Back to North Korea St Patrick's Day Tour

Wednesday 14th March

  • Meet at 1:30 pm at Beijing Jingu Qilong Hotel where you will meet your fellow travelers and your guide who will talk you through our North Korea St Patricks Day itinerary and give you your visas and tickets.
  • People taking the train will depart Beijing Central station at 5:25 pm. The journey to Pyongyang takes 24 hours.


Thursday 15th March

  • At 7:00 am train group arrive at Dandong for Chinese border control. We depart again at 10:00 am for Sinuiju where North Korean border control is carried out.
  • People taking flights – we depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 2:00 pm. Everybody meets at Air Koryo check in desk.
  • Flight group arrives in Pyongyang at 4:30 pm where you will meet your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrives at 5:00 pm to a warm welcome from your guides.
  • Both groups will meet in the Yanggakdo Hotel that evening, where we will see the North Korea St Patricks Day festivities begin over dinner and drinks!


Friday 16th March

  • Stroll around Mansudae fountain park featuring mosaics of the dear leaders.
  • Some photos at the Mansudae Grand Monument where we can show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. (You have the option to donate flowers if you wish. Cost 2-4 euro.)
  • Grand Peoples Study House
  • Local cuisine at a restaurant on Liberation St.
  • Arch of Triumph
  • The Meari Shooting Range! Take your pic of Soviet style weaponry. Bows and electronic shooting games also available. And a nice snack bar if the noise becomes too much!
  • Dinner and drinks at Pottonggang Resturant.
  • Overnight in the Yangakdo Hotel.


Saturday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day in North Korea!

  • The Korean Film Studio – this is where all of the DPRK’s many homegrown movies are made. The North Korean Bollywood if you will. You’ll get a chance to try on some traditional Korean costumes too.
  • Kwanbok Department store – shop and mingle with the locals. This is the only place on the trip where you can exchange cash for local currency.
  • Moran Hill Fried Chicken Restaurant (a.k.a. Pyongyang’s KFC) for lunch. And now for the highlight of North Korea St Patrick Day Tour – Let the pub crawl commence!
    Pyolmuri Teahouse/Bar
  • Koryo Hotel. Dark or light beers brewed in-house.
  • Rakwon Beer Bar. In-house beers only 50c each.
  • Taedonggan beer bar. More in-house microbrews both dark and light.
  • Pyongyang Gold Lanes Bowling. Try a few more local brews and challenge some Koreans to a game of bowling.
  • National Restaurant for dinner featuring music by the waitresses.
  • Taedonggan Diplomat’s club.
  • Spend the night at the Yanggakdo hotel.


Sunday 18th March

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The resting place and mausoleum of the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Revolutionary Martyry’s Cemetery – a cemetery for the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters. Each grave consists of an ornate bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within. We may even be lucky enough to witness some military processions here.
  • Chongryu Hot Pot restaurant for some lunch.
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum) – A fascinating insight into Korean warfare and history. We have a local historian as a guide who will show us the enormous collection of dioramas, weaponry, tanks and even some captured American equipment.
  • USS Pueblo – currently the only US Naval Ship still held captive by another country!
  • Foreign Language Bookshop – really good spot for souvenirs. Book, DVD’s, DPRK Flags, etc.
  • Some photos at Kim Il Sung Square- The Main square of Pyongyang City
  • Juche Tower – monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (nice photo opportunity at the top of the tower for an additional €5).
  • We stop by the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification which stands over the Thongil Highway.
  • KITC restaurant for some dinner. Sample the famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or a classic Korean Bibimbap dish
  • Spend the night at Yanggakdo hotel.


Monday 19th March

  • Early breakfast and then we drive to Kaesong and the DMZ
  • Koryo Museum- Korea’s oldest university and now a history and culture museum. Also home to an interesting stamp and propaganda poster shop. No other souvenirs will encapsulate the North Korean experience more.
  • The DMZ- aka the tensest place on earth. Our guide here will be a friendly KPA officer who will give us an insightful tour and also pose for some photos.
  • Traditional Korean lunch at the Thongil Restaurant in Kaesong City. This is a good opp to try some Korean Pansangi- an array of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog soup €5, Ginseng Stuffed Whole Chicken €30- can be split between several).
  • Next stop is the provincial capital of Sariwon City. Admire the scenery with a walk in the local folk park. Nice views of the city from the mountain top pagoda.
  • We stop by the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification which stands over the Thongil Highway.
  • Famous Duck BBQ restaurant for some dinner.
  • Spend the night at the Yanggakdo hotel.


Tuesday 20th March

  • The end of the road! Flight takers depart for Beijing at 8:30 am on Air Koryo arriving at 9:55 am local time.
  • Train takers depart at 10:10 am for Beijing. Take the overnight train and enjoy some last views of the tranquil countryside of both the DPRK and China. Train takers will arrive in Beijing 24 hours later.