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Enjoy a very D.P.R.K. summer!

On Liberation Day, North Korea celebrates the liberation from the Japanese occupier after the Second World War. The day is one of the most important holidays and is widely celebrated in both Koreas. We also expect the Mass Games to return for this holiday. During the tour you will visit other places outside the capital Pyongyang. For example, you will go to Nampo on the west coast and Wonsan on the east. Cities that are just a little bit different from Pyongyang, so you will also discover another side of the country. The tour can be done as a short or long tour.

General info

Start dateFriday 12 August 2022
End dateSaturday 20 August 2022 (A)
Tuesday 23 August 2022 (B)
Days7 days (A) /10 days (B)
Price€ 1,295 (A) / €1,545 (B)
IncludingAccommodation
Transportation on the ground
Local guide
Train in + out
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 45 per night)
Insurance
Food on the train
Visa
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
Additional events
Flight Beijing <-> Pyongyang
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Itinerary

Friday 12 August – Beijing

  • Meet your group and get to know your guide in Beijing.
  • 5:25 p.m. departure by night train to Pyongyang.

Saturday 13 August – Pyongyang

  • 7:00 a.m. arrival at the border China / North Korea (Dandong / Sinuiju).
  • Those choosing to fly will depart from Beijing at 12 p.m. (tbc) arriving in Pyongyang at 3 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. arrival of the train passengers in Pyongyang.
  • Meet your Korean guides.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Sunday 14 August – Pyongyang

  • Highlight: Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, this is the mausoleum of the great leaders.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery, many famous soldiers are buried here.
  • Ride the Pyongyang Metro.
  • Arch of Triumph, a similar triumphal arch as in Paris.
  • Korean War Museum, during the tour you will learn more about the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War.
  • USS Pueblo, the American ship captured during the war.
  • Kwangbok Supermarket,  a local market where you can pay with the local currency.
  • Mansugyo Beer Bar
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Monday 15 August – Pyongyang – LIBERATION DAY

  • Morning walk through the main street of Pyongyang. We go from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square.
  • Foreign Language Bookshop, the place to buy books about North Korea.
  • Mansudae Fountain Park..
  • Mansudae Grand Monument, the great bronze statues of the leaders.
  • Grand People’s Study House, Pyongyang’s library.
  • Highlight: Join in/or watch from the sidelines with a big mass dance performance with local students.
  • Walk through Moranbong Hill. Here you see many Koreans singing, dancing, drinking and eating. If you want you can join in!
  • Party Foundation Monument, the famous building with the hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush.
  • Highlight: Special festivities, these are often announced at the last minute, but most of the time they are: a parade, circus performances, a classical concert and/or probably some other surprises. (optional: approx. €20).
  • Juche Tower (€5 to the top), tower in honour of the Juche ideology.
  • Highlight: Watch the Mass Games, the biggest gymnastics show in the world. (t.b.c.)
  • Watch fireworks at Kim Il Sung Square. (t.b.c)
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Tuesday 16 August – Kaesong – DMZ – Sariwon – Pyonyang

  • Drive to Kaesong, near the border with South Korea.
  • Highlight: Panmunjon DMZ, the border with South Korea.
  • Koryo Museum, a UNESCO site.
  • Thongil Restaurant, where you can optionally eat dog soup.
  • Visit to the concrete wall on the border.
  • Ride to Sariwon.
  • Folkcustom Park, here you have a beautiful view over Sariwon.
  • Try the local drink makkoli (optional).
  • Drive to Pyongyang.
  • Monument of the Three Charters of National Reunification, an imposing structure across the highway.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Wednesday 17 August – Pyongyang – Nampo

  • Drive to Nampo.
  • Chollima Steel Complex, see how the local products are created.
  • Chongsan Cooperative Farm, see how the local products are grown.
  • Swimming at Nampo beach with the locals.
  • Highlight: Overnight stay at the Ryonggang Spa Resort (with a private spa in each room!). In addition, you can have barbecue clams for € 5 extra.

Thursday 18 August – Nampo – Pyongyang

  • West Sea Barrage, also known as the Nampodam.
  • Kangso Mineral Water Factory, a factory producing mineral water bottles.
  • Picnic at Mt. Ryangak.
  • Mansudae Art Studio, this is where the local propaganda is made.
  • Korean Film Studio, the place where local propaganda films are recorded.
  • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace, here we take a short tour, including a performance.
  • Taedong #3 beer bar.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Friday 19 August – Pyongyang – Mt. Myohyang

  • Group A departs at 9:00 a.m. by plane to Beijing (arrival at 10:00 a.m.) .
  • Group A departs at 10:25 a.m. by night train to Beijing (arrival on the 20th, 9:00 a.m.) .
  • Drive to Mt. Myohyang.
  • Highlight: International Friendship Exhibition, see all the gifts received by the Korean leaders from around the world.
  • Pohyon Temple, a Buddhist temple.
  • Hike up to Mt. Myohyang. (2 hours)
  • Cave of Ryongmun.
  • Drive to Pyongyang.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Saturday 20 August – Pyongyang – Wonsan

  • Ride to Wonsan.
  • Visit the Sinpyong Lagoon.
  • Picnic by the Ulim Waterfall.
  • Songdowan International Children’s Union Camp, where children from all over the world come together every year.
  • Highlight: Walk over the pier to Chok Islet (optional fish food with locals). Lots of fishermen here.
  • Overnight stay at the Songdowon Hotel.

Sunday 21 August – Wonsan – Pyongyang

  • Wonsan Central Square.
  • DPRK Mangyongbong-92 cruise ship, a large old passenger ship.
  • Railway Station Revolutionary Site, an important site during the liberation of Korea.
  • Hightlight: Swim at Wonsan beach with the locals (€ 2 entrance fee).
  • Drive to Pyongyang.
  • Tomb of King Tongmyong, a tomb from 58-19 BC.
  • Overnight stay at the Chongnyon Hotel.

Monday 22 August – Pyongyang – Beijing

  • 10:00 a.m. departure plane from Pyongyang (arrival 11:00 a.m. in Beijing).
  • 10:20 a.m. departure train from Pyongyang.

Tuesday 23 August – Beijing

  • 9:00 a.m. arrival in Beijing, end of tour.

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