• Pyongyang Metro Entrance, North Korea (DPRK)
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  • Kaesong, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Countryside in North Korea (DPRK) by KTG

North Korea China National Day Tour - Golden Week Break

North Korea China National Day Tour - what better way to have a break from all the hustle and bustle of China on this hectic week than making a quick visit to its next door neighbours and long lasting friends, the DPRK! Join us on our Chinese Golden Week Tour. Please apply by 1st September at the latest as it can be very hard to make last minute booking reservations in China for these dates.

If you apply after the application deadline we will let you know within 24 hours if we can still add you to our tour.

We arrange trips all over China and have a dedicated team who specialises in trips around the Middle Kingdom. Do please let us know if may need any assistance in our arranging a China tour extension for you.

Day 1 - October 1 (Thursday)

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

PM

  • Arch of Triumph - monuments in Pyongyang are big, and this is no exception. Higher than its Parisian cousin, the Arch of Triumph marks President Kim Il Sung's return to Korea after liberation from Korea.
  • Brief walk around the area - there is a huge mosaic mural of President Kim Il Sung showing him give his liberation speech in 1945.
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - October 2 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Early drive to the DMZ - there will be a break in the middle.
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - a local KPA Officer will show us around one of the tensest places on the Korean Peninsula. We will have the chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place if these are opened. If not you will get a close up view of them. We will tour Panmunjom, always escorted by KPA soldiers as is mandatory. We will see where the Korean War Armistice was signed. Please note that if the situation on the Korean Peninsula is particularly tense that these houses are locked, though we will still have a close-up view and will stand right in front of them and of South Korea.
DMZ soldier in North Korea
  • Koryo Museum, Kaesong - we head to the city of Kaesong. This was not destroyed during the Korean War as they had expected it to be part of South Korea. Kaesong has several UNESCO World Heritage sites of which the Koryo Museum is one. It was the first university on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Kaesong Stamp Shop - all kinds of stamps, posters, artwork and ginseng (famous in Kaesong) are sold here. This is just located outside of the Koryo Museum.

PM

  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong city) - 12 different dishes in covered up golden plated small bowls will be served, just the way kings used to eat in Korea!
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Stop at the Re-unification Monuments - good chance to take some pictures
  • Re-unification Monument
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - see the North Korean version of the Korean War. This museum exhibits original weapons and vehicles used during the first Cold War conflict. It was moved to a much bigger building in 2013 and is now a truly impressive and detailed museum fully explaining the DPRK version of the Korean War.
Korean War Museum in Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea)
  • USS Pueblo - US spy ship captured in 1968. The only US vessel in possession of another country and is proudly shown by the DPRK as a trophy
  • Dinner: Local Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - October 3 (Saturday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Mt. Myohyang - "Fragrance Mountain" is located in a beautiful quiet area of Korea. Chance to see a variety of landscapes when driving there
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre see where thousands of gifts have been presented to the Leaders Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Mother Kim Jong Suk (wife and mother of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il respectively). There is now too a new section for the Leader Kim Jong Un.
Ladies in Mt. Myohyang, North Korea
  • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - initially built almost 1000 years ago (it has undergone restauration several times), this used to be the centre of buddhim in this region of Korea

PM

  • Lunch: Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang - one of the most luxurious hotels in DPRK
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Grand People's Study House - more than just a library, this enormous study centre hosts lessons (including English lessons). It also offers amazing views of Kim Il Sung Square
  • Kwangbok 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.
  • Dinner: Ryongmyong New Street - this futuristic but at the same time retro looking street was built in less than a year!
  • Walk around Ryongmyong New Street
Ryongmyong street in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea (DPRK) with KTG® Tours

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - October 4 (Sunday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - This is where the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il remain in state. Koreans do not call this place a mausoleum, but the Palace of the Sun. It is the most sacred place in the DPRK and we kindly ask travellers to be formally dressed for the occasion. We will fully brief you before the trip when we meet in China before going to Pyongyang.
Preparations for Military March in Pyongyang
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - shows bronze busts of the DPRK heroes who devoted their lives to the anti-Japanese struggle. Located on a hill, it offers fantastic views of the whole capital city.

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurtant, Pyongyang
  • Walk from Pyongyang Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square - if you have seen any news about the DPRK on TV then you most certainly have seen images of this square. Located in the heart of Pyongyang, it is where military parades and mass rallies are held.
  • Juche Tower - you can go up the tower (by elevator not by foot!) and have a panoramic view of Pyongyang. It is also possible to sit and relax by the river bed while we wait for those who go up to come down if you would rather not go up.
  • Party Foundation Monument - the Korean Workers' Party symbol consists of a hammer, sickle and brush and this monument has a each element of the symbol in the form of a 50 metre tall monument!
  • Pyongyang Metro - ride on several stops with locals. The trains are from former East Germany, though there is one 100% DPRK made one that was only inaugurated in 2015.
The Pyongyang Metro is one of the deepest in the world. Visit North Korea with KTG®
  • Local Beer Bar before dinner - have some drinks at a local hangout place before heading for dinner!
  • Dinner: Pyongyang Circus Restaurant - enjoy a musical performance and some magic tricks while having your farewell dinner!
Dinner at the Pyongyang Circus Restaurant in North Korea (DPRK) with KTG. A performance is put on for travellers here

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - October 5 (Monday)

AM

  • 10.25 am train to Beijing - if interested in flying back please contact us
Lady selling snacks at the Pyongyang train station, North Korea (DPRK) before we take the train to China. Picture taken by KTG®

PM

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

Day 6 - October 6 (Tuesday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

End of our China National Day Tour I

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