin Clothing Factory – one of the more interesting factories in town with a lot of outsourced production finding its way here.
Dinner at the Local Noodle House – here you can sample the famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles
(Optional massage at the famed Rason Massage clinic 100 RMB for an hour)
Drinks and overnight at Pipha Tourist Hotel
Short hike up Mt Sahyang – the highest peak in the region to visit a revolutionary site
Visit Golden Triangle Bank – it is permitted to exchange foreign currencies into Korean Won at an unpublished rate and to open a local DPRK bank account. Here you can use and keep your local DPRK debit card as a souvenir
Take a walk in the streets and around the public square
Visit Rason Art Gallery – Most of the works here are also for sale with some of the DPRK’s top artists having paintings featured
Rason Bookshop and Souvenir Shop – books and a wide range of souvenirs are available here.
Trip Highlight – visit the only private market where tourists are able to visit in the DPRK. Here it is possible to see what’s available for normal citizens to buy and sell. Tourists can use local DPRKorean Won as well as other hard currencies. This is one of the best and cheapest places on the planet to buy some great seafood, soviet clothing, cigarettes, alcohol and other goodies.
Take a walk in Haean Park – great for snapping photos of the locals and families. If you’re game you can even hire a pair of skates or a skateboard to challenge the kids.
Visit to the Czech Joint Venture microbrewery for a cheap pint.
Visit the Rason Port and hear about how it’s developing within the Second Economic Zone.
Visit a very unique Ukranian restaurant for a pre dinner drink.
Kumyong Restaurant – one of the more regarded restaurants in town where you can also add some fresh seafood from the market you bought earlier to the kitchen, if you want.
Drinks at a local bar near the central square.
Overnight at the Pipha Hotel
Up early and check out of the hotel.
Visit Pipha Island for scenic ocean shots of the East Sea of Korea
Visit the Emperor Hotel – this astonishing 5-star hotel and the casino was built by Hong Kong investors. Here we can take a look around and relax over a coffee or a beer.
Visit a Joint Venture Seafood Factory on Pipha Island.
Drive to Sonbong to visit the Sonbong Revolutionary Site.
Drive to the three-point pass where the borders of the DPRK, China and Russia meet. Fantastic photo opportunity here!
Visit the monument of Admiral Ri Sun Xin
Picnic lunch at the three point pass overlooking China and Russia
Visit the DPRK-Russia Friendship Pavilion
Drive to DPRK customs and cross back to China through immigration
• All meals unless detailed as an option on itinerary
• Hotel Accommodation
• Two Korean Guides and a Driver
• All transportation within the DPRK
• Entry Fee’s for most attractions unless specified on the itinerary