Join us for the celebrations marking Victory Day in the DPRK! Summer is a great time to be in North Korea and what better reason to go than to help celebrate Victory Day with the locals! During this tour we will be taking part in any available DPRK celebrations, as well as hanging out and drinking with locals in the park, watching the fireworks and joining in the Mass Dance! Great time to be in Pyongyang!
During this tour, we’ll be hitting up all the must see sights of Pyongyang including the Mausoleum where both President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il lay in state. We’ll also experience the deep Pyongyang metro as we ride not two but six stations of line 1! We’ll also have an opportunity to visit the Korean War Museum and see the North Korean’s story of the war that took place against the Americans. No trip to the DPRK is complete without visiting Panmumjom (the DMZ) from the North side where North and South Korea meet head on! As well as lots more to do and see!
Our longer tour will take us up to Mt Myohyang where we’ll visit the famous International Friendship Exhibition where gifts from all around the world were presented to the past and current leaders of the DPRK. This exhibition is buried deep into the mountain and one that is not to be missed!
During our tour, we’ve been given special access to a Russian Mil Mi-17 helicopter to take for a whirl around Pyongyang city for a unique aerial tour of the capital.
We’ll swoop around the iconic, 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, do a low flyby of the Taedong River passing the Juche Tower, have a great glimpse of May Day Stadium – the world’s largest stadium, and explore the many districts sprawling across the city for fantastic and unique photography opportunities. This joyride is completely optional and is €250 per person on top of the tour costs. If you are interested please let us know while booking.
For more information on Victory Day parades in the former Soviet bloc, please check out our article here.
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.
Friday 24th July
Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:30am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:00pm (Group will meet at Air Koryo check-in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:00pm 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 Sosan hotel.
In the evening your YPT guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides.
Saturday 25th July
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: 5 euros).
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 Moranbong Chicken Restaurant
Visit Moranbong hill to dance, party and mingle with the locals as they celebrated the biggest holiday of the year!
Foreign Language Bookshop – with a large selection of books in English and other European Languages as well as other souvenirs, followed by a short walk to:
Kim Il Sung Square- the central square of Pyongyang city and the place where all the action happens.
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any holiday events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a parade, a circus performance, and possibly some other surprises.
Expected mass dance for Victory Day, join in or just watch for fantastic photography opportunities!
Stop by Mansugyo Beer Bar to join the locals for refreshments
Dinner at Duck BBQ restaurant
Watch the Mass Games! The world’s largest and most breathtaking performance
Join the locals on Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Sunday 26th July
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
Revolutionary Martyry’s Cemetery – The resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.
Helicopter Joyride option – we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board a Mil Mi-17 to take on a joyride for a 40 minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city. (250 euros)
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.
Begin drive down to Kaesong city – located only 8km away from the DMZ
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
On the way stopping at Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folkcustom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
Check into Korean Folklore Hotel in Kaesong
Dinner, drinks and overnight at hotel
Monday 27th July – Victory Day
Koryo Museum- Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK, so don’t forget your wallet!
The DMZ – See one of the tensest places on earth complete with a friendly KPA officer who will not only give you a guided tour but also keep you safe. Also the only place you can take photographs of and even with a soldier!
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).
Head back to Pyongyang city
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.
Spectate and/or join in on the Pyongyang university students performing a mass dance near an iconic DPRK monument – fantastic for rare photo opportunities!
Dinner at a local restaurant to try the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap with a special performance from the waitresses
To be confirmed: We’ll gather in Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks amongst the locals to celebrate today’s event.
Visit Kaeson Funfair – entry 2 euros and ride are 3 – 5 euros.
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Tuesday 28th July
Group A Flyers depart Pyongyang at 9:00am on Air Koryo, arrive in Beijing at 9:55am local time.
Group A Train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing, arriving in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on Wednesday 29th July.
Group B continue onto:
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.
Korean Film Studio – We’ll be able to dress up from characters from the old Koryo Dynasty (1 euro) and walk the streets of the backdrops such as Seoul during the 1960s, Tokyo during the 1940s and even an old European town.
Visit Mansudae Art Studio – the nation’s most important artwork and statues are created here. This is where we get to meet some of the local artists too.
Lunch at the Gold Cup restaurant
Drive out to the beautiful Mt Myohyang (2 and a half hours)
Arrive in Hyangsan county located within the mountain ranges of Mt. Myohyang. Here we’ll check in and drop our bags off at the Chongchun Hotel and prepare for hiking
Hike up the scenic mountain range of Mt. Myohyang (3 hours total), please prepare hiking shoes and light clothing
Dinner and overnight in Chongchun Hotel
Wednesday 29th July
Visit the International Friendship Exhibition – Two large gift houses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un from people, governments and institutions all over the world.
Pohyon Temple – One of the 5 famous temples of Korea and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the DPRK.
Lunch at Chongchun Hotel
Head back to Pyongyang on the way stopping at:
Ryongmun cavern – one of the most famous cave structures in Korea, it’s well known for its size and the uniqueness of its rock formations.
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). Another great place to mingle with local people!
Visit the Kwanbok department store where we can shop with the locals and have access to the local DPRK won currency!
Dinner at Potonggang Restaurant
Farewell drinks at the Taedonggang #3 Micro Brewery – The best place to get Taedonggang draft beer
Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang! This hotel was built for the World Youth Games back in 1989 and has Pyongyang’s only outdoor swimming pool that tourists can jump into!
Thursday 30th July
Group B Flyers depart Pyongyang at 9:00am on Air Koryo, arrive in Beijing at 9:55am local time
Group B Train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing
Friday 31st July
Train members arrive into 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.3. All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).