Holidays in North Korea - November Tour I
North Korea November Tour I - This tour will allow you to see all highlights
of Pyongyang and Kaesong (including the DMZ). Despite this being one of
the most economic departures of the year, you will still stay in the
one of the best hotels in Pyongyang; the Koryo Hotel.
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
Day 1 - November 16 (Saturday)
- Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing
- Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.05 (Pyongyang time)
- Arch of Triumph
- built to mark President Kim Il Sung’s return to Korea from abroad.
The impressive structure is located next to the Kim Il Sung Stadium and
to a gigantic mural depicting his speech made upon returning to Korea.
- City night drive around Pyongyang
- Brief walk around the area
- Drive by the
Chollima Statue – the winged horse represents the DPRK’s policy
of rapid reconstruction after the war. While other countries would take
one step forward, the DPRK’s goal was to advance 10 steps.
- Hotel check-in: Koryo Hotel
- North Korea November Tour III Welcome
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 2 - November 17 (Sunday)
Palace of the Sun
- mausoleum of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il (where they lie
in state). Please note that this is one of the most sacred places in
the DPRK and that no informal attire should be worn when visiting. You
will be fully briefed before your trip.
Martyrs' Cemetery - located in the outskirts of the capital of
the DPRK on a hill, it offers great views of the skyline of Pyongyang.
This cemetery is dedicated to National Heroes. It is common to see
school children visiting. Children in bright green military uniforms
are children of military personnel who have perished or are ill and who
are taken care of by the state.
- Lunch: local hotpot restaurant, Pyongyang
Park - common place for couples to hang out
Grand Monuments - the giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il
Sung and Kim Jong Il
Metro - Pyongyang Metro - take an extended ride in the deepest
metro in the world with locals. Chance to experience one of the busiest
aspects of life in Pyongyang.
Tower - chance to go up 150 meters and have a panoramic view of
Pyongyang (the torch adds another 20 metres to the tower).
Party Foundation Monuments -
monument to the Foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea - it consists
of a hammer, sickle and brush, all rising 50 metres into the sky.
- Kim Il Sung Square
- landmark of Pyongyang, located in the heart of the capital, this
place is well known around the world as it is where military parades
and mass rallies are held.
- Foreign book and
stamp shop - a wide range of books, stamps and DVDs are
available. Please note that you will have multiple chances to purchase
souvenirs in your trip such as for example at the Koryo Hotel where
you will be staying.
- Depart to Kaesong
City - we head south towards the border between North and South
Korea. The trip is 2.5 hour long and we will have a break by the
highway where you can take pictures. If you go up the building you can
take pictures of the empty Re-unification
Highway. Please note that there are several military
check-points when going and coming back from Kaesong. Our
guides will tell us when we cannot take pictures. After the break it
will start getting dark and driving on an empty pitch black highway
towards one of the most symbolic and long lasting points of the Cold
War in the world while the guides talk to us about life in the DPRK is
definitely an unforgettable experience. They will explain to us too the
DPRK's points for a re-unified Korea.
- There is a cozy small bar by the
dining room where we usually gather for drinks and to chat after
dinner. Our Korean guides join in too, which is great to get to know
them and their personal views better.
- Dinner: Dinner: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
- As you exit the restaurant after dinner you can see the bronze
lit-up statue of Kim Il Sung at a distance overlooking the whole city
of Kaesong, indeed an impacting view given the darkness that dominates
the general scenery. Also worth mentioning is the stark contrast of
dark skies full of stars (given a clear night of course) and the purple
/ orange skies that can be seen further south, presumably from Seoul
which is only around 70 km away.
Overnight: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
Day 3 - November 18 (Monday)
- Breakfast: Minsok Hotel - you can choose between a traditional
Korean breakfast or a western style breakfast
- Drive to Mt. Janam
where the giant bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and General .
We will be able to see the local pavilions and the old part of town which was not destroyed in the Korean
War. Quite a rare view in the DPRK, where most buildings have a
communist style architecture!
- Drive to the Koryo Museum
(UNESCO World Heritage Site) - the first university on the
- Drive to the Tombs of King
Kongmin and his Mongolian wife - the twin tombs are located in a
quiet surrounding. As we drive there we will be able to see ancient
tombs of generals too, all in their original states.
(Panmunjom, 38th Parallel) - we
will be escorted by a WPA soldier who
will hop on our bus as we are taken to the demarcation line. This is a
great chance to interact with a North Korean soldier as they tend to be
curious about what foreigners think about the Korean War and about the
situation on the Korean peninsula.
All Smiles - A KPA
soldier shakes with our American traveller where the Armistice
Negotiations took place over 6 decades ago
- Chance to enter the famous blue rooms where
between North & South Korea take place. Please note that
these have been closed to travellers when negotiations between the
North and South Korea are frozen. When they resume though we will be
able to enter. If not, we will still walk up close to them and face
South Korean soldiers on the other side of the 38th Parallel.
We will also be shown by the North Korean soldiers where the Korean War
armistice was signed and be able to sit on the original chairs used
when the armistice talks where held.
- Drive back to Kaesong
- Lunch: 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 see 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.
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.
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).
- Farewell Dinner: Number 1 Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 4 - November 19 (Tuesday)
- Breakfast: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
- 10.10 am train to Beijing - please contact us if you would like to exit North Korea by plane
at Sinuiju train station bordering China - customs procedures are on the train
Day 5 - November 20 (Wednesday)
- Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am
End of tour our November I Tour
Please go to our North
Korea Tourism page to see more information on other tours that we
offer other than our North
Korea November Tour I.