2020 North Korea Summer Tour I The application deadline for our
standard North Korea Summer Tour is 8th May 2020.
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 is not a budget hotel and offers some of the best hotel facilities in Pyongyang.
Our groups usually have around 10 people or less. We strongly believe that having small sized groups helps us to get to know our local guides in Korea personally and have a deeper understanding of the DPRK, something not feasible with large sized groups. Our Western staff members go in frequently with groups to Korea and we know the guides very well.
We believe that having large groups of say over 20 people does not allow travellers to get to know the guides that well, whereas having smaller sized groups allows for more interaction and flexibility once in the DPRK.
In the unlikely case of having 19 people, we will divide the group into two completely separate groups, each with their own guides,
vehicle and driver.
Day 0 - June 8 (Monday) for those entering by train
Those taking the train in meet our KTG staff downtown Beijing for
our pre-tour briefing and will then take the train to Pyongyang, arriving the following day in Pyongyang
Day 1 - June 9 (Tuesday)
Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing
Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.05 (Pyongyang time)
Arch of Triumph
- drive through the city centre of Pyongyang ending at this
majesteuse monument which, by the way, is taller than its Parisian
counterpart. As of April 2016 it is possible to go up the Arch of
Triumph (this is optional and has a cost of 3 Euros). This offers great
views of the city centre of Pyongyang including Kim Il Sung Stadium
Brief Walk around the area by the mosaic of President Kim Il Sung
North Korea Summer Tour Welcome Dinner:
KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang
Hotel check-in: Koryo Hotel
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 2 - June 10 (Wednesday)
Breakfast: Koryo Hotel
Fountain Park - walk around here before heading to Mansu Hill. Families and friends usually come here for pictures
Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Please note that this is not a tourist area and it is a very important place for Koreans. We kindly ask people to be respectful and on their best behaviour here.
Views of Chollima Statue - representing the policy used by the DPRK government after the Korean War. The aim of this policy was to reconstruct the country at the speed of the mythical Chollima Horse
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum) - the War museum has been now moved to the building next to where it used to be. It is usually described by our travellers as the largest museum they've ever visited. Please check our Youtube video of some of the US weapons shown in the museum:
USS Pueblo- US spy ship captured in 1968. The only US vessel in possession of a foreign country. This is kept in the DPRK as a trophy and proudly shown to North Koreans and foreigners alike.
Party Foundation Monument - monument consisting of a 50 metre high hammer, sickle and brush
Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the flame) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang
Ride on Pyongyang Metro - the deepest in the world. Take an metro ride through various stops with locals and have a chance to experience Pyongyang at its busiest time!
Kim Il Sung Square
- the heart of DPRK
DPRK Bookstore - you will be able to purchase DPRK books published in English and other languages. DVDs and the Pyongyang Times newspaper are also sold here.
Drive to Kaesong - we head down the virtually empty Re-unification highway. As we drive toward Kaesong we will be able to see the Kaesong Industrial Complex (albeit at a distance) and the train station that was built with the railtrack that unites North and South Korea and awaits to be frequently used some day.
Check-in Minsok Hotel - traditional Korean courtyard hotel. Quietly located in the old part of Kaesong. Viewing the giant bronze statue of Kim Il Sung lit up at night and standing in the horizon from this hotel is an experience. You will be able to sit and eat on the floor as per Korean traditional style.
Overnight: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
Day 3 - June 11 (Thursday)
Breakfast: Minsok Hotel
Walk in the old part of town - we will have a brief walk going past the main gate of town in the old area of town leaving from our hotel.
38th Parallel (DMZ) - one of the highlights of our North Korea Summer Tour. You will have the chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place if they are opened to travellers, if not you will get close to them. You will also see where the War Armistice was signed and have tour of Panmunjom.
Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - dishes are served in no less than 12 small covered bowls per person.
Koryo Museum (UNESCO World Heritage site) - the first university of the Korean peninsula. This building dates back to the 900s when Kaesong was capital of the Koryo Dynasty
Kaesong Stamp Shop - just located outside the museum. You can also purchase souvenirs in Pyongyang if you wish.
Drive to Sariwon City - this lively city is located in North Hwanghae Province and is one of the largest in Korea
Ancient Model Pavilions - we will see how Koreans lived in ancient times and check some model pavilions of times past in Korea
Walk up Mount Kyongnam - this walk is not as daunting as it may sound! It takes around 5 to 10 minutes to walk up to the main pavillion where we will have fabulous views of the whole city of Sariwon and of its surrounding areas. You can see a short video of the main street we walk around in Sariwon and of the views from Mount Kyongnam in our video below (feel free to visit KTG's Youtube Channel for more videos):
Transfer to Pyongyang
Three Charters Reunification Monument - consisting of two ladies that represent the reunification of the Korean Peninsula
Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ, Pyongyang
Evening Funfair (optional) - rides cost from 1 to 5 Euros. We recommend going here to check out the lively atmosphere
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 4 - June 12 (Friday)
Breakfast: Koryo Hotel
10.25 am train to China - if interested in flying back please do let us know
Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China - customs procedures will be carried out on the train