• Rason North Korea (DPRK) with KTG Tours

Sonbong and Rajin North Korea Tour: 4 Day Itinerary

Sonbong & Rajin North Korea Tour - this sample 3 nights / 4 days itinerary the North Korea Special Economic Zone, Rason, includes a night by the beach. At KTG Tours we have a variety of itineraries and are constantly exploring new options for our customers. We can arrange independent tours to North Korea all year round and programs can be customised based on your personal requests. Please contact us if you are interested in any specific aspects of North Korea or if there is a specific itinerary you may have in mind.

Day 0

  • Arrive in Yanji, capital of the Korean Autonomous Region of Yanbian, Jilin Province, China. We have extensive experience in North Korea and in China and know this unique city extremely well.

  • Please note that we can help make your accommodation arrangements in Yanji and book your tickets there if you need our help to do so.
Rason International Telecommunications building in North Korea (DPRK). This region is full of signs showing that it is a special economic zone in North Korea, officially named DPRK


  • Ryugyong Restaurant - named like the famous Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, this DPRK restaurant and hotel in Yanji provides some of the tastiest dishes in the whole city. The staff are mainly from Pyongyang, though there are people from other parts of the DPRK. The musical performance attracts as many people as the food does!

Overnight: Ryugyong Hotel, Yanji

Day 1


  • Breakfast: Ryugyong Hotel, Yanji
  • We leave early by bus to the border with the DPRK to start our Sonbong and Rajin North Korea tour. Once we go over customs in China we will go over customs in the DPRK. Please note that our luggage will be carefully checked. You will be briefed weeks before the trip and the day before departure on articles than are allowed into the DPRK as well as on your expected behaviour there.
  • Arrive in Wonjong, North Korea, and meet our local guides.
  • Transfer by coach to the city of Rajin


  • Lunch: Local restaurant, Rajin North Korea
  • Walk around the city centre. We will see the Monument of the President Kim Il Sung, the Monument of the Sun. The Leader Kim Il Sung is officially the Eternal President of the DPRK and he is highly respected.
  • Rajin Golden Triangle Bank - unique opportunity to see a bank in North Korea. Foreign currency can be exchanged in this North Korean bank.
  • Rajin Port - we will be able to walk around the port. There are several joint ventures in Rason, mainly with Chinese and Russian companies. To the surprise of many, there are also US companies based in Rason, some of which we have regular contact with. The famous Mangyongbong Ship which was used by many Koreans returning from Japan to the Fatherland in the 1960s and 1970s via Wonsan is anchored here.
  • Local Kindergarten & Performance - chance to see a truly impressive performance by the children of Rajin
  • Stamp Shop - DPRK stamps are impressive, many depicting propaganda posters and pictures of the Leaders
  • Songbong & Rajin North Korea Tour Welcome Dinner: Local restaurant, Rajin

Overnight: Rajin Hotel, Rajin North Korea

Day 2Farm house in Rason, DPRK. We will be able to walk around this North Korean village located in the remote northeastern part of the Korean Peninsula near Russia and China


  • Breakfast: Rajin Hotel
  • Walk around Sahyangsan a mountainous area in North Korea


  • Lunch: Local restaurant
  • Souvenir Shop - opportunity to stack up on local stamps, books, DVDs, posters, etc. There are books and DVDs in foreign languages or with subtitles so do not worry if you do not speak Korean!
  • Art Gallery - see an impressive assortment of DPRK art. It is also possible to purchase some of the work
  • Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition - the flowers were named after the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The Magnolia is the national flower of the country.
  • Taehung Fish Shop - you can buy seafood and have it cooked for you at dinner. The seafood and fish is extremely fresh in this area where the lack of a busy industrial environment means that the waters are unpolluted.
  • Rajin Shoes Factory and the Rason Textile Factory - these are both joint ventures, something not too common in the DPRK
  • Foreign Language School - we will be able to walk around the school and to interact in English with the Korean students!
  • Rajin Beach Park - we will have a relaxing walk and see locals spend an evening of leisure. Great way to finish an intensive first two days in this remote part of the DPRK

Overnight: Rajin Hotel, Rajin North Korea

Day 3

AMChujin beach in Rason, DPRK (North Korea) with KTG

  • Breakfast: Rajin Hotel
  • Early departure to the Pipha area
  • Pipha Isle
  • Drive by the known Emperor Hotel & Casino
  • Boat Ride - this is optional (100 RMB) and lasts around one hour. The main purpose is to spot some sea-lions and feed the seagulls. Those of you not interested in joining can explore the seafront.


  • Lunch: Pipha Isle - we will have some seafood by the stands located right at the seafront!
  • Chujin beach - chance to relax by the beach and to make some Korean Kimchi! We cannot stress how transparent the water is in the sea in Rason.
  • Dinner: local restaurant
  • The Chujin Tourism Hotel is located by the seafront where the lush landscape blends into the sea. We strongly recommend an early morning stroll by the beach in the morning!
  • Taehung Seafood Processing factory in Rason, North Korea. This is a special economic zone in the far northeastern part of the DPRK

Overnight: Chujin Hotel

Day 4


  • Breakfast: Chujin Hotel
  • Taehung Seafood Processing Factory - Rason is well known for its seafood and it is not uncommon for Chinese tourists to go there mainly for the seafood and the beaches.
  • Sungjondae - historical site dedicated to the Korean Admiral Ri Sun Shin, considered one of the best admirals in history and a hero on the Korean Peninsula.



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Places of Interest

Views of Kim Il Sung Square
Hamhung City
Children's Palace


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