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Absolute North Korea Tour

9 Days | 8 Nights
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North Korea
Pyongyang - Kaesong (DMZ) - Mount Myohyang - Pyongsong - Wonsan

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Before starting this Absolute North Korea Tour with us, we have a pre-tour briefing today at the train station that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers and pay any outstanding tour fees. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea. After that, we will provide you with assistance with the boarding the overnight train to Dandong where we transit another train to Pyongyang.
MEALS
None
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight hard sleeper train
The train arrives into Dandong train station in the morning. You have some hours free before continue boarding another train to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea (DPRK). The train is supposed to departs at 10 am then arrives at 5.30 pm. A lunch box is provided on train.

Arrive into Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK and home to many of the most iconic monuments and political sites, you will be met by our Asia Senses Korean tour guides with a warm welcome, then transferred to the city. En route to the hotel, our guides will point out the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch. From the top, we will get our first panorama view of Pyongyang city!

Afterwards, we will head over to the Mansudae Grand Monument, an important site famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. It is customary to bow and lay flowers here. Stroll through the Mansudae Fountain Park, a serene meeting spot for students and an often used backdrop for wedding photos.

We will then check into then spend time for refreshment. If the time permits, have an optional visit to the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park where the thrillseekers among us can brave the rides with Pyongyang locals on a night out. Enjoy our welcome dinner at the Koryo Hotel’s top floor revolving restaurant! Overnight in Pyongyang.
MEALS
Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel
Start the day with a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary (closed in May and June). Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. Afterwards, take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcasted internationally during important holiday events.

Stroll in relaxed manner through the city to the Foreign Languages Bookshop which provides the best chance in the DPRK to pick up postcards, publications, posters and other trinkets that make perfect souvenirs. Then visit the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library used to further education and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River!

After lunch, we will visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung, a traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding. We will then head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line. We’ll then learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift 150-meters to the top, you’ll enjoy the best views in Pyongyang city. Elevator ticket is 5 EUR.

We will also have a photo stop at the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals. Take a one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more at the incredible Pyongyang Circus (optional; 20 EUR entry fee paid at the door). Afterwards, pay a visit to either Golden Lane Bowling or Meari Shooting Range and then follow up with a casual evening walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention. For dinner, we will have Korean bibimbap and get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel
In the morning, enjoy a 2.5 hour drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic city of Kaesong. We will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom Armistice Village, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK in 1953, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses in the Joint Security Area. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.

Afterwards, we will head to the Koryo History Museum or Kaesong Koryo Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates). You’ll also have a chance to pick from the most varied range of stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop.

For lunch, enjoy Pansanggi, a historic Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty. It is made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Afterwards, stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site.

On our return to Pyongyang, we will visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). We will then enjoy dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table! End the night with a casual evening walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel
Begin the new day with the visit to the Mansudae Art Studio, the most prestigious fine arts studio and gallery in North Korea. This studio is the only one given permission to depict the Great Leaders in monuments, murals and mosaics. We recommend getting the ink block paintings here. The next place is the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River!

Depart to the mining city of Pyongsong. This satellite city of Pyongyang was opened for the foreign visitors in 2013. Visit the Pyongsong Central Square where houses a giant bronze statue of a young Kim Il Sung and a history museum with the party symbol in between the slogan "One United People's Heart", followed by the Paeksongri Revolutionary Site where the Kim Il Sung University was moved to in the Korean War.

After lunch, stop at the Pyongsong Number 1 High School, Kim Jong Suk high school. The school's headmaster will show us around the school where we will be able to join in a lesson and interact in English with the students as there tend to be extra lessons on Saturdays. If the time permits, we will visit the Paeksong Food Factory or Taedonggang Textile Factory, a rare chance to see a DPRK factory.

Continue to the picturesque Mt. Myohyang (Myohyangsan). This will be a 1.5 hour drive filled with beautiful scenery, providing a great look at what life is like outside of the capital. Check-in hotel then spend time for refreshment.

Overnight in Mount Myohyang (Myohyangsan).
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight in Mount Myohyang at Chongchon Hotel
After breakfast, we will visit the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex containing the gifts given to the Great Leaders by foreign dignitaries over the years, displayed proudly in over 150 rooms. There’s even a basketball signed by Michael Jordan presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the mountain view and fresh air while sipping organic mountain root tea. We will then visit the ancient Buddhist Pohyon Temple, founded under the Koryo Dynasty and remains populated by practicing Korean Buddhist monks.

After lunch, we will hike the Manphok Valley trail. This area is popular with picnicking locals and filled with dense forest, waterfalls and temples with great views (bring comfortable shoes; all hiking is optional and at your own pace). There will be plenty of opportunities for photos here!

Return to the capital and visit Kwangbok Supermarket, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported product and the only place in Pyongyang where foreigners are able to exchange and use the local North Korean Won. If your energy allows, visit Science and Technology Centre, a newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.

For dinner, we will visit South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats or have Jeongol, a Korean-style hotpot at a local restaurant.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel
This morning, we’ll depart for the east cost port city of Wonsan. En route, we will stop at the Sinpyong Tea House for coffee or tea in the fresh mountain air. Upon arrival at the grand Masikryong Hotel inside the Masikryong Ski Resort complex, check in then have lunch before having a quick tour of the grounds. The hotel complex was built at the order of Marshal Kim Jong-Un in 2013.

Afterwards, drive 40 minutes into the city of Wonsan and have a guided tour of the Revolutionary Sites that played a prominent role in the fight against Japanese occupation and the Korean War. We will also get a tour of the Wonsan University of Agriculture, touted as the top institution for agricultural development in the country.

Visit the Wonsan City Docks which includes a central square and bronze monuments to the Great Leaders. Walk along the pier between dozens of fisherman to the Jangdok Islet where you can buy seafood that was caught just seconds ago by local vendors (there’s a 1 Euro fee to be paid at the entrance). We will get a picturesque view of the Wonsan skyline from here. Enjoy a city leisurely stroll through Wonsan before settling in for dinner at a local seafood restaurant. Return to the Masikryong Hotel for a great night sleep!
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight in Wonsan at Masikryong Hotel or Dongmyong Hotel
Wake in the mountains and watch the sunrise from your private balcony before enjoying a hearty breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients. Before we leave back for Pyongyang capital, you can take the new Masikryong ski lift to the peak for an incredible morning view over the untouched mountain ranges (the ski lift is optional and the fee a $15 fee to be paid at the ski lift.)

On our way back to Pyongyang, halt for a quick visit to the stunning Ullim Waterfall discovered relatively recently by the Korean People’s Army. It’s a waterfall you will hear well before you see. If it’s a nice day we will enjoy a picnic lunch here.

Watch North Korean countryside life go by as we head back to Pyongyang, and on our arrival we will be treated to an evening cruise on the new full service ferry, Mujigae, docked on the Taedong River across from the Juche Tower (optional for $1.50 entrance fee).
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel
The Absolute North Korea Tour wraps up today. This morning, you will be transferred by our guides and driver to Pyongyang Sunan International ariport to catch the flight back to Beijing. Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55 local time and basic breakfast on board is provided by the airlines (no vegetarian option). If you wish to train out of Pyongyang, please let us know.
MEALS
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATIONS
None

Departure Dates

Dep.
Arr.
Spots Left
Price
Dep - Jul 21 Arr - Jul 29
8 Spots
-10%
$ 1,324$ 1,472
Jul 21
Jul 29
8 Spots
-10%
$ 1,324$ 1,472
Dep - Aug 17 Arr - Aug 25
4 Spots
-5%
$ 1,415$ 1,490
Aug 17
Aug 25
4 Spots
-5%
$ 1,415$ 1,490
Dep - Sep 02 Arr - Sep 10
2 Spots
$ 1,490
Sep 02
Sep 10
2 Spots
$ 1,490
Dep - Oct 27 Arr - Nov 03
4 Spots
$ 1,490
Oct 27
Nov 03
4 Spots
$ 1,490
Dep - Nov 24 Arr - Dec 02
8 Spots
-5%
$ 1,415$ 1,490
Nov 24
Dec 02
8 Spots
-5%
$ 1,415$ 1,490
Dep - Dec 21 Arr - Dec 29
6 Spots
-10%
$ 1,341$ 1,490
Dec 21
Dec 29
6 Spots
-10%
$ 1,341$ 1,490
Dep - Feb 23 Arr - Mar 02
6 Spots
-10%
$ 1,341$ 1,490
Feb 23
Mar 02
6 Spots
-10%
$ 1,341$ 1,490
Dep - Apr 27 Arr - May 05
4 Spots
$ 1,490
Apr 27
May 05
4 Spots
$ 1,490
Dep - May 11 Arr - May 19
6 Spots
$ 1,490
May 11
May 19
6 Spots
$ 1,490
Dep - Jun 15 Arr - Jun 23
8 Spots
$ 1,490
Jun 15
Jun 23
8 Spots
$ 1,490

Private Tour Price (2 Pax Up)

comfort package
comfort package
$ 1,800
per person
/ person
superior package
superior package
$ 2,000
per person
/ person
deluxe package
deluxe package
$ 2,150
per person
/ person

Tour Price Includes

Tour Price Excludes


When to Go

See estimated monthly temperature and rainfall for this itinerary
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC





Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
-2ºC
12mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
0ºC
14mm

Mount Myohyang
-2ºC
13mm

Pyongsong
-1ºC
13mm

Wonsan
1ºC
29mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
1ºC
15mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
3ºC
16mm

Mount Myohyang
0ºC
12mm

Pyongsong
1ºC
15mm

Wonsan
2ºC
30mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
7ºC
26mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
9ºC
48mm

Mount Myohyang
6ºC
24mm

Pyongsong
7ºC
28mm

Wonsan
7ºC
51mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
16ºC
36mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
16ºC
83mm

Mount Myohyang
14ºC
46mm

Pyongsong
16ºC
42mm

Wonsan
15ºC
67mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
22ºC
81mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
22ºC
79mm

Mount Myohyang
20ºC
75mm

Pyongsong
22ºC
78mm

Wonsan
20ºC
76mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
26ºC
96mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
25ºC
103mm

Mount Myohyang
24ºC
89mm

Pyongsong
26ºC
97mm

Wonsan
24ºC
131mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
28ºC
306mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
28ºC
420mm

Mount Myohyang
27ºC
287mm

Pyongsong
28ºC
316mm

Wonsan
27ºC
352mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
29ºC
195mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
29ºC
279mm

Mount Myohyang
28ºC
220mm

Pyongsong
29ºC
232mm

Wonsan
27ºC
372mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
25ºC
104mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
24ºC
142mm

Mount Myohyang
23ºC
111mm

Pyongsong
24ºC
119mm

Wonsan
24ºC
250mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
18ºC
40mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
19ºC
46mm

Mount Myohyang
17ºC
54mm

Pyongsong
18ºC
43mm

Wonsan
18ºC
60mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
9ºC
38mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
11ºC
46mm

Mount Myohyang
7ºC
35mm

Pyongsong
8ºC
38mm

Wonsan
10ºC
58mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Pyongyang
0ºC
16mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
3ºC
29mm

Mount Myohyang
0ºC
14mm

Pyongsong
0ºC
18mm

Wonsan
3ºC
25mm

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