Standard Long Group Tour

Note this is an example only: the tour length and itinerary may differ- see tour dates for more details.

                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                             
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
      Dandong                                          
                Myohyangsan                                
                    Wonsan                            
            Pyongyang                                    
                      Kumgangsan                        
                                                 
                                                 
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DAY 1

flight Beijing-Pyongyang, Mansudae, MASS GAMES

DAY 2

Pyongyang city tour

DAY 3

Coach to Myohyangsan and Friendship Exhibition, return to Pyongyang

DAY 4

Coach to Kaesong/DMZ, return to Pyongyang

DAY 5

Morning in Pyongyang, coach to East Coast, overnight in Wonsan

DAY 6

Kumgang Mountains, beach, coach return to Pyongyang

DAY 7

Pyongyang city tour, museums

DAY 8/9

Flight or train Pyongyang-Beijing or extend for one extra day – Dandong option

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)
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 cities

OTHER 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.

MYOHYANGSAN
MOUNTAINS
Very pretty mountain landscape about 2 hours drive (150 km) from Pyongyang. Can be done in one day but we recommend overnight stop. Hiking- various lengths of walk up valleys- relatively easy
RECOMMENDED SIGHTS: International Friendship Exhibition (gifts from around the world to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il),Pohyon Temple.
LIMITED INTEREST: Ryongmun Big Cave (limestone cave system).

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.
LIMITED INTEREST:
Tomb of Wanggon- largely restored, Pakyon waterfalls

EAST
COAST: WONSAN and KUMGANSAN MOUNTAIN
If you have time it is worth making the 3.5 hour journey to the east coast, not because of the sights but the journey in itself, driving across Korea is not what many people have done. You will need to stay at least one night.
RECOMMENDED SIGHTS: swimming in the East Sea of Korea, mud bath at the Sijung Hotel. Co-operative farm, fish farm en route for trout lunch (one of the fish tanks was built by your Korean tour guides!)

IF TIME or PERMISSION ALLOWS: Hiking in the Kumgangsan mountains – Phyohun Temple is one of the most beautiful valleys in Korea complete with old Chinese calligraphy of visitors names carved throughout. Ulim Waterfalls- en route, worth a brief visit. School Children’s Palace – visit only when in season.