Unseen DPRK & Entire Pyongyang Metro Tour With Mass Games
Join us as we embark on one of the most adventurous tours of the year to North Korea. 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 North Korea. This tour will also cover all celebrations that’ll take place for National Day which includes mass dancing, fireworks or any other events.
One of the other major highlights of the tour is having a unique insight with exploring 13 out of the 16 mysterious Pyongyang metro stations that are sprawled 100 metres underneath the capital on both line 1 and 2! You’ll also be visiting famous sights of Pyongyang such as the mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, the Korean War Museum, Kim Il Sung Square, tower of the Juche ideology, a local North Korean department store, and more!
You’ll then move deeper into the unseen parts of the country as we’ll make our way to Hamhung city, the second-largest city of the DPRK. Here we’ll inspect the east coast’s largest fertilizer factory and some of the UNESCO heritage sights surrounding the outskirts. During our visit to Hamhung, we’ll stay at the Majon Resort on a gorgeous beach located at the foot of your own private villa.
Onwards you’ll drop down to the gorgeous sunny city of Wonsan. This is a very popular holiday destination for Koreans all over the DPRK. Here we’ll try the very fresh and delicious seafood caught along the pier and to spend a special afternoon kicking a football around, playing frisbee and swimming with the locals on the beach. You’ll also have time to explore the newly renovated International Children’s Summer Camp and nearby revolutionary sites.
Next you’ll visit 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, Panmunjom Village, 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
The Mass Games, the world’s largest performance with over 100,000 performers is expected to take place during this tour! Now is your chance to watch this grand spectacular performance. Tickets are on-top of tour cost and is paid in cash during your tour in Pyongyang. We highly recommend securing your spot on tour early as we expect spaces to fill up very quickly.
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 5th September
Morning walk along Pyongyang’s main avenue from Pyongyang Grand Theatre down towards Kim Il Sung Square
Explore Kim Il Sung Square – the central square of the capital
Visit the Foreign Language Bookshop- A great place to buy books, pins, posters and Korean DVD’s
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: 40RMB or 5 euros)
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 a local restaurant in Mangyongdae District to try Pyongyang’s famous cold noodle dish or the traditional Korean Bibimbap dish
Trip specialty – explore 13 out of the 16 underground Pyongyang Metro stations of both line 1 and 2 rarely seen by tourists visiting the capital.
Visit Kwangbok department store – here we can buy locally made items and exchange our foreign currency into local DPRK Won! A great place to stock up on snacks for the road trips ahead!
Dinner at the Pyongyang BBQ Restaurant.
Overnight in Yanggakdo Hotel.
Monday 6th September
Drive to Hamhung city (5 hours) – North Korea’s second largest city and the centre of industry on the east coast of the peninsula. This has only recently been opened to foreigners visitors.
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 of the city
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.
Tuesday 7th September
We recommend waking up early to take advantage of a morning swim or jog along the beach
Visit 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 further south to Wonsan city (2 hours) – most famous for its beaches and seafood
Trip highlight – Visit Wonsan Beach for a swim, sunbathe, or to play beach games with the locals (optional seafood BBQ on the beach is available for 40RMB or 5 euros per person)
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 40 RMB or 5 euros extra.
Dinner at the famous Wonsan seafood restaurant, a local highlight.
Drinks and overnight in Songdowon Hotel which overlooks the gorgeous Wonsan bay.
Wednesday 8th September
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 locomotive rests.
Songdowan International Children’s Union Camp – This recently renovated summer camp was designed for children both in the DPRK and for international students. It holds a small water park, dormitories, aquatic centre, aviary, track ‘n field and more.
Lunch at a local Wonsan restaurant to sample some famous local dishes.
Drive back to Pyongyang (3 hours) stopping along the way for refreshments.
Stop by and explore the Tomb of King Tongmyong – the founder of the ancient Goguryeo kingdom.
Arrive in Pyongyang and dinner at the famous BBQ restaurant in Reunification District.
Drinks and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Thursday 9th September – National Day!
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
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.
Special celebratory events (150RMB or 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. Optional 40RMB or 5 euros to visit the top
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.
Dinner at the National Restaurant
Spectate the Mass Games – The world’s largest performance. Tickets can be purchased with cash only and reserved whilst on tour in North Korea.
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
Friday 10th September
Drive south of Pyongyang 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 40RMB or 5 euro).
Unique visit – the concrete wall of the DMZ – this is a little off the beaten track and gives us a great glimpse at the wall which was erected by the South Koreans during the 70’s. We can even see South Korean watch towers along the hill from the DPRK post
Drop by Sariwon city – the capital of North Hwanghae province, explore the folklore 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.
Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Saturday 11th September
Flight members depart at 8:50am for Beijing arriving 9:50am in Beijing local time
Train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing.
Sunday 12th 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)