This morning, three hours before departure, meet our representative at the Beijing airport then receive the flight ticket and Visa for your North Korea Tour Packages. You will then be travelling to Pyongyang where you will be met by our Asia Senses Tour Guide. 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.
Have dinner at the local restaurant then overnight at the hotel! Overnight in Pyongyang.
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 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, visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung, a traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding. 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.
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).
Stop at the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
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, sample Korean Bibimbap and get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery (Optional; 1-3 USD per draft).
Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.
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 Packages are 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, 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, where we 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!
Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.
The 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)