DPRK Travel - Foundation of Workers' Party Tour
DPRK Travel - Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers' Party of
Korea. The application deadline for this tour is September 13 2016.
If interested in extending your tour 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.
bear in mind that the Mass Games usually officially take place from
August to September 9 (National Day). They tend to be extended until
mid-October although this is only confirmed once they are being held.
We will keep you posted once the extension has been confirmed but it
should not be taken for granted that they will be held in October.
If not a US citizen and interested in entering by train, please
Day 1 - October 8 (Saturday)
- Depart from Beijing at 14.00 flight JS 252 Terminal 2, Beijing
- Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.30 (Pyongyang time)
of Triumph - a gigantic structure that marks the return of President Kim Il Sung from his
years abroad fighting the Japanese occupation. There
is a gigantic mosaic mural too of Kim Il
Sung's return speech. The Kim Il Sung
Stadium is located close by.
- Brief walk around the area
- City night drive around Pyongyang
- Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
- Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang
Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel
Day 2 - October 9 (Sunday)
- Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
- Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the
Mausoleum of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The most sacred
place in the DPRK and a highlight of any DPRK travel experience
- Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery -
situated on a hill in the outskirts of Pyongyang it has views of the
whole skyline of Pyongyang
- Lunch: Hotpot Restaurant, also famous for its Schnitzel and Swiss
- Pyongyang city walk
- walk around Changjon and Sungri streets.
to the west to the coastal city of Nampo - We will drive on the
lanes of the Youth Hero Highway. This was built by university students
at the end of 90s, a period known as the "Arduos March" in the DPRK.
Some of our Korean guides who we have been working together with for
many years now help build this highway in their university days. It is
always fascinating to hear what guides have to say about their own
experiences and about life in North Korea through their eyes. This
definitely helps us make the most out of the trip and having known the
guides for several years after going to the DPRK so frequently has
allowed us to enjoy a very close relationship with them. Having too small
to North Korea allows our travellers to have more of a personal
relation with our guides. Many of our travellers send us messages and
pictures for their guides that we pass on to them in our following
visits to North Korea.
- West Sea-Barrage
- 8 km structure which is used to separate the West Sea of Korea from
the Taedong River and therefore reduces floods. We will have a view of
the whole project from a hill.
through the city centre - Nampo is a lively city with an increasing
number of Chinese Korean JVs. Driving by the main port and the centre
will allow you to see life in this major city.
- Drive back to Pyongyang
Day 3 - October 10 (Monday)
Anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea
- Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
- Fountain Park -
a favourite photo spot for Koreans
- Mansudae Grand Monuments
- giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il -
ideal to visit on a national holiday as there will be many people here,
including military units, paying their respects to the Leaders
- View of The Chollima Statue
- the chollima Horse represents the official policy of the DPRK used in
the years following the Korean War with the intention of rebuilding a
nation from scratch.
- Juche Tower
- you can go up 150 metres an have amazing views of the capital of
North Korea. For those who would rather stay downstairs it is possible
to have a brief walk by the river bed and see locals getting along with
- Pyongyang Metro
- take an extended ride with locals on a National Holiday. The metro is
not just impressive because of its depth (on average over 100 metres)
but also because of its absolutely stunningly beautiful decoration. The
carriages that we will ride on are actually from the former GDR (East
- Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
- Moran Park
- this is where locals gather on National Holidays. Don't be surprised
if asked to join in any dancing and celebrations!
- Monuments to the Workers'
Party Foundation - celebration of the
anniversary of the Party's Foundation
- Expected Mass Dances
- chance to join hundreds of Koreans dancing to celebrate the National
- Golden Lane Bowling alley
- both offer you the chance of seeing locals spend a day off work
having fun with friends. You can of course join in the fun!
- Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
- Local funfair
- we will go to to a new funfair. Even if you do not decide to go on
any rides you are guaranteed to find this an experience and you may
find people wanting to take pictures with you as the sight of
foreigners is far from common in the DPRK. Rides vary from 1 to 5 Euros.
Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 4 - October 11 (Tuesday)
- Pyongyang Maternity Hospital -
a doctor will show us around the hospital
- Grand People's Study House
- see locals studying. Chance to join an English
lecture if this is being held when we visit. There are also
truly great views of Kim Il Sung Square
as the building is located just behind the point where the country's
leaders view military parades (those that we see on TV).
- Walk around Kim Il Sung Square -
located in the heart of Pyongyang, this is where mass rallies and
military parades are often held
bookstore - chance to purchase DPRK newspapers (in English too), books
in several languages, DVDs with subtitles, etc. Those not interested in
going can check out the Austrian Coffee Shop which serves excellent
imported coffee as well as desert. You can click on our Kim
Il Sung Square link for more details.
- DPRK Film Studios -
see where movies are produced in North Korea. If lucky we will be able
to see a movie being produced. If not, we will still be able to walk
around the sets.
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation War
Museum (Korean War Museum)
- the museum was re-located and is now much larger and shows more
detailed information. You will be able to walk through "war scenes" and
see planes, tanks and weapons used in the Korean War. Most
significantly, you will be able to witness first hand how vivid the
first armed conflict of the Cold War remains in the DPRK, something you
will also perceive when at the DMZ.
- USS Pueblo - US spy ship
captured in 1968, it is held as a trophy in the DPRK and shown to
Koreans and foreigners. The ship was captured off the east coast of the
DPRK and then shipped to Pyongyang. The US crew captured stayed in
North Korea 11 months before being released.
- Depart to Kaesong
- we head south towards the border between North and South Korea. The
trip is 2.5 hours long and we will have a break by the highway where
you can take pictures. If you go up the building you can take pictures
of the empty Re-unification Highway.
There are several military check-points
on the way. Our guides will tell us when we cannot take pictures. After
the stopping in the middle of the highway for a 10 minute break, it
will eventually start getting dark. Driving on an empty, pitch-black
highway towards one of the most sensitive borders in the world is
indeed a surreal and unforgettable experience. As we take on this
intriguing journey our local guides will tell us stories of life in the
DPRK and how they view the country and the rest of the world. We will
be explained too how the DPRK expects to reunify the Korean peninsula.
- Hotel check-in: Minsok Hotel, traditional courtyard Korean hotel located
in the old part of town. Unlike other cities in Korea, Kaesong was not
destroyed in the Korean War and conserves most of its original
architecture. We will sleep and eat in a typical Korean manner; on a
- You can try dog meat soup
(€5 per person), ginseng
chicken (€30 per chicken, which serves two people) or the food
included in the tour fee which is equally tasty!
- Hotel Bar:
We normally gather for drinks in a small, cozy bar located by the
dining hall. Our Korean guides tend to join in and this is a great way
to share impressions about what we have seen so far as well as to get
to know the guides at a more personal level.
we enter Kaesong we can see the gigantic lit-up bronze statue of Kim Il
Sung looming over the dark ancient city of Kaesong. As we look south,
where Seoul lies barely 70 km away, we can see a strong contrast in the
colour of the sky; skies full of stars in the North blending into an
orangey pink colour the further south you look.
Overnight: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
Day 5 - October 12 (Wednesday)
- Breakfast: Minsok Hotel - you can choose a traditional Korean
breakfast or a Western sytled breakfast
to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - This is less than 10 km away
- 38th Parallel
- chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between
North & South Korea have taken place. This a DPRK travel highlight.
Please note that if the negotiation rooms are not open because talks
between North and South Korea have been stopped, then we will still be
able to have a close-up view of the negotiation rooms. We will be
escorted by a DPRK soldier, who will hop on to our coach, and be shown
around Panmunjom, including the rooms where the Korean War Armistice
was signed. As Korean soldiers tend to be curious about what Westerners
think about the Korean War and about Korea in general, this will be a
unique chance to interact with them and ask them any questions you may
- Drive back to Kaesong
- Lunch at Tongil
- up to 12 small dishes served in covered-up golden plated bowls will
be served to each person, each bowl being a surprise
- As we exit Kaesong we will be able to see the train station that connects
North and South Korea by rail (but which is currently not in use). At a
distance too we will be able to see Kaesong
Industrial Complex, which has made the
headlines in Western media several times.
to Sariwon - lively city in the DPRK. We will have a stroll
busiest street, Food Street,
where we will be able to stop in one of
the local "Suk Jib" (literally meaning wine house) where locals have
Makoli (Korean rice wine). Great chance to absorb the local atmosphere.
- Cooperative farms were common in communist countries. Farmers work
and live in the farm. They have a cultural centre, schools for their
children, their homes, etc in the farm. We will be able to explore
around the farm, walk around the fields and visit a farmer's home
and/or the children's school.
Street - locals normally play games here in the street and we
will be more
than welcome to join in!
- Option to walk up the local hill and have a panoramic view of the
whole city of Sariwon
- Drive to Pyongyang
- Stop by the Re-unfication
Monuments - great spot for some final pictures!
- Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ Restaurant
Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 6 - October 13 (Thursday)
- Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
- 10.40 am train to Beijing
- Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China
Day 7 - October 14 (Friday)
Arrive in Beijing at 08:31 am
End of tour DPRK Travel Party Foundation Tour