Liberation Day & Summer Tour
Our Liberation Day & Summer tour takes in one of the biggest celebrations of the year in the form of Liberation from the Japanese in 1945. This year is the 75th anniversary so we can expect a lot of celebrations and even a military parade!
During our Group A tour we’ll see everything you must see within Pyongyang such as the War Museum, the Mausoleum of the leaders, ride the Pyongyang Metro and a day trip down to the DMZ from the North side! Another highlight is a trip to the beautiful city of Nampo and its therapeutic hot spa resort on the west coast, as well as a co-op farm and nearby factories. We’ll then go for a seaside dip and hangout with the locals and their families at a nearby beach.
Our Group B tour will take you to the east cost of the Korean peninsula to the lovely and sunny city of Wonsan. This is a very popular holiday destination for Koreans. Here we’ll try the delicious and fresh seafood caught along the pier and spend the afternoon swimming with local families. We’ll also have time to explore the impressive International Children’s Summer Camp.
We’ll then head north of Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang which is famous for the International Friendship Exhibition. This incredible exhibition is buried deep into the sacred mountain and holds the gifts presented to all three leaders by other governments, corporations, and individuals around the world.
So come join us as we hit up another exciting summer in the North Korea and take you around on this amazing tour! Don’t forget your swimming trunks!!
Monday 10th August
- Groups A & B meet your Rocky Road guide at 1:30pm at a central Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive your North Korean visas and tickets, and meet your fellow travellers.
- Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
Tuesday 11th August
- Train group arrive in Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart again for Sinuiju at 10:00am.
- Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:00pm (Meet group at Air Koryo check in counter).
- Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
- Train group arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome and transfer directly to the hotel.
- In the evening your guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides
- Dinner and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Wednesday 12th August
- Stroll through Mansudae fountain park taking in the Grand Peoples Study House and see the mosaic pictures of the leaders.
- Visit Mansudae Grand Monument – the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il.
- Grand People’s study House - the main academic center for adult learners. This grand building is built in the Korean style and affords a great view over Kim Il Sung Square.
- Lunch at a Korean Hot Pot restaurant.
- Kim Il Sung Square – The central square of Pyongyang City and a popular meeting point.
- Foreign Language Bookshop – right next to the square and the best place for pins, stamps, books and other souvenirs!
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. This incredible museum features dioramas, captured weapons, the Victory Monument, and the USS Pueblo: the only American military vessel captured by another nation.
- Ride the Pyongyang Metro! See three of the stations and Exit to:
- The Arch of Triumph- This celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the triumphant return of Kim Il Sung to his home town.
- Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the Juche Ideology. Central to the teachings of the DPRK(optional extra €5 to go to the top).
- Drinks at the Taedonggang micro brewry
- Dinner to sample some of Pyongyang's local delights.
- Overnight in the Sosan Hotel
Thursday 13th August
- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – This is where the Leader’s Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state.
- Helicopter ride optional extra – we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board a Soviet Mi-17 to take on a 40 minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city. (€250)
- Monument to the Party Foundation – The hammer sickle and brush built in 1995.
- Drive to Nampo City.
- Dinner and overnight at the Ryonggang spa resort complete with private mineral spa in each room. We will also have an option to have the DPRK’s famous BBQ clams for €5 extra per person.
Friday 14th August
- West Sea Barrage – A terrific example of socialist construction, the barrage was built to control the rising Taedong river and produce fertile farmland.
- Swim at Nampo beach and hang out with the locals!
- Chongsan Co-operative farm - a great example of the DPRK farm model.
- Kangso Mineral water factory.
- Drive back to Pyongyang
- Dinner at a local restaurant
- Overnight at the Sosan Hotel
Saturday 15th August -Happy Liberation Day!
- Spectate and join in university students performing a mass dance near an iconic Pyongyang monument!
- Lunch at the restaurant on Moran Hill
- Walk in the park and mingle/dance with locals as they celebrate Liberation Day.
- Special celebratory events (optional: approx €20) – We will take part in any events that are possible to attend.
- Possible military parade through Kim Il Sung Square (TBC)
- Dinner at a local restaurant complete with a special performance from the waitresses.
- To be confirmed: attend the Mass Games – The world’s largest performance! Ticket prices to be announced. Tickets can be purchased whilst on tour in North Korea.
- Firework display in Kim Il Sung Square.
- Overnight in the Sosan Hotel.
Sunday 16th August
- Hit the road bright and early for the 3 hour drive to the DMZ
- Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a UNESCO museum of history and culture.
- The DMZ – tour Panmunjom with a friendly army officer who will give you the look around. You can even take photos with the army here!
- Lunch in Kaesong City – on the menu will be traditional Korean Pansangi, a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog Soup €5)
- See the concrete wall part of the DMZ. Here we can spy on South Korean military installations from a North Korean lookout post! Very few foreigners visit here.
- Head back to Pyongyang.
- Stop at Sariwon city on the way and walk around its folklore park. We can also dress up in local costume and sample some of the fermented rice wine on offer!
- Stop by the reunification monument outside Pyongyang.
- Dinner at a restaurant on Liberation Street
- Overnight in the Sosan Hotel.
Monday 17th August
Group A Depart:
- Group A flight takers depart at 8:55am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving in Beijing at 9:50am Beijing time).
- Group A train takers depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving in central Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on the 19th).
Group B continues:
- Breakfast in Pyongyang and drive to Wonsan city (4 hours) stopping at Sinpyong Lagoon along the way for a quick rest.
- Picnic lunch at Ulim Waterfall – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in North Korea.
- Arrive in Wonsan & check into Tongmyong hotel overlooking Wonsan Bay and the East Sea.
- Visit Songdowon International Children’s Union Camp – This summer camp was designed for both domestic and international guests.
- Walk along the pier to Chok Islet where the locals will be fishing, drinking and enjoying their own BBQs with friends and family.
- Dinner at a nearby famous seafood restaurant near the hotel. Our favourite restaurant in the DPRK!
- Overnight at Tongmyong Hotel
Tuesday 18th August
- Take a walk around Wonsan Central Square and the nearby port to see North Korea’s very own cruise ship named the Mangyongbong-92. It used to ship passengers and cargo to Japan.
- Visit the former Railway Station which has now been converted into a Revolutionary site with an old Japanese stream engine on display.
- Visit Wonsan Beach for a swim or play volleyball with the locals (the entry for the beach is €2 per person)
- Lunch at a local Wonsan restaurant.
- Drive back to Pyongyang
- Stop by the tomb of King Tongmyong – the founder of the ancient Koguryeo Kingdom
- Dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant in Reunification District
- Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang. It boasts Pyongyang’s only outdoor swimming pool!
Wednesday 19th August
- Drive to Mt. Myohyang, one of Korea’s most beautiful mountain ranges located two and a half hours north of Pyongyang
- Visit the famous International Friendship Exhibition – two large gift houses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from people, governments and institutions all over the world.
- Lunch at the Chongchun hotel
- Drive back to Pyongyang and stop on the way at Ryongmun Cave – one of the most famous cave complexes in North Korea.
- Visit Mansudae Art Studio, This is where the country’s most important art work and statues are created. We will also get to meet some of the local artists too.
- Dinner and farewell drinks.
- Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel
Thursday 20th August
- Group B flight takers depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving in Beijing at 10:00am Beijing time).
- Group B train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28.
Friday 21st August
- Group B train takers arrive in Beijing at 9am
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