• Firework display in Pyongyang
  • Frozen Taedong River, Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
  • DPRK Soldier Ice Sculpture

North Korea New Year Tour II

The application deadline for our DPRK New Year Tour is 2 December 2016. What most unique way is there to start 2017 than by doing so in Pyongyang!

Important: Accommodation used for our DPRK New Year Tour

You will be able to stay in one of the capital's best hotels, the Yanggakdo International Hotel, considered Deluxe in the DPRK. The budget hotels such as the Sosan (despite having been refurbished) and Ryanggang Hotels, tend to be quite chilly in winter and hot water may not be available at all times during the winter time.

Tour Extensions

You will visit 3 different regions of the DPRK on this trip; Pyongyang, Kaesong & the DMZ and Sariwon city.

If interested in extending your tour (such as taking a skiing extension) please send us an e-mail stating how long you would like to extend for and if there are any specific places you would like to visit.

If you are not a US citizen, you can also join this tour by train. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.

Day 1 - December 29 (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 14.00 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.30 (Pyongyang time)

PM

  • Night drive around Pyongyang
  • Arch of Triumph - walk around the area. See the giant mural showing the image of President Kim Il Sung upon his return to Korea after Korea's liberation from Japan in 1945
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Number 1 Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - December 30 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - this city was not destroyed during the Korean War and we can therefore see some traditional Korean architecture. We will then visit the DMZ, the last area where the consequences of the Cold War are still very alive.
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken placeSariwon, DPRK 360°

PM

  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - dishes are served in small covered golden plated bowls, with no less than 12 small dishes per person. The number of dishes served symbolised the rank of the person eating and 12 is the highest ranking of all!
  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - the first university in the Korean Peninsula, it dates from the 900s and is located in extremely peaceful surroundings
  • Stamp shop - just outside of the Koryo Hotel, we usually make a quick stop here. A wide variety of stamps, postcards, artwork, etc can be purchased.
  • Drive to Sariwon City - lively city, capital of North Hwanghae Province
  • Kyongnam Pavilion - have views of the whole city and the surrouding region


  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Reunfication Monuments
  • Dinner: Chongryu restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - December 31 (Saturday) - New Year's Eve

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum enormous museum holding original vehicles used in the Korean War and explaining the DPRK version of the war. This was restored recently. The theme of the Korean War is very important in DPRK.
  • USS Pueblo - US spyship captured in 1968 by the DPRK
  • Pyongyang Metro - we will take an extended ride with locals. This is one of the deepest subway systems in the world and the stops are beautifully decorated.
  • Mangyongdae Native House - the Birthplace of President Kim Il Sung

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Walk around the city centre - bundle up well! This is a great chance to see the capital by foot 
Winter Day in Pyongyang, North Korea


  • DPRK Art Studio - see where different forms of DPRK art is produced. This is the place too where giant bronze statues are produced.
  • DPRK Film Studios - this is where movies are produced in North Korea. You can see the sets, houses and different streets used for the production of DPRK movies.
  • Grand People's Study House - study centre with over 30 million books and breath-taking views of Kim Il Sung Square
  • Kwangbok Supermarket - one of the biggest supermarkets in North Korea. This is the only place in Pyongyang where you can purchase local currency to purchase goods. The supermarket has an array of DPRK produced goods and is full of locals. Great chance to see an aspect of ordinary daily life in Pyongyang. It was only recently that tourists have been allowed to come here.
  • Local beer bar - chance to have a few drinks before dinner
  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Expected Fireworks Display for New Year's at Kim Il Sung Square
Fireworks in Pyongyang are expected for New Year's Eve

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - January 1 (Sunday)

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace - where the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state, one of the most sacred places in the DPRK. Formal attire required. We will brief you regarding this.
Kumsusan Memorial Palace in the winter, Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea)

  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - views of the whole of Pyongyang are available atop the hill where this cemetery is located

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Fountain Park - it is common to see couples here taking pictures
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. There will be many locals here today
  • Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the torch) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang
  • Daytime Walk around Kim Il Sung Square - This is the square where military parades and rallies take place (the ones we usually see on TV when there are news regarding North Korea)
North Korean Ice Rocket sculpture in Kim Il Sung Square with the Juche Tower in the background

DPRK Ice Rocket Sculpture in Kim Il Sung Square. The Juche Tower can be seen in the background across the Taedong River.


  • DPRK foreign Language Bookstore - chance to read & purchase DPRK publications in English and in other languages
  • Kim Il Sung Square in December, Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)

  • Monuments to the Workers' Party - monument consisting of a hammer, sickle and brush that rise 50 metres in the sky
  • Golden Lane Bowling Alley - chance to see locals enjoy a day off and of course for you to check your bowling skills!
  • Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ Restaurant

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - January 2 (Monday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • 10.10 am train to Beijing

PM

  • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China - customs procedures will be carried out on the train

Day 6 - January 3 (Tuesday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:31 am

End of our North New Year Tour II

Please go to our North Korea tourism page to see more information on other tours that we offer other than our DPRK New Year Tour.

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