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    Kim Il Sung's Birthday & Pyongyang Marathon XL tour


     10 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Wonsan Mt.Kumgang Hamhung Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Pyongyang International Marathon - if you are an amateur or professional runner join in the race, or just stay in Kim Il Sung Stadium and enjoy the soccer game between local teams
    • Trolley bus ride around the capital’s streets
    • Mass Dance - famous dancing event with thousands of dancers. You will have a chance to see the Mass Dance in Hamhung and Pyongyang
    • Great opportunity to visit Flower exhibition
    • Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum for president Kim Il Sung and for the leader Kim Jong Il
    • Enjoy Mt.Kumgang (“Diamond Mountain”) - one of the most beautiful mountains in Korean Peninsula
    • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - inspect one of the most heavily militarized places on the planet. This strip of land divides South and North Korea
    • Kaesong and Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace
    • Hamhung - the second biggest city of the DPRK

    After Pyongyang International Marathon which will be held on April 8 explore most of the cities opened for tourists in central Korea. Celebrate 106th birthday of President Kim Il Sung on April 15 (the Day of the Sun). Enjoy extensive sightseeing program in Pyongyang, and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the border with South Korea, and visit International Friendship Exhibition in Mt.Myohyang. Join in Mass Dance of local students at one of the squares in Pyongyang and Hamhung, and visit unique Flower exhibition dedicated to ‘Kimilsungia’ and ‘Kimjongilia’ flowers.
    Go to the East Coast and stroll down Wonsan city - the biggest port of the DPRK, enjoy unbelievable landscapes of Mt.Kumgang (“Diamond Mountain”) - one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea, and then visit the second biggest city of the DPRK - Hamhung.

    **ATTENTION! Make sure you book your tour in advance, we have very limited number of seats for the marathon period

     

    ITINERARY

    Info
    The tour itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one. Korea Konsult reserves the right to change some parts of the itinerary below if needed. Eventual itinerary changes after the group arrival in the DPRK are beyond our control. Under no circumstances can Korea Konsult be held responsible for any itinerary changes.

    Apr 6 (Fri): Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Depart from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 152 Beijing-Pyongyang at 12.00 (noon) from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport. Arrive in Pyongyang at 14.30 local time. Please be advised that the flight schedule is preliminary and due to peak season it may be changed with very short notice. Therefore we strongly advise you to arrive to Beijing at least one day before your departure to Pyongyang
    • Transfer to Pyongyang
    • Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs' Cemetery - built on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Korean War (1950/53) to commemorate memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the motherland
    • Mirae (Future) Street - it is opened in 2015 street featuring futuristic looking buildings. Korean government allocated residential buildings at this street to teachers of local universities
    • Check-in at the Yanggakdo International Hotel **** - one of the best Pyongyang hotels (first class and deluxe suits are also available at extra charge), it is beautifully located in the middle of Taedong river
    • Dinner at the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 7 (Sat): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive (about 3h) to Mt.Myohyang - the Mountain of Mysterious Fragrance, one of the five celebrated mountains of Korea. It is a sacred site as, according to legend, it was the home of King Tangun, forefather of the Korean people. In 2009 UNESCO designated Mount Myohyang a world biosphere reserve
    • International Friendship Exhibition - the world's biggest treasure-house. On exhibit are gifts received by DPRK's leaders over the years. One building stores the presents given to President Kim Il Sung, while a smaller one holds those given to Leader Kim Jong Il
    • Pohyon temple - one of the five famous Buddhist temples of Korea, it was built nearly 1,000 years ago
    • Lunch
    • Manphok valley - "Manphok" means in Korean "valley of ten thousands falls". Enjoy beautiful hermitages, rocks, caves, falls, and pavilions
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Pyongyang Ostrich Farm - a huge farm where you will see how ostriches are raised in the DPRK
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 8 (Sun): Pyongyang

    Pyongyang International Marathon

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Get ready for start at Kim Il Sung Stadium - originally built in 1926 and last time renovated in April 1982 the stadium is used these days mainly for football matches. Today it is the home of Pyongyang International Marathon. Marathon starts and ends in this stadium. Those who are not running can stay at the stadium and enjoy soccer match (extra charge) between Korean teams or watch and cheer marathoners from the streets
    • After Marathon Awarding Ceremony move back to the hotel, take shower and change clothes
    • Enjoy Lunch
    • Trolley bus ride - see the streets of the capital from the iconic worker's transport which is still used only in some other former socialist states! It is a classic vehicle from 1950s which is still in service on the streets of Pyongyang. The route starts at Pyongyang Railway Station and ends at Arch of Triumph with stop at Chollima Monument
    • Kwangbok Supermarket - located at one of the biggest city's street it is a popular mall where visitors can exchange money into local Won in order to shop
    • Dinner
    • Taedonggang Diplomatic club - the great place to socialize with expats, enjoy local and foreign drinks (at your own expense)

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 9 (Mon): Pyongyang Wonsan Mt.Kumgang

    • Drive to Wonsan - port city and naval base on the westernmost shore of the East Korean Sea. There are a lot of beautiful beaches around Wonsan making it a touristic Mekka of the DPRK
    • On the way make a short stop at Sinpyong Lake - the resting place right half-way between Pyongyang and Wonsan, there is a rest house with bathrooms and refreshments
    • Ulim Waterfall - one of the famous waterfalls in Korea, it was discovered by Korean soldiers in 2001. The waterfall falls from 45m making thunderous sound echo as far as four kilometers around. That is why the waterfall is called "Ullim" or "echo" in Korean
    • Wonsan central square - located in the city's heart it features recently renovated monuments to the leaders. A few minutes walk from the central square there is a harbor where you can see local people fishing. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here
    • Have lunch at Kalmaegi fish restaurant in Wonsan
    • Songdowon International Children's Union Camp - perfect place for schoolchildren between April and October not only from Korea but from other countries as well. It is situated right on the coast and boasts white, sandy beaches
    • Chonsam cooperative farm - "an area of three villages where springs well out" in Korean. You will visit agricultural fields, kindergarten and local store
    • Drive to Mt.Kumgang - "diamond mountain" in Korean, it is one of the most famous mountains in Korea. "If I were to die the day after seeing Kumgang, I would have no regrets", said the Chinese Song Dynasty poet Su Shi (1037-1101). Until 2010 Mt.Kumgang had been off-limits to most foreigners visiting North Korea
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Kumgangsan Hotel ****
    Apr 10 (Tue): Mt.Kumgang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Samil Lagoon - widely known for its crystal-clear water, rocky hills and thick forests. According to legend, a king once visited the lake for a day but was so amazed by its beauty that he stayed there for three days, hence the name Samil (three days)
    • Kuryongyon Course - the most beautiful track in Outer Kumgang, it is about 7 - 8 km walk from Mokran restaurant to Kuryong (Nine Dragon) Waterfalls
    • Enjoy lunch at Mokran Restaurant - famous restaurant at the foot of Mt.Kumgang
    • Manmulsang Course - this famous hiking course has hundreds of different rocky peaks, each of which has its own legend. It is 5-6 km, 3-4h walk: Mansangjung - Samsunam Rock - Chilchungam Rock - Jeolbuam Rock - Anshimdae Cliff - Hanulmun - Cheonseondae Cliff - Mangyangdae Cliff
    • Kumgangsan Hot Springs - located about 300 m from Kumgangsan Hotel **** - modern hotel with superb mountain view and all necessary facilities , this spa is rich in radium, minerals and silica with temperature of 37 to 44C
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Kumgangsan Hotel ****
    Apr 11 (Wed): Mt.Kumgang Wonsan Hamhung Pyongyang Hamhung

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Move to Sijung Beach & Motel - one of a number of tranquil white, sandy beaches in North Korea. Sijung beach is half way between Wonsan and Mt.Kumgang
    • Drive to Wonsan Agricultural University - the most important agricultural university in the country
    • Move to Hamhung - second largest city, one of the major industrial centers and a port city with some beautiful coastline. It was closed to tourists until 2010. The city was heavily destroyed (80–90%) during the Korean War
    • Tonghungsan park - Hamhung's central park with the bronze statue of the leaders erected at the foot of the mountain. With many old beautiful pavilions and restaurants, Tonghungsan park a favorite place for locals to spend a holiday day
    • Hamhung Grand Theatre - the largest building in the city and the biggest theater in the DPRK
    • On the occasion of the 6th anniversary since Kim Jong Un was named first secretary of the Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission there will be held Mass Dance - one of the most well known images of North Korea: students of local universities get on the main city's squares and dance dressed in traditional Korean suit
    • Enjoy dinner in one of the city’s restaurants
    • Transfer to Majon beach - beautiful 50-100 m wide white sandy beach 25 km southeast of Hamhung. The name Majon derives from the hemp which used to be planted a lot in old days

    OVERNIGHT: Majon Deluxe Hotel *****
    Apr 12 (Thu): Hamhung Wonsan Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Hungnam Fertilizer Factory - the largest chemical plant in the Far East. The plant was founded during Japanese occupation in 1927, and then it was destroyed during Korean War but in the 50th it was rebuilt. Nowadays the plant has 7,300 workers, among which 35% are women
    • House of Li Song Gye - former army general and the first king of the Li Dynasty. The Li Dynasty succeeded the Koryo Dynasty in 1392 after Koryo had come to an end after almost 500 years of rule
    • Lunch in Hamhung’s downtown
    • Move to Tongbong Cooperative Farm - model village with about 1000 farmers who grow rice, millet, corn, vegetables, poultry and pigs. You will have a chance to visit a farmer's house, a kindergarten (bring along your gifts!) and a local shop where you can buy locally-made products
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Sinpyong Lake
    • Upon arrival in Pyongyang enjoy dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 13 (Fri): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong

    • Breakfast
    • Drive to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea, it is one of the most militarized area on our planet
    • Panmunjom - a village where in 1953 Armistice Talks were held between the DPR Korea and the United Nation Command. Visit the blue tent-like building located exactly on the borderline between Koreas. You can walk around the conference room and hop from South to North Korea while you are in this building. This is one of the few places where you can take pictures of the DPRK military
    • Kaesong - capital of Korea up to the 15th century. Kaesong is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it hasn't been destroyed during the Korean war. It is a home for 12 historic sites from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kaesong is considered to be home of Koryo insam (ginseng) and so be prepared to buy some of the best insam in the Far East
    • Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • Sonjuk Bridge - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216, UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Lunch at Tongil restaurant - "Tongil" means "Reunification" in Korean, it is one of the most famous restaurants in Kaesong where you will enjoy Traditional Royal Korean Lunch with 12 side-dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, there will be an opportunity to sample Korea’s famous ginseng chicken soup (at extra charge)
    • Sungkyunkwan University - the oldest Confucian University established in 10th century. Since 1987 here is Kaesong Koryo Museum (UNESCO) exhibiting one of the largest wooden buildings to still exist in the DPRK. The stamp shop here is excellent place to buy some souvenirs
    • Transfer to Concrete Wall - anti-tank barrier which stretches across the peninsular was constructed by South Korea in 1979 and is designed to look like a natural hill from South Korean side and as a wall from the side of North Korea. Majority of South Koreans are not aware of this wall
    • NEW! Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace - extra curriculum center for children education. You will watch a performance by the local children, and see a spectacular view on the old city from the building’s balcony
    • Check in at Minsok Folk Hotel ** - a cosy hotel located in the old center of Kaesong. It consists of 20 traditional Korean houses all off a courtyard, and featuring a charming stream running through it. It’s fascinating and far more atmospheric than anywhere else you’ll stay in the country
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Minsok Folk Hotel **
    Apr 14 (Sat): Kaesong Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Return to Pyongyang
    • Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification - the monument representing desire of Korean people for reunification. It is shaped in form of two Korean women holding Korean peninsula over the Thongil highway from Pyongyang to DMZ
    • Future Science and Technology Complex - opened in 2016 it is a science center and library built in a shape of atom
    • Lunch
    • Catfish farm - newly opened farm supplying fresh fish to Pyongyang's citizens
    • Monument to Workers' Party of Korea - opened in Juche 84 (1995) the monument depicts the hammer, sickle and brush seized by a worker, a farmer and an intellectual. The round belt means the single-hearted unity of the leader, Party and people
    • Juche Tower - at 150m it is the highest stone monument in the world. Take elevator to the top of the tower to enjoy the magnificent view of Pyongyang (optional, 5 Euro p/p)
    • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square where Korea’s massive military parades normally take place. Opened in August Juche 43 (1954) it is the 30th largest square in the world
    • Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest subways in the world, it was designed to serve as a bomb shelter in case of war. The stations' interiors are stunning with superb lighting and mosaics. This is a great chance to interact with local people and explore several subway stations
    • Arch of Triumph - built in 1982 to commemorate President Kim Il Sung’s role in resisting Japanese rule, it is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world. Each of its 25,500 blocks of finely-dressed white granite represents a day of his life up to that point
    • Mansugyo Beer Bar - a new beer bar in Pyongyang where you can try all types of famous Taedonggang beer including black beer with chocolate and coffee flavour. Great opportunity to meet locals
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 15 (Sun): Pyongyang

    Day of the Sun

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum of president Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il. To visit the Mausoleum tourists should follow a strict dress code: no shorts, T-shirts and sandals, no blue jeans and mini-skirts
    • Mansudae Fountain Park - composed of many beautifully designed in shape of dancing women fountains, this park is a place to enjoy jets of water reaching up to 80 meters
    • Mansudae Grand Monument - the huge bronze statues of the leaders standing in the center of the composition with two monuments titled "Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle" and "Socialist Construction" on both sides. It was renovated in April 2012 following the passing away of the leader Kim Jong Il and a new statue of Kim Jong Il was added next to Kim Il Sung's
    • Chollima Monument - named after a mythical winged horse (Chollima in Korean literally means "thousand-mile horse"). In the period of reconstruction following the Korean War Cholima was the symbol inspiring workers to rebuild their nation at ‘Chollima Speed’
    • Lunch at a boat floating in Taedong river
    • Flower exhibition - a show mainly dedicated to Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia, two flowers named after Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Every year there are about 30,000 flowers presented by Army forces, commissions and ministries of the cabinet and national institutions, foreign friends and overseas compatriots
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • On the occasion of the Day of the Sun there will be held famous Mass Dance
    • Taedonggang Number 3 Bar - try seven different local draft beers (at your own expense)
    • NEW! Watch Korean movie at Ryomyong Cinema Theater
    • NEW!Stroll in Ryomyong street - opened in April 2017 it is a new posh district of the capital featuring modern architecture
    • Dinner
    • Fireworks on the occasion of the Day of the Sun

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 16 (Mon):

    • After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport and depart by Air Koryo flight JS 151 Pyongyang-Beijing at 8.30 in the morning from Pyongyang Airport. Arrive in Beijing at 09.55 in the morning (local time). Please be advised that the flight schedule can be changed with very short notice and therefore we strongly advise not to book your flight from Beijing to the next destination earlier than Monday evening

     

    WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

    • AirKoryo flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing
    • Hotel accommodation (twin-shared room) in the DPRK
    • Three meals a day (except to alcohol)
    • All transfers and transport
    • English-speaking guide
    • All entrance tickets according to the itinerary

    WHAT PRICE DOESN'T COVER?

    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Marathon registration fee (depends on distance)
    • Soccer match ticket (20 Euro)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing
    • Your expenses for alcohol and souvenirs
    • Optional single room supplement (50 Euro per night)
    • Tickets for occasional events such as circus, the funfair, opera or Juche tower lift
    • Tips for Korean guides and a driver (approx 50 Euro total)


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