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This 5-night classic tour to North Korea is designed to introduce you all the major highlights of the country in one extensive action packed itinerary you’ll never forget. Besides the major political highlights of DPRK in Pyongyang such as the Tower of Juche Idea, Mansudae Grand Monument, etc..., you’ll experience aspects of North Korean culture through a visit to the Grand People’s Study House and a ride on the Pyongyang metro.
Venture into rural areas, you will see life go by with a visit to Mt. Myohyang. Go hiking the fragrant mountains, complete with a picnic lunch. You’ll even get a chance to visit Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang which has been recently open in 2013. Of course, no travel to North Korea would be complete without a visit to the DMZ dividing North and South Korea! This is a varied tour you can’t miss!
NOTE: This tour can be organized privately any time of year upon request. Those who want to save a bit of cost can embark the train ride from Dandong / Beijing to Pyongyang instead of flying into Pyongyang on the first day.
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DAY 01: BEIJING – FLY TO PYONGYANG
Meet our guide at the Beijing Airport then receive the North Korean Visa and flight ticket for your North Korea Tour Packages. Then attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities while travelling in North Korea. Please be punctual for the briefing. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea. After that, we will provide you with assistance with the boarding the plane to Pyongyang. Your North Korea Travel has already begun.
Arrive into Pyongyang, 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.
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. A visit to these 2 places is a must in all North Korea Tour Packages, where you can get the very nice pictures.
Optional: 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. Entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each.
Enjoy our welcome dinner at the local restaurant then overnight at the hotel!
If you day coincides Thursday or Sunday, start your North Korea tour this morning 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. Please note formal dress is required. Men are required collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women required covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes.
Note: The Palace is open on Thursday and Sunday; and closed during May - June period.
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. (Optional; 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.
In the morning, enjoy a 2.5 hour drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic city of Kaesong then will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. Your North Korea tour package is not complete without a visit to this historic place.
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!
In any trip to North Korea, the majority of time will be in Pyongyang. However, today we pay a visit to the satellite cities of the capital.
Begin the 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.
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.
Wake up in Mount Myohyang is a highlight of your travel to North Korea.
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 farewell 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.
The Highlights of North Korea Tour wraps up today. Please confirm your preferred exit option upon booking:
Option 1: Train Pyongyang - Shenyang (NO SURCHARGE) Train departure at 10:25 with scheduled arrival in Dandong on the DPRK-China border the same day at 17:30. After that, our representative will help you with the bullet train to Shenyang. End of our services.
Option 2: Train Pyongyang - Beijing (NO SURCHARGE) Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing with scheduled arrival at 10:10 to Beijing Station. End of our services.
Option 3: Flight out (SURCHARGE of USD 200) You will be transferred by our guides and driver to Pyongyang Sunan International ariport to catch the flight back to your preferred destination.
- Beijing: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (JS151 08:25 - 09:55) - Shenyang: Wednesday and Saturday (JS155 12:00 -12:10) - Shanghai: Sunday and Thursday (JS157 22:10 - 23:30) - Guangzhou: Saturday and Wednesday (JS157 22:30 - 00:00) - Vladivostok: Monday and Friday (JS271 08:30 - 11:00)
Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)
Tour Price Includes
FREE North Korean Visa
Train Pyongyang - Dandong and Dandong - Beijing
Flight Beijing - Pyongyang
05 night accommodation in DPRK
All meals on the tour
A complimentary beer and water for each meals
Transportation in North Korea
Two local English Speaking Korean guides
FREE bottled drinking water
FREE transfer from hotel in Pyongyang to airport
Tour Price Excludes
Surcharge for the flight on departure day from Pyongyang
Travel and medical insurances
Helicopter flight in Pyongyang
Tips for the local Korean guides and driver
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, souvenirs...)
Other flights not indicated
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