• Masikryong ski resort in North Korea, DPRK, with KTG tours
  • Mass Dances for Chairman Kim Jong Il's Birthday, Pyongyang, North Korea, with KTG tours

2020 Chairman Kim Jong Il Birthday & Ski Tour

The application deadline for our 2020 Ski Tour is January 8 2020. If interested in extending your tour please send us an e-mail stating how long you would like to extend for and if there are any specific places you would like to visit.

Very important date in the DPRK calendar. Celebrations expected. Bundle up and explore North Korea with us and get ready to ski some North Korean slopes!

Day 1 - 13 February (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 14.00 flight JS 252 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.00 (Pyongyang time)


  • Night drive around Pyongyang
  • Arch of Triumph - walk around the area. See the giant mural showing the image of President Kim Il Sung upon his return to Korea after Korea's liberation from Japan in 1945
  • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Number 1 Restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Please check our Youtube video below. It was shot during our Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour in 2016 and will give you a fair idea of what to expect on this tour. We recommend you to watch in HD!

Day 2 - 14 February (Friday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - this city was not destroyed during the Korean War and we can therefore see some traditional Korean architecture. We will then visit the DMZ, the last area where the consequences of the Cold War are still very alive.
Banner to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong Il in Kaesong, North Korea. The sides have the flag of the Workers' Party of Korea and of the DPRK. 2.16 is the date of Kim Jong Il's birthday, a major holiday in North Korea

Preparations in Kaesong for 16 February

  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. If these are closed we will have a close-up look.


  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - dishes are served in small covered golden plated bowls, with no less than 12 small dishes per person. The number of dishes served symbolised the rank of the person eating and 12 is the highest ranking of all!
KTG traveller taking a picture of the old part of town of Kaesong, North Korea (DPRK)

KTG Traveller takes a picture of the Old Town of Kaesong

  • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - the first university in the Korean Peninsula, it dates from the 900s and is located in extremely peaceful surroundings
wedding celebration in the Koryo Museum in Kaesong, North Korea. This museum is a UNESCO world heritage site. Kaesong is located near the border between South Korea and the DPRK

Wedding Celebration in the Koryo Museum, Kaesong

  • Stamp shop - just outside of the Koryo Hotel, we usually make a quick stop here. A wide variety of stamps, postcards, artwork, etc can be purchased.
  • Drive to Sariwon City - capital of North Hwanghae Province, this lively city is one of the largest in North Korea.
  • Folk Street & Ancient Model Pavilions - we will see how Koreans lived in ancient times and see some model pavilions showing this. Walking around this street give us the chance to check a local Sul-Jib (alcohol house) and try some delicious Makoli (Korean rice wine with very low levels of alcohol) if available. 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)
  • Walk up Mt. Kyongnam - the walk itself is only 5 to 10 minutes but we will have views of the whole city and of the surrounding region.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - 15 February (Saturday)

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Drive to Mt. Myohyang in the northern interior of DPRK
  • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - showing thousands of presents given to the founder of the country President Kim Il Sung, his son General Kim Jong Il and his wife Kim Jong Suk. There is now too a section for the Leader Kim Jong Un. See what people and organisations from your country have sent! These buildings actually have no windows and are partly built inside the mountains!
Mount Myohyang in Winter, North Korea
  • Pohyon Temple - ancient Buddhist temple. This used to be one of the centres of buddhism in the region. Chance to meet a local monk.
Pohyon Temple in Mount Myohyang, DPRK (North Korea)


  • Lunch at the Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang - one of the most luxurious hotels in North Korea
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum enormous museum holding original vehicles used in the Korean War and explaining the DPRK version of the war. This was restored recently. The theme of the Korean War is very important in DPRK.
  • USS Pueblo - US spyship captured in 1968 by the DPRK
  • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4 - 16 February (Sunday) - National Holiday - Chairman Kim Jong Il's 77th Birthday


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace - where the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state, one of the most sacred places in the DPRK
Kumsusan Memorial Palace in the winter, Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea)

The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun is the most sacred place in DPRK

  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - views of the whole of Pyongyang are available atop the hill where this cemetery is located


  • Fountain Park - walk by the giant mosaic images of the leaders
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. There will be many locals here today
  • Kim Il Sung Square - This is the square where military parades and rallies take place (the ones we usually see on TV when there are news regarding North Korea)
North Korean Ice Rocket sculpture in Kim Il Sung Square with the Juche Tower in the background
  • DPRK foreign Language Bookstore - chance to read & purchase DPRK publications in English and in other languages
  • Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition - thousands of locals go to see flowers given to Kim Jong Il on occasion of his birthday. There is usually local media interviewing Koreans
Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition held in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK), for the Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

People gathering at the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition - this place is literally crowded with locals the days surrounding 16th February

  • Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the torch) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang
  • Monuments to the Workers' Party - monument consisting of a hammer, sickle and brush that rise 50 metres in the sky
  • Expected Mass Dances - thousands of Korean students dance in a synchronised way and we will have the opportunity to join in!
KTG staff member dancing with Koreans at the Mass Dances on Leader Kim Jong Il's Birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)

There will likely be optional extra activities available such as Music Concerts, the Acrobatic Circus or Synchronised Swimming shows. These will be offered on the spot once in the DPRK

  • Local beer bar - chance to have a few drinks before dinner
  • Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ Restaurant
  • Expected Fireworks Display after dinner

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - 17 February (Monday)


  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
  • Drive to the Masikryong Ski Resort - a luxurious ski resort located about 3 hours away from Pyongyang
Masikryong Ski resort in North Korea (DPRK) - trip arranged by KTG tours

View of the Masikryong Ski Resort


  • Lunch - Masikryong Ski Resort
  • Time to ski! - get your gear on and check out those slopes!
  • Please note that the ski pass is not included and is to be paid on the spot as is the case with any equipment that you may like to rent. You can also bring your equipment with you. Air Koryo allow 23 kilos of luggage.
  • North Korean guide at the Masikryong ski resort in North Korea, with KTG tours

    Excited or nervous? Korean guide Mr. Kim ready to hit the slopes!

    • Evening break - why not have a hot coffee or check out the facilities in the hotel, one of the most luxurious in DPRK
    coffee shop at the Masikryong Ski resort hotel in North Korea, DPRK, with KTG tours

    Coffee shop at the Masikryong Ski Resort Hotel

    • Dinner: Masikryong Hotel

    Overnight: Masikryong Hotel

    Day 6 - 18 February (Tuesday)


    • Breakfast: Masikryong Hotel
    • Skiing / snowboarding - or just relax at the resort if you prefer!


    • Lunch - Masikryong Ski Resort
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Dinner: local restaurant in Pyongyang

    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel - last night rest in one of the capital's best hotels

    Day 7 - 19 February (Wednesday)


    • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • 10.25 am train to Beijing


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

    Day 8 - 20 February (Thursday)

    Arrive in Beijing at 08:40 am

    End of Chairman Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour

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