The Last Frontier – North Korea (9D8N)

 

Depart Singapore:

13 May 2015 (Wednesday)

 

Depart Beijing:

21 May 2015 (Thursday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

 

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You couldn’t probably ever imagine going to a country as tourist that is seldom mentioned in connection with tourism. However, it is possible to say, without exaggeration, that North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) is the most exotic and out-of-the-way tourist destination on the market.

We’ll be visiting all the must see sights in Pyongyang city such as the mausoleum, the recently renovated Korean War museum, Kim Il Sung Square, the giant bronze statues of their leaders and riding the famous Pyongyang Metro! Explore more by continuing to the west coastal city of Nampo where we’ll see more of the industrial side of North Korea. We’ll then head on up to Pyongsong to see the more in depth side to education outside the capital.

Join us for a special experience in North Korea!

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (13 May): Depart Singapore – Beijing International Airport

  • Depart Singapore for our  flight to Beijing International Airport.
  • Check-in to hotel near airport and meet-up with staff for North Korea visa, flight tickets and briefing.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: Ibis Beijing Capital Airport Hotel or similar

 

Day 2 (14 May): Beijing International Airport – PyongyangPyongyang Airport

  • After breakfast, transfer to Beijing International Airport using hotel shuttle bus.
  • Flight out to Pyongyang at 1405hrs.
  • Arrived at Pyongyang, the capital city of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), at 1700hrs (local time) to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Visit the famous Arch of Triumph – an impressive monument larger than the Arch of Triumph in Paris. Built in 1982, the Arch of Triumph was built to commemorate the Korean resistance to Japan from 1925 to 1945.Arch of Triumph
  • In the evening, your Korean guides will check you into your room and show you around the hotel.
  • Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Meals provided: Dinner

Accommodation: Yanggakdo Hotel or similar, Pyongyang

 

Day 3 (15 May): Pyongyang – Kaesong – Pyongyang

  • 38th Parallel (DMZ)After breakfast in hotel, depart Pyongyang for a 2.5 hours’ drive to Kaesong city.
  • Visit Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK, so don’t forget your wallet!
  • Visit 38th Parallel (DMZ), a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. See one of the tensest places on earth where you get the chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place.
  • Lunch at the Thongil restaurant in Kaesong City- try your hand at traditional Korean Pasangi- a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. The number of small dishes served symbolised the status of the person eating in the ancient times, 12 dishes being the highest number.
  • After lunch, visit the tomb of King Kongmin. It is one of the Royal Tombs of the Koryo Dynasty and contains the remains of Kongmin, 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, and Jongrung, which contains his wife, the Mongolian princess Queen Noguk.
  • Monument to the Three Charters of National ReunificationAfter lunch, drive to Sariwon – one of the largest city in the DPRK.
  • Visit the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain pagoda.
  • Try locally brewed Makkoli in the local tea house.
  • Visit Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification. Erected in 2001, this monument watches over the Tongil Expressway to Panmunjom (DMZ) – the symbolic border between the DPRK and South Korea.
  • Dinner at the famous Lamb BBQ restaurant with performance.
  • Back to hotel to rest for the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Yanggakdo Hotel or similar, Pyongyang

 

Day 4 (16 May): Pyongyang Sightseeing

  • Mansudae Grand MonumentAfter breakfast, walk through Mansudae fountain park and see the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Visit Mansudae Grand Monument to show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. (Optional: you can present flowers if you wish – small and large bunches are 2 and euros respectively)
  • Visit Mansudae Art Studio – home to the DPRK’s top artists and where all the monumental structures and statues are built/designed.
  • Lunch at the Chongryu Hot Pot restaurant.
  • Ride on Pyongyang Metro – the world’s deepest metro! Travel 6 stops as part of this extended ride.Mansudae Art Studio
  • Visit the recently renovated Korean War Museum – let the local military guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks, aircraft and captured American equipment!
  • Take the chance to see the US Spy ship captured by the DPRK in 1968 – USS Pueblo. It sits in North Korea as trophy shown to locals and foreigners alike.
  • Visit the Pyongyang Film Studios – to see where movies are produced in the DPRK. Several films a year are still churned out by the country’s main film studios. Like all things North Korean, the two main focuses are the anti-Japanese struggle and the anti-American war.
  • Pyongyang MetroVisit the Juche tower. (Optional: Go up the tower for 5.5 euros for a beautiful view of Pyongyang city the top of this 150 metres tall tower!)
  • Visit the Monument to the Party Foundation, built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party.
  • Have some beers at Taedonggang #3 brewery before dinner at local KITC restaurant to sample local Korean dishes.
  • Back to hotel to rest for the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Yanggakdo Hotel or similar, Pyongyang

 

Day 5 (17 May): Pyongyang – Nampo

  • Kumsusan Palace of the SunVisit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – the mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. As this is one of the most important places in the DPRK, you are kindly asked to dress in formal attire.
  • Thereafter, visit Revolutionary Martyry’s Cemetery.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant on Kwangbok street to sample the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean bibimbap (fried rice dish).
  • Visit the Foreign Language Bookshop, containing a large selection of books in English and other European Languages as well as other souvenirs.
  • Kim Il Sung SquareTake a short walk to Kim Il Sung Square, the central square of Pyongyang city, and the place where all the action happens.
  • Hike up Mt Ryanggang – the top has a magnificent view of Pyongyang city.
  • Drive 1 hour to port city of Nampo on the west coast of the DPRK.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Ryonggang spa resort with a mineral spa bath in each room!

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ryonggang Spa Resort or similar, Nampo

 

Day 6 (18 May): Nampo – Pyongsong – Pyongyang

  • Chongsanri Cooperative farmAfter breakfast, visit the West Sea Barrage – an 8km long barrage that separates the Taedong River and the West Sea. This is a source of national pride in the DPRK. It has helped reduce floods in Pyongyang and also provides energy in the local area.
  • Thereafter, we will have the chance to see where farmers live and work at Chongsanri Cooperative farm. This is an opportunity to see a unique characteristic of the DPRK which was common in communist states.
  • Visit Kangso Yaksu Mineral Water Bottling Factory. Kangso Yaksu mineral water is considered North Korea’s treasured resource. It is naturally carbonatedby Co2 gas trapped hundreds of metres underground. This factory bottles and packages the water for export to China.
  • Kangso Yaksu Mineral Water Bottling FactoryLunch at Moran Hill chicken restaurant (good fried chicken and other korean dishes here!)
  • After lunch, drive 45 mins to Pyongsong.
  • Visit Pyongsong Number 1 High School, Kim Jong Suk High School to meet students and teachers. The students here speak English really well and rarely get to interact with foreigners. Use this chance to help the students, play with them and get to know them.
  • Visit Paeksong Revolutionary Site, the place to which Kim Il Sung University was moved in 1952 during the Korean War.
  • Walk around Pyongsong central square and take photos of the President Kim Il Sung monument.
  • Kim Jong Suk High SchoolDrive back to Pyongyang (1 hour).
  • Dinner at Chongnu restaurant near Okryu bridge.
  • Back to hotel for rest after dinner.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Yanggakdo Hotel or similar, Pyongyang

 

Day 7 (19 May): Pyongyang – Mt Myohyang – Hyangsan – Pyongyang

  • International Friendship ExhibitionIn the morning, drive 2.5 hours out to Mt Myohyang.
  • Visit the International Friendship Exhibition – Two large gifthouses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from people, governments and institutions all over the world.
  • Next, visit Pohyon Buddhist Temple – a famous temple built in 1042 and used to be the centre of Buddhism in the region.
  • Lunch at the Hyangsan Hotel.
  • Take a walk Hyangsan town after lunch.
  • Ryongmun CavernVisit Ryongmun Cavern, one of the most famous cave complexes in the DPRK the Ryongmun cavern is famous for it’s stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang for dinner at the Unbangol Restaurant.
  • Farewell drinks with your Korean guides at the Taedonggan Diplomat’s club. There’s local and imported drinks, karaoke, billiards, ping pong and a great chance to meet some local Pyongyang expats.
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Yanggakdo Hotel or similar, Pyongyang

 

 

Day 8 (20 May): Pyongyang – Dandong (China) – Beijing

  • Train from Pyongyang to DandongDepart Pyongyang today via the 10.40am train to Dandong and from Dandong to Beijing. The entire journey will take 24 hours.
  • Arrive in Dandong at 1700hrs local time.
  • Board overnight sleeper train to Beijing at 1830hrs at Dandong station (same platform you arrive on).

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: onboard overnight train

 

 

Day 9 (21 May): Beijing – Departure to Singapore

  • Arrive at Beijing Railway Station at 0830hrs.
  • Take the Beijing metro from Beijing Railway Station to Dongzhimen station. Transfer to express metro line to Beijing airport. The journey will take less than an hour.
  • Check-in to your flight from Beijing to Singapore.
  • Depart Beijing at 1330hrs for your flight back to Singapore.

Meals provided: -

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD3299.00

Single Pax

SGD3749.00

(Price is for minimum 2 pax to depart. For solo traveller or bigger group, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • Visit Panmunjeom (DMZ), the world’s last remaining outpost where democracy and communism stare at each other in the face in a tense standoff
  • Venture inside the borders of the isolated Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK)
  • Feel the reality of Korea’s turbulent history as you explore the line that divides North Korea and South Korea
  • Expect the unexpected, go with the flow

Package Inclusions

  • 6 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room in 4 stars hotels (local standard) in Pyongyang and Nampo
  • 1 night accommodation on-board train Pyongyang to Beijing (4-berth sharing)
  • 1 night accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room in Beijing on first day of arrival
  • DPRK Visa fee
  • Transport costs from Beijing to Pyongyang and return (plane in / train out) to Beijing train station
  • All meals starting from dinner on arrival day at Pyongyang till breakfast on departure from Pyongyang
  • Transportation on a private car/bus with fully licensed driver in North Korea
  • Free shuttle bus service from Beijing airport to hotel and back to airport on first and second day
  • 2 guides service in English (requested language if required, subjected to additional cost)
  • Entrance fees to all attractions, as listed in above itinerary

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Beijing – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Chinese Visa fees (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, shopping, laundry, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Meals on the train from DPRK to Beijing (approx. SGD10. You can also bring your own food)
  • Beijing metro from Beijing Railway Station to Dongzhimen station and from Dongzhimen station to Beijing airport using express metro on the last day
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, political situation, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 14 Jan 2015. Subject to availability and change.

 

13 May 2015

Singapore (SIN) to Hong Kong (HKG):

Cathay Pacific (CX 650) 0700hrs – 1055hrs

 

Hong Kong (HKG) to Beijing (PEK):

Cathay Pacific (CX 5908) (Operated by Dragonair) 1200hrs – 1515hrs

 

 

21 May 2015

Beijing (PEK) to Hong Kong (HKG):

Cathay Pacific (CX 5975) (Operated by Dragonair) 2030hrs – 0005hrs (+1)

** Arrive in Hong Kong on 22 May 2015, 0005 hrs 

 

22 May 2015

Hong Kong (HKG) to Singapore (SIN):

Cathay Pacific (CX 659) 0135hrs – 0515hrs (+1 day)

** Arrive in Singapore on 22 May 2015, 0515 hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 30kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD433.10

 

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