• Firework display in Pyongyang
  • Frozen Taedong River, Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
  • DPRK Soldier Ice Sculpture

North Korea New Year Tour I

The application deadline for our DPRK New Year Tour is 2 December 2020. What more original way is there to start 2020 than by doing so in Pyongyang?

Important: Accommodation used for our DPRK New Year Tour

You will be able to stay in one of the capital's best hotels, the Yanggakdo Hotel, considered Deluxe in the DPRK. Budget hotels such as the Sosan (despite having been refurbished) and Ryanggang Hotels, tend to be quite chilly in winter and hot water may not be available at all times during the winter time.

Tour Extensions

You will visit 3 different regions of the DPRK on this trip; Pyongyang, Kaesong & the DMZ and Sariwon city.

If interested in extending your tour (such as taking a skiing extension) 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.

Day 1 - December 29 (Tuesday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.05 (Pyongyang time)


  • Night drive around Pyongyang
  • Arch of Triumph - walk around the area. See the giant mural showing the image of President Kim Il Sung upon his return to Korea after Korea's liberation from Japan in 1945
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Number 1 Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - December 30 (Wednesday) 


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum enormous museum holding original vehicles used in the Korean War and explaining the DPRK version of the war. This was restored recently. The theme of the Korean War is very important in DPRK.
  • USS Pueblo - US spyship captured in 1968 by the DPRK
  • Mangyongdae Native House - the Birthplace of President Kim Il Sung


  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Walk around the city centre - bundle up well! This is a great chance to see the capital by foot 
Winter Day in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Grand People's Study House - study centre with over 30 million books and breath-taking views of Kim Il Sung Square
  • Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the torch) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang
  • Monuments to the Workers' Party - monument consisting of a hammer, sickle and brush that rise 50 metres in the sky
Party Foundation Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea. Picture taken on our KTG New Year's DPRK Tour
  • Golden Lane Bowling Alley - chance to see locals enjoy a day off and of course for you to check your bowling skills!

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - December 31 (Thursday) New Year's Eve


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace - where the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il remain in state, one of the most sacred places in the DPRK. Formal attire required. We will brief you regarding this.
Kumsusan Memorial Palace in the winter, Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea)
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - views of the whole of Pyongyang are available atop the hill where this cemetery is located


  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Fountain Park - it is common to see couples here taking pictures
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. There will be many locals here today
  • Daytime Walk around Kim Il Sung Square - This is the square where military parades and rallies take place (the ones we usually see on TV when there are news regarding North Korea)
North Korean Ice Rocket sculpture in Kim Il Sung Square with the Juche Tower in the background

DPRK Ice Rocket Sculpture in Kim Il Sung Square. The Juche Tower can be seen in the background across the Taedong River.

  • DPRK foreign Language Bookstore - chance to read & purchase DPRK publications in English and in other languages
Kim Il Sung Square in December, Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Pyongyang Metro - we will take a ride with locals. This is one of the deepest subway systems in the world and the stops are beautifully decorated.
Pyongyang metro ride in winter during KTG Tour's New Years Tour, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Kwangbok Supermarket - one of the biggest supermarkets in North Korea. This is the only place in Pyongyang where you can purchase local currency to purchase goods. The supermarket has an array of DPRK produced goods and is full of locals. Great chance to see an aspect of ordinary daily life in Pyongyang. It was only recently that tourists have been allowed to come here.
  • Local beer bar - chance to have a few drinks before dinner
  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang
Thousands of North Koreans gather at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang for New Year's Eve
  • Expected Fireworks Display for New Year's at Kim Il Sung Square
Fireworks in Pyongyang are expected for New Year's Eve

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - January 1 (Friday) 


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - this city was not destroyed during the Korean War and we can therefore see some traditional Korean architecture. We will then visit the DMZ, the last area where the consequences of the Cold War are still very alive.
Kaesong city in the winter, North Korea (DPRK). Taken on KTG's New Year Tour
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - chance to enter, or if closed to get close to, the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place Sariwon, DPRK 360°


  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - dishes are served in small covered golden plated bowls, with no less than 12 small dishes per person. The number of dishes served symbolised the rank of the person eating and 12 is the highest ranking of all!
Children in Kaesong, North Korea (DPRK) in the winter. Picture taken on KTG Tours' New Year's Tour
  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - the first university in the Korean Peninsula, it dates from the 900s and is located in extremely peaceful surroundings
Koryo Museum in Kaesong city, North Korea (DPRK). This was the first university on the Korean Peninsula. Kaesong was the capital city of the Koryo Dynasty. Picture taken on KTG Tours' New Year's Tour
  • Stamp shop - just outside of the Yanggakdo Hotel, we usually make a quick stop here. A wide variety of stamps, postcards, artwork, etc can be purchased.
  • Drive to Sariwon City - lively city, capital of North Hwanghae Province
Drive to Sariwon city in North Korea. Sariwon is the capital of North Hwanghae Province and is the third largest city in DPRK. Join KTG for our North Korea New Year's Tour!
  • Kyongnam Pavilion - have views of the whole city and the surrouding region
Views of Sariwon city in North Korea from Kyongnam Pavilion. Picture taken on KTG Tours' New Year's Trip to North Korea (DPRK)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Reunification Monument
  • Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ Restaurant

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - January 2 (Saturday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • 10.25 am train to Beijing - please let us know if you would like to fly out


  • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China - customs procedures will be carried out on the train. Please let us know if you would like to exit by plane

Day 6 - January 3 (Sunday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

End of our North New Year Tour I

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