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Pyongyang International Film Festival tour
4 nights in the DPRK

WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

WHAT PRICE DOESN'T COVER?

  • AirKoryo flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing
  • Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
  • Three meals a day (except to alcohol)
  • All transfers and transport
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance tickets according to the itinerary
  • The DPRK visa fee
  • Pyongyang Film Festival entry tickets
  • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
  • Your stopover expenses in Beijing
  • 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

Visit The 15th Pyongyang International Film Festiva (PIFF)l - international gathering of filmmakers from many countries who come to the DPRK every second year to share the successes and experiences. The motto of the festival is “Independence, Peace and Friendship”. It is the only opportunity to visit cinema in the DPRK. In between sightseeing of Pyongyang and surroundings you will attend the film festival to watch the award ceremony and announcement of the winners.
  TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Pyongyang International Film Festival - watch several movies together with local movie-goers. It is the only opportunity to visit cinema in the DPRK
  • Pyongyang - discover hidden treasures of the capital. Visit Kumsusan Palace of Sun for president Kim Il Sung and for the leader Kim Jong Il
  • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - inspect one of the most heavily militarized places on the planet. This strip of land divides South and North Korea. Visit Kaesong - the 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
  • Visit International Friendship Exhibition in Mt.Myohyang - one of the five celebrated mountains of Korea
  • 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.

    Sep 20 (Tue): Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Depart from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 152 Beijing-Pyongyang at 12.55 from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport . Arrive in Pyongyang at 15.30 local time
    • Transfer to Pyongyang
    • Stop by 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
    • Check-in at the Yanggakdo International Hotel **** - one of the best Pyongyang hotels (first class and deluxe suits are also available at extra charge), it is beautifully located in the middle of Taedong river
    • Dinner at the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 21 (Wed): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Sariwon Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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
    • Visit 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
    • Transfer 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
    • Visit Sungkyunkwan University - the oldest Confucian University established in 10th century. Since 1987 here is Kaesong Koryo Museum exhibiting one of the largest wooden buildings to still exist in the DPRK. Here you can see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Sonjuk Bridge - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216. The stamp shop here is excellent place to buy some souvenirs
    • 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)
    • 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
    • Experience Sariwon Folk Customs Street - great place to see Korean traditions and customs
    • Explore Mt.Jongbang - 481m high mountain near Sariwon famous for its many spots to enjoy beautiful landscapes and historical fort dated back to Koryo Dynasty
    • Stop by Songbul Temple - one of the famous temples in Korea. It was first built in 898 and later rebuilt in Koryo dynasty
    • Drive 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

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 22 (Thu): Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Visit incredible Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum for president Kim Il Sung and for the leader Kim Jong Il. To visit the Mausoleum tourists should follow a strict dress code: no shorts, T-shirts and sandals, no blue jeans and mini-skirts
    • Stop by Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - a cemetery and memorial to the North Korean soldiers fighting for freedom and independence against Japanese rule
    • Move to Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • Lunch
    • Visit Korean Film studio - DPRK's version of Hollywood. The leader Kim Il Song liked to be here and give on spot guidance to movie directors. You will see European, Japanese and South Korean villages set for movie production
    • 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)
    • Visit 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
    • 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
    • Dinner in one of the Pyongyang’s restaurants
    • 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: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 23 (Fri): Pyongyang

    Award Ceremony of Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF)

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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
    • 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
    • Lunch
    • Visit The Rungna People's Pleasure Ground - opened in 2012 it is an amusement park. It has a dolphinarium, swimming pool, and a mini golf course. Entrance fee is about 5 Euro payable at spot
    • Transfer 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
    • Start a walking tour of the Pyongyang center with a stop in Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • 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
    • Observe 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
    • UNIQUE! Visit The Pyongyang International Film Festival - international gathering of filmmakers from many countries who come to the DPRK every second year to share the successes and experiences. The motto of the festival is “Independence, Peace and Friendship”. It is the only opportunity to visit cinema in the DPRK. Attend the award ceremony and witness announcement of the winners
    • Enjoy dinner in famous BBQ Duck Restaurant

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 24 (Sat):

    • After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport and depart by Air Koryo flight JS 151 Pyongyang-Beijing at 8.30 in the morning from Pyongyang Airport . Arrive in Beijing at 09.55 in the morning (local time)
  • 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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