• Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang skyline, North Korea (DPRK)
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  • North Korean flags in Pyongyang

2017 North Korea Summer Tour

2017 North Korea Summer Tour. The application deadline for our standard North Korea Summer Tour is May 8th 2017.

Accommodation

We will stay at one of the best hotels Pyongyang has to offer; The Yanggakdo International Hotel. Unlike other hotels such as the Sosan Hotel, Ryanggang, Haebansan, etc, this is not a budget hotel and offers some of the best hotel facilities in Pyongyang.

Group Size

Our groups usually have arond 10 people or less. We strongly believe that having small sized groups helps us to get to know our local guides in Korea personally and have a deeper understanding of the DPRK, something not feasible with large sized groups. Our Western staff members go in frequently with groups to Korea and we know the guides very well. We believe that having large groups of say over 20 people does not allow travellers to get to know the guides that well, whereas smaller sized groups allows for more interaction and flexibility once in the DPRK.

In the unlikely case of having 19 people, we will divide the group into two completely separate groups, each with their own guides, vehicle and driver.

If not a US citizen, you can also join by train. The tour cost will be lower in this case. Please contact us for more details.

Day 0 - June 12 (Monday) for those entering by train 

Those taking the train in meet our KTG staff downtown Beijing for our pre-tour briefing and take the train to Pyongyang together, arriving the following day in Pyongyang

Day 1 - June 13 (Tuesday)

PM

  • Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 15.35 (Pyongyang time)
  • 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.
  • Views of Chollima Statue - representing the policy used by the DPRK government after the Korean War. The aim of this policy was to reconstruct the country at the speed of the mythical Chollima Horse
  • North Korea Summer Tour Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - June 14 (Wednesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Mount Myohyang - "Fragrance Mountain", we head north to a beautiful part of northwestern interior of North Korea
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - exposing thousands of presents given to President Kim Il Sung, his son General Kim Jong Il and his wife Comrade Kim Jong Suk. There is now too a section for the current leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - first built in 1042, it was restored in the 1500s and 1700s and after the Korean War
Pohyon Temple in Mount Myohyang, DPRK (North Korea)

    PM

  • Lunch: Chongchon Hotel, Mount Myohyang
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the flame) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang
  • Ride on Pyongyang Metro - the deepest in the world. Take an extended metro ride with locals and have a chance to experience Pyongyang at its busiest time!
  • North Korean lady reading a framed newspaper in the Pyongang metro, DPRK

  • Kwangbok Supermarket - this is the only place where foreigners can exchange foreign currency for Korean won and purchase goods with Korean won. This place is usually packed with locals and we are allowed to wander around by ourselves. The bottom floor consists of a supermarket which mainly consists of local goods. The first floor is where clothes is sold as well as other goods such as watches, home equipment. The top floor is where we can buy snacks and meals and it is where hundreds of people tend to gather with their families for some food!
  • Dinner: Local Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - June 15 (Thursday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - where the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il remain in state. Please note that this is one of the most important places in the DPRK. Formal attire is required, please ask us for more details. If the Palace indoors are closed we will schedule a visit to the main square of the Palace.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - dedicated to the heroes of the DPRK. The central bust is that of Mother Kim Jong Suk, Kim Jong-Il's mother. Views of the whole city of Pyongyang are offered as the cemetery is located on a hill in the outskirts of the capital.
  • Party Foundation Monuments

PM

  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum) - the War museum has been now moved to the building next to where it used to be. It is usually described by our travellers as the largest museum they've ever visited. Please check our Youtube video of some of the US weapons shown in the museum:


  • USS Pueblo - US spy ship captured in 1968. The only US vessel in possession of a foreign country. This is kept in the DPRK as a trophy and proudly shown to North Koreans and foreigners alike.
  • Mangyongdae Native House -  President Kim Il Sung's birthplace
  • Children's Palace - see children participating in extra curricular activities and see an impressive performance
  • Late drive to Kaesong - we head down the virtually empty Re-unification highway. As we drive toward Kaesong we will be able to see the Kaesong Industrial Complex (albeit at a distance) and the train station that was built with the railtrack that unites North and South Korea and awaits to be frequently used some day.
  • Check-in Minsok Hotel - traditional Korean courtyard hotel. Quietly located in the old part of Kaesong. Viewing the giant bronze statue of Kim Il Sung lit up at night and standing in the horizon from this hotel is an experience. You will be able to sit and eat on the floor as per Korean traditional style.
Minsok Hotel, Kaesong DPRK (North Korea)

Overnight: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong 

Day 4 - June 16 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Minsok Hotel
  • Go up Janam Hill where the giant statue of Kim Il Sung is. We will have great views of Kaesong and then walk to the pavilions on the side of the hill where views of the whole part of the old town of Kaesong can be viewed. Unlike most of North Korea, Kaesong was not destroyed during the Korean War.
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - one of the highlights of our North Korea Summer Tour. You will have the chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. We will also see where the War Armistice was signed and have tour of Panmunjom.

PM

  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - dishes are served in no less than 12 small covered bowls per person.
Food in Kaesong, North Korea (DPRK)

  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - the first university of the Korean peninsula. This building dates back to the 900s when Kaesong was capital of the Koryo Dynasty
  • Kaesong Stamp Shop -  just located outside the museum. You can also purchase souvenirs in Pyongyang if you wish.
  • Return to Pyongyang
  • Stop by the Re-unification Monuments
  • Grand People's Study House - impressive study centre right by Kim Il Sung Square
  • Walk around Kim Il Sung Square - a relaxing stroll to end the North Korea Summer Tour!
  • DPRK Bookstore - you will be able to purchase DPRK books published in English and other languages. DVDs and the Pyongyang Times newspaper are also sold here.
  • Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ, Pyongyang
  • Evening Funfair (optional) - rides cost from 1 to 5 Euros. We recommend going here to check out the lively atmosphere

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - June 17 (Saturday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • 10.10 am train to China - if interested in flying back please do let us know

PM

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

Day 6 - June 18 (Sunday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:38 am

End of our 2017 North Korea June Tour

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

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