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    Kim Jong Il birthday & Lunar New Year tour


     5 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum for president Kim Il Sung and for the leader Kim Jong Il
    • Pyongyang - enjoy celebrations of the Day of the Shining Star and Lunar New Year (Feb 16). Watch the fireworks at Kim Il Sung Square and take part in incredible Mass Dance
    • Mansugyo Beer Bar - a new beer bar in Pyongyang where you can try all type of famous Taedonggang beer including black beer with chocolate and coffee flavour. Great opportunity to meet locals
    • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - inspect one of the most heavily militarized places on the planet. This strip of land divides South and North Korea
    • Kaesong - visit ancient capital of Korea until up to the 15th century. It is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it hasn’t been destroyed during the Korean war
    • Mt.Myohyang - visit International Friendship Exhibition to see the world's biggest treasure-house exhibiting the gifts received by Korean Leaders over the years

    2018 is very unusual year: Lunar New Year (The Year of the Dog) and the Day of the Shining Star (76th birthday of Leader Kim Jong Il) happen on the same day, Feb 16. Thus in one tour you will have a chance to experience two of the biggest festivities of the year. On Lunar New Year Eve many locals wear traditional costumes, children launch colourful kites, and enjoy traditional sweets, while adults participate in Mass Dance. On the occasion of Kim Jong Il birthday there will be spectacular Flower exhibition dedicated to ‘Kimilsungia’ and ‘Kimjongilia’ flowers, and annual International Ice Skating Championship ‘Paektusan Prize’. You will see fireworks in Kim Il Sung Square - the main square of the capital, and experience unique Kumsusan Palace of Sun! Visit Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the strip of land separating South and North Korea, explore Pyongyang and Kaesong - modern and ancient capitals of the DPRK

     

    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.

    Feb 15 (Thu): Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Depart from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 252Y Beijing-Pyongyang at 14.05 from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport. Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.40 local time
    • Transfer to Pyongyang
    • 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. The square around the arch is usually full with local families celebrating Lunar New Year - join in and launch to the sky traditional kite!
    • 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 ****
    Feb 16 (Fri): Pyongyang

    Day of the Shining Star & Lunar New Year

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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’
    • 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
    • Taedong Park - a great place a few minutes away from Kim Il Sung Square to enjoy a peaceful park and a walk along the Taedong river
    • Pyongyang Bell - national treasure, it was rung to announce invasions, natural disasters, New Year's Day and other major events. The current bell was cast in 1726 during the Ri dynasty to replace an earlier one that was destroyed by fire in 1714
    • Taedong Gate - built in the mid-6th century, it is the east gate of the inner castle of the Walled City of Pyongyang (Pyongyang Castle, Koguryo dynasty) situated on the bank of River Taedong
    • Ryonggwang Pavillion - one of the 8 scenic wonders of western part of Korea
    • Walk to Pyongyang Railway Station
    • Lunch
    • 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)
    • On the occasion of Day of the Shining Star there will be 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
    • 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
    • Attend one of the performances: International "Paektusan Prize" Figure Skating Festival in Pyongyang Ice Rink - specialized stadium completed in 1981. Another option is to enjoy Synchronised Swimming or visit performance in Korean People Army's Circus - opened in Juche 53 (1964) to host about 1600 spectators. All performances are subject for extra charge (prices TBC)
    • 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 the fireworks at Kim Il Sung Square
    • 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
    • Have dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Feb 17 (Sat): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive 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
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - unveiled in 2013 by the leader Kim Jong Un after massive renovation this museum explains the origins of the Korean War (1950-53) between South and North. Here you will see the only US ship captured by a foreign country - the spy ship USS Pueblo, as well as American weapons and shot down planes. The museum features amazing displays and excellent dioramas
    • Dinner in one of Pyongyang’s restaurants

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Feb 18 (Sun): Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - a cemetery and memorial to the North Korean soldiers fighting for freedom and independence against Japanese rule
    • Pyongyang Zoo - the national zoo of the DPRK. It has over 5,000 wild animals. At the zoo there is the gift animal house in which are kept the animals presented to the leader Kim Jong Il by Jonas Wahlström, the director of the Skansen Zoological Garden in Sweden
    • Lunch
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • 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
    • Changchong Vegetable Farm - recently opened modern farm in the outskirts of Pyongyang
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Feb 19 (Mon): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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
    • Transfer to 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
    • 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
    • Enjoy 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)
    • Sonjuk Bridge - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216, UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Drive back 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
    • Enjoy farewell dinner in famous BBQ Duck Restaurant

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Feb 20 (Tue):

    • 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)

     

    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
    • Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing
    • Your expenses for alcohol and souvenirs
    • Single room supplement (40 Euro per night)
    • Ticket fee 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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