Republic Foundation Day Tour – 15 Days

Republic Foundation Day Tour – 15 Days

starting from 2,890.00 €

2 September – 16 September 2017

15 days / 14 nights

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SKU: 02/09/17-16/09/17

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Day 1 (Saturday, 2nd September)
Arrival in Pyongyang, Arch of Triumph, Orientation walk in the city centre, Kim Il Sung Square, Vienna Coffee House, Dinner at Pyongyang Chicken Restaurant, Overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 2 (Sunday, 3rd September)
Breakfast, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (Mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il), Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery, Lunch at a local restaurant, Kwangbop Temple, Tower of the Juche Idea, Monument to Party Founding, Dinner at Pyongyang Hot Pot Restaurant, Evening walk at Kim Il Sung Square, Overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 3 (Monday, 4th September)
Breakfast, Drive to the Demilitarised Zone in Panmunjom, City walk in Kaesong, Koryo Museum, Korean Stamp Shop, Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (you can pre-order Dog Meat Soup for around EUR 5), Drive back to Pyongyang, Reunification Monument, Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling Alley, Dinner and overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 4 (Tuesday, 5th September)
Breakfast, drive to Pyongsong, Paeksong Revolutionary Site (site where Kim Il Sung University hid during the Koran War), Central square and monument in Pyongsong, Lunch at Jangsusan Hotel, Drive to Mt. Myohyang, Ryongmun Cavern, Dinner and overnight at Chongchon Hotel


Day 5 (Wednesday, 6h September)
Breakfast, Pohyon Temple (Buddhist temple of the 11th century), International Friendship Exhibition (huge underground exhibition of state gifts given to the DPRK leaders by international statesmen and business people), Lunch at Chongchon Hotel, Drive to Pyongyang, Visit to an ostrich farm, Dinner and overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 6 (Thursday, 7th September)
Breakfast, Mansudae Artist Studios (artist studios that design and manufacture statues and monuments), Schoolchildren’s Palace, Lunch at a local restaurant, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Museum of the Korean War), USS Pueblo (US spy ship captured by the Korean People’s Army in the territorial waters of the DPRK in 1968), Foreign Language Bookshop, Dinner and overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 7 (Friday, 8th September)
Breakfast, Mangyongdae Funfair, City walk along “Kwangbok Sports Village”, Palgol Park, 3 Revolutions Exhibition, Lunch at a local restaurant, City Walk along the track Pyongyang Grand Theatre, Yunisang Musical House, Pyongyang Central Station, Koryo Hotel, Changgwangsan Hotel, Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, Potong Gate) Liberation Tower, Dinner and overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 8 (Saturday, 9th September)
Republic Foundation Day – 69th anniversary of the DPRK’s founding
Breakfast, Fountain Park, Mansudae Grand Monuments (giant bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il), Chollima Statue, Lunch at a local restaurant, Republic Foundation Day celebrations in the city centre (mass dance event), Pyongyang Metro extended ride, Evening walk in the city centre, Dinner and overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 9 (Sunday, 10th September)
Breakfast, Mangyongdae Native House (Birthplace of President Kim Il Sung), Drive to Nampo on the Korean West Coast, Visit to a cooperative farm, Lunch picnic near Kangso Mineral Water Factory, Kangso Tombs (ancient tombs of the Koguryo times; UNESCO World Heritage Site), Dinner and overnight at Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel (with thermal water pools in each room)


Day 10 (Monday, 11st September)
Breakfast, West Sea Barrage (giant dam regulating the water level of the Taedong River), Drive to Mt. Kuwol, Sahwang Peak, Drive to the city of Sariwon, Orientation walk, Songbul Temple, Sariwon Folk Street, Jongbang Fortress, Drive back to Pyongyang, Dinner and overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 11 (Tuesday, 12th September)
Breakfast, Drive to Masikryong Ski Resort, Lookaround at the resort facilities, Drive to the Korean East Coast to the city of Wonsan, Lunch at a local restaurant, Sightseeing tour of Wonsan, Beach visit in Wonsan, Dinner and overnight at Tongmyong Hotel


Day 12 (Wednesday, 13th September)
Breakfast, Drive along the Korean East Coast to Mt. Kumgang, Lunch at a local restaurant, Chongsokjong cliff formations, Dinner and overnight at Kumgangsan Hotel


Day 13 (Thursday, 14th September)
Breakfast, Hiking in Mt. Kumgang, Singye Temple, Kuryong Waterfall, Lunch at a local restaurant, Samil Lagoon, Dinner and overnight at Kumgangsan Hotel


Day 14 (Friday, 15th September)
Breakfast, Drive back to Pyongyang via Wonsan, Lunch at a local restaurant in Wonsan, Visit to Wonsan Agricultural University, Tomb of King Tongmyong, Farewell dinner with the guides at Taedonggang Diplomatic Club, Overnight at Koryo Hotel


Day 15 (Saturday, 16th September)
Breakfast, Departure


The itinerary is a pre-planned itinerary, which we intend to follow accordingly. However, it is also normal for DPRK tourism that certain program points may be modified or replaced by the North Koreans at short notice. Usually, such changes only happen to the order of events, but in rare occurances also to larger parts of the itinerary. We as a travel intermediary between our clients and the North Korean government tourism agency are not responsible for any of such short-term changes. We therefore we ask you for your understanding that in the event of such changes, the tour can neither be fully, nor partially refunded.

Additional Information

Year of travel

2017

Travel features

Beach, Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Hiking, Korean War Museum with USS Pueblo, Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, Metroride in Pyongyang, Myohyang Mountains, Parades and Celebrations

Seasons

autumn

Minimum participants

All group tours take place regardless of the number of participants.

Ticket bookings

Flight and train ticket bookings are subject to availability.

Booking deadline

02 August 2017

Tour description

On 9th September every year, thousands of North Koreans celebrate the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Pyongyang’s streets will be decorated in a festive mood. Thousands of Pyongyang residents will gather in front of the Mansudae Grand Monuments to pay their respect to the giant bronze statues of their leaders. Our Republic Foundation Day tour provides you with the rare opportunity to witness these celebrations and to even take part in them. A mass dance event is scheduled to take place near Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and you can join in and dance together with the Koreans if you want. The tour also includes sightseeing in the capital Pyongyang, where you will visit many of the famous monuments. But that’s not all: you will also visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) on the border to south Korea near Kaesong and Mt. Myohyang. Reaching 1909m altitude, Mt. Myohyang is the second highest mountain in North Korea after Mt. Paekdu. According to its name, Mt. Myohyang is “the mountain of mysterious scents”.

Mt. Myohyang has been regarded as sacred by Koreans for a long time and it is deeply associated with the Tangun myth. The mountain area houses Pohyon Temple, the largest Buddhist shrine in North Korea, as well as the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive underground exhibition of presents from international statesmen and businessmen for the North Korean leaders.

Furthermore you will have an exclusive look at the Korean West Coast and the West Sea Barrage (a giant dam regulating the water level of the Taedong River). The journey will take you further into the countryside near Mt. Kuwol, Haeju and Sinchon, where you will visit the famous Museum of US War Atrocities. Also on the program is a trip to Mt. Kumgang. The tourist region Kumgangsan is one of the most scenic areas of the Korean Peninsula. For over a million years, the region’s granite and diorite rocks have been weathered, forming precipitous 12000 peaks, multifarious crags, stone gates, tunnels, cliffs, cascades, valleys and pools.

The area also has a rich flora and fauna. About 130 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians and 30 species of fishes live here. More than 2350 species of plants grow around the mountain. For centuries, the Kumgang region has been internationally known for its beauty. However, it had initially been declared a military zone since the division of Korea and was thus not accessible to the public. Only towards the end of the 1990s, a part of the area was re-opened to Western tourists. The first region was only accessible by ferry from south Korea. But since 2003, it is also possible to arrive by coach to the area.

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