North Korea May Day

North Korea May Day Tour 2015. The application deadline for this tour is April 2 2015.

 

 

Day 1 - April 28 (Tuesday)

Our North Korea May Day Tour combines 4 cities in 4 nights in the DPRK: Pyongyang, Kaesong, Nampo and Sariwon, a unique chance of covering much of the DPRK during a national holiday.

  • Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.00 (Pyongyang time)

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  • Arch of Triumph - impressive monument larger than the Arch of Triumph in Paris

  • Drive by Chollima Statue - built to reflect the DPRK's official policy to reconstruct the country after the Korean War at the speed of the Chollima Horse
  • Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant
  • Hotel check in: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2 - April 29 (Wednesday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - we depart early in the morning for this 2.5 hour drive. As we approach Kaesong we will be able to see the Kaesong Industrial Complex on the left hand side of our coach and the train station with the railway connecting North and South Korea which symbolises hope of reunification.38 Parallel Korea
  • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. A KPA Officer will join us on our coach and we will be guided around Panmunjom. The officer with us tends to ask us questions regarding our views about Korea and it is fascinating to be able to interact with them
  • Koryo Museum in the old part of the city - unlike most of Korea, Kaesong was not destroyed during the Korean War
  • Stamp shop - chance to purchase a rich variety of DPRK stamps, post cards, artwork, etc. This is just outside of the Koryo Museum and we usually make a quick break here.

PM

  • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - dishes are served in small covered golden plated bowls. The number of smalle dishes served symbolised in ancient times the status of the person eating, 12 dishes being the highest number.
  • Drive to Sariwon, one of the largest city in the DPRKGames in Sariwon, North Korea
  • Walk around Food Street - We drive back to Sariwon city centre after Mt. Changbang and explore what the city has to offer. Opportunity to walk around one of the busiest streets in Sariwon and stop by a local "Sul Jib" (meaning wine house or bar) to try some of the local delicacy; makoli, a traditional Korean drink (with low levels of alcohol). Sariwon is renowned for having the best makoli in the DPRK.
  • Check local models of ancient pavilions and have an explanation of ancient Korea - apart from seeing models of Korean ancient pavilions and maps of the ancient Korean peninsula, one of the main highlights here is that there are usually Koreans playing games such as shooting targets (corks used as bullets). Not many travellers visit this city and we are always welcome to have a chance at the game!
  • Walk up the hill - the whole city of Sariwon and beyond can be seen from here. The walk itself is not that long, around 5 to 10 minutes, but the views give you a chance of not only seeing people getting along with their daily lives around the city but also the landscape stretching miles away into the horizon
  • Stop at the Reunification Monuments - chance to have some pictures taken at these giant monuments
  • Drive back to Pyongyang after our first full day in the DPRK
  • Dinner: local restaurant, Pyongyang

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3 - April 30 (Thursday) 

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun - we start the main day of our North Korea May Day tour with an early departure to the mausoleum where the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il remain in state. Please note that this is one of the most important places in the DPRK. You are kindly asked to dress in formal attire (please contact us for more information regarding this).
  • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - located near the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in the outskirts of Pyongyang, views of the whole city are offered

PM

  • Grand People's Study House - beautiful building which provides a wide array of study activities, resources and study material to Koreans. If lucky we will be able to participate in one of the lessons. Do not be surprised if any keen students would like to practice their English with you. In the image on the right you can see one of our travellers making a guest lecture in a language class!Lecture at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongya, North Korea
  • Drive to the port city of Nampo on the west coast of the DPRK
  • Chongsanri Cooperative farm - we will have the chance to see where farmers live and work. A visit to a farmer's home or to a school located within the farm premises will be arranged. This is an opportunity to see a unique characteristic of the DPRK which was common in communist states; a cooperative, that is a farm where groups of farmers work and live. It will also allow you to see how people work and live in the farm.
  • West Sea Barrage - 8km long barrage that separates the Taedong River and the West Sea. This is a source of national pride in the DPRK. It has helped reduce floods in Pyongyang and also provides energy in the local area. You will have a view of the whole project which also lets you see a variety of ships off the DPRK coasts.
  • Hotel Check-in: Hot Spa Hotel - located in the outskirts of Nampo this resort is located in a very quiet surrounding. Each room has its own hot spa. The water is salty but not from the sea! It supposedly has health benefits. This complex consists of several villas. You can see some pictures in our Nampo page.
  • Dinner: Hot Spa Hotel. Optional Clam BBQ is available - we usually have this after dinner and the cost is 5 Euros per person but optional so no need to eat. Petrol is used to cook the clams.

Overnight: Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

Day 4 - May 1 (Friday) May 1st National Holiday (International Workers' Day)

AMTug of war, May Day, Pyongyang

  • Breakfast: Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
  • Early return to Pyongyang
  • Korean War Museum - the newly restored museum shows the DPRK version of the Korean War. The sheer size of the museum and amount of detail put into it is truly amazing.
  • USS Pueblo - US Spy ship captured by the DPRK in 1968, it sits in North Korea as trophy shown to locals and foreigners alike.
  • Taesong Park - sporting and dancing events are held here. You will be able to wonder around by yourself in the park and join in the fun with the Koreans! Interacting with Koreans is a highlight of our North Korea May Day tour and something that we encourage as much as possible in all of our trips. Having small groups enhances the chances of this greatly.
PM
  • Lunch: Picnic lunch at local park or lunch at local restaurantMay Day celebrations on Moran Hill, Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Moran Park - chance to celebrate locals on this National Holiday. You will be able to join in the singing and dancing. Thousands, and this is no exaggeration, of people gather here today. The spirits are high and the atmosphere is incredible. Although a capital city, Pyongyang does not receive many Westerners, meaning that you will be treated as a special guest by locals who usually have limited chance to interact with foreigners given that there are not many in the country.
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
  • Juche Tower - stunning views of Pyongyang are offered from the top of this 150 metre tall tower (170 including the flame!)
  • Workers' Party Monuments - if Mass Dances are held you will be able to attend, though this will only be confirmed on May 1st. Thousands of Koreans gather and dance (women wearing traditional Korean outfits and men suits) in a synchronised way. You will of course be more than welcome to join in!
  • Ride on Pyongyang Metro - visit several stops as part of this extended ride on one of the busiest days in Pyongyang!
  • Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang No.1 Duck BBQ Restaurant, Pyongyang
  • Local funfair - even if you do not want to go on the rides, this is a great time to see locals have fun on a National Holiday and they will be with no doubt very curious at the sight of foreigners. Rides are 1 to 3 Euros per person but you do not need to try any of them if you would rather simply walk and look around the park, which itself is an experience!

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5 - May 2 (Saturday)

AM

  • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
  • 10.40 am Train to Beijing - Please contact us if you would rather take the plane out.

PM

  • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China where DPRK customs takes place (customs officers will come on the train to proceed with formalities). We then cross the bridge over the Yalu River back into China.

Overnight: train

Day 6 - May 3 (Sunday)

Arrive in Beijing at 08:31 am

End of North Korea May Day Tour

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