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    Classic tour

    May Day LONG tour with Rason extension


     11 nights in the DPRK (including 3 nights in Rason), 1 night in China
    Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Sariwon Sinchon Pyongsong Orang Chongjin Kyongsong Rajin Pipha Area Sonbong Tumangang Wonjong Yanji

    This is an extended version of the May Day CLASSIC tour. Come to the DPRK to celebrate May Day and join in the festivities with the locals! You will have a chance to see traditional Korean games and performances in Taesongsan Park and attend other May Day festivities.
    We will travel to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the ancient Korean capital Kaesong, the city of Sariwon and enjoy the beautiful Mt.Myohyang - one of the five celebrated mountains of Korea.
    Domestic flight will bring us to the North-Eastern part of the country rarely visited by tourists. We will visit Chongjin - the city of iron, 3rd biggest city in the DPRK and then drive to the very unique place in the DPRK - Rason Special Economic Zone. After having touring Rason we will travel to Yanji (China) through the Wonjong Sino Korean Friendship bridge and fly back to Beijing.
    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.

     

    ITINERARY

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    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.

    Apr 27 (Sat): Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Departure 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 - the capital city of North Korea
    • Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs' Cemetery - built on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Korean War (1950/53) to commemorate memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the motherland
    • 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
    • Check in at the Yanggakdo International Hotel **** - one of the best Pyongyang hotels (first class and deluxe suites are also available at extra charge), it is beautifully located in the middle of Taedong river
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 28 (Sun): Pyongyang

    • 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
    • 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
    • Lunch
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • 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
    • 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
    • Pyongyang microbrewery and bar - try several types of locally brewed beer and wide variety of international cuisine (at your own expense)
    • Dinner
    • 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

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 29 (Mon): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive (about 3h) 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
    • 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
    • Lunch at Shangrila Hotel
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • 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
    • Dinner
    • Taedonggang Diplomatic club - the great place to socialize with expats, enjoy local and foreign drinks (at your own expense)

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 30 (Tue): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Sariwon Sinchon 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
    • 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
    • Nam gate - southern gate of ancient Kaesong wall city
    • Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • Sonjuk Bridge - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216, UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • 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 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
    • Sariwon Folk Customs Street - great place to see Korean traditions and customs
    • Drive to Sinchon - located about 30 km from Sariwon it is a quiet provincial city
    • Sinchon Museum of American Crimes - it tells the story of an appalling atrocity committed by the US forces during the Korean War
    • Drive 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
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    May 1 (Wed): Pyongyang

    May Day in Pyongyang

    • 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
    • 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’
    • Enjoy May Day Celebration at 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. Every year May Day festivities are held in this park - singing and dancing performances, folk games and many more
    • Lunch
    • 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
    • If possible circus performance (20 Euro) at Pyongyang Circus - one of two main circuses in Pyongyang where you can see fun and entertaining performance
    • 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
    • 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
    • Mansugyo Beer Bar - a new beer bar in Pyongyang where you can try all types of famous Taedonggang beer including black beer with chocolate and coffee flavour. Great opportunity to meet locals
    • Dinner at BBQ Duck Restaurant
    • NEW! Watch Korean movie at Ryomyong Cinema Theater
    • NEW! Stroll in Ryomyong street - opened in April 2017 it is a new posh district of the capital featuring modern architecture

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    May 2 (Thu): Pyongyang Pyongsong Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Move to Pyongsong - Korea's Silicon Valley focusing on leading space researches. Only in 2014 this city was opened for foreign visitors
    • Main city’s square
    • 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
    • Taedonggang Textile Factory - produces clothes to export all over the world
    • NEW! Gwonjiri Revolutionary site - HQ of Korean People's Army where you will see the commander's chamber, rooms for soldiers, a dinning hall and a tunnel and so on
    • Lunch
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Pyongyang Ostrich Farm - a huge farm where you will see how ostriches are raised in the DPRK
    • Museum of Metro Construction - huge exhibition dedicated to construction of the capital subway system
    • 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. In 2016 it was re-opened after massive reconstruction and now it is one of the most striking building in the country. After excursion you will have a chance to enjoy amazing children’s performance
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    May 3 (Fri): Pyongyang Orang Chongjin

    • Breakfast
    • Transfer to the Pyongyang airport
    • Depart from Pyongyang by Air Koryo domestic flight Pyongyang-Orang at 09.00 in the morning. Arrive in Orang at 10.20
    • Arrive in Orang - a tiny town, home of Chongjin's airport, drive to Chongjin - "city of iron", the DPRK’s third largest city, a large industrial hub on the North East coast. It is estimated to have a 24% share of the DPRK's foreign trade
    • Lunch
    • Chongjin steelworks kindergarten - here you will see a musical and dance performance by the local children. You may prepare some candies, food or pens to give to children after the show
    • Chongjin central square - the main city square featuring renovated in Sep 2014 monument to the Korean leaders
    • Chongjin Electronic Library - a place in possession of more than 300 computers connected to Pyongyang. Quite often here schoolchildren take a test exam coordinated from the capital
    • North Hamgyong Province Revolutionary museum - a place where you will learn a great story about trees with revolutionary slogans carved into: when the forest caught fire in 1998 local people with their bare bodies protected the trees. According to the story 17 people died in the flames, but the trees were saved
    • Susongchon General Foodstuff Factory - recently opened to foreign visitors, this factory is located outside of the city at the source of natutal mineral water which is used in production of various breads and traditional spirits
    • Dinner
    • Seaman's Club - restaurant, bar, karaoke, gym and sauna at Chongjin city center. You can try some incredible Cold Noodles (Nae-Meng). It is actually one of the few places in the DPRK where foreigners and locals can mingle

    OVERNIGHT: Chongjin Hotel **
    May 4 (Sat): Chongjin Kyongsong Chongjin

    • Breakfast
    • Chongjin liberation tower - monuments to the Soviet soldiers fallen in the battles for Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule in Chongjin. The monument is located on the mountain which is the highest point of the whole area, and thus you will have a great view of the city and nearby Chongjin port. Pay a visit to nearby Korean People's Army Martyrs' Cemetery - the cemetery of revolutionaries who fought for the freedom and independence of the country
    • Enjoy view on Chongjin port - one of the country's main harbors
    • Pass by Chongjin Railway Station
    • Move to Jipsam Revolutionary site - a historic place where three generals (Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Suk, and young Kim Jong Il) met during the Japanese occupation to talk with fishermen how to defeat the invaders
    • Drive to Kyongsong - a small town on the coast famous for a series of resorts at which you will have a chance to stop by. It is also a well-known ceramic-producing center
    • Lunch
    • Kyongsong Revolutionary Museum - a house used by the President Kim Il Sung's family during ani-Japanese struggle in 1940s. It is preserved to show their lifestyle at that time
    • Kyongsong town fort - National Treasure No. 118, perhaps the only intact city wall in the DPRK. It was built in a plain area during the Koryo dynasty in 1107
    • Optional: enjoy Kyongsong Hot Spa - this sanatorium has facilities for hot bathing, warm bathing, sand bathing, curative exercise and physical treatment.
    • Drive to Yombun Revolutionary site - located 4 km from Kyongsong, it is called "yonbunjin" after being the first place on the East Coast where a new way to get salt was discovered. It is a collection of memorial spots where President Kim Il Sung talked with the fishermen calling them to build a new country
    • Return to Chongjin
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Chongjin Hotel **
    May 5 (Sun): Chongjin Rajin Pipha Area Rajin

    RASON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE

    • Early breakfast
    • Drive to RASON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE
    • Enter Rason - Free Economic Zone Rason and arrive in Rajin - the biggest city in Rason
    • Drive to Mt.Sahyang - a mountain from where you can enjoy bird's eye view on Rajin Bay and main Rason cities, enjoy fantastic view on Rajin Bay
    • Lunch in Rajin
    • Rajin city market - the only market in North Korea where tourists are allowed to visit and use local DPR Korean Won as well as other hard currencies to buy various local products
    • Drive to Pipha Area - an island known for its stunning scenery, fishing, and boating. Sightseeing on boat (optional, 100RMB per person. If weather is favorable you will see seals - it is the only Seals Nature Reservation site in DPRK)
    • Emperor Hotel & Casino - 5* hotel where wealthy Chinese come to gamble. It is owned by Hong Kong investors and it is one of the best hotels in the DPRK
    • Chujin Beach - a chance to relax at East of Korea
    • Move back to Rajin
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Piphagak Hotel ** or similar
    May 6 (Mon): Rajin

    • Breakfast
    • Rajin Foreign Language School - a great chance to interact with local young people learning English
    • Rajin city center - check out Monument of the Sun. The monument was unveiled in April 2015
    • Rajin City Port - a place of active Chinese and Russian investments, a home for the DPRK passenger cruise ship as well as occasional Russian cruises
    • Rajin Golden Triangle Bank - the only place where tourists can exchange their money to Korean Won
    • Lunch
    • Rajin Textile Factory - one of the biggest textile factories in Rason where revolutionary music is played in order to keep upbeat mood of the workers
    • Telecommunications center - the service center where you can buy a local SIM, and see what is available to the local public
    • Computer shop - where it is possible to buy a locally made tablet or PC
    • Dinner at the Russian restaurant “New World”

    OVERNIGHT: Piphagak Hotel ** or similar
    May 7 (Tue): Rajin

    • Daehung Seafood Processing Factory - the largest company in Rason
    • Kimilsungia and Kimjonglia Greenhouses - the place where the famous flowers named after leaders are grown along with Korean national flower - Magnolia
    • Shoes Factory
    • Rajin Stadium
    • Enjoy relaxing massage in local medical center (optional, extra fee)
    • Lunch at Korea National Restaurant - the best place to enjoy Korean Noodles & Jongol
    • Rajin Art Gallery - place to see an impressive assortment of DPRK art. It is also possible to purchase some of the works of art
    • Souvenir Shop - here you can buy impressive DPRK stamps, books, DVDs, posters etc.
    • Hae’an Rajin Beach Park - a recently renovated seaside/beach park, one of the most popular places in the city
    • Czech draft beer bar
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Piphagak Hotel ** or similar
    May 8 (Wed): Rajin Sonbong Tumangang Wonjong Yanji

    • Breakfast
    • Rajin Textile Factory
    • Drive to Sonbong - second biggest city in Rason
    • Sonbong Revolutionary Site - the place where the mother Kim Jong Suk with the 3 year old leader Kim Jong Il returned back to Korea after the end of World War II
    • Drive to Tuman river border area - the chance to observe China and Russia across Tuman river. From Sonbong the road initially goes along beautiful coast of the East Sea of Korea and then it turns North, and passes through a system of blue lakes, one of which - Manpo lake - has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because it supports populations of various birds such as swan geese, oriental storks, and cranes
    • Arrival in Tumangang - Korean town at the border with Russia
    • Visit Korean−Russian Friendship House - located in Tumangang, it is a museum dedicated to the history of Russia-Korea relations
    • Move to Sungjon pavillion - located on a hill dominating the area, it is a nice pavilion next to the Victory Monument to Admiral Li Sun Sin, inventor of the legendary turtle battleship. It is the great observation platform to enjoy view on neighboring Russia and China. Enjoy picnic and the great view on Tri border area - a unique place where 3 borders (China, DPRK and Russia) meet each other and Korean−Russian Friendship Bridge - a railway bridge, the only land connection between Russia and the DPRK. The DPRK/Russia border is only 17 km long and it is the shortest border Russia has with any of its neighboring countries
    • Transfer to Tumangang Railway Station
    • Visit local shop in front of Tumangang Railway Station
    • Drive to Wonjong - Korean city at Chinese border
    • Cross Wonjong Sino Korean Friendship bridge - China/Korea border crossing point and arrive in China
    • Drive to Yanji - home for the largest Korean-Chinese community in China, the main city of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and today is an important transportation and trade hub between China and North Korea
    • Dinner at your own expense

    OVERNIGHT: Ruygyong hotel
    May 9 (Thu):

    • Breakfast
    • Transfer to the airport and departure to Beijing by morning flight

     

    INCLUDED:

    • Flights Beijing-Pyongyang-Orang, Yanji-Beijing
    • Rason Entry Permit
    • Twin-share hotel accommodation in the DPRK and one night (May 8/9) in Yanji (China)
    • Three meals a day (including water and beer)
    • All transfers and transport
    • English-speaking guide (guides in other languages can be booked on request)
    • All entrance tickets according to the itinerary

    NOT INCLUDED:

    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing
    • Optional single room supplement (40 Euro per night)
    • Your private expenses
    • Ticket fee for occasional events such as circus, funfairs, opera or Juche tower lift
    • Tips for Korean guides and driver (8-10 Euros per day)

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