The DPRK Weekender - Shanghai Departure
3 nights, 3 full days in DPRK
Shanghai → Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ → Shanghai
PLEASE NOTE: EARLY BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AS THERE ARE VERY LIMITED SEATS ON FLIGHT
It’s time to take a long weekend and join us in Pyongyang for this classic 3-night Thursday to Sunday tour. Depart Shanghai on late Thursday evening on Air Koryo, an experience in itself, and head to the historic Koryo Hotel to check in. The following day, visit all of the iconic DPRK monuments like the Tower of Juche Idea, a massive 150-meter concrete structure, take a ride on the Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, and see the newly renovated Fatherland Liberation War Museum alongside the USS Pueblo. On our last day in the DPRK, we’ll visit the DMZ and see the living division between North and South Korea. Return to Shanghai on Sunday evening, just in time to make it to work on Monday!
*NOW running every Friday to Sunday from April to the end of October at group rates. Click “Choose your own dates” at checkout and let us know which Friday to Sunday you want in the notes section.
Early booking highly recommended as seats on flight are limited and not guaranteed.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Depart for Pyongyang
Meet us at 10:00pm: Head to the Air Koryo counter at the Pudong International Airport to check in for 12:30am Friday departure to Pyongyang. Approximate arrival into Pyongyang is at 3:00am. Our local tour guides greet you at the airport. We’ll check in at the Koryo Hotel (where you’ll be staying during the trip). (Meals: Dinner on flight)
Day 1: Pyongyang City Tour
11 AM: Start the morning at the Mansudae Grand Monument. This important site is famous for its large, bronze statutes of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Visitors are asked to follow local custom by bowing and laying flowers at the feet of the statues (flowers can be purchased at the stand for 10-20 RMB each). Take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcasted internationally during large holiday events. Stop in at the Foreign Languages Bookshop to pick up your favorite DPRK trinkets and publications.
After lunch, tour the Grand People’s Study House, the national library. Stop at the Mansudae Art Studio, the most prestigious fine arts studio in the country (we recommend the ink block paintings here). Get a dose of history (from a different perspective) at the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). After dinner, check out the local scene at the Kaeson Amusement Park (optional). (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 2: Pyongyang Life
AM: Visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Catch the Pyongyang Metro during rush hour to get a glimpse of daily life in Pyongyang. We’ll stop for some pictures at the Arch of Triumph. Take a stroll through the city before heading to lunch.
PM: At the Tower of Juche Idea, learn about the Juche philosophy that serves as the national ideology. For those who wish to take the lift up 150-meters to the top, you’ll have an opportunity to take in a panorama view of the entire Pyongyang city. Go to the Party Foundation Monument and then sit in on a class at the Pyongyang Middle School. You have a choice in the afternoon of recreation with the locals at the Golden Lanes Bowling Alley, the Rollerskate Park or the Meari Shooting Range! Enjoy DPRK craft brew at the Taedonggang Microbrewery (optional). (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 3: Kaesong / DMZ
AM: Start the day with a drive through the countryside to the city of Kaesong. Then we start our adventure to the De-Militarized Zone of Korea where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that oft gets discredited or unheard. At the DMZ, we will explore Panmunjom, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses.
PM: Enjoy Pansanggi, the traditional Kaesong cuisine for lunch. Learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates) at the Koryo History Musuem. Pick up some of the best postcards in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop. We’ll stop at the Sonjuk Bridge, the original site where an important Koryo Dynasty figure was assassinated (now an UNESCO site). Then head back to Pyongyang to enjoy your last dinner in the DPRK. Grab your luggage and head to the airport for an evening flight back to Shanghai. Approximate time of departure is 10:30pm from Pyongyang with arrival at Pudong at 11:30pm. (Meals: B, L, D)
RETURN TO SHANGHAI PUDONG AT 2230 ON SUNDAY NIGHT
This itinerary is subject to change at any time.
- DPRK visa fees and handling
- Round trip ticket from Shanghai (Pudong Airport) to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
- 3 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations
- Meals as indicated
- Coach transportation in DPRK
- Local DPRK guides
- One local driver
- Admission fees
- Round-trip airfare to China from home country
- Shanghai hotel accommodations
- Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
- Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
- Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
- Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)
Entrance Fees for Optional Events
Priced in Euros but USD and RMB accepted
- Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
- Amusement park entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each
- Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 euros