Be a part of our next delegation to the DPRK!
August 5 – August 12, 2017 (8 Days, 7 Nights)
Pyongyang – Sinchun – Panmumjom – DMZ – Kaesung – Kumchon – Sariwon – Pyongyang – Mt. Myohyang – Pyongyang
Deposit of $600 due by May 30
Balance due by June 20
* This schedule is tentative, and may be customized based on participants’ interests
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Day 1 (Saturday, August 5): Arrival in Pyongyang
Fly from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo (JS) flight 152, 1 PM to 4 PM, and you will be greeted by the local DPRK guides. As you enter the city, stop by Arch of Triumph, Moranbong Theater, and Pyongyang train station before checking in at the 4-star Yanggakdo International Hotel. Hearty dinner will be served at Chongryu Hotpot Restaurant. Visit Juche Tower, and enjoy the night scenery of Pyongyang along the Taedong River. Stay at Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Day 2 (Sunday, August 6): Sinchun, Panmunjom, DMZ, Kaesung
After breakfast at the hotel, ride to Sinchun, the site of great massacre during the Korean War. At Sinchun Museum of American War Atrocities, you will see the tombs of children and mothers and hear the survivors of the massacre of 1950. Then we ride down to Panmunjom (border between the North and the South as well as the last vestige of the Cold War), Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Signing Hall for Korean Armistice Agreement, and the Concrete Wall that completely divides the two Koreas. After lunch at Tong Il Restaurant, we will ride to Kaesong, the capital of ancient Koryo dynasty and home to 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Immerse yourself in the 14th century Korean history as we visit Koryo Museum, Koryo Sungkyunkwan University, and Sungyang Library Hall, a rare 14th century Confucian academy that maintains the design and wooden architectural style that preceded the Japanese invasion of 1592. Admire the Tomb of King Kongmin, which consists of two burial mounds of King Kongmin and his beloved Queen Noguk, a Mongolian princess, then Manwoldae, the official royal palace of Koryo dynasty. Enjoy dinner and stay at Folkcustoms Hotel of Kaesong.
Day 3 (Monday, August 7): Kumchon, Sariwon, Pyongyang
After breakfast at Folkcustoms Hotel, visit Kumchon Ginseng Plantation before driving through Sariwon to Pyongyang. Lunch is at the Mangyongdae Gallery Restaurant (Pyongyang Bibimbop), then visit the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute, a leading force of vegetation research and production. Head toward the Mankyungdae Youth Palace for extra-curricular activities and computer education, where 600 teachers volunteer to assist 5,000 children each day. Then visit the prestigious Changgwang Kindergarten, the foundational institution for the performing arts of DPRK. Tour the city of Pyongyang, which includes monumental architecture and streets such as Future Scientist Street, a residential complex of scientists. Entertainment program will follow the dinner and then stay at Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Day 4 (Tuesday, August 8): Pyongyang
After the breakfast at the hotel, visit Taesungsan Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery which honors the independence fighters against the Japanese rule. The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum features a simulation experience of the Korea War, and showcases real artillery used and captured, as well as walk-through models of battlefields. See the thematical statue <VICTORY> at the Monument to Victorious Fatherland Liberation War, and step inside the USS <Pueblo>, the U.S. naval intelligence ship captured in 1968 for straying into DPRK waters. Lunch is at Taedong River Cruise Restaurant, then tour the Korean People’s Army Arms Exhibition Center before taking the artistic Pyongyang metro, one of the deepest – 100 meters down the ground – metro systems of the world. Take a walk around Kim Il Sung Square, the world’s 3rd largest public square, and tour the Rungna People’s Amusement Park or Moranbong – called “peony peak” for its natural features, and the site of Kim Il-Sung’s public speech after returning from exile in 1945. Enjoy outdoor roller skating, and after dinner at the hotel, take a walk along the Taedong River and join the citizens’ dance in front of Pyongyang Grand Theater, a crossover style of architecture between the Stalinist and traditional Korean designs. Stay at Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Day 5 (Wednesday, August 9): Pyongyang, Korean Art
After breakfast at the hotel, visit local schools. Lunch is at the hotel, then tour Korean Art Museum for the Celebration Arts Exhibition. Visit Mansoodae Art Gallery, housing 4,000 artists, before dinner at the hotel. Enjoy the celebratory performances before joining the evening soiree at the Kim Il Sung Square with fireworks. Stay at Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Day 6 (Thursday, August 10): Mt. Myohyang
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Myohangsan, a UNESCO designated “world biosphere reserve.” Visit Pohyon Buddhist Temple, the original repository of Tripitaka Koreana, the complete collection of Buddhist scriptures carved on over 800,000 wooden blocks. Stop by the Revolutionary History Museum, and enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a short hiking trip up to the Manpok Waterfall Valley walking trails. Have dinner and stay at the 15-story pyramid-style Hyangsan Hotel.
Day 7 (Friday, August 11): Pyongyang
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the International Friendship Exhibition, a national treasure house that features over 220,000 gifts from the international leaders and celebrities of over 170 countries. Heading back to Pyongyang, we will visit Kim Il Sung University’s Electronic Library & Swimming Pool. Lunch will be at the Italian Seafood Restaurant on the famous Kwangbok Street – designed as a city within a city. Visit Grand People’s Study House which houses 30 million books, play a friendship soccer game with students of Pyongyang Soccer Academy, and enjoy farewell dinner at Taedong Beer 2 Restaurant. Take a walk along the Taedong River, and stay at Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Day 8 (Saturday, August 12): Depart for Home
Breakfast at the hotel, then depart Pyongyang for Beijing on JS 151 at 9 AM. Arrive in Beijing at 10 AM.
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