During this trip, you’ll go far beyond the must-see sights within the capital of Pyongyang as you’ll explore the incredibly unique natural scenery of Diamond Mountain (Mt Kumgang), visit the famous North Korean Ski Resort at Masikryong and tour each of North Korea’s famous soviet styled factories such as the Chollima Steelworks and Hungnam Fertiliser Factory both built directly after the Korean War.
With a total of 7 nights in Pyongyang, and a night each in Kaesong – only 8km away from the DMZ, Nampo – North Korea’s busiest port city, Wonsan – famous for its pristine Korean beaches, Majon – a retro-styled villa with private access to your own beach, Mt Kumgang – one of Asia’s best hiking treks and Masik Ski Resort which grabbed international attention when it was first opened in 2013.
We’ve included incredible extras such as visiting the International Friendship Exhibition where gifts presented to all three leaders are stored beneath a mountain, visiting the DMZ, BBQ on the beach with locals and visiting North Korea’s second-largest city.
Pricing 2-5 people- 2895 euro Per person, 3423 euro for a solo traveller includes Mt. Kumgang national park entrance fee
Meet your YPT guide at 3pm 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 discuss any other questions you may have about the DPRK.
Depart Beijing Central Station at 5:25pm for the 24-hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
Arrive in Dandong at 7am where you’ll disembark the train and go through Chinese immigration and customs
Board the train and cross the bridge where you’ll go through arrivals and customs in North Korea.
Arrive in Pyongyang at 3:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant on Ryomyong Street
Check-in and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
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). We expect it to be very busy at this time with locals paying their respect.
Foreign Language Bookshop- Shopping central for books, pins, DVD’s, CD’s and periodicals in English and other foreign Languages, followed by a brisk walk to:
Kim Il Sung Square- The central square of Pyongyang City.
Pyongyang Metro! Ride from Stop 1 to Stop 2 then on to stop 6! Exiting to:
The Arch of Triumph- The largest Victory Arch on the planet- it celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the return of the general Kim Il Sung to his home city.
Lunch at the Chongryu Korean Hot Pot restaurant.
Juche Tower- The tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Monument to the Party Foundation- Built-in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party.
Dinner at a local restaurant to try the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap.
Overnight at Sosan Hotel
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.
Visit the Pyongyang Metro Museum
Lunch at the Moran Hill Chicken Restaurant
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.
Visit Kwangbok department store – here we can buy locally made items and exchange our foreign currency into local DPRK Won!
Drinks at the Taedongang #3 brewery with seven different beers on tap! (Beers 1.5 euro each).
Dinner at the Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant.
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – The mausoleum where the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state
Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery- the resting place of many of the most famous anti-Japanese revolutionaries, the cemetery also features a fantastic view of Pyongyang from Mt Daesong.
Lunch at a local Korean hot pot restaurant
Stop by the Daesong Supermarket where fancy brands can be found!
China Korea Friendship Tower – built on the Moran Hill this tower was built in the late 1950s to commemorate the Chinese sacrifice in the Korean War and the friendship between the two socialist countries
Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s palace- The top extra curricular training center for students in Pyongyang you can see some of the classes and watch the famous student performance.
Overnight at the Sosan hotel
Up nice and early for the drive to Kaesong city (2 and a half hours)
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).
Walk up Mt Janam to see the view of the old town of Kaesong.
Visit the concrete wall- a local KPA colonel will take the time to show you the wall and various other fortifications along the south Korean side of the DMZ
Dinner and overnight at the Janamsan Hotel
Visit the tomb of King Kongming- one of Korea’s most famous tomb’s it is also in a beautiful location.
Drive back from Kaesong stopping to see the beautiful Pakyon Waterfall and have a pincnic lunch along the way.
Munsu Water Park- With Indoor and outdoor pools and amazing waterslides, the park also features plenty for those who don’t want to swim, including a Haemaji coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiards, massage, or a beauty salon (various services extra charge, swimming and access to the gym, table tennis and billiards is 10 euro).
Walk along Moran Hill one of Pyongyang’s most famous parks and places for people to relax.
Dinner at the New Hope Restaurant
Overnight at Sosan Hotel
Drive to Nampo City (2 hours)
West Sea Barrage- An astounding example of socialist construction, the barrage was built to keep the salty water of the West sea from rendering parts of the Taedonggan river and surrounding farmland useless as well as to tame the local sea.
Unique trip highlight – Swim at Nampo beach and hang out with the locals!
Lunch at the Hangu harbour hotel – a quiet and less visited hotel in Nampo city
Chollima Steel Complex- One of the DPRK’s most famous industrial sites – named after the Chollima movement it helped lead. Here we’ll see workers in action as we watch the steps on how Koreans forge steel.
Chongsan Co-operative farm- One of the top co-op farms in the DPRK and a model of the co-op method. Here we’ll be able to explore the village and possibly visit the nursery, a farmers house or even the local theatre.
Kangso Mineral water factory- Home to the DPRK’s most famous sparkling water- with samples!
Drive back to Pyongyang
Dinner and Overnight at the Ryonggang hot spa hotel- with a mineral spa in each room! Great place for billiards and ping pong. Here we have a chance to try Korea’s famous Korean clam BBQ for 5 euros extra.
Check out and drive to Hamhung city (6 hours) – this city has only recently been opened to foreigners and is the DPRK’s second largest city and a centre of industry on the east coast of the peninsula.
On the way stop at Sinphyong Lagoon for refreshments and photos.
Picnic lunch at Ulim Waterfall – one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in the DPRK.
Visit the Tongbong Co-operative farm – here you’ll see how farmers out in the rural areas work with their latest machinery, visit a family’s home and join the nursery school for classes. Here’s a great chance to bring something nice for the children such as candy, stationary or toys.
Visit the Statues of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il in the grand square of Hamhung city.
Walk to the pagoda on the hill to overlook the main strip of Hamhung
Dinner, drinks and overnight at the Majon Resort – here you’ll have your own private beach with other recreational facilities such as billiards and karaoke.
Hungnam Fertilizer Factory – one of the key factories for the agricultural sector, this factory produces much needed fertilizer for the entire east coast
Visit the Hamhung Grand Theatre (exterior) – the largest theatre in the DPRK
Ancient home of Ri Song Gye – founder of the Ri Dynasty
Lunch at Hamhung hotel
Drive down to Wonsan City – the best beach city in North Korea (2 hours driving)
Swim at Wonsan beach and hang out with the locals! (There is an entry fee of 5 euro for the beach that should be paid on the spot)
Walk along the pier to Chok Islet where the locals will be fishing, drinking and enjoying BBQ – you’ll have the chance to eat some locally caught seafood on the pier if you would like. Optional 5 euros extra.
Dinner at the famous Wonsan seafood restaurant, a local highlight.
Drinks at a bar near the square
Overnight in Tongmyong hotel which overlooks the gorgeous bay.
Walk around the 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 built steam engine rests.
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.
Head further south towards the DMZ to Mt. Kumgang (2 hours)
Stop at Samil Lagoon for a rest, photos and to enjoy the view.
Check in Mt. Kumgang Hotel – this hotel comes with spectacular views of the Mt. Kumgang ranges
Stop by Mt. Kumgang Natural Spa – here you can get a deep massage or soak up the natural spring water – optional and extra cost (10+ euros)
Dinner and overnight at hotel
Take a gentle Hike to Kuryong falls – the most famous scenic place in the Mt. Kumgang region with absolutely stunning and surreal views.
Lunch at Tanpung Restaurant located within the Mt. Kumgang resort zone
Visit the Sea Kumgang Region
Drive to Masikryong Ski Resort
Dinner and overnight at the Masikryong Hotel
Hiking in the Masik Pass region or enjoy the hotel facilities
Lunch at Masikryong Hotel
Begin the journey back to Pyongyang
Tomb Of King Tongmyong
Visit the three Revolutions Exhibition
Visit the Kumryong coffee shop for a cup of coffee, tea or some cake (Extra Charge)
Overnight at the Sosan Hotel
Drive out to Mt Myohyang – 2 and a half hours north of Pyongyang.
Visit the very famous International Friendship Exhibition – two large gift houses holding the gifts presented to Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un from people, governments and institutions all over the world.
Pohyon Temple – An incredibly scenic spot, one of the five famous temples of Korea and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the DPRK.
Lunch at the Hyangsan Hotel – a five-star deluxe hotel situated between the mountain ranges of Mt. Myohyang
Drive back to Pyongyang and on the way stopping at Ryongmun (Dragon) Cavern
Dinner and drinks at a local restaurant in Pyongyang
Evening walk along Ryomyong street – a new residential street constructed in 2017 with a metro station, local shops and lines of new tall apartment buildings
Overnight at Sosan Hotel.
Depart Pyongyang at 10:10 am by train
Arrive at Dandong at 4:30pm for Chinese immigration and customs
• 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