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China Golden Week Tour

North Korea China Golden Week Tour - If you are travelling around China during this time of the year or if you are based in China and would like to have a break during the notoriously busy Chinese Golden Week, this is the perfect chance to hop on a trip to the DPRK. The application deadline for this trip is September 1st.

If you apply after the application deadline we will be able to notify you within 24 hours if your transportation means can be booked on time.

This trip will also allow you escape a busy week in China. If you may need us to arrange any trips or accommodation in China please do let us know as we offer trips all over the Middle Kingdom.


When in Pyongyang we will stay at one of the best hotels in town; the Yanggakdo Hotel. Unlike hotels like the Sosan and the Ryanggang Hotel, which are low budget hotels, this is graded as a Deluxe Hotel in the DPRK. We have been able to use the wifi service at the hotel's casino since 2019. Please note that we cannot guarantee that it will be available.

Lobby of the Yanggakdo Hotel one of the best hotels in Pyongyang the capital of North Korea (DPRK). Trip arranged by KTG Tours

We will stay too at the Kaesong Minsok Folk Hotel which is located in the old part of the historical city of Kaesong. You will sleep and eat in the Korean traditional way when staying at this courtyard hotel which is barely 8km away from the DMZ.

Entrance of the Minsok Hotel in the old part of town of Kaesong in North Korea. This courtyard hotel is a traditional Korean hotel. Trip arranged by KTG Tours

Group Size

KTG Tours group on our National Day tour at the DMZ in North Korea (DPRK)

Based on what we have seen, our group tours tend to be much smaller that of other agencies specialising in DPRK tours. We usually have less than 10 people per group and people from all around the world. In the extremely unlikely case of having 19 travellers per group we will divide the group into two separate groups; each with their guides, driver and private vehicle.

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.

Tour Map

You can see the places that you will visit in the map below. Feel free to hover over each spot to see what it is like.

Pyongyang is shown with the red star.

Please note that Dandong and Sinuiju are just your entry/departure points when taking the train. We do offer day tours in both of these cities so do please let us know if you would be interested in any tour extensions there.

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 all the main highlights in Pyongyang, a trip to the spectacular Mount Myohyang area where you will go to the International Friendship Exhibition Centre and to a buddhist temple, the ancient city Kaesong which has no less than 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites and where you will stay overnight, the Demilitarised Zone which was described by Bill Clinton as the "scariest place on Earth" and the port city of Nampo on the west coast of the country where you will visit a farm and factory amongst other places.


Moran Park on Liberation Day in Pyongyang, capital city of North Korea (DPRK) with KTG Tours
  • All the main sites in Pyongyang including the Palace of the Sun and the Mansudae Grand Monuments
  • Main highlights in Pyongyang including shopping with locals!
  • The DMZ where the Korean War Armistice was signed and where soldiers from North and South Korea face each other.
  • Staying overnight at a traditional courtyard hotel in the ancient city of Kaesong.
  • Mass Games in Pyongyang the capital city of North Korea (DPRK) with KTG Tours
  • Heading up north to the beautiful area of Mt. Myohyang where will visit the International Friendship Exhibition Centre; a museum consisting of two huge buildings partially built in and under the mountain that hold thousands of presents, some of which you cannot imagine, presented to the Leaders of the country. We will also visit the relaxing Pohyon Buddhist Temple where we usually see local monks.
  • Visiting a local factory
  • Checking out Kim Il Sung University, number one in the DPRK
  • Seeing how farmers work and live
  • Going to the impressive 8km Barrage that separates the Taedong River from the West Sea of Korea

Detailed Itinerary

Please note that itineraries can always be modified based on local circumstances in Korea.

Day 1 - 2 October (Saturday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 13.00 flight JS 252 Terminal 2
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.00 (Pyongyang time)


  • Fountain Park - located in the city centre and a place where couples and students tend to gather.
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - giant bronze statues of the Leaders President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il
  • Views of Chollima Statue
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - 3 October (Sunday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - The most sacred place in the DPRK, you are kindly asked to wear formal clothing. Please note that this is place is not referred to as a mausoleum in the DPRK. We will fully brief you regarding your travel to North Korea
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - dedicated to National Heroes of the DPRK. It has views of the whole skyline of Pyongyang


  • Walk from Pyongyang Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square - walk from one iconic spot to another.
  • Kim Il Sung Square - the heart of Pyongyang. This is the square we usually see on TV when parades and mass rallies are held in Pyongyang.
  • Juche Tower - chance to go up 150 metres and have a panoramic view of Pyongyang or to relax by the Taedong River if you would rather not go up the tower
  • Party Foundation Monument - consisting of a 50 metre tall hammer, sickle and brush
Party Monument in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea (DPRK)
  • Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest in the world, stations are at an average of 100 metres under ground! Ride with locals through several stops.
Train arriving at the Pyongyang metro station in the capital city of North Korea, DPRK. The Pyongyang metro is one of the deepest underground systems in the world. Trip arranged by KTG Tours
  • Arch of Triumph - gigantic marble structure that marks the arrival of the Eternal President back to Korea after fighting for the anti-Japanese struggle.
  • Brief walk around the area, see the enormous mural of President Kim Il Sung's speech upon arriving in Korea after the liberation from Japan
  • Mangyongdae Native House - the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.
  • Drive to Kaesong city - We will have a break on this 2.5 hour drive. As we drive on the empty Reunification Highway, our guides will give us a detailed explanation of the DPRK’s Reunification principles. It will become dark as we approach Kaesong. Riding across the pitch-black highway as we chat with our Korean guides is an interesting and a little surreal experience. When we arrive Kaesong we will be able to see the giant lit up bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung at a distance overlooking the whole city, once capital of the Koryo Dynasty
  • Check-in: Minsok Folk Hotel - The folk hotel is a traditional courtyard hotel located in the old part of Kaesong. Given that there is a clear night, which should be the case this time of year, walking around the premises at night allow you to see countless stars which is a stark contrast to the skies from Seoul only just 70 KM south (you can see the difference from Kaesong as you look south). The statue of President Kim Il Sung can also be seen from the courtyard hotel.
  • Dinner: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong - All meals are included in our rates. However, if you would like to try some dog meat soup this is optional (€5) as is the ginseng stuffed chicken (€30, one chicken serves two people). Please let us know beforehand if interested in the chicken a few hours before our arrival to Kaesong as it will have to be prepared beforehand. Again, please note that these dishes are optional and that regardless on whether you order them or not, many other dishes will be served.

Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong

Day 3 - 4 October (Monday)


  • Breakfast: Kaesong Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong
  • Walk through the old part of town to Mount Janam - there are fantastic views here of the old part of town and of the main entrance of the city.
  • Tomb of King Kongmin- and his Mongolian wife. This is one of Kaesong's many UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will see tombs of generals on the way there too. These tombs have undergone very little restoration and therefore remain close to their original state.
  • Panmunjom (the DMZ aka the 38th Parallel)- chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. We will tour Panmunjom, always escorted by KPA soldiers as is mandatory. We will see where the Korean War Armistice was signed. The KPA soldiers tend to be keen on seeing what travellers views on the Korean War and the Korean peninsula are and a visit here presents us with a unique chance to interact with North Korean soldiers.
DMZ soldier in North Korea
  • Koryo Museum, Kaesong - Another UNESCO World Heritage site. We head to the city of Kaesong which was not destroyed by the Korean War and boasts an old part of town, to visit what initially was a university during the Koryo dynasty. We will be explained what life was like in Korea in the medieval ages.
  • Kaesong Stamp Shop - chance to purchase stamps, postcards (you can actually send these from North Korea to your home country) and artwork.


  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong city) - (Kaesong city) - reunification restaurant. You will be served 12 different dishes in covered up golden plated small bowls.
  • Views of Sonjuk Bridge - yet another of Kaesong's 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Stop at the Re-unification Monument - chance to take some pictures of this monument that represents a unified Korea.
  • 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 off the east coast near Wonsan in 1968. It is the only US vessel in another country's possession and is proudly displayed as a trophy by the DPRK.
  • Local Beer Bar before dinner
  • - Have some drinks before heading for dinner at a nearby bar where locals gather!
  • Dinner: Local Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - 5 October (Tuesday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to Mt. Myohyang - Fragrance Mountain is set in a scenic, beautiful area of Korea. You will have the opportunity, when driving there, to see a variety of different landscapes.
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - See where gifts for the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are displayed. There are too gifts given to Comrade Kim Jong Suk (wife and mother of President Kim Il Sung and of Chairman Kim Jong Il respectively). There is a new segment for Leader Kim Jong Un now. This impressive museum consists of two buildings built into the mountain and holds some truly impressive gifts which we let you see for yourself in person!
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


  • Lunch: Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang - one of the most luxurious hotels in DPRK
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Children's Palace - Talented children go to this venue for extracurricular activities. We can see the kids here performing.
  • Kwangbok Store - Opportunity to visit a popular grocery store. This is the only spot where Korean Won can be used by foreigners to buy products and gives us a great opportunity to shop with locals. We are allowed walk around by ourselves in this store. The building consists of a supermarket on the ground floor. Clothes and other items such as windows, watches, home appliances and even boats are sold on the first floor and there are several food stands on the top floor, a great chance to enjoy a snack or some beer. It is very popular amongst locals. Do not be surprised if many people stare at you here!
  • Dinner: Ryongmyong New Street - This modern, yet retro-looking street was constructed 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 5 - 6 October (Wednesday)


Preparations for Military March in Pyongyang
  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Grand People's Study House - not just a library, it is also a study centre where students and workers can partake in a wide range of lessons, including English.
  • Pyongyang Film Studios - see where movies in North Korea are filmed. If lucky we might see a movie being filmed!
  • National Embroidery Institute - absolutely stunning artworks are produced here. We'll be able to see the workshops where these are produced while the workers are making them. You can also purchase sewn pictures. The other interesting aspect of the embroidery institute is that is right by the Ryugyong Hotel and it is then when you realise how gigantic this building is!
  • Kim Il Sung University - chance to visit the top university in DPRK
West Sea Barrage in Nampo, North Korea


  • Lunch: Local restaurant in Pyongyang
  • Drive to the port city of Nampo - located on the west coast of the DPRK. We will drive on the Youth Hero Highway, a highway built by university students at the end of 1990s. Some of the guides that we have now worked with for many years were actually involved in helping construct the highway. We believe that knowing the local guides as well as their personal stories and views on life in North Korea as well as on the rest of the world are a vital part of the trip and truly believe that our long lasting and trusting relationship with our Korean partners as well as our small groups help this to be attainable.
  • Chongsan Cooperative Farm - see how Koreans work and live in this model cooperative farm. We will have the chance to walk around the fields.
  • Kangso Mineral Water Bottling Factory - see how a DPRK factory operates.
Kangso Mineral Water Bottling Factory near Nampo City in North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours
  • West Sea Barrage - 8 km long barrage that seperates the West Sea and the Taedong River; a source of pride in the DPRK
  • Drive back to Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 6 - 7 October (Thursday)


  • 10.25 am train to Beijing - please let us know if you would rather fly out.


  • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China - for DPRK customs

Day 7 - October 8 (Friday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

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"The whole experience was actually even better than I thought, especially the Mass Games which I can’t even find words to describe." P. Simon - attending the Ocotober 10th Military Parade rehearsal "We had a very enlightening trip and were most impressed with how well organised it all was...and would not have changed anything..."

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