• 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

2019 DPRK National Day Tour

2019 DPRK National Day Tour - 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK. The application deadline for this tour is August 1st 2019.

Our group sizes tend to be small, with an average of less than 10 people per group. We believe that this, together with our close and long-term relation with our Korean partners, strongly increases our chances of being flexible with the itinerary and allows us to attend events hard to be present at with overwhelmingly large groups. However, together with August, September is a busy period in terms of DPRK tourism. We therefore kindly ask you to apply by the application deadline for our DPRK National Day Tour as it may be hard to book the necessary transportation tickets after the deadline.

If you apply later we will be able to notify you within one working day if we can add you to the tour.

Day 1 - September 5 (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 14.05 flight JS 252 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.05 (Pyongyang time)


  • Arch of Triumph - marking the arrival of President Kim Il Sung after having fought against the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula, it is larger than the Arch of Triumph in Paris
  • Brief walk around the area, see the enormous mosaic of the Leader Kim Il Sung's speech after the liberation from Japan in 1945 and Kim Il Sung Stadium
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • DPRK National Day Tour Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - September 6 (Friday)


  • 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, or get close to them if they are locked. 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.


  • Lunch: Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - The name means 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!
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Stop at the Re-unification Monuments - good chance to take some pictures
  • Grand People's Study House - huge study centre/library with fantastic views of Kim Il Sung Square
  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - September 7 (Saturday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Mount Myohyang - we head to a beautiful part of the northern interior of the DPRK
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - visit to these two buildings that are partly built inside mountains and 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.
  • Pohyon Temple -  one of the most important places of Buddhism in the region when Buddhism was prevalent in Korea.
Field in Mount Myohyang, North Pyongan province, DPRK (North Korea)


  • Lunch: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang
  • 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.
Bronze statues at the war museum in Pyongyang, 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: Hotpot Restaurant, located near the embassy area in Pyongyang

Day 4 - September 8 (Sunday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • 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 Cooperative farm near Nampo, North Korea.


  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Mangyongdae Native House - President Kim Il Sung's Birthplace
  • Drive to Nampo City - we will go on the Youth Heroes Highway which was built by university students in the late 90s.
  • Chongsangrim Cooperative Farm - cooperative farms were common in socialist/communist countries. Farmers and their families work and live here. The local farm manager will show us around the farm and explain how it operates.
  • West Sea Barrage - this is an 8 km long structure that divides the Taedong River from the West Sea of Korea (the Yellow Sea). It took 5 years to build and is seen as a source of national pride. We will be able to have views of the whole structure from the platform by the lighthouse.
The West Sea Barrage in North Korea
  • Drive to the Ryanggang Hot Spa Hotel - this compound consists of villas and each room has a hot spa in the bathroom consisting of a bath tub. The salty water that comes from the underground natural water reserve allegedly has beneficial medicinal effects. Rooms are very retro. If the sky is clear we can see countless stars in the sky given the sheer lack of light pollution in the region. The stay here in interesting but please do not expect conditions to be as good as our hotel in Pyongyang!
  • Dinner: Ryanggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. We usually have the option of trying oil flamed clam BBQ. If you have a weak stomach we do not recommend you to try this.
  • Overnight: Ryanggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

    Day 4 - September 9 (Monday) - National Day

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

  • 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
  • Pyongyang Metro ride - at an average of 100 metres below ground we will take a ride with locals
  • Moranbong Park - (where locals picnic and gather on national holidays) - do expect to be asked to join in the fun and games! See our Youtube video right below!

  • 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.

Below is a video of a parade on national day. We do not expect there to be any military parades on National Day 2019 as these are only held on major anniversaries e.g. 65th anniversary, 70th anniversary, etc. In any case, when there is one this is usually how it looks like! We took this back in 2013. There was a parade too in 2018.

  • 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 North Korea on National Day, 9 September, Pyongyang
  • Farewell Dinner: Number 1 Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant. An ideal way to end a compact but diverse trip to North Korea!
  • Kaeson Funfair after dinner - you can take rides with locals, but even if you'd rather not, this is a great opportunity to join Koreans during their celebrations and to mingle with them. Rides cost from 1.5 to 5 Euros and are optional.
  • 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 5 - September 10 (Tuesday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • 10.25 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


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

Day 6 - September 11 (Wednesday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

End of our DPRK National Day Tour

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