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International Children's Day tour with hiking extension
7 nights in the DPRK

WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

WHAT PRICE DOESN'T COVER?

  • Train Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong
  • Budget hotel accommodation in the DPRK
  • Three meals a day (except to alcohol) in the DPRK
  • All transfers and transport during the tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Optional flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing (230 Euro)
  • The DPRK visa fee
  • Transportation to/from your home to Dandong
  • Your stopover expenses in Dandong
  • Your expenses for alcohol and souvenirs
  • Optional single room supplement (40 Euro per night)
  • Ticket fee for occasional events such as circus, the funfair, opera or Juche tower lift
  • Tips for the guides (25-30 EURO)

June is one of the most favorable seasons to enjoy the beauty of the DPRK prior to the onset of the summer heat. It is a great opportunity to participate in the International Children’s Day Celebrations. Visit all major Pyongyang attractions and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).After exploring major Korean urban attractions experience summer hiking in celebrated mountains of Korea. You will see two out of five celebrated mountains - Mt.Myohyang and Mt.Kuwol. You will also visit Young Pioneer Dedication Ceremony held in Pyongyang’s primary schools on June 6 - the foundation day of Pioneer movement of the DPRK

  TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Pyongyang - enjoy capital highlights and celebrate international children’s day in famous Mangyondae funfair
  • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - inspect one of the most heavily militarized places on the planet. This strip of land divides South and North Korea
  • Kaesong - visit ancient capital of Korea until up to the 15th century. It is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it hasn’t been destroyed during the Korean war
  • Mt.Myohyang - the Mountain of Mysterious Fragrance. In 2009 UNESCO designated Mount Myohyang a world biosphere reserve. Here you also can see International Friendship Exhibition - the world's biggest treasure-house exhibiting gifts received by Korean Leaders over the years
  • Mt.Kuwol - so called “September mountain” , one of the five celebrated mountains
  • Info
    The tour itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one. Korea Konsult reserves the right to change some parts of the itinerary below if needed. Eventual itinerary changes after the group arrival in the DPRK are beyond our control. Under no circumstances can Korea Konsult be held responsible for any itinerary changes.

    May 31 (Tue):

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Depart from Dandong (China) by the international train Dandong - Pyongyang at 9.35 in the morning. Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.45 on the same day
    • REMARK: You can book AirKoryo Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing flight (230 Euro extra charge)
    • Check-in at the Sosan Hotel *** - located near sport vilage in Pyongyang
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Jun 1 (Wed): Pyongyang

    International Children's Day!

    • REMARK: International Children’s Day was established after the Women’s International Democratic Federation convened in 1949 in Moscow. Koreans like saying that in the DPRK children are the true kings of the country

    • Wake up early, have breakfast in the hotel and start this special day with a walk in Mansudae Fountain Park - composed of many beautifully designed in shape of dancing women fountains, this park is a place to enjoy jets of water reaching up to 80 meters
    • Visit majestic Mansudae Grand Monument - the huge bronze statues of the leaders standing in the center of the composition with two monuments titled "Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle" and "Socialist Construction" on both sides. It was renovated in April 2012 following the passing away of the leader Kim Jong Il and a new statue of Kim Jong Il was added next to Kim Il Sung's
    • Behind the Mansudae Grand Monument don’t miss Chollima Monument - named after a mythical winged horse (Chollima in Korean literally means "thousand-mile horse"). In the period of reconstruction following the Korean War Cholima was the symbol inspiring workers to rebuild their nation at ‘Chollima Speed’
    • NEW! Visit Pyongyang Zoo - the national zoo of the DPRK. It has over 5,000 wild animals. At the zoo there is the gift animal house in which are kept the animals presented to the leader Kim Jong Il by Jonas Wahlström, the director of the Skansen Zoological Garden in Sweden
    • Enjoy picnic at Ryongak Hill - called "Dragon Hill" (Ryongak in Korean) it is a rocky peak in Pyongyang's suburbs. At 292 m Tae peak is the highest giving splendid views on the city. It is a popular hiking and BBQ destination for the capital inhabitants
    • Celebrate this special day with Korean children in Mangyondae funfair - a huge amusement park located 12 kilometers from Pyongyang. It has a pool, a roller coaster, a merry-go-round, a train ride and many other attractions
    • Head to Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square where Korea’s massive military parades normally take place. Opened in August Juche 43 (1954) it is the 30th largest square in the world
    • Take a short walk to Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • Observe Pyongyang from the top of Juche Tower - at 150m it is the highest stone monument in the world. Take elevator to the top of the tower to enjoy the magnificent view of Pyongyang (optional, 5 Euro p/p)
    • Stop by Monument to Workers' Party of Korea - opened in Juche 84 (1995) the monument depicts the hammer, sickle and brush seized by a worker, a farmer and an intellectual. The round belt means the single-hearted unity of the leader, Party and people
    • Enjoy your dinner
    • Spend evening in Golden Lane Bowling Center - the huge entertainment center, a good chance to mix with locals and watch some stellar displays of local bowling talent and relax after long sightseeing day. There is also a shooting range next door

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Jun 2 (Thu): Pyongyang Pyongsong Pyongyang

    • Wake up early and have breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive to Pyongsong - Korea's Silicon Valley focusing on leading space researches. Only in 2014 this city was opened for foreign visitors
    • Visit Paeksong Revolutionary Site - the place to which Kim Il Sung University was moved during the Korean War
    • Stop by Kim Jong Suk Middle School - named after the mother of Kim Jong Il it is one of the best schools in the DPRK for talented children from the whole country. For some English-language learners in this school you can be the first opportunity to converse with foreign visitors
    • Inspect Taedonggang Clothing Factory - a factory that produces clothes to export all over the world
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Enroute stop by Pyongyang Embroidery Institute - this is where most Korean embroideries are made. It is named after Kim Jong Suk, mother of the leader Kim Jong Il. It is a great opportunity to buy hand made embroidery at very reasonable price
    • Lunch
    • NEW! Shop in Kwangbok Supermarket - located at one of the biggest city's street it is a popular mall where visitors can exchange money into local Won in order to shop
    • Visit Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace - recently renovated center for local children's extra curricular education. The palace was opened in 1989 and it features striking post-modern piece of design. After excursion enjoy children’s performance
    • Dinner in one of the Pyongyang’s restaurants
    • Relax in Taedonggang Diplomatic club - the great place to socialize with expats, enjoy local and foreign drinks

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Jun 3 (Fri): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Drive to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea, it is one of the most militarized area on our planet
    • Explore Panmunjom - a village where in 1953 Armistice Talks were held between the DPR Korea and the United Nation Command. Visit the blue tent-like building located exactly on the borderline between Koreas. You can walk around the conference room and hop from South to North Korea while you are in this building. This is one of the few places where you can take pictures of the DPRK military
    • Move to Kaesong - capital of Korea up to the 15th century. Kaesong is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it hasn't been destroyed during the Korean war. It is a home for 12 historic sites from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kaesong is considered to be home of Koryo insam (ginseng) and so be prepared to buy some of the best insam in the Far East
    • Walk in Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • Enjoy lunch at Tongil restaurant - "Tongil" means "Reunification" in Korean, it is one of the most famous restaurants in Kaesong where you can experience royal meal with multiple side-dishes. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, there will be an opportunity to sample Korea’s famous ginseng chicken soup (at extra charge)
    • Move back to Pyongyang. On the way back there will be a short photo-break at Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification - the monument representing desire of Korean people for reunification. It is shaped in form of two Korean women holding Korean peninsula over the Thongil highway from Pyongyang to DMZ
    • Visit one of the finest museums of the DPRK Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - unveiled in 2013 by the leader Kim Jong Un after massive renovation this museum explains the origins of the Korean War (1950-53) between South and North. Here you will see the only US ship captured by a foreign country - the spy ship USS Pueblo, as well as American weapons and shot down planes. The museum features amazing displays and excellent dioramas
    • Move to Arch of Triumph - built in 1982 to commemorate President Kim Il Sung’s role in resisting Japanese rule, it is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world. Each of its 25,500 blocks of finely-dressed white granite represents a day of his life up to that point
    • Take ride in Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest subways in the world, it was designed to serve as a bomb shelter in case of war. The stations' interiors are stunning with superb lighting and mosaics. This is a great chance to interact with local people and explore several subway stations
    • Enjoy dinner in famous BBQ Duck Restaurant
    • Continue evening in Pyongyang microbrewery and bar - try several types of locally brewed beer and wide variety of international cuisine (at your own expense)

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Jun 4 (Sat): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    Hiking in Mt.Myohyang

    • Breakfast
    • Drive farther to Mt.Myohyang - the Mountain of Mysterious Fragrance, one of the five celebrated mountains of Korea. It is a sacred site as, according to legend, it was the home of King Tangun, forefather of the Korean people. In 2009 UNESCO designated Mount Myohyang a world biosphere reserve
    • Upon arrival visit grandiose International Friendship Exhibition - the world's biggest treasure-house. On exhibit are gifts received by DPRK's leaders over the years. One building stores the presents given to President Kim Il Sung, while a smaller one holds those given to Leader Kim Jong Il
    • After impressive exhibition explore tranquil Pohyon temple - one of the five famous Buddhist temples of Korea, it was built nearly 1,000 years ago
    • Lunch
    • Hike in Manphok valley - "Manphok" means in Korean "valley of ten thousands falls". Enjoy the route of about 8 km (round way) and see beautiful hermitages, rocks, caves, falls, and pavilions
    • Head to Ryongmun Caves - a stunning series of grottoes and subterranean caves formed 480 million years ago by limestone erosion. Its average temperature is 11C and humidity 80
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Jun 5 (Sun): Pyongyang Sariwon Mt.Kuwol Nampo Pyongyang

    Hiking in Mt.Kuwol

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive to Sariwon - the southern gateway to Pyongyang. With population well above 300,000 Sariwon is one the most densely populated cities of the DPRK and it is famous for its Maccoli - Korean traditional rice wine
    • Explore Sariwon Folk Customs Street - great place to see Korean traditions and customs
    • Stop by Mt.Jongbang - 481m high mountain near Sariwon famous for its many spots to enjoy beautiful landscapes and historical fort dated back to Koryo Dynasty
    • Visit Songbul Temple - one of the famous temples in Korea. It was first built in 898 and later rebuilt in Koryo dynasty
    • Head to Mt.Kuwol - one of the 5 celebrated mountains, it is called "September mountain" in Korean because of its beauty in autumn
    • Visit Woljong Temple - built on Asa Peak in around 9 century, it is a place to explore several ancient pavilions, halls and smaller temples
    • Open air picnic
    • Enjoy beautiful landscapes and waterfalls in one of the peaceful valleys of Mt.Kuwol
    • Drive over West Sea Barrage - built from 1981 to 1986 this 8 km barrage is a source of pride in the DPRK
    • Pass Nampo - gateway to Pyongyang on the west coast of Korea, the fourth biggest city in the DPRK and continue further to Pyongyang
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Jun 6 (Mon): Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Visit Three Revolutions Exhibition - several halls showcasing the nation’s technological, cultural and ideological progress following the Korean War. The central building has a shape resembling a spherical planet with rings, similar to the planet of Saturn. The dome itself also houses a planetarium
    • Witness Young Pioneer Dedication Ceremony in one of the Pyongyang’s primary schools. It is an exciting opportunity to see how Korean children become Pioneers
    • NEW! Visit by Botanic Garden
    • Lunch
    • Experience unique The Mirim Riding Club - opened at a ceremony on 25 October 2013, it is a new star attraction just 20 minutes drive from the city centre. The riding club features museum dedicated to the pictures of the leaders of the DPRK atop horses. You can ride a horse here (at your own expense)
    • Head to Taedong Park - a great place a few minutes away from Kim Il Sung Square to enjoy a peceful park and a walk along the Taedong river
    • Taedong Park is full of hidden treasures. Don’t miss one of them - Pyongyang Bell - national treasure, it was rung to announce invasions, natural disasters, New Year's Day and other major events. The current bell was cast in 1726 during the Ri dynasty to replace an earlier one that was destroyed by fire in 1714
    • Walk along the Taedong river to Taedong Gate - built in the mid-6th century, it is the east gate of the inner castle of the Walled City of Pyongyang (Pyongyang Castle, Koguryo dynasty) situated on the bank of River Taedong
    • Stop by Ryonggwang Pavillion - one of the 8 scenic wonders of western part of Korea
    • Visit Munsu Waterpark - the first park of this kind in Pyongyang. It features indoor and outdoor pools, amazing waterslides, coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiards massage and a beauty salon. A great place to chat with local people. Entrance 3 Euro, those who would like to swim be ready to pay 10 Euro
    • Farewell dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Jun 7 (Tue):

    • After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Pyongyang Railway Station and depart by the international train Pyongyang - Dandong at 10.40 in the morning. Arrive in Dandong at 16.23 on the same day
    • REMARK: You can book AirKoryo Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing flight (230 Euro extra charge)
  • TOUR EXTENSION: you always can add a couple of days to this group tour to stay longer and explore Korea individually, or you can travel with us to South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, China or Russia over the longest in the world Trans-Siberian railroad
    • Visit Sinuiju - North Korean city at the border with China, gate to North Korea
    • Explore Beijing before or after your tour to the DPRK
    • Ride the longest in the world Trans-Siberian railroad from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia or Manchuria
    • Travel in South Korea, Mongolia or Japan with us

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