• Factory in Hungnam city near Hamhung city, North Korea (DPRK)
    Factory in Hungnam
  • Hamhung Grand Theatre, North Korea (DPRK)
    Grand Theatre
  • Hamhung main street, North Korea (DPRK)

2024 North Korea Victory Day East Coast Tour

Join our 2024 North Korea Victory Day Tour and celebrate the Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice in Pyongyang. We will also head to the east coast and explore the second largest city in the DPRK, Hamhung, the port city of Wonsan, Sariwon and Kaesong, staying 3 nights in total outside of Pyongyang.

The application deadline for this tour is 17 June 2024.

Check one of our previous Victory Day East Coast Tour reports!


Experience a wide assortment of North Korean hotels on this tour. You will stay at no less than 4!

When staying in Pyongyang, we will be based at two of the capital's best hotels; the Yanggakdo Hotel and the Koryo Hotel. The latter will allow you to enjoy amazing views of Pyongyang's skyline, whereas the Koryo Hotel is located right by the train station in Pyongyang, offering a closer uplook of the daily hustle and bustle of downtown Pyongyang.

Swimming pool in the Yanggakdo Hotel in North Korea (DPRK). Trip arranged by KTG Tours

As of 2019 there has been wifi available in the Yanggakdo Hotel's casino. Unlike other hotels such as the Chongnyon Hotel, Ryanggang Hotel, Haebangsan Hotel, etc, the Yanggakdo and Koryo Hotels are not budget hotels and are classified as a Deluxe Hotels.

We will spend one night at the Minsok Folk Hotel in the old part of town of Kaesong, near the DMZ.

Kaesong Folk Hotel in North Korea, trip arranged by KTG

You will be able experience what life was like in feudal Korea when staying in this courtyard hotel. It was actually part of the old town of Kaesong and was cut off and turned into an area for tourists, both domestic and foreign, in 1989. The hotel complex sprawls all the way to the footsteps of Janam Hill.

Majon Beach resort near Hamhung in North Korea (DPRK). Trip arranged by KTG Tours

When heading to the less visited east coast, you will stay one night at the beach front at the Majon Beach Resort. This resort consists of small villas. It offers us a great chance to spend an evening of fun with any locals staying there.

Another night will be spent at the Songdowon Hotel in the port city of Wonsan.

Lobby at the Songdowon Hotel in Wonsan city, Kangwon province, North Korea (DPRK). Trip arranged by KTG Tours

This hotel is a blend of soviet and Korean styles.

It is located in the city centre and is at walking distance from the central square, docks and beach. They also have a greta restaurant just across the hotel with fresh fish and seafood.

Group Size

Our group sizes tend to be the smallest amongst agencies specialising in DPRK tours. We hardly ever have more than 10 people per group and we limit our group sizes to 19 people. In the very unlikely case of having more than 19 people in a group we divide the group into two and each group will have there own tour guides and private vehicle.

KTG travellers on the beach in North Korea near Hamhung, DPRK

KTG Travellers with locals at Majon Beach on one of our Victory Day Tours

Route and Map

Dandong and Sinuiju are points we cross when entering/exiting the DPRK by train. We can arrange private tour extensions in either of these cities if you like.

Pyongyang is marked with the big red star on the map.

Tour Outline

Mass Games in North Korea with KTG Tours

Picture on the right - Mass Games. It has not been confirmed if they will take place this year.

This is an extremely comprehensive tour of the DPRK. You will spend 7 nights / 8 days in North Korea plus one night on the train back to Beijing if you fly in and take the train back, 2 nights if you take the train both ways.

You will be based in Pyongyang and will be there the entire day on Victory Day for any celebrations. You will stay overnight in Kaesong, a historical city where you will see several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will then visit the DMZ and meet KPA soldiers and stop by the lively city of Sariwon, provincial capital of North Hwanghae province.

Workers at a fertiliser factory in Hungnam in Hamhung, the second largest city in North Korea, with KTG Tours

Picture on the right - Workers at the Hungam Fertiliser Factory

After this you will drive through remote rural areas as you cross the whole Korean Peninsula before arriving at the port city of Wonsan where you will be able to join a swim with locals at the seaside

You then head to the second largest city in the DPRK; the industrial city of Hamhung which only started taking in Western tourists in 2010. You will visit the largest fertiliser factory of the DPRK here and then stay overnight by the beach front in Majon.

children at the beach in Wonsan in North Korea. DPRK trip arranged by KTG Tours

Picture on the right - Children at a beach in Wonsan

Please note that, even though this is a long tour, that it is still possible for you to extend your stay in North Korea. Please check our tour extensions page for some sample itineraries and please bear in mind that these extensions can be fully customised based on your requests.

Tour Highlights

Ullim Waterfalls in North Korea (KTG)
  • Main highlights in Pyongyang including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
  • The ancient city of Kaesong.
  • Visiting a local cooperative farm.
  • Travelling across the DPRK all the way to the east coast where you will be able to swim with locals at the beach, check a summer camp in Wonsan
  • Visit the second largest city in North Korea, the industrial city of Hamhung, where they have the biggest theatre in the country and where you will visit the largest fertiliser factory in North Korea.
  • Mass Games - a unique show with thousands of participants in the largest seater stadium in the world. Please note that there is speculation that these may be held but that this has not been confirmed. If they do take place we will be able to attend.
  • Staying overnight at a traditional courtyard hotel in the old part of Kaesong city, just a few kilometres away from the DMZ and South Korea.
  • The DMZ where the Korean War Armistice was signed and where soldiers from North and South Korea face each other.

Detailed Itinerary

Itineraries are always subject to change based on circumstances in the DPRK.

Day 0 - 22 July (Monday) for those entering by train

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

Day 1 - 23 July (Tuesday)

Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang capital of North Korea. Trip arranged by KTG Tours
  • Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.35 (Pyongyang time)


  • Arch of Triumph - it marks the return of President Kim Il Sung upon returning to Korea after the liberation of Korea from Japan. This gigantic monument is taller than that of Paris
  • Walk around the area, see the enormous mural of President Kim Il Sung upon his return to Korea after the liberation of the country and walk by Kim Il Sung Stadium
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: Local Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - 24 July (Wednesday)


  • Breakfast: Songdowon Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to the coastal city of Wonsan (East Coast) - unique chance to be driven through second tier cities and counties as you literally cruise across the DPRK, from one side of the country to the other. The ride is around 4.5 hours long and a fascinating experience. We will have a 30 minute break on the way at a local guest house with relaxing views.
  • Sinpyong Guesthouse - 30 minute break by a lake. Chance to try some snake liquor!
Sinpyong lake, North Korea (DPRK)


  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Wonsan
  • Walk around Wonsan City (Central Square and along the pier) - you can see locals going on with their daily lives here. The square tends to be very lively with children roller skating, families walking together and then by the port there are always people fishing.
Wonsan, North Korea (DPRK)

Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan

Day 3 - 25 July (Thursday)


  • Breakfast: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan
  • Drive to Hamhung City - discover the second largest city in the DPRK. This industrial city only started receiving Western tourists in 2010 and is therefore considered even more "off the beaten track" of a destination.
  • Mt. Donghung - with an impressive view of Hamhung City and the whole surrounding area, a giant bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung is here and it is a popular place for newly-weds to go and pay tribute.


  • Lunch: City Restaurant, Hamhung. Hamhung is well known for its potato starch noodles.
  • Hamhung Grand Theatre - enormous theatre located in the city centre right across from the main square. Please bear in mind that in spite of being the second biggest city in North Korea with an estimated population of 800,000, Hamhung has only been opened up to tourism very recently and the site of foreigners here is extremely rare for locals (more so than in other areas in the DPRK) which will explain the surprise on many people's faces when seeing you. The image on the right shows a Children's rally in Hamhung.
Grand Theatre in Hamhung
  • Home of Ri Song-gye - Founder of the Choson Dynasty, he overthrew the Koryo dynasty. His home is located in Hungnam disctrict which is home to many factories.
  • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory - unique chance to visit one of the country's biggest factories
Factory in Hamhung, North Korea
  • Check-in Majon Cottage - a series of cottages located by the beach. Enjoy a relaxing stroll by the seaside before dinner. There are usually locals here happy to have us join in.
Majon beach, North Korea

Overnight: Majon Cottage (at the seafront)

Day 4 - 26 July (Friday)


Cooperative farm near Hamhung in North Korea (DPRK)
  • Chonsam Cooperative Farm - see how farmers and their families live here. We will see farmers' homes, the fields and visit the kindergarten that their children attend (also located within the premises of the cooperative farm). This is an interesting aspect of DPRK tours as it allows travellers see different aspects of the country
  • Drive back to Wonsan
  • Wonsan Agricultural University - walk around the university campus


English lesson at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea)
  • Dinner: Local Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - 27 July | Victory Day | 71st Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice


Couple rowing a boat on the Taedong River by the Juche Tower in Pyongyang capital of North Korea. DPRK Trip arranged by KTG Tours
  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Walk from Pyongyang Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square
  • Kim Il Sung Square - the largest square in the DPRK and the one we see on TV when mass rallies and military parades are held
  • DPRK Bookstore - you will be able to purchase DPRK books in English as well as other publications such as the Pyongyang Times newspaper
  • Fountain Park - favourite spot for locals to take pictures
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - we will see the famous giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. This will be busy with Koreans on a national holiday such as today
  • Juche Tower - chance to go up 150 meters and have a panoramic view of Pyongyang. The flame itself adds another 20 metres to the height of the structure!


  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Moran Park - see local celebrate this National Festivity. Expect to be asked to join them in the singing and dancing! National holidays are a fantastic time to be in the DPRK!
Walk around Pyongyang city centre
  • Victory Day Celebrations in Pyongyang - Workers' Party Foundation Monument - if there are any mass dances we will be able to attend and to join in with the university students dancing
Mass Dances in North Korea on 27 July, Victory Day. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Mass Games on 27 July in Pyongyang. 7.27 is Victory Day in the DPRK

  • MASS GAMES - a spectacular and unique show with thousands of participants. Please note that we expect them to be held but that there has been no official confirmation. If they take place and it is an option available to tourists then we will be able to attend.

Walk around Pyongyang city centre

Acrobatics show at the Mass Games

  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Kaeson Evening Funfair if the Mass Games are not held - you can take rides with locals, but even if you'd rather not, this is a great opportunity to join Koreans during their celebrations. Expect to see many pleasantly surprised faces! Rides cost from 1 to 5 Euros.

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 6 - 28 July (Sunday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace - where the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. The most sacred place in the DPRK. You are kindly asked to dress in proper attire. You will be sent more detailed information regarding this but please feel free to contact us for more details. This is a highlight of all of our DPRK tours.
Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - bronze busts of national heroes. The cemetery is located on atop a hill in the outskirts of Pyongyang, offering great views of the capital of North Korea.


  • Lunch: Mangyongdae Restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Ride on Pyongyang Metro (extended ride) - chance to take the deepest metro in the world. You will experience the busiest aspect of Pyongyang with local Pyongyangers.
Metro ride in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Coach to Kaesong (near Panmunjom, the DMZ) - we leave early due south. There will be a break on the way as the ride is approximately 3 hours long. We will have a break in the middle and will be able to take pictures of the Reunification Highway. On our way here our Korean guides who we have worked with for many years now and are the top level guides from the Korean tourism authorities will explain to us the principles by which the DPRK seeks to obtain reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
  • Hotel check-in: Korean traditional courtyard hotel; the Minsok Folk Hotel
Minsok Hotel, Kaesong in North Korea (DPRK)
  • Dinner: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong

Overnight: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong

Day 7 - 29 July (Monday)


North & South Korean soldiers at the DMZ, Panmumjom
  • Breakfast: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
  • DMZ (i.e Panmunjom, aka 38 Parallel) - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. This is with no doubt a highlight of all DPRK tours. A DPRK soldier will guide us here and we will be able to see the world famous 38th Parallel that divides the Korean Peninsula to this day.
  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - the first university of the Koryo Dynasty, it is now a museum where guests are explained how life was like in medieval Korea


  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - we will all be served with small covered dishes, each one being a surprise!
  • As we leave Kaesong we will be able to see the famous Kaesong Industrial Park Complex at a distance as well as the train station which's railway connects North and South Korea but which is not in use.
  • Drive to Sariwon City Centre - this is a very lively city. We will walk around Food Street and see some model local pavilions in Folk Street. There are usually street games held in this area and we will be more than welcomed to join in!
  • Have break at a Sul Jib or Sul Jib stand - meaning wine house or alcohol house, we will be able to have a drink of local Makoli (a Korean drink with low levels of alcohol) at a local joint.
  • Walk up Mt. Kyongnam - this takes 5 to 10 minutes and it is absolutely worth it as we will be able to not only have fantastic views of Sariwon but of the surrounding region too

You can see our Youtube video below of Sariwon city:

  • Stop at the Reunification Monuments - chance to have some pictures taken at these giant monuments
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - the war museum has been moved to and now lies adjacent to the building where it used to be. The amount of detail and the size of the museum comes to show how important the Korean War is and how tangible it is today in the DPRK
  • USS Pueblo - US spy ship, the only US vessel in possession of a foreign country. It is shown in the DPRK to Koreans and foreigners as a trophy.
  • 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: Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 8 - 30 July (Tuesday)


  • 10.25 am train to Beijing - please let us know if you would like to fly back


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

Day 9 - 31 July (Monday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

End of our Victory Day Tour


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"The whole experience was actually even better than I thought, especially the Mass Games which I can’t even find words to describe." P. Simon - attending the Ocotober 10th Military Parade rehearsal "We had a very enlightening trip and were most impressed with how well organised it all was...and would not have changed anything..."

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