• Mansudae Grand Monuments on National Day in DPRK (North Korea)
  • Families on National Day in DPRK (North Korea)
  • Mass Dances in Pyongyang during the DPRK National Day (North Korea), 9th September

2017 North Korea National Day Tour II

North Korea National Day Tour II will allow you to be in Pyongyang for the 69th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK. Although our group sizes tend to be small, September and August are the busiest seasons in the DPRK. In order to guarantee being able to book your transportation tickets you are kindly asked to apply by the application deadline fort the North Korea National Day Tour III tour which is August 1st. If you contact us after the application deadline we will be able to tell you within 24 hours if we can still apply for your trip.

It is possible to extend your trip in the DPRK. If you would like to stay longer in North Korea please do notify us and a private extension can be arranged for you.

Our excellent relationships with our Korean partners and local guides together with the usually small sizes of our groups allow us to arrange on the spot visits to events and places not included in the official program.

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 - September 7 (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 15.35 (Pyongyang time)

PM

  • Arch of Triumph - gigantic marble structure that was erected to commemorate the return of the Eternal President of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung’s, return to Korea after fighting against the Japanese occupation of Korea. It is located where his return speech was made, near the Kim Il Sung Stadium and a gigantic mosaic depicting Kim Il Sung’s return speech.
  • Brief walk around the area, see the enormous mosaic of the Leader Kim Il Sung
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel, situated on an islet in the Taedong River, the 47 storey building offers great views of the whole capital
  • North Korea National Day Tour II Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - September 8 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, PyongyangKim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Mount Myohyang
  • Drive to Mount Myohyang - trip to the northern interior part of the DPRK
  • International Friendship Exhibition - see where thousands of gifts given from all over the world to the leaders Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk (known as Mother Kim Jong Suk in the DPRK) are proudly exposed. There is now too a new section for the current leader Kim Jong Un.

PM

  • Lunch: Chongchon Hotel, Mount Myohyang
  • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - one of the most important places of Buddhism in the region when Buddhism was prevalent in Korea.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - impressive building explaining the DPRK version of the Korean War to the smallest detail. The museum is new (it used to be in the building adjacent to it). It has a revolving panorama of battles, original weapons and vehicles used in the war and real sized wax statues amongst others.
  • USS Pueblo- US spy ship captured in 1968. It is held as a trophy in Pyongyang. The crew was held in the DPRK for about 11 months before being returned to the US.
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - September 9 (Saturday) - DPRK National Day

This is one of the most important dates in the DPRK calendar

AM

  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace - (where the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state). This is a very important place in the DPRK which is why you are kindly asked to wear formal attire. We will fully brief you before your trip to North Korea.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - located atop a hill in the outskirts of Pyongyang, this cemetery for National Heroes of the DPRK offers brilliant views of the capital of North Korea.
PM
  • Lunch: Hotpot restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Fountain Park - chance to mingle with Koreans here
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
  • Views of Chollima Statue - the winged horse representing the national policy of rapid reconstruction of the DPRK after the Korean War
  • Extended Ride on the Pyongyang Metro (extended ride) - the deepest in the world - chance to ride on the metro with local people and see one of the busiest aspects of life in Pyongyang
  • Moranbong Park - (where locals picnic and gather on national holidays) - do expect to be asked to join in the fun and games like Tim below! See our Youtube video right below!

  • Mangyongdae Native House - President Kim Il Sung's Birthplace
  • 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 Monuments - impressive monument consisting of a hammer, sickle and brush.
  • Expected Mass Dances in which locals celebrate National Day - chance to dance with North Koreans. Hundreds of university students; women dress in traditional Korean clothing and men in suits as they dance in a synchronised way.Mass Dances in Pyongyang on National Day (9-9), North Korea (DPRK)
  • Drinks at a local bar - The Taedongang Number 3 Beer Bar is one of our favourite ones not only because the beer is brewed there but also because it is a major hangout place for locals.
  • Dinner: Number 1 Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant. An ideal way to end a compact but diverse trip to North Korea!
  • Kaeson Funfair - fantastic way to end the National Day. Rides are 1 to 4 Euros. Even if you decide not to go on any of the rides this offers you a great chance to mingle with the crowds of locals
  • If there are any celebrations such as a firework display in the evening we will be able to attend these.

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - September 10 (Sunday)

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - we will have a break in the middle. As we approach Kaesong we will be able to see on our right hand side the famous Kaesong Industrial Complex as well as the train station that leads to South Korea and is still not in use.
  • Please note that there are military points on the way and it is forbidden to take pictures of these. We will be notified before passing each check-point.
  • 38th Parallel - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea take place. We will also be toured around Panmunjom, see where the armistice was signed and we will be escorted by a DPRK soldier on our bus as is required on all tours. Most soldiers are intrigued to see what travellers think of the division of Korea and this presents a great opportunity to have a Q&A session with a DPRK soldier. The trip to the DMZ is too a highlight of our DPRK National Day Tour.DMZ negotiation rooms in North Korea and South Korea, Panmunjom
  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - originally a university in the Koryo Dynasty it shows what life was like then.
  • Stamp shop - a great selection of DPRK stamps and souvenirs available in this shop located just outside of the Koryo Museum

PM

  • Lunch: Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - Re-unification Restaurant. Dishes are served in covered golden plated small bowls. With 12 bowls per person there is a lot of variety in the food served!
  • Tomb of King Kongmin and his wife - These are one of the best preserved tombs in North Korea. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
  • Drive  to Sariwon City - we will explore the folk street in this city.
  • Mount Kyongnam - a 5 minute up to the local pavillion will allow us have impressive views of the whole city.
  • Stop at the Re-unification Monuments - good chance to take some pictures
  • Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ Restaurant

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - September 11 (Monday)

AM
  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Korean Film Studios - settings where DPRK movies are filmed. If lucky, we will be able to see the production of a movie. We will see the sets used for the production of DPRK movies. It is also possible to dress up in outfits and act out scenes of Korean movies based on Korean ancient times.
  • Korean Art Studio - where statues, pottery and paintings and a variety of forms of DPRK propaganda are produced. If interested in art, you will have the chance to purchase artwork. Please note that you will be able to purchase DPRK souvenirs on several occasions throughout the trip and not just here. These come in all shapes and forms and travellers tend to be surprised by the variety of options available as they range from snake liquor to DPRK football shirts (soccer jerseys) to DPRK military stamps and books written by the Leaders.
  • Grand People's Study House - enourmous study centre with a huge library of allegdly 30 million books. It has several class rooms and amazing views of Kim Il Sung Square.
PM
  • Lunch: Hotpot restaurtant, Pyongyang
  • Drive to the port city of Nampo on the west coast - We will drive on the Hero Youth Highway which was constructed in the late 1990s by students. Some of the Korean guides that we work with were involved in this project when they were university students.
  • West Sea Barrage - 8km long barrage that splits the Sea of Korea and the Taedong River which reduces the risk of floods in North Korea and generates energy in the local surrounding area.
  • Drive to the Natural Hot Spa Hotel - The Ryongang Hotel is located in the outskirts of Nampo, this consists of several villas. Each room has a hot spa with water coming directly from the waterbed under the ground. In spite of it being salty, it is actually not from the sea. The spa allegedly has a number of health benefits.
  • Dinner: Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo - There is a Clam BBQ option after dinner. This place is famous for its petrol clam BBQ. The cost is 7 Euros per person but you do not need to join in if not a fan of seafood. Everyone is welcome to sit and chat while we have the BBQ outdoors!

Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

Day 6 - September 12 (Tuesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Ryanggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
  • Kangso Mineral Water Bottling Factory - see where sparkling bottled water is packaged. Chance to try a free sample. The factory manager will show us around the facilities
  • Chongsanri Cooperative Farm - see how Koreans work and live in this model cooperative farm which was very common in communist countries. You will be able to see a farmer's home or the kindergarten where the farmers' children attend. This is located within the premises of the cooperative farm.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall - these flowers are dedicate to the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Seeing them and hearing about them comes to show the extent to which the figures of the leaders of the country are respected in the DPRK.
  • Kwangbok Supermarket - we will be able to join local here and purchase local Korean goods. This is one of the only few places in the DPRK where we can exchange foreign currency for Korean Won and purchase goods with locals. The ground floor consists of a big supermarket, the top floors are department stores. It was only in 2015 that foreigners were allowed to start visiting this place.
  • Golden Lane Bowling Alley - chance to hang out with locals and have a game of bowling.
    Golden Lane Bowling Alley

  • Option of having a relaxing evening at the Diplomat's Club before ending the trip.
  • Farewell Dinner: local restaurant in Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 7 - September 13 (Wednesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • 10.10 am train to Beijing - if interested in flying back please do let us know, though we strongly recommend taking the train at least once as it adds to the DPRK experience

PM

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

Day 8 - September 14 (Thursday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:38 am

End of our DPRK National Day Tour II

Please go to our North Korea Tourism page to see more information on other tours that we offer other than our North Korea National Day Tour II.

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