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North Korea - DPRK

 Korea's history spans over 5000 years. Due to its strategic geographical location, neighbouring China, Japan and Russia, the peninsula has often been the field of battle of foreign powers and as now inextricably enmeshed in the global political climate. Travel broadens the mind and no more so than in North Korea. There are no restrictions for you to visit and the United Nations, European Union and other agencies see tourism as a positive way of engagement. Very few journalists are allowed into North Korea so the amazing experiences you will embrace there are rarely publicised. It is not a country that many people visit, and there is virtually no information available about it. 

Any contact we have with the Korean people has to be beneficial in breaking down barriers, particularly as many people outside Pyongyang have not seen let alone interacted with foreigners. On our tours amazing things happen such as tourists joining in folk celebrations with the Koreans on their day off. Tourists have experienced the most magical times including impromptu football matches with workers, playing with Korean children, being approached by Koreans who practice broken English on them. In the West we portray the Koreans as a very humourless and robotic people, however this stereotype is soon broken if you travel there, they are a very proud people and although their life is a struggle their humour and warmth is unsurpassed.

Information for travellers to North Korea is at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Regular tour groups have a maximum of 19 persons except for Kimchi Budget Tours which are capped at 25. Multiple groups may travel on some itineraries.

 

 

NORTH KOREA PRICES:

The base tour price is quoted in Euro for all tours. Additional cost may be incurred for extra nights in Beijing or Pyongyang, variable modes of transport in and out of North Korea or extra's quoted in the itineraries. Total price is converted to Australian Dollars at the time of payment based on currency exchange rates at that date and may include transfer fees to the DPRK up to 5% of the total cost. Contact our consultants for full details.

  

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TRAVEL TO THE DPRK - NORTH KOREA INFORMATION

 Information for travelling to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea - DPRK). Guidepost Tours are Australian agents for Koryo Tours who have long been associated with travel to North Korea. Information relates to group tours, independent private touring and trips to special occasions such as the Mass Games and other important celebrations. This information is designed as a guide and every request for travel will be treated individually. Contact Guidepost Tours for more details.

BEIJING & CHINA STOPOVERS & SHORT TOURING

 On the way to North Korea why not spend a few days exploring Beijing or some of the outstanding sights of China. Guidepost have some local tour operators based in Beijing who provide excellent day tours and short regional trips. We have listed a selection of the most popular tours here however other options are available. Contact Guidepost Tours for details when packaging your tours to North Korea.

PYONGYANG MARATHON - 7 night tour

  10 April 2020 - 7 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Take part in the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea, join in Day of the Sun celebrations and explore more of this fascinating country!***Super Early Bird Pricing!*** From 1,394 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

DANDONG EXTENSION - optional add on to most tours to North Korea

 Dandong; a fascinating small city on the Chinese side of the Yalu river, facing across to Sinuiju, your point of exit from DPRK after the tour. Instead of returning directly to Beijing we are pleased to offer a one and two-day fully-guided extension to the tour to take in all the sights of Dandong on a special North Korea-themed extension. Formerly only available to those tourists who exit the DPRK by train, this tour is now available to travellers taking part in DPRK tours ending on Saturdays and Wednesdays only. Contact Guidepost Tours for details. (Koryo)

SINUIJU STOPOVER - optional add on to most tours to North Korea

 We are pleased to be the first to announce that it is possible to stay overnight in this rarely-visited city, and that this can be done as an extension to any tour that leaves the country by train – both on group tours and independent. You can now visit Sinuiju and stay overnight either by train from Pyongyang or by travelling in from Dandong, China. Day trips to Sinuiju are also still available from Dandong if you don't want to stay overnight. (Gpt-Koryo)

MASIK PASS SKI RESORT

 Newly opened in January 2013 the first major ski resort in the DPRK; the Masik Pass Ski Resort features 9 main runs and two beginners slopes. It’s been widely reported-on, and surrounded by no-little controversy, but the resort is now open and after Koryo tours were invited on an inspection visit all our tourists are welcome to try it out!  we are offering a two night extension for anyone wanting to take the opportunity to hit the slopes of North Korea; be among the first foreign visitors and stay at the newly opened and very well equipped hotel. (GptKoryo)

PYONGSONG - our new destination

 Koryo Tours is pleased to be able to announce that we have been able to gain access to some interesting sites in the city of Pyongsong, located just 30 minutes drive from Pyongyang, in the DPRK (North Korea). 

Information for travellers to North Korea (DPRK)

TRAVELLING TO NORTH KOREA

JOINING A GROUP TOUR OR INDEPENDENT TRAVEL

OUR TOUR OPERATOR IN NORTH KOREA

THE MASSED GAMES & SPECIAL EVENTS

 Developed over decades, there is nothing else like it. The North Korea Mass Games involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. In 2019, the North Korean Mass Games returns with performances at the massive May Day Stadium in Pyongyang. 

PROJECT & VOLUNTEER GROUPS, SCHOOLS & SPORTS

PYONGYANG

 Pyongyang is the ‘Capital of the Revolution’ and the largest city of the DPRK. Located in the heart of the Taedong River Valley, the city’s name literally means ‘flat’ or ‘peaceful’ land. 

DANDONG

 Dandong, formerly known as Andong, is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Liaoning province, People's Republic of China. It is the largest Chinese border city, facing Sinuiju, North Korea across the Yalu River, which demarcates the Sino-North Korean border.

KAESONG & THE DMZ

 The old capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, Kaesong is known for its numerous historic relics and medicinal insam (ginseng). Once a great mercantile centre on the land and sea Silk Roads, ‘Kaesong’ literally means ‘open walls’. 

THE NORTHWEST - PYONGSONG, MT MYOHYANG, HOECHANG, ANJU, SINUIJU, UIJU & TONGRIM

 The old ‘Peking Road’ to China reaches north from Pyongyang to the Amnok (Yalu) River through river valleys and mountains hiding limestone caves, walled towns, mountain fortresses, and serene temples.

THE NORTH - MOUNT PAEKDU & SAMJIYON

 Tradition says that the Korean people originated from the wilderness around volcanic Mt. Paekdu – a charming folk story of a tiger and bear undergoing a garlic-involved ritual here that led to the creation of the first Koreans can be explained by your guides. At 2,750m, Mt. Paekdu is the peninsula’s highest peak, a massive sleeping volcano topped with the beautiful Lake Chon (Heaven Lake), the lake formed from one of the largest eruptions in recorded human history. The region is also closely associated with the guerilla struggle to liberate Korea from Japanese colonial rule and thus has great spiritual, historic, and revolutionary significance for the Korean people. 

THE SOUTHWEST - NAMPO, SARIWON & HAEJU

 The Southwest is a microcosm of the DPRK. The lower Taedong River Valley is the cradle of local civilization and has a diverse variety of historic sites, including the first of the DPRK’s main UNESCO World Heritage sites - the complex of Koguryo Tombs dating to the 5-7th centuries. Long northern Korea’s agricultural heartland, the region today is home to representative examples of the DPRK’s flagship industrial base. 

THE NORTH EAST - CHONGJIN, MT CHILBO, KYONGSONG, HOERYONG, & RASON

 The Northeast is the most remote and least visited region of the DPRK open to foreign tourists. The last area incorporated into the Korean realm, this has traditionally been a frontier for exiles, brigands, and revolutionaries. Heavily industrialized during the Japanese colonial era, Communist idea took early root among the region’s many workers and peasants. The region remains a key part of the DPRK economy, especially with the addition of the Rason Special Economic Zone. 

THE EAST COAST - WONSAN, MT KUMGANG, HAMHUNG

 There is another Korean saying that over the mountains there are mountains. Head east from Pyongyang, and go over enough mountains and one eventually finds Korea’s scenic eastern seaboard. The East Coast rewards visitors with clean beaches backed by spectacular highlands, including the famous Mt. Kumgang. It is also home to the DPRK’s second largest city, Hamhung, and the major port city of Wonsan. 

ISOLATED RUSSIA - KADYKCHAM & MAGADAN


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