Holidays in North Korea 2018 November Tour III - chance to discover the DPRK before the cold North Korean winter. The application deadline for this tour is October 15th 2018.
Being in the DPRK is an unforgettable and unique experience, but being only one of a few Westerners in the entire country gives the trip a whole new dimension.
We will stay at one of the best hotels Pyongyang has to offer; The Koryo Hotel. Unlike other hotels such as the Sosan Hotel, Ryanggang, Haebansan, etc, this Deluxe Hotel is not a budget hotel and offers some of the best hotel facilities in Pyongyang, 24/7 hotwater, etc, something very important in the cold Korean winter.
Day 1 - November 10 (Saturday)
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 2 - November 11 (Sunday)
Overnight: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
Day 3 - November 12 (Monday)
All Smiles - A KPA soldier shakes with our American traveller where the Armistice Negotiations took place over 6 decades ago
Tongil Restaurant, Kaesong - the Re-unification
restaurant serves each person up to 12 small dishes in covered up
golden plated bowls. You can also try some soju (Korean liquor) if you
Drive back to Pyongyang - as we drive back we will be able to
the train station built to link North Korea and South Korea but which
is not in use. The internationally known Kaesong Industrial Complex
will also be seen at a distance.
Stop by the Re-unification monuments just after having entered
the capital. Great chance to take some pictures.
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.
Grand People's Study House - see locals studying. Chance to join an English lecture if this is being held when we visit. There are also truly great views of Kim Il Sung Square as the building is located just behind the point where the country's leaders view military parades (those that we see on TV).
Dinner: Number 1 Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 4 - November 13 (Tuesday)
Breakfast: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Firendship Exhibition Centre -
exposing thousands of presents given to Kim Il Sung, his son Kim Jong
Il and his wife Kim Jong Suk. There is now a section too for the
current leader Kim Jong Un.
Pohyon Buddhist Temple - initially built in 1042, it used to be the capital of Buddhism in this region of Korea
Lunch: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang
Drive back to Pyongyang
Children's Palace / Middle School - see a truly impressive mixture of singing, instrument playing and dancing perfomances
Dinner: City Restaurant, Pyongyang
Day 5 - November 14 (Wednesday)
Breakfast: Koryo Hotel
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.
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.
Mineral Water Factory - we will visit a local factory and see how it operates
Drive back to Pyongyang
Store - chance to visit a local
supermarket and store. This is the only place where foreigners can
obtain Korean Won and use them to purchase goods and offers us a great
chance to shop around with locals. We wander around by ourselves in
this complex. The ground floor consists of a supermarket. Clothes are
sold on the first floor as well as other items such as windows,
watches, home equipment and even boats and then there are several food
stands on the second floor.
Local Beer Bar
before dinner - we will have
some drinks at a local hangout place before heading for dinner!
Farewell Dinner: local restaurant,
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