DPRK Travel Party Foundation Day Extended Tour

DPRK Travel Party Foundation Day Extended Tour - Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea. The application deadline for this tour is September 13 2015. 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.

Please bear in mind that the Mass Games usually officially take place from August to September 9 (National Day). They used to be extended until mid-October although this is only confirmed once they are being held and in the past two years they have been extended until the end of September only. 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 you are not a US citizen and interested in entering by train, please contact us. US citizens can only enter and exit by plane, but we will let you know if there are any changes regarding this.

Day 1 - October 8 (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 14.00 flight JS 252 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
     
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.00 (Pyongyang time)
     

PM

  • Arch of Triumph - an important landmark in Pyongyang marking Kim Il Sung's return from fighting the Japanese occupation of Korea
     
  • Short walk around the area
     
  • City night drive around the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang
     
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang
     
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel, located on an islet in the Taedong River. The views from the hotel cover the whole city of Pyongang
     

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel

Day 2 - October 9 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
     
  • Drive to the west coast of the DPRK. We will visit the port city of Nampo. We will drive on the Youth Hero Highway, which was built by university students at the end of 1990s. Some of the guides that we have now worked with for many years were actually involved in helping build the highway. We believe that knowing the local guides well is an important factor in making the most out of what is for most a trip of a lifetime. Our long lasting and trusting relationship with our Korean partners combined with our small groups makes this much easier to achieve.
     
  • Chongsan Cooperative Farm - Cooperative farms are an iconic symbol of communist countries. Farmers work and live in the farm premises. We will be able to walk around the fields and visit a farmer's home and/or a school attended by their children which is also located on the farm.
     
  • West Sea-Barrage - this 8 km long dike is used to separate the West Sea of Korea from the Taedong River reducing floods and creating energy in the local surrounding areas. Have been completed in 5 years, it is a source of national pride in the DPRK
     
  • Drive through the city centre - being a major port city in the DPRK, driving through the city centre and the port allows us to see a different aspect of the country. There has been an increasing number of Chinese and Korean joint ventures setting up in Nampo. Kindergarten history class in North Korean farm
     
  • Drive back to Pyongyang  

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
     
  • DPRK Film Studios - this is where movies are made in the DPRK. We have sometimes been able to see an actual movie being produced when there. If we do not manage to see one we can still walk around the different themed sets and see movie samples.
     
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum) - he museum has been rebuilt and is now located next to where it once was. Being much larger, with full sized wax figures and battle scenes it now attracts a larger crowd of Koreans. As in the original museum, there are short documentaries explaining the Korean War in English and original planes and weapons used in the Korean War. It is vividly expresses how the Korean War remains fresh in the minds of Koreans in the DPRK.
     
  • USS Pueblo - American spy ship captured in 1968 off the east coast of North Korea. It was brought inland into Wonsan and then shipped to Pyongyang where it now stands as an “anti-imperialism” trophy. We will see an explanation of the conflict which includes original footage from when the incident took place.
     
  • Grand People's Study House - impressive building located behind Kim Il Sung Square. More than a library that officially holds millions of books, the Grand People’s Study House is a study centre with lectures in different languages (we will be able to see an English lecture if there is one being held and have had travellers giving small presentations in the past!), knowledgeable teachers in all fields (we will be able to see one), computer lessons, an intra-net (internet is not widely available in North Korea), a music room (where we have had travellers playing the piano to a Korean audience!), etc.
     
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - October 10 (Saturday) National Holiday: Anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel

    Juche Tower in North Korea

  • Fountain Park - chance to buy flowers for the monuments of the Great Leaders. This is also a place where locals like to have their pictures taken.
     
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il - we arrange a visit here on national holidays as it allows us to see many people, including soldiers, paying their respects to the monuments of the Leaders
     
  • View of The Chollima Statue - the chollima Horse is the symbol used by the DPRK government to encourage the rapid reconstruction of the DPRK after the Korean War
     
  • Juche Tower - you can go up 150 metres an have breath-taking views of Pyongyang. If you would rather not go up you can have a casual stroll by the river or sit on the steps below the tower, seeing locals getting along with their daily lives
     
  • Pyongyang Metro - chance to experience an extended ride on the deepest metro in the world. The chandelliers, mosaic murals, and having the chance to ride with locals for an extended ride, stopping at several points on the way, makes this quite an experience.

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
     
  • Moran Park - we will walk around and see expected celebrations held by locals. Do not be surprised if asked to join in!
     
  • Monuments to the Workers' Party Foundation - the iconic monument with the symbol of the Workers' Party of Korea; a hammer, sickle and brush, all rising 50 metres into the sky.
     
  • Expected Mass Dances - hundreds of university students will dance and we will be more than welcome to join in
     
  • Ice rink or Golden Lane Bowling alley - interesting insight into some of the most popular avenues for people to have fun in Pyongyang. You can of course join in too.
     
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang Kaeson Park, funfair in Pyongyang, North Korea
     
  • Local funfair - the Kaeson Youth Funfair opens in the evenings from 7 pm to 11 pm. This is a great way to end the National Holiday. The entrance fee is 1 Euro and rides vary from 1 to 3 Euros though you do not have to go on any of the rides (the rides are imported from Italy). Please note that you will probably be quite an attraction too as the sight of foreigners is not that common in the DPRK.

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - October 11 (Sunday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
     
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The most sacred place in the DPRK. You will be fully briefed before your trip regarding behaviour in the DPRK.
     
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - dedicated to National Fallen Heroes, it is situated atop a hill in the outskirts of Pyongyang giving great views of the whole skyline of the capital of North Korea 

PMKim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il Portraits, Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang, North Korea

  • Lunch: Hotpot Restaurant, also famous for its Schnitzel and Swiss rolls
     
  • Pyongyang Maternity Hospita- a doctor will guide us around the hospital, showing us patient rooms, machinery used, etc. This a good chance to ask any questions regarding the healthcare system in the DPRK.  
     
  • Walk around Kim Il Sung Square - located in the centre of Pyongyang, this is where mass rallies and military parades that we see on TV are held in the presence of the countrty's leaders
     
  • DPRK bookstore - you can purchase a variety of DPRK books which are published in many languages, The Pyongyang Times newspaper in English or Korean, postcards (these can be mailed home from the hotel), DVDs, etc. Please note that you will have plenty of opportunities to purchase souvenirs like this throughout your trip to North Korea (at the hotel for example or in Kaesong). The main highlight of going to this shop though is that it involves a casual stroll in the city centre of Pyongyang and by Kim Il Sung Square. It is also possible for those not interested to have a coffee break in the Austrian coffee shop located by Kim Il Sung Square. The feedback we have had on the spot from Austrian travellers regarding the coffee here is excellent!
     
  • Drive to Kaesong - we head south towards the border between North and South Korea. The trip to Kaesong takes approximately two and half hours. We will have a break at the highway where you can take pictures from the top of the building which is built across the Re-Unification Highway.
    Please note that there are several military check-points on the way to Kaesong.
  • Our local guides will tell us when we cannot take pictures. As we approach Kaesong it will be dark and the giant bronze lit-up statue of Kim Il Sung will appear in the distant background as we enter the city of Kaesong, indeed quite an experience. Our Korean guides will tell us stories of their lives in the DPRK as well as the DPRK’s official stand of the re-unification of the Korean peninsula. 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. This traditional Korean hotel consists of various courtyards. Each room leads to a courtyard. We sleep and eat on the floor, as per Korean tradition (the floor is heated and thick blankets are provided). The food served and included in the tour fee consists of traditional Korean food (though you can have a Western styled breakfast if you wish). There are also optional dishes such as dog meet soup (€5 per person) and ginseng rice filled chicken (€30 per chicken, serves two people). If interested in these please let us know when we leave Pyongyang as it will require some time to prepare.
     
  • Hotel Bar: we normally join for some extra snacks and drinks and the small, cozy bar located across the corridor from the dining hall. This is a great way to share impressions on our trip so far and to get to know the guides on a more personal level and know more about North Korea as they tend to join in too.
     
  • Interesting: check the difference between the sky above us and that of South Korea, located just a few kilometres south of where we are.

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - October 12 (Monday)

AMDMZ North and South Korean soldier

  • Breakfast: Minsok Hotel - your choice of Western or Korean
     
  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ). This is less than 10 km away from the city of Kaesong
     
  • 38th Parallel - Opportunity to enter the famous negotiation rooms used by North and South Korea for joint talks. You can see a picture taken by one of our travellers in the image on the right where a South Korean soldier stares across the concrete slab that separates the Korean peninsula. If the rooms are closed because of negotiations between North and South Korea having been halted then we will still be able to have a close up look of the rooms, standing just a few metres apart from them.
     
  • We will be accompanied by a KPA (Korean People’s Army) soldier throughout our trip in the DMZ. The soldier will join us in our coach and will then escort us when we walk around Panmunjom. Soldiers tend to be curious as to how foreigners see the Korean War and this will be an invaluable chance to interact with them and ask them any questions you may have. We will be able to see where the Korean War Armistice was signed (there was no peace treaty and both sides have been technically at war since 1950).

PM

  • Drive back to Kaesong
     
  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - Tongil means Re-Unification in Korean. We will be served up to 12 small dishes golden plated covered-up bowls.
     
  • As we leave the city of Kaesong we will see the train station that connects North and South Korea but not in use as well as, at a distance, the well known Kaesong Industrial Complex.
     
  • Drive to the lively city of Sariwon - We will have a walk around its busiest street, Food Street, where we can have a break in one of the local "Suk Jib" (meaning wine house in Korean) where locals have the Korean beverage, Makoli (Sariwon is known for producing the best Makoli in North Korea).
     
  • Locals normally play games by stands, such as “shoot the enemy” and we will be more than welcome to join in.
     
  • Chance to walk up a hill and have a full view of the whole city of Sariwon
     
  • Drive to back Pyongyang
     
  • Stop by the Re-unfication Monuments - opportunity to take some pictures by these very symbolic monuments
     
  • Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ Restaurant
     

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 6 - October 13 (Tuesday)

AMWomen in Mt. Myohyang, North Korea

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
     
  • Drive to Drive to Mt. Myohyang - We will drive through beautiful landscapes, seeing clear water rivers and streams until reaching this tranquil area
     
  • International Friendship Exhibition - showing literally thousands of presents given to the Leaders Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk (anti-Japanese guerilla fighter wife and mother of President Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il respectively). There is now a section too with gifts presented to the Leader Kim Jong Eun.
     
  • Pohyon Bhuddist Temple - over 1000 year-old temple which used to be the centre of Buddhism in this region of Korea.

PM

  • Lunch: Chongchon Hotel. Enjoy lunch in this picturesque area
     
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Kim Il Sung University - the top university in the DPRK
     
  • Children's Palace with performance - see a series of spectacular shows put on by the children of Pyongyang
     
  • Farewell Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang

Day 7 - October 14 (Wednesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
     
  • 10.40 am train to China

Overnight: train - the overnight part of the trip is actually in China meaning that you will be able to see other areas of the DPRK as you exit by train

Day 8 - October 15 (Thursday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:31 am

US travellers are currently not able to exit by train. Air Koryo operate on Mondays though flights are not regular and will only be confirmed a week before the departure date.In case of flying out with Air China this will be at 17.20. There will be an 90 Euros surcharge if flying out with Air China and travel arrangements in Pyongyang will be made. If you would like to avoid the possibilty of such surcharge you are kindly asked to seek a tour that flies out with Air Koryo.

End of DPRK Travel Party Foundation Day Extended Tour

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