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    Liberation Day XL tour with Mt.Kumgang (Diamond Mt.) extension


     9 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Wonsan Hamhung Mt.Kumgang Masik Pass Ski Resort Pyongyang

    WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

    • AirKoryo flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing
    • Hotel accommodation (twin-shared room) in the DPRK
    • Three meals a day (except to alcohol)
    • All transfers and transport
    • English-speaking guide
    • All entrance tickets according to the itinerary

    WHAT PRICE DOESN'T COVER?

    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro)
    • 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 Korean guides and a driver (approx 50 Euro total)

    15 August – is an important day in Korean calendar, it is the Day of Liberation from Japanese colonial rule. There will be various festivities on this occasion including amazing Mass Dance in one of the main Pyongyang’s squares. You will try unique Trolley bus ride. You will go to one of the most striking places of the DPRK - Mt.Kumgang where you will enjoy beautiful mountain landscapes, waterfalls and streams and visit Hamhung. It is also expected that there will be one of its kind Pyongyang Taedonggang Beer Festival - Korean version of German Oktoberfest. During this event you can try locally brewed beer and take part in various contests.

    On this tour you will have an optional opportunity to take the PYONGYANG AIR CITY TOUR - a 40 minute trip in the skies aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 helicopter. You will have an unrivalled bird's-eye view of Pyongyang from the sky and a lot of great photo opportunities. If you would like to add this option to your itinerary please inform us when you book your tour.

       TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Pyongyang - enjoy festivities on the occasion of the Liberation Day and discover hidden treasures in the center of the capital
    • Visit Kumsusan Palace of Sun for president Kim Il Sung and for the leader Kim Jong Il
    • Unique Trolley bus ride
    • Expected Taedonggang Beer Festival - this is Korean version of German Oktoberfest beer festival
    • 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
    • Hamhung - the second biggest city of the DPRK, affectionately called “city of iron” for its focus on heavy-industry
    • Enjoy two out of five celebrated mountains of Korea - Mt.Kumgang (“Diamond Mountain”) and Mt.Myohyang with International Friendship Exhibition - the world's biggest treasure-house exhibiting gifts received by Korean Leaders over the years

     

    ITINERARY

    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.

    Aug 11 (Sat): 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Kaeson Youth Funfair - one of the most popular amusement parks and nightspots in Pyongyang, it was recently renovated. This is a great place to observe local people and take pictures with them
    • 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 ****
    Aug 12 (Sun): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum of president Kim Il Sung and 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
    • Taesongsan Park - "taesong" in Korean means "great fort", it is an amusement park located about 12 kilometers from Pyongyang. You will have a great chance to mingle with Koreans here
    • Trolley bus ride - see the streets of the capital from the iconic worker's transport which is still used only in some other former socialist states! It is a classic vehicle from 1950s which is still in service on the streets of Pyongyang. The route starts at Pyongyang Railway Station and ends at Arch of Triumph with stop at Chollima Monument
    • NEW! Jonsong Revolutionary Site - a system of tunnels used as a wartime HQ by Korea People's Army. Here we will see the preserved rooms where soldiers and officers slept, lived and had meetings
    • Lunch
    • 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
    • Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • Taedong Park - a great place a few minutes away from Kim Il Sung Square to enjoy a peaceful park and a walk along the Taedong river
    • 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
    • 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
    • Ryonggwang Pavillion - one of the 8 scenic wonders of western part of Korea
    • Drive 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
    • Check in Chongchon Hotel ** - located on the bank of the river Chongchon in Hyangsan county, it is simple hotel with hot water available in mornings and evenings
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Chongchon Hotel **
    Aug 13 (Mon): Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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
    • Pohyon temple - one of the five famous Buddhist temples of Korea, it was built nearly 1,000 years ago
    • Manphok valley - "Manphok" means in Korean "valley of ten thousands falls". Enjoy beautiful hermitages, rocks, caves, falls, and pavilions
    • Enjoy your lunch
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • 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)
    • 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
    • Dinner
    • 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: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Aug 14 (Tue): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong 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
    • Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • Sungkyunkwan University - the oldest Confucian University established in 10th century. Since 1987 here is Kaesong Koryo Museum (UNESCO) exhibiting one of the largest wooden buildings to still exist in the DPRK. 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 will enjoy Traditional Royal Korean Lunch with 12 side-dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, there will be an opportunity to sample Korea’s famous ginseng chicken soup (at extra charge)
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • 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
    • Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace - one of 2 major centers of extra curriculum education built for the Korean Communist Youth of Pyongyang. There will be a chance to see a performance prepared by local children
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Aug 15 (Wed): Pyongyang

    LIBERATION DAY

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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
    • 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
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • Liberation Tower - located in Moranbong Park this monument honors Soviet troops defeated Japanese occupiers in 1945
    • Lunch
    • 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
    • Mass Dance - one of the most well known images of North Korea: students of local universities get on the main city's squares and dance dressed in traditional Korean suit
    • Mirae (Future) Street - it is opened in 2015 street featuring futuristic looking buildings. Korean government allocated residential buildings at this street to teachers of local universities
    • Enjoy dinner in famous BBQ Duck Restaurant
    • Expected Taedonggang Beer Festival - this is Korean version of German Oktoberfest beer festival. It was organized first time in 2016 in Pyongyang and since then it is said it will be an annual event in Pyongyang. The festival is held at Pyongyang downtown at Taedong river embankment near Kim Il Sung Square, and it is very popular with locals. The festival is a great opportunity to try many different types of Korean most popular beer Taedonggang. You will have a chance to take part in various contests and socialize with friendly Koreans. Entrance fee (about 2 Euro) and beer are at your own expense

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Aug 16 (Thu): Pyongyang Wonsan Hamhung

    • Breakfast
    • Drive to Hamhung
    • On the way make a short stop at Sinpyong Lake - the resting place right half-way between Pyongyang and Wonsan, there is a rest house with bathrooms and refreshments
    • Picnic lunch at Ulim Waterfall - one of the famous waterfalls in Korea, it was discovered by Korean soldiers in 2001. The waterfall falls from 45m making thunderous sound echo as far as four kilometers around. That is why the waterfall is called "Ullim" or "echo" in Korean
    • Continue to Hamhung - second largest city, one of the major industrial centers and a port city with some beautiful coastline. It was closed to tourists until 2010. The city was heavily destroyed (80–90%) during the Korean War
    • Tongbong Cooperative Farm - model village with about 1000 farmers who grow rice, millet, corn, vegetables, poultry and pigs. You will have a chance to visit a farmer's house, a kindergarten (bring along your gifts!) and a local shop where you can buy locally-made products
    • Dinner
    • Majon beach - beautiful 50-100 m wide white sandy beach 25 km southeast of Hamhung. The name Majon derives from the hemp which used to be planted a lot in old days
    • Check-in at Majon Deluxe Hotel ***** - one of a few deluxe hotels, it is located at the white beach of East Sea of Korea

    OVERNIGHT: Majon Deluxe Hotel *****
    Aug 17 (Fri): Hamhung Wonsan

    • Breakfast
    • Hamhung Grand Theatre - the largest building in the city and the biggest theater in the DPRK
    • Tonghungsan park - Hamhung's central park with the bronze statue of the leaders erected at the foot of the mountain. With many old beautiful pavilions and restaurants, Tonghungsan park a favorite place for locals to spend a holiday day
    • House of Li Song Gye - former army general and the first king of the Li Dynasty. The Li Dynasty succeeded the Koryo Dynasty in 1392 after Koryo had come to an end after almost 500 years of rule
    • Hungnam Fertilizer Factory - the largest chemical plant in the Far East. The plant was founded during Japanese occupation in 1927, and then it was destroyed during Korean War but in the 50th it was rebuilt. Nowadays the plant has 7,300 workers, among which 35% are women
    • Lunch
    • Move to Wonsan - port city and naval base on the westernmost shore of the East Korean Sea. There are a lot of beautiful beaches around Wonsan making it a touristic Mekka of the DPRK
    • Wonsan Agricultural University - the most important agricultural university in the country
    • Wonsan central square - located in the city's heart it features recently renovated monuments to the leaders. A few minutes walk from the central square there is a harbor where you can see local people fishing. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here
    • Songdowon International Children's Union Camp - perfect place for schoolchildren between April and October not only from Korea but from other countries as well. It is situated right on the coast and boasts white, sandy beaches
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Tongmyong Hotel **
    Aug 18 (Sat): Wonsan Mt.Kumgang

    • Breakfast
    • Drive to Mt.Kumgang - "diamond mountain" in Korean, it is one of the most famous mountains in Korea. "If I were to die the day after seeing Kumgang, I would have no regrets", said the Chinese Song Dynasty poet Su Shi (1037-1101). Until 2010 Mt.Kumgang had been off-limits to most foreigners visiting North Korea
    • Samil Lagoon - widely known for its crystal-clear water, rocky hills and thick forests. According to legend, a king once visited the lake for a day but was so amazed by its beauty that he stayed there for three days, hence the name Samil (three days)
    • Enjoy lunch at Mokran Restaurant - famous restaurant at the foot of Mt.Kumgang
    • Take easy hike along Kuryongyon Course - the most beautiful track in Outer Kumgang, it is about 7 - 8 km walk from Mokran restaurant to Kuryong (Nine Dragon) Waterfalls
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Kumgangsan Hotel ****
    Aug 19 (Sun): Mt.Kumgang Masik Pass Ski Resort Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Manmulsang Course - this famous hiking course has hundreds of different rocky peaks, each of which has its own legend. It is 5-6 km, 3-4h walk: Mansangjung - Samsunam Rock - Chilchungam Rock - Jeolbuam Rock - Anshimdae Cliff - Hanulmun - Cheonseondae Cliff - Mangyangdae Cliff
    • Drive to Sijung Beach & Motel - one of a number of tranquil white, sandy beaches in North Korea. Sijung beach is half way between Wonsan and Mt.Kumgang
    • Lunch at Masik Pass Ski Resort - newly opened world class ski resort with deluxe hotel located 40min away from Wonsan. In summer time it is a perfect place for a night or lunch stop
    • Continue to Pyongyang
    • Farewell dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Aug 20 (Mon):

    • 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)

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