Come join us as we host one of our most adventurous tours of the year. We’ve specifically designed this tour to give you the best opportunity to not only explore the less-visited sights of the east coast but to also grant you a glimpse of everyday life in the DPRK. This tour will also cover the celebrations that’ll take place for their National Day that’ll include mass dancing and fireworks!
We’ll start the tour off in one of the most tenses places on Earth, the DMZ. Here we’ll meet our local military officer as he’ll show us the JSA and the division of North and South Korea. We’ll then be upgraded to a Colonel officer who’ll take us further inland to visit the Concreate Wall – this will give you a great glimpse at the wall which was erected by the South Koreans during the 70’s. We can even see South Korean watchtowers along the hill from the DPRK post
We’ll then return to Pyongyang to join in and spectate the celebrations taken place for National Day. We’ll be visiting the Korean War Museum, the Mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, the Juche tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and much more. What makes this tour even more unique is we’ve arranged an incredibly unique opportunity to visit the entire Pyongyang Metro. We’ll explore 13 out of the 16 mysterious metro stations that are spread 100 metres underground the capital on both Line 1 and 2!
Now we move deeper into the unseen parts. We’ll make our way to Hamhung city, the second-largest city of the DPRK. Here we’ll explore the east coast’s largest fertilizer factory and some of the heritage sights surrounding the outskirts. During our visit to Hamhung, we’ll stay at the Majon resort with a gorgeous beach located at the foot of our own private villas.
Onwards we’ll drop down to Wonsan city, the most famous beach city of North Korea. Here we’ll be able to mingle with the locals on the beach, play beach sports, swim and try some of our favourite soft-serve ice cream in the country.
So come join us as we show you one of the most in-depth tours into the DPRK!
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.
Train group arrive 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 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 Yanggakdo Hotel.
Sunday 6th September Morning
Check out and drive to Hamhung city – 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 we’ll 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 we’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.
Dinner, drinks and overnight at the Majon Resort – here we’ll have our own private beach with other recreational facilities such as billiards and karaoke.
Monday 7th September Morning
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 DPRKorea! 2.5 hours driving.
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 extra.
Dinner at the famous Wonsan seafood restaurant, a local highlight.
Drinks and overnight in Tongmyong hotel which overlooks the gorgeous bay.
Tuesday 8th September Morning
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.
Lunch at a local Wonsan restaurant to sample some famous local dishes.
Drive back to Pyongyang (5 hours) stopping along the way for refreshments.
Stop by the Tomb of King Tongmyong – the founder of the ancient Goguryeo kingdom.
Dinner at the famous Duck BBQ restaurant in Reunification District.
Drinks and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Wednesday 9th September – National Day! Morning
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.
Spectate and/or join in on the Pyongyang university students performing a mass dance near an iconic DPRK monument – fantastic for rare photo opportunities!
Lunch at the Chongryu Korean Hot Pot restaurant.
Walk along Moran Hill where Korean families gather for outdoor BBQ, singing and dancing. Fantastic for photos.
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a circus performance, red orchestra, or possibly some other surprises.
Monument to the Party Foundation- Built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party.
Juche Tower- The tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Dinner at the National Restaurant
To be confirmed: We’ll gather in Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks amongst the locals to celebrate today’s event.
Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel
Thursday 10th September Morning
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
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.
Lunch at the Moran Hill Chicken Restaurant
Trip specialty – explore 13 out of the 16 underground Pyongyang Metro stations of both Line 1 and 2. Tourists visiting Pyongyang rarely have this insight and will be the one and only opportunity to experience Pyongyang Underground
Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace – the DPRK’s largest schoolchildren’s palace. We’ll have a chance to visit classrooms to see students studying their elective subjects including dancing, sports, musical instruments, calligraphy, computer science, embroidery and more. The students of the palace will put on a spectacular performance.
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 Yanggakdo Hotel.
Friday 11th September Morning
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).
The concrete wall of the DMZ
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. Also if you like you can try Makkoli in a local Makkoli Bar.
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Reunification Highway.
Dinner at a local restaurant in Mangyongdae District to try Pyongyang’s famous Cold Noodle Dish or the traditional Korean Bibimbap dish
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Saturday 12th September Morning
Flight members depart at 8:50am for Beijing arriving 9:50am in Beijing local time
Train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing.
Sunday 13th September
Train members arrive at 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)