• Picnic in a park in Pyongyang with North Koreans on the Birthday of Kim Il Sung

2018 Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

Join KTG for our 2018 Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour! The application deadline for this tour is February 20th 2018.

The Day of the Sun is one of the most important days in the DPRK calendar and being in Pyongyang for the occasion of the birthday of the founder of the DPRK will allow you to join in the celebrations.

Our extensive experience in DPRK over the years allows us to come up with enriching itineraries that we have come to improve over the years based on our travellers' feedback after their trips.

Day 1 - April 12 (Thursday)

  • Head to the airport and depart from Beijing at 14.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport

  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.35 (Pyongyang time)

PM

  • Arch of Triumph - marking the period spent by President Kim Il Sung fighting the Japanese and his return in 1945 to Korea, this collosal monument is larger than its Parisian counterpart.
  • Brief walk around the area - you will see the enormous mural showing an image of President Kim Il Sung's speech upon returning to Korea after the liberation of the country in 1945. The Kim Il Sung Stadium is located close by too, though we will see more of this on Sunday
  • Kim Il Sung Square - you will walk around one of most known places of North Korea, the square that hosts military parades and mass rallies
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - April 13 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - we leave Pyongyang early in the morning for this 2 and half hour drive south. As we approach Kaesong we will see the Kaesong Industrial Complex on the left hand side of our coach as well as the train station which leads to South Korea and represents the reunfication of the country.
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - we will see the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea are held. A Korean People's Army Officer will hop on our coach and us on our coach and guide us around Panmunjom. This is a great chance for us to interact with a KPA officer as they tend to ask us questions regarding our views on the Korean War or impressions about their country.
Sariwon, North Korea

PM

  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant in Kaesong - we will be served a variety of dishesin small covered golden plated bowls. The number of dishes used to symbolise in ancient times the status of the person eating, 12 bowls is the largest amount served.
  • Twin Tombs of King Kongmin - a UNESCO World Heritage site, these tombs have undergone very little restoration. They are unique as the tombs of the king and his wife, from Mongolia, are twin tombs as opposed to just one joint tomb.
Tomb of King Kongmin, North Korea
  • Transfer to Pyongyang
  • Three Charters Reunification Monument - consisting of two ladies that represent the reunification of the Korean Peninsula
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - April 14 (Saturday)

War museum North KoreaAM 

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Korean War Museum - this War Museum was rebuilt only last year and is now an impressive complex, unique in its kind. It explains the DPRK view of the href Korean War. An extensive collection of vehicles and weapons can be seen. We will be guided around by a very friendly local guide.
  • USS Pueblo - American Spyship captured in 1968. The crew stayed in the DPRK for 11 months. This is the only US vessel in posession of another country.
  • Grand People's Study House - huge educational facility with more than 30 million books. It offers great views of Kim Il Sung Square
  • Foreign Language Bookstore - chance to buy some DPRK books in a foreign language

PM

  • Lunch: City restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Sariwon City
  • Drive to Sariwon City - this lively city is located in North Hwanghae Province and is one of the largest in Korea
  • Migok Cooperative Farm - see how farmers and their families live in this model cooperative farm, typical of communist countries. We will be able to see the fields and visit a farmer's home and meet the whole family and/or the farmers' children school. These are all located within the farm.
Migok farm, North Korea
  • Ancient Model Pavilions - we will see how Koreans lived in ancient times and check some model pavilions of times past in Korea
  • Walk up Mount Kyongnam - this walk is not as daunting as it may sound! It takes around 5 to 10 minutes to walk up to the main pavillion where we will have fabulous views of the whole city of Sariwon and of its surrounding areas. You can see a short video of the main street we walk around in Sariwon and of the views from Mount Kyongnam in our video below (feel free to visit KTG's Youtube Channel for more videos):
  • Folk Street - walk around this street and have the chance to check a local Sul-Jib (alcohol house) and try some delicious Makoli (Korean rice wine with very low levels of alcohol). The walk around here is always interesting. There are usually street games and activities too where we can of course join in!
Walk around the Folk Village in Sariwon, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Mt. Chongbang Fortress - medieval fortress built in the 1100s under the Koryo Dynasty
The South Gate of Mt. Jongbang Fortress (aka Chongbang) in Sariwon, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Songbul Temple - we will visit this medieval temple in Mt. Chongbang that attracts local painters because of its landscape. A local monk will guide us around
Local monk shows us around Songbul Temple, Mt. Chongbang, Sariwon, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Golden Lane Bowling Alley - chance to have a game where locals gather on weekends. There is also an area with 1990s arcade games!
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - April 15 (Sunday) National Holiday - President Kim Il Sung's 106th Birthday - main day of the Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

AM

  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun - where the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il remain in state. This is a sacred place in the DPRK and we kindly ask you to wear your smartest clothes when going. This is one of the highlights of the Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour.
  • Fountain Park - great views of the city centre
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - giant bronze statues of the leaders

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Mangyongdae Native House - President Kim Il Sung's Birthplace. You can listen to President Kim Il Sung's family's history. It will be busy with locals here today and there may be some local TV stations.
  • Ride on Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest in the world - you will go on an extended ride with locals, having several stops that will allow you see one of the busiest aspects of life in Pyongyang
Pyongyang Metro, mosaic of President Kim Il Sung
  • Walk by Moran Park - nothing like an afternoon promenade by the park where thousands of locals sing, dance, drink and enjoy a picnic on one of the major days in the DPRK calendar. Do expect to be asked by locals to join them in the drinking and dancing!
Moran Park in Pyongyang during Kim Il Sung's Birthday, DPRK (North Korea)
  • Juche Tower - opportunity to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the torch) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
  • Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition - literally thousands of Koreans will be here today seeing the flower stands presented by different work units to the leaders. The centre consists of two floors and it will be literally packed. You will be able to see of course the flowers presented by KTG!
  • Party Foundation Monument - 50 metre tall hammer, sickle and brush dedicated to the founding of the Korean Workers' Party
  • Expected Mass dances - thousands of students and workers dance in a synchronised way. Feel free to join in the fun!
  • Possible optional activities include going to the Acrobatic Circus or seeing the Orchestra (entrance fee is 20 Euros). These will be confirmed once in Pyongyang.
  • Dinner - Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Evening Funfair (optional) - you can go on the rides if you like (these cost from 1.5 Euros to 5 Euros) but the main reason we arrange a visit here is to be able to see and join in with hundreds of Koreans, both children and adults. The entrance fee to the park is 2 Euros per person.
  • Firework Display - we expect these to be held at around 8 pm. We will have confirmaiton once in Pyongyang if these will be held.
Kim Il Sung birthday fireworks, North Korea (DPRK)

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - April 16 (Monday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • 10.10 am train to China - please contact us if interested in flying out. Flight arrangements will have to be made for US citizens.

PM

  • After crossing the Yalu River by train into China we will arrive in Dandong China, where we will get off the train and have a one hour break before continuing to Beijing. We will have the chance to see the giant statue of Mao Ze Dong.

Day 6 - April 17 (Tuesday)

AM

  • Arrival at the Beijing train station. The expected arrival time is 8.38 am

Please click on our DPRK Tourism section to see more information on other tours that we offer other than our Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour.

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