North Korea Easter Tour 2016

North Korea Easter Tour 2016. The application deadline for this tour is February 14 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 / aspects of the DPRK you would like to see.
 


 

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

Day 1 - 24 March (Thursday)

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

PM

  • Fountain Park - we walk around here before heading to Mansu Hill. Families and friends usually come here for pictures
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Please note that we are kindly asked to show our respects to the Leaders here
  • Views of Chollima Statue - the famous winged horse used as a symbol of the national policy after the Korean War which encouraged Koreans to increase production in order to reconstruct the country quicky
  • Hotel check in: Yanggako Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC No.1 Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - 25 March (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel

  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - we leave Pyongyang early and will have a break on the 2.5 hour drive towards the divisionary line. There are several military check-points on the way and our guides will tell us when we cannot take pictures. Driving on the empty highway is an experience itself! Our Korean guides will explain to us the DPRK's principles for the reunification of Korea.
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. Please note that if these are closed due to the DPRK and South Korea having any negotiation talks (as was the case in 2013) we will still have a close up look to the rooms. A North Korean soldier will hop on our coach and show us around Panmunjom. They tend to be quite curious about what foreigners think regarding the Korean War and the political situation of Korea. This is a unique chance to interact with a DPRK soldier. DMZ negotiation rooms

PM

  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong)
  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - Kaesong used to be the capital of the Koryo Dynasty.
  • Kaesong Stamp Shop - apart from stamps in all forms and sizes, we can also purchase DPRK postcards (these can be mailed home from our hotel in Pyongyang), artwork, books, etc. Please note that you will also be able to purchase these at different points throughout the trip.
  • Tomb of King Kongmin and his Mongolian wife - dating from the Koryo dynasty, these tombs have undergone little restoration and are therefore almost in their original state. We will see too, on our way there, tombs of their generals.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Stop by the Re-Unification Monuments. An important symbol of the reunification of Korea. A stop here offers us a chance to take some pictures.
  • Mangyongdae Native House - Kim Il Sung's Birthplace
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - 26 March (Saturday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel

  • Drive to Mount Myohyang - we head to a truly beautiful area of the DPRK.
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - presenting thousands of presents given to the founder of the country President Kim Il Sung, his son General Kim Jong Il and his wife Kim Jong Suk. There is now too a section for the Leader Kim Jong Un.

  • Pohyon Temple - ancient Buddhist temple

PM

  • Lunch: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang

  • Drive back to PyongyangPohyon Temple North Korea
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum) - this was relocated in 2013 and is now a huge museum fully explaining the DPRK version of the Korean War with extremely explicit details.
  • USS Pueblo - US spy ship, the only US vessel in possession of a foreign country. This was captured in 1968 and is shown as a trophy.
  • Dinner: Chongryu Restaurant, Pyongyang
Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - 27 March (Sunday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace - this is where the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il remain in state. This is a very respectful place in the DPRK and formal clothing is required. We will fully brief you before your trip to the DPRK.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - dedicated to those fallen for the cause of the revolution. Situated on a hill, the views of Pyongyang are spectacular.

Dancing with North Koreans in Moran Park, easter tourPM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Ride on Pyongyang Metro, the deepest in the world - extended ride. Join locals and explore the Pyongyang subway system. The carriages were purchased from former East Germany. The metro decoration is amazing as well as the fact that we will go around 100 metres underground!
  • Arch of Triumph - brief walk around the area. We can see the Kim Il Sung Stadium from here and the giant mural showing a young Kim Il Sung giving the Liberation Speech.
  • Moranbong Park - where locals gather on holidays and Sundays. Do not be surprised if you are asked to join in any of the dances! With a very limited number of foreigners visiting the DPRK each year, the site of westerners in North Korea is very rare.
  • Walk around Kim Il Sung Square - located in the city centre, this is the places where military parades and mass rallies (those that we usually see on television) are held.
  • DPRK Bookstore - chance to purchase DPRK publications (including the Pyongyang Times) translated into different languages
  • Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the torch) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang.

  • Workers' Party Foundation Monument - consisting of the Workers' Party of Korea's symbol; a hammer, sickle and brush, all rising 50 metres high in the sky.
  • Option: Golden Lane Bowling Alley / Local Funfair - chance to see locals enjoy their leisure time on a late Sunday afternoon. You can feel free to join in! As for the local funfair, it is something we suggest as it allows us to interact with locals and see them have fun. Even if you do not try the rides (which cost 1.5 Euros to 5 Euros / ride and are a lot of fun), walking among the crowds, exploring the venue, checking out the 1990s style arcades rooms and the burger joint, are all part of the DPRK experience.
  • Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant
Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - 28 March (Monday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • 10.40 Train to Beijing - Please contact us if you would like to extend your stay in North Korea

PM

  • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China - custom procedures will take place on the train

Overnight: train

Day 6 - 29 March (Tuesday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:31 am

End of our 2016 North Korea Easter Tour

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