• Mass Dances on the Foundation Day of the Workers' Party of Korea in DPRK, North Korea. Picture taken with KTG tours, experts in arranging tours to Pyongyang and all of North Korea
    10.10 Mass Dances

DPRK Party Foundation Day Extended Tour

The application deadline for this tour is 8 September 2020. If interested in extending your tour 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.

2020 will be the 75th Anniversary of the Party's Foundation so there is a lot of expectation regarding special events and celebrations that may be held. The application deadline for this tour is 12 September 2020. If interested in extending your tour 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.

IMPORTANT: There may be a military parade held as is the case on major anniversaries of national holidays. PLEASE NOTE that neither we, nor any other travel agency, can guarantee that there will be one. When they have parades held travellers are usually allowed to go to the roadside with locals to greet soldiers coming back from the parade, but not to Kim Il Sung Square itself when the parade is taking place. We have always been able to greet soldiers coming back from the parade when this option is available to tourists but whether any agency is are able to do so or not will only be confirmed on the spot. For instance, in 2018 a parade was held on National Day (9 September) and we were lucky enough to be able to see the soldiers but some travellers from other agencies were not able to as their guides did not go to the point where the soldiers passed.

Those entering by train leave Beijing a day earlier.

Check our Youtube video below. Mass Dances are usually held on 10 October to mark the Anniversary of the Party's Foundation.


Day 1 - October 8 (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 14.00 flight JS 252 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.00 (Pyongyang time)

PM

  • Arch of Triumph - a gigantic structure that marks the return of President Kim Il Sung from his years abroad fighting the Japanese occupation. There is a gigantic mosaic mural too of Kim Il Sung's return speech. The Kim Il Sung Stadium is located close by.
  • Brief walk around the area
  • Kim Il Sung Square
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - October 9 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Depart to Kaesong - head south towards the border between North and South Korea. The trip is 3 hours long and there will be a break by the highway where you can take pictures. If you go up the building you can take pictures of the empty Re-unification Highway. There are several military check-points on the way. Our guides will tell us when we cannot take pictures. After the stopping in the middle of the highway for a 10 minute break, it will eventually start getting dark. Driving on an empty, highway towards one of the most sensitive borders in the world is indeed a surreal and unforgettable experience. As you take on this intriguing journey the local guides will tell stories of life in the DPRK and how they view the country and the rest of the world. We will be explained too how the DPRK expects to reunify the Korean peninsula.
  • DMZ - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. This a DPRK travel highlight. Please note that if the negotiation rooms are not opened, then you will still be able to have a close-up view of the negotiation rooms. We will be escorted by a DPRK soldier, who will hop on to our coach, and be shown around Panmunjom, including the rooms where the Korean War Armistice was signed. As Korean soldiers tend to be curious about what Westerners think about the Korean War and about Korea in general, this will be a unique chance to interact with them and ask them any questions you may have.
KTG staff member at the DMZ (Panmunjom) with a North Korean soldier, (DPRK)

PM

  • Drive back to Kaesong
  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - up to 12 small dishes served in covered-up golden plated bowls will be served to each person, each bowl being a surprise.
  • As we exit Kaesong we will be able to see the train station that connects North and South Korea by rail (but which is currently not in use). At a distance too we will be able to see Kaesong Industrial Complex, which has made the headlines in Western media several times.
  • Koryo Museum - a UNESCO World Heritage site, this was the first university on the Korean Peninsula
  • Kaesong Stamp Shop - chance to buy Korean stamps, postcards and last minute souvenirs. You can post your postcards back to Europe (or pretty much anywhere around the world) from the hotel in Pyongyang
  • As you exit Kaesong you will be able to see the train station that connects North and South Korea by rail (but which is currently not in use). At a distance too we will be able to see Kaesong Industrial Complex, which has made the headlines in Western media several times.
  • Drive to Sariwon City - lively city in the DPRK. We will have a stroll around its busiest street, Food Street, where we will be able to stop in one of the local "Suk Jib" (literally meaning wine house) where locals have Makoli (Korean rice wine). Great chance to absorb the local atmosphere.
  • Sariwon Folk Street - locals normally play games here in the street and we will be more than welcome to join in!
  • Option to walk up the local hill and have a panoramic view of the whole city of Sariwon. Please see our Youtube video above to have an idea of what it looks like!
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Reunification Monument
Reunification Monuments in North Korea 360°
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Stop by the Re-unfication Monuments) - great spot for some final pictures! Please check our 360° image of the 3 Charters Reunification Monument by clicking on the bubble!
  • Local Beer Bar before dinner
  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - October 10 (Saturday) - Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The most sacred place in the DPRK and a highlight of any DPRK travel experience.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - situated on a hill in the outskirts of Pyongyang it has views of the whole skyline of Pyongyang.

PM

  • Lunch: Hotpot restaurtant, Pyongyang
  • Fountain Park - a favourite photo spot for Koreans
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il - ideal to visit on a national holiday as there will be many people here, including military units, paying their respects to the Leaders
  • Views of Chollima Statue - the chollima Horse represents the official policy of the DPRK used in the years following the Korean War with the intention of rebuilding a nation from scratch.
  • Juche Tower - you can go up 150 metres an have amazing views of the capital of North Korea. For those who would rather stay downstairs it is possible to have a brief walk by the river bed and see locals getting along with their holiday.
  • Pyongyang Metro - take an extended ride with locals on a National Holiday. The metro is not just impressive because of its depth (on average over 100 metres) but also because of its absolutely stunningly beautiful decoration. The carriages that we will ride on are actually from the former GDR (East Germany).
Passengers at a metro stop in Pyongyang, North Korea. Tour arranged by KTG®
  • Moran Park - this is where locals gather on National Holidays. Don't be surprised if asked to join in any dancing and celebrations!
  • Monument to the Workers' Party Foundation - celebration of the anniversary of the Party's Foundation. This monument consists of a 50 metre tall sickle, hammer and brush.
  • Expected Mass Dances - we expect that there will be Mass Dances held. This will give us the chance to join hundreds of Koreans dancing to celebrate the Foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea
  • Possible Military Parade - there will not be confirmation until the same day itself if a parade will be held. There was one back in 2015 for the 70th Anniversary of the Party's Foundation. Tourists are not allowed to go to Kim Il Sung Square for parades. If a parade is held tourists usually gather with locals by the road side to greet soldiers who are coming back from the parade. The video below is an example of what we usually experience.

  • Dinner: Hotpot restaurtant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - October 11 (Sunday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The most sacred place in the DPRK and a highlight of any DPRK travel experience. Please note that you should dress smart here as it is not a touristic spot.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - situated on a hill in the outskirts of Pyongyang it has views of the whole skyline of Pyongyang.

PM

  • Lunch: local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Munsu Water Park - check some of the slides and enjoy an afternoon with locals!
Munsu Waterpark in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK) with KTG® Tours
  • Drive to the port city Nampo on the west coast of Korea. We will drive on the Youth Hero Highway which was built by students at the end of the 1990s, a period known in DPRK as the "Arduous March." Some of the more senior guides were students during that time and actually contributed to building the road! It is always fascinating to hear what our Korean guides say about life in North Korea and their personal experiences, something we believe is possible due to our many years' of working with them and knowing them very well combined with the small sizes of our groups.
  • Hotel Check-in: Nampo Hot Spa Hotel - very retro compound where high ranking officials allegedly stayed in the past. Apparently the hot spa in each room have medicinal benefits.
  • Dinner: Nampo Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

Overnight: Nampo Hot Spa Hotel

Day 5 - October 12 (Monday)

  • Breakfast: Nampo Hot Spa Hotel
  • Chongsan Cooperative Farm - see how Koreans work and live in this model cooperative farm. We can see the greenhouses and will ask to see one of the kindergartens.
  • West Sea Barrage - 8 km long barrage that separates the Taedong River from the West Sea of Korea. This is a source of national pride in DPRK. The site was also visited by Jimmy Carter in 1994.
West Sea Barrage in Nampo, North Korea. Discover the DPRK with KTG

PM

  • Lunch: Nampo
  • Taen Glass Manufacturing Factory - fantastic chance to see how a heavy industry factory operates in North Korea.
Taen Glass Factory near Nampo city in North Korea. Discover the DPRK with KTG
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum) - the museum was re-located and is now much larger and shows more detailed information. You will be able to walk through "war scenes" and see planes, tanks and weapons used in the Korean War. Most significantly, you will be able to witness first hand how vivid the first armed conflict of the Cold War remains in the DPRK, something you will also perceive when at the DMZ.
  • USS Pueblo - US spy ship captured in 1968, it is held as a trophy in the DPRK and shown to Koreans and foreigners. The ship was captured off the east coast of the DPRK and then shipped to Pyongyang. The US crew captured stayed in North Korea 11 months before being released.
  • Farewell Dinner - Number 1 Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - October 13 (Tuesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Mount Myohyang - drive to the northern interior of North Korea and discover one of the country's most amazing locations!
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - this site consists of two buildings which are literally built into the mountains. Corridors of endless and truly impressive gifts given to the leaders of the country. We cannot disclose what it is you will see in order not to spoil the surprise(s)!
Ladies in Mount Myohyang, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Pohyon Temple - chance to meet local monks. This used to be a major Buddhism centre in the region
Local Monk in Mount Myohyang, North Korea (DPRK)

PM

  • Lunch: Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang - one of the most luxurious hotels in DPRK
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Children's Palace / Middle School - see a truly impressive mixture of singing, instrument playing and dancing perfomances taking places in different classrooms
Children'a Palace in North Korea
  • Dinner: Ryomyong New Street, Pyongyang - this street was recently built in less than one year!
  • Walk by Ryomyong New Street
Ryomyong-new-street-pyongyang-ktg-tours.jpg

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 6 - October 14 (Wednesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • 10.25 am train to Beijing - if interested in flying back please let us know in advance

PM

  • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China

Day 7 - October 15 (Thursday)

AM

  • Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

End of tour our DPRK Travel Workers' Party of Korea Foundation Day Tour II

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