North Korea

You mean South? No, I mean North, I really mean North!

Back from NORTH KOREA safe and sound! And perhaps just in time! What an interesting place, what an amazing trip! How much of what we read in the media is correct?! One shall see for herself!! Here are the Faces of North Korea… they are not “North Koreans booooo” as portreyed in the press…they are people, nice people, normal people, going about their own daily lives, singing, dancing, painting, laughing…they are kids, families… Hope humanity and reason prevail over unjustified madness of ignorant leaders who split, create an enemy for their own agenda, destroy, and try to justify their destruction! 

tbc….

Typical Itenerary with a Guided Tour in Pyongyang

Day 1

  • Meet your guide Beijing Railway Station to receive DPRK visas and tickets

Day 2

  • Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side.
  • Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo (group will meet at Air Koryo check in counter). Flight departure times will be announced closer to the departure date. To avoid any inconvenience we recommend you arrive in Beijing the day before to better prepare yourself.
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrive at 5:00pm to an equally warm welcome.
  • Receive a city map from your guide and enjoy evening views of Pyongyang as the bus does a lap of the marathon route to give you a clear understanding of where you will be running.
  • In the evening your guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Day 3- Marathon Day!

  • Run or spectate the Pyongyang Marathon! You can run either the mini, half or full marathon – the course loops you around Pyongyang city. Spectators have the option to watch a DPRK local football league match in the stadium for 20 euros.
  • Lunch at the Mangyongdae District KITC Restaurant – your chance to try the famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or the traditional Korean Bibimbap dish along with other popular Korean dishes.
  • Cool down at Munsu Water Park with indoor pools and amazing water slides, the park also features plenty for those who don’t want to swim, including a cafe, shop, beer bar, table tennis, billiards massage or a beauty salon – optional charges.
  • Visit the Taedonggang Micro Brewery to further wind down with multiple delicious draft beers on tap, coffee, soft drinks and juices are also available.
  • Dinner at the National Restaurant with performance from the waitresses.
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Day 4

  • Walk through Mansudae Fountain Park and see the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Visit Mansudae Grand Monument to show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. (Optional extra – you can present flowers if you wish: small bunches are 2 euro, larger ones 4).
  • Kim Il Sung Square – The Main Square of Pyongyang.
  • Foreign Language Bookshop – the best place for pins, stamps, books, CD’s and DVD’s as well as DPRK Flags.
  • Lunch at the Chongryu Hot Pot Restaurant.
  • Pyongyang Metro! Ride from stop 1 to stop 2, then on to stop 6! Exiting to:
  • The Arch of Triumph – The largest Victory Arch on the planet – it celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the return of the General Kim Il Sung to his home city.
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, featuring dioramas, captured weapons, tanks and planes, the Victory Monument and the USS Pueblo, the only American military vessel held by another nation.
  • Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology. (Optional extra 5 euro to go to the top of the tower).
  • Monument to the Party Foundation – built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Worker’s Party.
  • Dinner at Dongsong restaurant.
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Day 5

  • Up nice and early to drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
  • Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK, so don’t forget your wallet!
  • The DMZ – see one of the most tense places on earth complete with a friendly KPA officer who will not only give you a guided tour but also keep you safe. Also the only place you can take photographs of and even with a soldier!
  • Lunch at the Thongil Restaurant in Kaesong City – try your hand at traditional Korean Pansangi – a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog soup 5 euro, Ginseng stuffed whole chicken 30 euro – can be split between several).
  • Tomb of King Kongmin – the only original tomb of its kind still standing in the DPRK.
  • Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
  • Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
  • Dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

Top Experiences

  • Pyongyang
  • Run or spectate the Pyongyang Marathon!
  • Munsu Water Park
  • Mansudae Fountain Park
  • Kaesong