Victory Day is considered one of the major annual holidays in North Korea and is your perfect chance to have a further insight into the country and their culture.
Spectate and partake in the mass dance event involving over 3,000 university students, possible parades, fireworks and numerous other celebrations in Pyongyang as the North Koreans mark the event when the Korean War armistice was signed on July 27th 1953 formally ending the fighting of the Korean War.
Throughout our tour you’ll be exploring all the must see sights of Pyongyang including the Mausoleum where both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state. Experience the deep mysterious Pyongyang Metro as you ride six stations of line 1! You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Korean War Museum or formally known as “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” which coincides with the events of this tour, wander Kim Il Sung Square, visit the top of the Juche tower, browse through a North Korean supermarket, and much more.
No trip to the DPRK is complete without visiting Panmunjom Village (the DMZ) and going further off the tourist path to view the secretive and controversial concrete wall.
Extend your stay with us for Group B as you head further north of Pyongyang to the famous International Friendship Exhibition where gifts from all around the world were presented to the past and current leaders of North Korea. This exhibition is buried deep into the mountain and is an absolute highlight not to be missed.
Whilst in the
mountain ranges, we’ll go for a hike for incredible views of the valley below and
stay overnight in the small town of Hyangsan. Before we return to Pyongyang,
you’ll explore one of the few remaining Buddhist temples in the country as well
as a cave that’ll take us deep into the mountain.
We’ll then head southwest of Pyongyang to the busy port city of Nampo where you’ll have the chance to see North Korean factories and a farm up close as we explore the lesser-visited industrial and agriculture regions of North Korea.
With the sun shining bright, and clear skies ahead, what better time to join us on tour. Reserve your spot on tour before it’s too late!
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.
Monday 25th 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.
Tuesday 26th July
Up nice and early for the 2.5 hour drive to Kaesong city located only 8km from South Korea.
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 euros)
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
Head back to Pyongyang on the way stopping at Sariwon city – explore the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda. A great spot to try Makkoli, a local specialty beverage consisting of rice and alcohol.
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Reunification Highway.
Dinner at the Duck BBQ Restaurant.
Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Wednesday 27th July – Victory Day
Morning walk along Pyongyang’s main avenue from Pyongyang Grand Theatre down towards Kim Il Sung Square
Explore Kim Il Sung Square
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).
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 Moran Hill Restaurant – located across the road from Pyongyang’s famous central park
Walk to Moran Park – this park is particular famous on Kim Il Sung’s Birthday as locals crowd to the park with their families and friends to partake in picnics, dancing and singing. Fantastic opportunity for photos.
Special celebratory events (optional: 150RMB or 20 euros) – a military circus performance or red orchestra performance – to be confirmed on the day
Mass Dance – over 3000 Pyongyang university students synchronise dance for an hour – incredible photo opportunities and a great opportunity to jump in and join the locals.
Stop by Mansugyo Beer Bar to join the locals for refreshments
Dinner at a local restaurant to try Pyongyang’s very famous cold noodles dish or a traditional Korean mixed rice Bibimbap dish along with other shared Korean dishes.
To be confirmed: join the locals on Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks
Overnight in Sosan Hotel.
Thursday 28th July
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
Revolutionary Martyrs’ 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.
Lunch at local restaurant on Liberation Street
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.
Monument to the Party Foundation – the iconic stone monument with the giant hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush – built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Worker’s Party of Korea
Juche Tower – The tallest stone tower in the world this monument represents the eternally burning flame of the Juche ideal (Optional extra 40RMB or 5 euros to go to the top of the tower).
Stop by Kwangbok Department Store – Pyongyang’s busiest department store. Here is your best chance to browse through locally made North Korean goods and to have access to local DPRK Won currency.
Dinner on Reunification Street
Overnight in Sosan Hotel
Friday 29th July
Group A Flyers depart Pyongyang at 9:00am on Air Koryo, arrive in Beijing at 10:00am local time.
Group A Train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing, arriving in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on Saturday 30th 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.
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 comfortable hiking shoes and light clothing.
Dinner and overnight in Chongchun Hotel
Saturday 30th 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 waterslides available, the park also features plenty for those who don’t want to swim, including a café, beer bar, table tennis, billiards, gym, massage or get a North Korean haircut – swimming 80RMB other services around 50RMB. A great place to mingle with local people!
Dinner at Potonggang Restaurant
Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang! This hotel was built for the World Youth Games back in 1989, recently renovated, and has Pyongyang’s only outdoor swimming pool that tourists can jump into!
Sunday 31st July
Drive to Nampo City (2 hour) – a major port city located south west of Pyongyang
Visit Tae’an Friendship Glass Factory – a very retro factory in cooperation with a Chinese company which produces most of the glass used in the DPRK
Explore Chongsan Co-Operative Farm – here you’ll have the chance to explore a North Korean farm, visit a local nursery a farmer’s house and learn the difference between a state and co-op farm in the DPRK.
Lunch at the Habour Restaurant in Nampo city.
Drive to the West Sea Barrage – an astounding example of socialist construction, the 8km long barrage was built to separate salty water of the Yellow Sea from the fresh water of the Taedong River to promote better farmland as well as controlling the tide of the river. We visit the top of this massive Soviet project.
Visit Kangso Mineral Water Factory – Home to the DPRK’s most famous sparkling water –you learn how it’s pumped from the ground, bottled and delivered. No visit is complete without samples!
Head to the Meari Shooting Range which been recently renovated and equipped with rifles, pistols, archery, virtual games and automatic rifles. 3RMB per bullet.
Farewell dinner at National Restaurant with performance
Overnight at Chongnyon Hotel
Monday 1st August
Group B Flyers depart Pyongyang at 9:00am on Air Koryo, arrive in Beijing at 10:00am local time
Group B Train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing
Tuesday 2nd August
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.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).