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    Budget tour

    Winter BUDGET tour from Dandong


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

    Come to the DPRK in December to enjoy beginning of the winter and experience major Korean highlights in a very short time-span. Dec 17 is the day when leader Kim Jong Il passed away 8 years ago and on this occasion there will be mourning ceremonies all over the country.
    See all major landmarks of the North Korean capital Pyongyang. Ride on Pyongyang Metro and experience shopping at Kwangbok Supermarket where you can exchange your money into Korean currency and buy locally produced goods.
    Visit the ancient capital of Korea Kaesong and travel to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - a strip of heavily militarized land dividing North and South Korea. Enjoy Mt.Myohyang - the mountain of mysterious fragrance and get acquainted with the impressive International Friendship Exhibition. Another highlight of this tour is Korean silicon valley - Pyongsong, where you may want to take part in an English Language class at local middle school.

    This tour departs from and returns to DANDONG (China) by TRAIN (flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing can be arranged on request). This is a perfect opportunity for budget travellers.

     

    ITINERARY

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    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.

    Dec 14 (Sat): Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Departure from Dandong (China) by train at 10.00 am
    • REMARK: Instead of taking train from Dandong you can book Air Koryo flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing (280 Euro extra charge)
    • Arrival in Pyongyang at 17.55
    • 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
    • Check-in at the Sosan Hotel *** - located near sport Pyongyang vilage, this hotel was recenly renovated and now it offers one of the best facilities in the capital
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Dec 15 (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
    • Walk on Ryomyong street - opened in April 2017 it is a new posh district of the capital featuring modern architecture
    • 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
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • Lunch
    • 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)
    • 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
    • Golden Lane Bowling Center - the huge entertainment center, a good chance to mix with locals and watch some stellar displays of local bowling talent and relax after long sightseeing day. There is also a shooting range next door
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Dec 16 (Mon): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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 at Shangrila Hotel
    • Manphok valley - "Manphok" means in Korean "valley of ten thousands falls". Enjoy beautiful hermitages, rocks, caves, falls, and pavilions
    • Drive to Ryongmun Caves - a stunning series of grottoes and subterranean caves formed 480 million years ago by limestone erosion. Its average temperature is 11C and humidity 80
    • Return to Pyongyang - the capital city of North Korea
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Dec 17 (Tue): Pyongyang Pyongsong Pyongyang

    Breakfast in the hotel

    • Drive to Pyongsong - Korea's Silicon Valley focusing on leading space researches. Only in 2014 this city was opened for foreign visitors
    • Visit Paeksong Revolutionary Site - the place to which Kim Il Sung University was moved during the Korean War
    • Kim Jong Suk Middle School - named after the mother of Kim Jong Il it is one of the best schools in the DPRK for talented children from the whole country. For some English-language learners in this school you can be the first opportunity to converse with foreign visitors
    • Taedonggang Textile Factory - produces clothes to export all over the world
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Lunch
    • 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 Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • 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
    • Walk from Kim Il Sung Square to the Grand Theater
    • Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace - one of 2 major centers of extra curriculum education built for the Korean Communist Youth of Pyongyang. There will be a chance to see a performance prepared by local children
    • 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 flower
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Dec 18 (Wed): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    • 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
    • Visit 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
    • Walk in Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • 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 to Tomb of King Kongmin - UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the original mausoleum of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty - King Kongmin and his Queen dated back to 14th century
    • 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
    • Farewell Dinner at famous BBQ Duck Restaurant

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Dec 19 (Thu):

    • After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Pyongyang Railway Station and departure by train to Dandong at 10.25 am
    • Arrival in Dandong at 16.23

     

    INCLUDED:

    • Train Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong
    • Budget hotel accommodation in the DPRK
    • Three meals a day (including water and beer) in the DPRK
    • All transfers and transport during the tour
    • English-speaking guide (guides in other languages can be booked on request)
    • All entrance fees according to the itinerary

    NOT INCLUDED:

    • Optional flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing (280 Euro)
    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Transportation to/from your home to Dandong
    • Your stopover expenses in Dandong
    • Your private expenses
    • Single room supplement (35 Euro per night)
    • Ticket fee for occasional events such as circus, the funfair, opera or Juche tower lift
    • Tips for Korean guides and driver (10-15 Euros per day)

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