Join the DPRK leg of our ‘Ultimate Leaders Tour‘ with a special visit to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il lie in state. We’ve added this important an sacred Pyongyang site, that has to be seen to be believed, to our classic and extremely popular Ultra Budget tour itinerary for what we believe to be the cheapest ever travel package to take people into the DPRK!
By making use of traveling from Dandong (which is easily reachable from most of China), and the more than comfortable Chongnyon Hotel in Pyongyang, we are able to offer a great price that has you in the country for 2 nights, 3 days, which is inclusive of one full day seeing all the main sites of Pyongyang, going out both nights of the trip, as well as most importantly seeing all the celebrations that will be taking place around Pyongyang.
This trip is perfect for those people already in China, or those simply traveling through that do not have the time or budget to do a full trip.
Please note: All travellers must have a re-entry visa into China as there isn’t enough time to apply for a Chinese visa in Pyongyang and the 144 hour transfer visa, doesn’t permit rail use.
This tour can be combined with any leg of our Ultimate Leaders Tour, either joining from our Vietnam leg after visiting the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi or continuing on to Moscow, where we finish with a dose of Lenin in Red Square.
Meet your YPT guide at 7:30am inside the entrance of the Dandong Railway Station to collect train ticket, DPRK visa and go through DPRK procedure
Board the 10:00 am train from Dandong
Arrive in Sinuiju to go through DPRK entry procedure
Continue the train ride onto Pyongyang and enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way.
Optional lunch on the train (50RMB extra)
6:45 pm arrival in Pyongyang to be met by your guides.
Evening city tour of Pyongyang, including us stopping at Kim Il Sung Square for a walk and pictures.
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant on Ryomyong Street.
Check-in and overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel.
Sunday 25th October
We get up early put on our suits (you will need to bring smart clothing) and visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace where we will see President Kim Il Sung, and General Kim Jong Il lying in state. Whilst our 3 weeks will take us to lots of Mausoleums nothing comes even close in scale to this
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 euro.)
Lunch in the KITC restaurant to try the famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or Korean Bibimbap.
Visit Kim Il Sung Square and a short walk to the Foreign Language Bookshop – shopping central for books, pins, DVD’s, CD’s and periodicals in English and other foreign Languages
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)
Mansugyo Beer Bar – seven different microbrews on tap, 10RMB each
Dinner at the National Restaurant with a performance!
Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel
Monday 26th October
Slow drive to Pyongyang train station stopping at a few interesting places in the city for last photos. Depart Pyongyang by train at 10.25am Optional lunch on the train (50RMB extra). Arrive in Sinuiju at 3:00pm, go through immigration and exit to Dandong at 5:00pm. End of tour.
This tour can be combined with any leg of our Ultimate Leaders Tour either joining from our Vietnam leg after visiting the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi or continuing on to Moscow, where we finish with a dose of Lenin in Red Square.
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong.
• All meals in the DPRK unless otherwise stated.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).