• Arch of Triumph on Liberation Day, Pyongyang (DPRK)
    8.15 Liberation Day

DPRK Liberation Day Tour II

15 August marks the anniversary of the end of Japanese colonial rule on the Korean peninsula. The application deadline for this tour is July 10 2021.

Luxurious Hotels

We will head to the northern interior of the DPRK and stay overnight at the Hyangsan Hotel, in Mount Myohyang, one of the most luxurious hotels in North Korea! When in Pyongyang we will also stay at one of the best hotels in the capital, the Yanggakdo Hotel.

Hyangsan Hotel in Mount Myohyang one of the most luxurious hotels in North Korea

Group Size

Our group sizes tend to be small, with an average of less than 10 people. However, our August and September tours tend to be our busiest ones and we limit our group sizes to 19 people. In the unlikely case of having more than 19 people we divide the group into two separate smaller ones; each group with their own guides, private vehicle and driver. As this is the busiest period in DPRK tourism terms, we kindly ask you to apply by the application deadline as it can be hard to book any late plane and train tickets during this period.

Route and Map

Please check the places that you will visit on this tour, hover over the places marked for more information.

Pyongyang is marked with the big red star.

Please note that Dandong and Sinuiju are just transit spots where we go stop by for Chinese and Korean customs. We do, however, offer extension tours in both cities so do please let us know if you would be interested in either option.

Tour Outline

This tour consists of 5 nights / 6 days in the DPRK plus one night on the train (plane exit option is also available). This tour covers highlights and celebrations in Pyongyang, the lively city of Sariwon, the beautiful region of Mt. Myohyang where we stay overnight at one of the most luxurious hotels in the DPRK, the ancient city Kaesong and of course the DMZ as well as a trip to the west coast ended by a relaxing afternoon with locals at the most famous waterpark in North Korea!

Highlights

Moran Park on Liberation Day in Pyongyang, capital city of North Korea (DPRK) with KTG Tours
  • Being in Pyongyang for any celebrations on August 15, Liberation Day!
  • Staying overnight in one of the luxurious hotels in North Korea, the Hyangsan Hotel, in Mount Myohyang in the northern interior of the DPRK, where we will go on a light hike and visit the famous International Friendship Exhibition Centre.
  • Main highlights in Pyongyang including shopping with locals!
  • Possible Mass Games - this is not confirmed yet but if they are held we will attend them!
  • The DMZ where the Korean War Armistice was signed and where soldiers from North and South Korea face each other.
  • Moran Park on Liberation Day in Pyongyang, capital city of North Korea (DPRK) with KTG Tours
  • The ancient city of Kaesong.
  • A local factory and farm in Nampo on the west coast of the DPRK as well as the west sea barrage; an 8 km long dam.
  • Munsu Waterpark and a lot of fun with locals!
  • Expected Mass Games (these have not been confirmed yet)

Detailed Itinerary

If entering by train we leave Beijing on 11 August at 17.27

Day 1 - August 12 (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 in Pyongyang North Korea with KTG Tours in the summer on our Liberation Day Tour
  • Arch of Triumph - gigantic arch built to commemorate President Kim Il Sung's speech upon returning to Korea after the colonial rule of Japan
  • Brief walk around the area.
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - August 13 (Friday)

AM

  • War Museum - see the North Korean version of the war. This museum contains original vehicles and weapons used during the Korean War. The new War Museum is an impressive building with all kinds of details regarding the Korean War.
Children at the War Museum in Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea)
  • USS Pueblo - US spy ship captured in 1968. The only US vessel held by a foreign country, it is displayed to this day in the DPRK as a trophy.
  • Juche Tower - chance to see the entire city of Pyongyang by going up 150 metres (the tower is 170 metres tall including its flame). If you would rather not go up (the entrance fee is 5 Euros and not included) you can wait by the Taedong River bank which is too a pleasant experience.
  • Grand People's Study House - a giant library and study centre right in the heart of Pyongyang

PM

  • Mangyongdae Native House - birthplace of President Kim Il Sung
  • Drive to Mount Myohyang - we head to the Northern interior part of the DPRK to one of its most secluded and beautiful spots; Mount Myohyang (meaning fragrance mountain).
  • Dinner: Hyangsan Hotel, Mount Myohyang

Overnight: Hyangsan Hotel, Mount Myohyang

Day 3 - August 14 (Saturday)

AM

Mount Myohyang in North Korea (DPRK)
  • Breakfast: Hyangsan Hotel
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - No other area better portrays how much the leadership of the country is revered than this place. The two buildings, built into the mountains and consisting of endless corridors and several floors, show thousands of gifts given to the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and Comrade Kim Jong Suk (wife of President Kim Il Sung and mother of General Kim Jong Il). There is now a section too for the current leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Pohyon Temple - initially built in 1042, it used to be the centre of Buddhism in the region.
monk in Mt. Myohyang, North Korea

PM

  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Lunch: Pyongyang
  • Kim Il Sung Square - walk around one of the most iconic places of the DPRK. Located in the heart of Pyongyang, this is the square we see on TV all around the world when parades and mass rallies are held.
  • Foreign Language Bookstore - we walk from the square to this shop. We will have the chance to read and purchase DPRK books that have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, etc. We can also purchase samples of the newspaper The Pyongyang Times.
Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the foreign bookstore in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Drinks at a local bar - The Taedongang Number 3 Beer Bar is one of our favourite ones not only because the beer is brewed there but also because it is a major hangout place for locals.
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Local funfair - 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!

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - August 15 (Sunday)

Today is the 76th Anniversary of Korea's Liberation from Japanese colonial rule

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (where the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state). Please note that this is the most sacred place in the DPRK and that there is a dress code to follow. Please contact us for more information.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - cemetery of anti-Japanese revolutionaries. There are rows of bronze busts of these national heroes. There are too great views of Pyongyang from here.

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang - chance to see locals celebrate a national holiday
  • Moran Park - where locals gather on national holidays. Prepare to be asked to join in the dancing (and singing if you can)!
North Koreans celebrating Liberation Day in Moran Park
  • Fountain Park - we will have a stroll here. There are great views of the city centre.
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant Bronze Statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. We expect there to be many locals here as it is a national holiday
  • Views of Chollima Statue - the winged horse that was used as a symbol of National Policy to rapidly and strongly reconstruct the country after the Korean War
  • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro with locals - take the deepest metro in the world with Koreans stopping at several stops and seeing the busiest aspect of life in Pyongyang.
North Korea subway entrance, Pyongyang (DPRK)

Pyongyang Metro

  • Party Foundation Monuments - consisting of a hammer, sickle and brush
  • Expected Mass Dances - Chance to dance with North Koreans during the celebrations of this National Holiday. Hundreds of women wear traditional Korean dresses and men suits while they dance in a synchronised manner. Please note that if these are held we will be notified there and then.
  • EXPECTED MASS GAMES - please note that these have not been confirmed yet. If they are held we will be able to attend.
North Koreans celebrating Liberation Day in Moran Park
  • If there are any celebrations such as a firework display in the evening we will be able to attend these.

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - August 16 (Monday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Kaesong City - we head south to see the DMZ on the reunification highway.
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place as well as where the War Armistice was signed
Negotiation rooms at the DMZ, North and South Korea

Technically in the South - Korean soldiers prepare to leave the negotiation rooms as we exit. The microphones shown on the table mark the diversionary line between North & South

  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - this too is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is the first university on the Korean Peninsula it dates from the 900s. Kaesong was the capital of the Koryo Dynasty.
Koryo Museum in Kaesong in North Korea, DPRK with KTG Tours
  • Kaesong Stamp Shop - chance to buy unique collections of stamps, postcards, paintings, etc. Even if not purchasing any, browsing around the material is always entertaining as the stamps vary considerably to what is offered in the West.

Please note that this shop is just located outside of the Koryo Museum and will therefore not take up much of our time.

PM

  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - a variety of dishes served in gold plate covered bowls
Traditional Korean dishes in Kaesong Pansangi North Korea, DPRK with KTG Tours
  • Drive to Sariwon City - this lively city is located in North Hwanghae Province and is one of the largest in Korea
  • Folk Street & Ancient Model Pavilions - we will see how Koreans lived in ancient times and check some model pavilions of times past in Korea. we will 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 up Mt. Kyongnam - the walk itself is only 5 to 10 minutes but we will have views of the whole city and of the surrounding region.
Walk around the Folk Village in Sariwon, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Stop at the Re-unification Monument - good chance to take some pictures
  • Local Supermarket - we will visit the only place in Pyongyang where foreigners can exchange foreign currency for Korean Won and buy amongst locals. The bottom floor consists of a supermarket, the first floor is where clothes is sold and the top floor is where we can try some local snacks. Be prepared to see many Koreans stare at you!
  • Dinner: Number 1 Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant.

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - August 17 (Tuesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Drive to the port city Nampo on the west coast of Korea - head to the west coast of the DPRK. You 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-ri 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.
Farmer in North Korea, DPRK. A KTG picture
  • 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.
Farmer in North Korea, DPRK. A KTG picture
  • Taen Friendship Glass Manufacturing Factory - we will visit a local heavy industrial factory and see how it operates.
North Korean workers at the Taen glass manufacturing factory near Nampo in North Korea (DPRK) with KTG

PM

  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Lunch: Pyongyang
  • Munsu Water Park- Enjoy the afternoon hanging out with locals and trying out different slides. There are other entertainment facilities here such as table tennis, billiards and several coffee shops. If you would like to go on the slides and pools the fee is 10 Euros per person.
Munsu water park in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK) with KTG
  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 6 - August 18 (Wednesday)

AM

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

PM

  • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China for Korean customs

Day 7 - August 19 (Thursday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

End of tour our North Korea Liberation Day Tour II

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