Standard Short Group Tour

Standard 5 day/4night group tour. Note this is an example only: the tour length and itinerary may differ- see tour dates for more details.

DAY 1

flight Beijing-Pyongyang, Mansudae, MASS GAMES

DAY 2

Pyongyang city tour, Coach to Mount Myohyang

DAY 3

Local tour, return to Pyongyang, Pyongyang city tour – cont

DAY 4 Coach to Kaesong/DMZ, return to Pyongyang

DAY 5

flight Pyongyang-Beijing

THE FOLLOWING LIST OF SIGHTS SHOWS WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO VISIT- AS WE ARE LIMITED BY TIME WE WILL COVER THE MAIN SIGHTS AND MAYBE SQUEEZE IN ONE OR TWO OTHERS. FOR IMAGES PLEASE CLICK THE MAP ON THE RED TRIANGLES.

PYONGYANG the capital of DPRK (North Korea)

CITY TOUR WILL INCLUDE
Grand Monument on Mansu Hill (flowers presented at statue of Kim Il Sung)
Kumsusan Memorial Palace – the Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung (closed to Americans until very recently).
Chollima Statue (the fabled horse that could achieve vast distances and is linked to Korean rebuilding post war) and visit to the Arch of Triumph (bigger than the one in Paris!) and mosaic of Kim Il Sung’s address to the people 1945.
Workers Party Foundation Monument (Hammer, sickle and the calligraphy brush representing the worker intellectual)- all in a revolutionary surrounding of concrete apartment blocks.
Manyongdae (birthplace of Kim Il Sung),
Pyongyang Metro (which doubles as a nuclear bunker),
Grand Peoples Study House (people’s library),
USS Pueblo (captured US spyship for a breath of the cold war,)
The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War) with animated 1:200 models, including moving soldiers, blasting bombs (sounds) and revolutionary music.
Schoolchildren’s Palace- After school children study in hard sessions harp playing, teakwondo, gymnastics… – normally it includes a final performance for the visitors, Juche Tower, a 150m high view over the city, with its wide boulevards and communist city planning (lift is $6),
Pyongyang Army Circus- has to be seen to be believed
Kim Il Sung Square Large Lenin, Marx and, Kim Il Sung posters substitute the ads from other capital citiesOTHER GOOD SITES:
Central Art Gallery (for historical pieces fine anti-imperialist art), Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery (revolutionaries who fought against Japanese occupation), Walking in Moran Park, Walking along Taedong River from Kim Il Sung Square. Monuments to the Fatherland Liberation War- impressive war sculptures near the Fatherland Libation War Museum.IF TIME or PERMISSION ALLOWS:
Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Mansudae Assembly Hall (Parliament- not always possible), No1 Department Store (not always possible), Funfairs (usually open over festive occasions only), Three Revolution Exhibition (technical cultural and ideological halls), Kim Il Sung University (museum only), Metro Museum,Kim Il Sung’s bunker used in the Korean War, Film Studio- town/village sets for film making, Revolutionary Museum – revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung.

KAESONG and PANMUNJOM/DMZ
Kaesong was the capital city of the Koryo Dynasty, it changed hands 3 times in the Korean War but survived largely intact and still with traditional buildings. Koryo Museum (Confucius University). Stay at the Kaesong Minsok (Folk) hotel- sleep in traditional style on heated floor Panmunjom/DMZ is the border between North and South Korea and the Korean People’s Army will introduce us to their view of the division of the Korean peninsula. It is possible to cross the border for a few steps in the building that straddles the demarcation line. RECOMMENDED SIGHTS: Koryo Museum (Confucius University), Concrete Wall- see the South Korean fortifications, Tomb of King Kongmin- very beautiful. Note: If on a day visit you only have time for Concrete wall or Tomb of King Kongmin.

Mount Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition

International Friendship Exhibition (Giant halls of gifts to the DPRK’s leaders) – the stunning two building exhibition where gifts to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from around the world (including the US!) are displayed.
Old Buddhist temple complex, walking in the valley.LIMITED INTEREST:
Tomb of Wanggon- largely restored, Pakyon waterfalls