Liberation Day Tour

  • August 12th - 18 / 20 / 23rd
  • 945 - 1445
  • 5 / 7 / 10 Days

This is the ultimate summer tour that also takes in one of the biggest celebrations of the year in the form of Liberation from the Japanese in 1945.

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! We’ll also stop by Pyongyang’s Water Park to take a dip and ride the slides with the locals to cool off. We’ve organised a special visit to the North Korean International Football Academy where we’ll check out their facilities and play a friendly match.

For those who want to explore more beyond the essentials, this is the perfect time to do an extended tour. Group B tour will be visiting 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 fresh dip and hangout with the locals and their families at a nearby beach. 

Our Group C tour will take you to the east cost of the Korean peninsular to the lovely and sunny city of Wonsan. This is a very popular holiday destination for Koreans. Here we’ll try the delicious and very 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 swimmers!!

• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Flights are extra.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).

• Flights.
• Extra drinks and souvenirs.
• Cost of visas.
• Tips for Korean guides and the driver.
• Additional events not listed in the itinerary.

  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • Tour highlights

Monday 12th August

  • Groups A,B & C meet your Rocky Road guide at 1:30pm at a Beijing 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 13th August

  • Train group arrive in Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then departs 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 14th August

Morning

  • 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.
  • 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.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at a Korean Hot Pot Restaurant
  • 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).
  • Monument to the Party Foundation – The hammer sickle and brush built in 1995.
  • Visit a North Korean Film Studio –  We can tour the film sets and try on some costumes! 
  • Visit Kwanbok department store. Here we can shop with the locals and have access to the local North Korean currency!
  • Dinner and drinks at the Duck BBQ restaurant
  • Visit Kaeson Funfair – entry €2
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

Thursday 15th August – Liberation Day!

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – This is where the Leader’s Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state.
  • 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!
  • 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)

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Moran Hill Chicken restaurant.
  • We’ll take a stroll through Moranbong Park where locals gather to meet, picnic, and dance – don’t be shy to join in on the fun!
  • 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.
  • Special celebratory events (optional: approx €20) –  we will take part in any holiday events that are possible for tourists to attend. 
  • Spectate or join in on the Pyongyang university students performing a mass dance near an iconic Pyongyang monument – fantastic for rare photo opportunities!
  • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s palace – The largest of the schoolchildren’s palaces (extracurricular centers in North Korea), we’ll first observe some lessons then watch the amazing kids performance.
  • Stop by Mansugyo Beer Bar – a local bar with 7 different beers on tap.
  • Dinner in Mangyongdae District to try Pyongyang’s famous Cold Noodle Dish or the traditional Korean Bibimbap.
  • Go to Kim Il Sung Square to watch the expected fireworks over the Taedong River and Juche Tower.
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

Friday 16th August

  • Hit the road for the 3.5 hour drive to Kaesong and 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!

Afternoon

  • 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)
  • Stop by Sariwon to  view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
  • Try locally brewed Makkoli in a local tea house.
  • Stop by the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil (reunification) Highway.
  • Back to Pyongyang in time for dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

Saturday 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 Sunday the 18th).

Group B & C continue on:

Morning

  • Drive to Nampo City.
  • Chollima Steel Complex- One of the DPRK’s most famous industrial sites.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Hangu harbour hotel.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Sunday 18th August

Morning

  • Chongsan Co-operative farm  - a great example of the DPRK farm model.
  • Kangso Mineral water factory.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang

Afternoon

  • Lunch in the city.
  • Next we'll head to the shooting range which has been renovated and equipped with rifles, pistols, archery and automatic rifles! (Extra charge).
  • Visit Kwanbok department store. Here we can shop with the locals and have access to the local North Korean currency!
  • Rakwon Beer Bar.
  • Dinner in Mangyongdae District
  • Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang!  It boasts Pyongyang’s only outdoor swimming pool.

Monday 19th 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. (Arriving in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on Tuesday the 20th).

Group C continue on:

Morning

  • Breakfast in Pyongyang and drive to Wonsan city (4 hours) stopping at Sinpyong Lagoon along the way for a quick rest.

Afternoon

  • 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 Wonsan Beach for a swim or play volleyball with the locals (the entry for the beach is €2 per person)
  • 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.
  • Overnight at Tongmyong Hotel

Tuesday 20th August

Morning

  • 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 Songdowon International Children’s Union Camp – This  summer camp was designed for both domestic and international guests.

Afternoon

  • 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

Wednesday 21st August

Morning

  • 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.

Afternoon

  • 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 22nd August

Morning

  • Group C flight takers depart at 10:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving in Beijing at 11:30am Beijing time).
  • Group C train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28.

Friday 23rd August

Morning

  • Group C train takers arrive at 10:00am at Beijing Railway Station

  • Celebrations

    Take in the holiday celebrations and dancing in Pyongyang.

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

    See the place where both President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il lie in state.

  • See the DMZ

    Visit the DMZ and see the blue huts on the demarcation line between North and South Korea.

  • Visit Sariwon

    Visit the lesser seen North Korean city of Sariwon.

  • Spectate the Mass Games

    See the largest show on earth! (Ticket price extra)

  • Relax at a North Korea Beach

    Visit North Korea's best beaches and chill/hang with locals for an afternoon.

Liberation Day Tour

945 - 1445
  • Aug 12th - 23rd (Long option via train from Beijing)
  • Aug 13th - 22nd (via plane with extra cost)
  • 5/7/10 Days
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