New Years Eve North Korea Tour – December 28th – January 4th 2017
What better way to round off the Christmas period and ring in the New Year than jetting in to the DPRK to join in the festivities here. This tour is a great opportunity to check out some of the most impressive tourist sights in Pyongyang while doing some serious partying for good measure!
We will visit the Grand People’s Study House – with spectacular views over the central square, in addition to the jaw dropping Arch of Triumph, the largest victory arch in the world built to celebrate the triumphant return of Kim Il Sung after the anti-Japanese war. In one of the only examples of its kind left in the DPRK, the construction of the Tomb of King Kongmin was finished in 1372 and will feature in our trip as well.
On the party side of things, you will have the chance to sample a lot of excellent local North Korean beers for as little as 50c a pint. At Rakwon Beer Bar it flows from large sparkling copper beer kettles from just behind the counter, while at Taedonggang Brewery you can choose from seven different draught beers. We will also pay a visit to the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club aka ‘The Diplo’ for some karaoke and more drinking if you like. We will go bowling at the Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling Alley and of course ring in the new year by joining the locals in Kim Il Sung Square for a spectacular fireworks display.
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Wednesday 28th December
- Meet at 1pm at the Beijing City Central Hostel where your guide will talk you through the itinerary and give you your visas and tickets. Meeting place is on the third floor just left of the bar.
- People taking the train will depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm. The journey to Pyongyang takes 24 hours.
Thursday 29th December
- At 7:00am train group arrive at Dandong for Chinese border control. We depart again at 10:00am for Sinuiju where North Korean border control is carried out.
- People taking flights – we depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:55pm. Everybody meets at Air Koryo check in desk.
- Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:30pm where you will meet your Korean guides.
- Train group arrive at 5:00pm to an equally warm welcome.
- Spend the evening getting to know the group and your guides over drinks and dinner in Ryangang Hotel where we will stay for the entire trip.
Friday 30th December
- Stroll around the scenic Mansudae fountain park which is flanked by the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il.
- 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.)
- Taken to the Chollima Statue, with an explanation about the Chollima Movement.
- 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
- Lunch at Chongryu Hot Pot Restaurant.
- The Pyongyang Metro will take us to The Arch of Triumph- The largest Victory Arch on the planet. It commemorates King Il Sung and his victory over the Japanese.
- Juche Tower – monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (nice photo opp at the top of the tower for an additional €5).
- Visit a local North Korean department store for some shopping.
- Rakwon Beer Bar for a few 50 cent pints.
- Dinner at KITC Restaurant on Kwangbok Street – try traditional Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap – a type of stirfry cooked in soybean paste. Delicious!
- Overnight in Ryangang Hotel
Saturday 31st December – New Year’s Eve!
- Grand People’s Study House – an extensive library and academic centre for adult learners. Boasts distinctive Korean architecture and a nice view of central square.
- 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!
- KITC restaurant in Mangyongdae District for lunch
- We’ll head to the local (and only) Bowling Alley in Pyongyang. Mingle with the locals and compete against North Korean bowling skills.
- Stop by the National restaurant for dinner. Expect singing and dancing from the waitresses!
- Pre drinks and celebration continue at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club. Good choice of local and imported drinks. Also sample the karaoke, and its a great opportunity to meet some local expats
- Add a major tick to your bucket list by ringing in the New Year in Kim Il Sung Square! Join the locals in enjoying the firework display while we ring in 2017.
- We stop by the Yanggakdo Hotel to meet some more expats for a few celebratory drinks.
- Overnight in Ryangang Hotel
Sunday 1st January – New Year’s Day!
- 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. This is the main highlight of any North Korea tour, please dress smartly as a mark of respect!
- 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.
- Lunch at Dongsong Restaurant
- Visit Mansudae Art Studio – the place of origin of most of North Koreas most famous artwork and sculptures. We will have a chance to chat with some of the artists also.
- Munsu Water Park – the finest in the DPRK! Featuring plenty of indoor heated pools and slides. If you dont feel like swimming there is also a Haemaji coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiards, massages or a beauty salon
- Golden Cup restaurant for dinner.
- Overnight at Ryangang Hotel
Monday 2nd January
- 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 Korea tour more than this.
- 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).
- Tomb of King Kongmin.
- 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.
- Dinner at the Hana JVC Electronics Head Building (extra charge usually 5 – 10 euro), Karaoke if you’re feeling adventurous.
- Few drinks at the Taedonggang #3 brewery with seven different beers on tap! (Beers 1.5 euro each.)
- Overnight at the Ryangang Hotel
Tuesday 3rd January
- The end of the road! Flight takers depart for Beijing at 8:30am on Air Koryo arriving at 9:55am local time.
- Train takers depart at 10:10am for Beijing. Take the overnight train and enjoy some last views of the tranquil countryside of both the DPRK and China
Wednesday 4th January
- 9am train takers arrive in Beijing Railway Station.
North Korea Tour Notes:
Each North Korea tour will commence and end in Beijing, China unless otherwise stated. Tour price includes entry and exit into the DPRK by overnight sleeper train (24 hours). If you would rather fly from Beijing to the DPRK we can arrange your ticket for you at €100 one way (if you wish to take the train for one leg) or €150 return with the DPRK national airline, Air Koryo.
Our North Korea tour price covers;
- Train from Beijing to the DPRK and back
- DPRK Visa Fees
- All meals unless detailed as an extra option on the itinerary
- All Accommodation
- All transportation within the DPRK
- Two Korean tour guides and a driver
- A western guide
- All entrance fees for attractions unless otherwise specified within the itinerary