• Mansudae Grand Monuments on National Day in DPRK (North Korea)
  • Families on National Day in DPRK (North Korea)
  • Mass Dances in Pyongyang during the DPRK National Day (North Korea), 9th September

2019 North Korea National Day Tour II

North Korea National Day Tour II will allow you to be in Pyongyang for the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK. Although our group sizes tend to be small, September and August are the busiest seasons in the DPRK. In order to guarantee being able to book your transportation tickets you are kindly asked to apply by the application deadline fort the North Korea National Day Tour III tour which is August 1st. If you contact us after the application deadline we will be able to tell you within 24 hours if we can still apply for your trip.

It is possible to extend your trip in the DPRK. If you would like to stay longer in North Korea please do notify us and a private extension can be arranged for you.

Our excellent relationship with our Korean partners and local guides together with the usually small sizes of our groups allow us to arrange on the spot visits to events and places not included in the official program.

Day 1 - September 5 (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 14.05 flight JS 252 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.05 (Pyongyang time)

PM

  • Arch of Triumph - marking the arrival of President Kim Il Sung after having fought against the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula, it is larger than the Arch of Triumph in Paris
  • Brief walk around the area, see the enormous mosaic of the Leader Kim Il Sung's speech after the liberation from Japan in 1945 and Kim Il Sung Stadium
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • DPRK National Day Tour Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - September 6 (Friday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - we will have a break in the middle. As we approach Kaesong we will be able to see on our right hand side the famous Kaesong Industrial Complex as well as the train station that leads to South Korea and is still not in use.
  • Please note that there are military points on the way and it is forbidden to take pictures of these. We will be notified before passing each check-point.
  • 38th Parallel - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea take place or get close to them if they are locked. We will also be toured around Panmunjom, see where the armistice was signed and we will be escorted by a DPRK soldier on our bus as is required on all tours. Most soldiers are intrigued to see what travellers think of the division of Korea and this presents a great opportunity to have a Q&A session with a DPRK soldier. The trip to the DMZ is too a highlight of our DPRK National Day Tour.
DMZ negotiation rooms in North Korea and South Korea, Panmunjom
  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - originally a university in the Koryo Dynasty it shows what life was like then.
  • Stamp shop - a great selection of DPRK stamps and souvenirs available in this shop located just outside of the Koryo Museum.

PM

  • Lunch: Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - The name means Re-unification Restaurant. Dishes are served in covered golden plated small bowls. With 12 bowls per person there is a lot of variety in the food served!
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Stop at the Re-unification Monuments - good chance to take some pictures
  • Grand People's Study House - huge study centre/library with fantastic views of Kim Il Sung Square
  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - September 7 (Saturday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Mount Myohyang - we head to a beautiful part of the northern interior of the DPRK
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - visit to these two buildings that are partly built inside mountains and where thousands of gifts given from all over the world to the leaders Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk (known as Mother Kim Jong Suk in the DPRK) are proudly exposed. There is now too a new section for the current leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Pohyon Temple -  one of the most important places of Buddhism in the region when Buddhism was prevalent in Korea.
Field in Mount Myohyang, North Pyongan province, DPRK (North Korea)

PM

  • Lunch: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - impressive building explaining the DPRK version of the Korean War to the smallest detail. The museum is new (it used to be in the building adjacent to it). It has a revolving panorama of battles, original weapons and vehicles used in the war and real sized wax statues amongst others.
  • USS Pueblo - US spy ship captured in 1968. It is held as a trophy in Pyongyang. The crew was held in the DPRK for about 11 months before being returned to the US.
  • 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: Hotpot Restaurant, located near the embassy area in Pyongyang

Day 4 - September 8 (Sunday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace - (where the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state). This is a very important place in the DPRK which is why you are kindly asked to wear formal attire. We will fully brief you before your trip to North Korea.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery -located atop a hill in the outskirts of Pyongyang, this cemetery for National Heroes of the DPRK offers brilliant views of the capital of North Korea Cooperative farm near Nampo, North Korea.

PM

  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Mangyongdae Native House - President Kim Il Sung's Birthplace
  • Drive to Nampo City - we will go on the Youth Heroes Highway which was built by university students in the late 90s.
  • Chongsangrim Cooperative Farm - cooperative farms were common in socialist/communist countries. Farmers and their families work and live here. The local farm manager will show us around the farm and explain how it operates.
  • West Sea Barrage - this is an 8 km long structure that divides the Taedong River from the West Sea of Korea (the Yellow Sea). It took 5 years to build and is seen as a source of national pride. We will be able to have views of the whole structure from the platform by the lighthouse.
The West Sea Barrage in North Korea
  • Drive to the Ryanggang Hot Spa Hotel - this compound consists of villas and each room has a hot spa in the bathroom consisting of a bath tub. The salty water that comes from the underground natural water reserve allegedly has beneficial medicinal effects. Rooms are very retro. If the sky is clear we can see countless stars in the sky given the sheer lack of light pollution in the region. The stay here in interesting but please do not expect conditions to be as good as our hotel in Pyongyang!
  • Dinner: Ryanggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. We usually have the option of trying oil flamed clam BBQ. If you have a weak stomach we do not recommend you to try this.
  • Overnight: Ryanggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

    Day 5 - September 9 (Monday) - National Day

    This is one of the most important dates in the DPRK calendar
  • Fountain Park - chance to mingle with Koreans here
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
  • Views of Chollima Statue - the winged horse representing the national policy of rapid reconstruction of the DPRK after the Korean War
  • Pyongyang Metro ride - at an average of 100 metres below ground we will take a ride with locals
  • Moranbong Park - (where locals picnic and gather on national holidays) - do expect to be asked to join in the fun and games! See our Youtube video right below!
  • Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the torch) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
  • Workers' Party Foundation Monuments - impressive monument consisting of a hammer, sickle and brush.

Below is a video of a parade on national day. We do not expect there to be any military parades on National Day 2019 as these are only held on major anniversaries e.g. 65th anniversary, 70th anniversary, etc. In any case, when there is one this is usually how it looks like! We took this back in 2013. There was a parade too in 2019.


  • Expected Mass Dances in which locals celebrate National Day - chance to dance with North Koreans. Hundreds of university students; women dress in traditional Korean clothing and men in suits as they dance in a synchronised way.
Mass Dances on National Day, 9 September, in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
  • Dinner: Number 1 Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant. An ideal way to end a compact but diverse trip to North Korea!
  • Kaeson Funfair after dinner - you can take rides with locals, but even if you'd rather not, this is a great opportunity to join Koreans during their celebrations and to mingle with them. Rides cost from 1.5 to 5 Euros and are optional.
  • 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 6 - September 10 (Tuesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Sariwon City- this lively city is the capital of North Hwanghae Province.
  • 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 may have the chance to try some local Makoli (Korean rice wine with very low levels of alcohol). If you have a weak stomach please do not try it! 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. Kyongnam Pavilion - a 5 minute walk up hill, it offers fantastic views of Sariwon city and the surrounding region.

  • Mt. Chongbang Fortress - medieval fortress built in the 1100s under the Koryo Dynasty
The South Gate of Mt. Chongbang Fortress (aka Jongbang) 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)

PM

  • Lunch: March 8 Hotel, Sariwon
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Munsu Water Park - chance to interact with locals and have a relaxing afternoon with them! Using the slides has a fee of 10 Euros, but if you prefer you can also just explore the facilities, have a game of table tennis with locals, etc.
Munsu waterpark in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Kwangbok Supermarket - we will be able to join local here and purchase local Korean goods. This is one of the only few places in the DPRK where we can exchange foreign currency for Korean Won and purchase goods with locals. The ground floor consists of a big supermarket, the top floors are department stores. It was only in 2015 that foreigners were allowed to start visiting this place.
  • Farewell Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 7 - September 11 (Wednesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • 10.25 am train to Beijing - if interested in flying back please do let us know, though we strongly recommend taking the train at least once as it adds to the DPRK experience

PM

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

Day 8 - September 12 (Thursday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

End of our DPRK National Day Tour II

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