North Korea Programme:
The Prospect of a Peaceful Peninsula?
5 to 10 March 2018
(HKU Reading Week Tour)
With the fraught relation between the US and North Korea throughout the entire 2017, the beginning of 2018 marks a stark turn, as South and North Koreas have started talking to each other, and North Korea has shown its will to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (南韓平昌冬季奧運).
However, the core issues of Korean Peninsula remain unsolved, including the denuclearisation of North Korea, and the ongoing massive UN sanctions imposed. North Korea Programme: The Prospect of a Peaceful Peninsula will bring you to see North Korea behind news headlines, and lead you to understand how North Korean see their position in the world, and the possibility of a peaceful Peninsula via an immersive academic tour.
Day 1: 5 March 2018 (Mon)
- Arrive at Great Wall Hotel (長城酒店) in Dandong, China (丹東市) within the day
- Free time and welcoming dinner at a North Korea run restaurant
Day 2: 6 March 2018 (Tue)
Dandong > Pyongyang
- Train from Dandong to Pyongyang (平壤市) : throughout the train journey you will be able to meet local Koreans, from young athletes to businessmen – a great opportunity to talk with them and get a brief idea about the world’s most isolated country
- Arrival at Pyongyang City, to be greeted by our familiar local guides
- Visit Kim Il Sung Square (金日成廣場), where one of the largest military parades in the world is held
- Mansudae Grand Monument (萬壽台紀念碑), visit the two high statues of the country’s two most important leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
- Overnight at Sosan Hotel (西山飯店)
Day 3: 7 March 2018 (Wed)
- Language exchange session at Kang Bong Sok High School, an opportunity to talk with local students within an informal environment
- Extended Ride in Pyongyang Metro (平壤地鐵), the best opportunity to mingle and mix with the local Pyongyang urban dwellers
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (祖國解放戰爭紀念館), learn more about the North Korean version of the Korean War
- Grand People Study House (人民大學習堂), interact with adult English students who are from various segments of the society, and learn more about the impact of sanctions to their lives
- Juche Tower (主體思想塔), learn about the country’s governing idea and its survival
- Overnight at Sosan Hotel (西山飯店)
Day 4: 8 March 2018 (Thu)
- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (錦繡山太陽宮), the final resting place of North Korean leaders Eternal President Kim Il-Sung and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il
- Private walking at Changjon Street (長箭街), a 18-tower complex nicknamed “Pyonghattan” by foreign diplomats
- Lunch at a Pizza Restaurant in Pyongyang, feel the heightening influence of Westernisation in the country.
- Exclusive Tram Ride (獨特電車遊), a rare chance to experience common transport tools of Pyongyang citizens. Most of the trams were assembled in the former Czechoslovakia during Soviet times before 1991
- Private walk along the Future Scientist Street (未來科學家街) , the new modern street built for Pyongyang’s professors and scientists.
- Children Palace (少年宮), a public facility where children are engaged in extra-curricular activities originated from the Soviet Union
- Exclusive visit to a local department store (本地百貨公司) , a rare and uncommon chance to witness Pyongyang’s most popular department store that is rarely attended by foreign visitors. We will explore more about how market has started to have a impact on people’s lives, and the phenomenon of the return of capitalism.
- Overnight at Sosan Hotel (西山飯店)
Day 5: 9 March 2018 (Fri)
Pyongyang > Kaesong > Pyongyang
- Drive to Kaesong City (開城市)
- Private walk around Kaesong Old Town Centre (開城中心城區); the walk in this simple and traditional city will give you a very different Korean image, one that is the exact opposite of the hustle and bustle in Pyongyang
- Demilitarized Zone/Panmunjom (三八線/板門店) , the most fortified border on Earth that still sees the standoff between the two Koreas
- Koryo Museum (高麗博物館) , a UNESCO heritage that preserves ancient Korean relics
- Return to Pyongyang
- Arch of Reunification (統一門), a sculptural arch dedicated to the three Charters of Korean reunification
- Farewell dinner with our Korean guides at a duck BBQ Restaurant
- Taedong River Bar (大同江酒吧) , a local bar in Pyongyang – relax and have a chit chat with our friendly Korean guides there
- Overnight at Yanggakdo International Hotel (羊角島國際飯店)
Day 6: 10 March 2018 (Sat)
Pyongyang > Dandong
- Arrive at Dandong in the afternoon
- Group Dinner
- Discussion session on current issues related to North Korea, facilitated by our Tour Mentor. Combining from what we experience throughout the tour, we will reflect on the Korean Peninsula issues and North Korean society under the leadership of Kim Jong Un (also called the Byungjin era 並進時代, the emphasis on both military advancement and economic development)
End of Programme
- The accommodation of this night in Great Wall Hotel, Dandong is included
*The above itinerary is for reference only and is subject to change. Registrants will receive a full itinerary with programme details via email.
*Note 1: Walk In Hong Kong Limited (License No.: 353919) is the responsible tour operator of this programme.
*Note 2: South Korean, United States and Japanese Passport Holders are not allowed to join the trip.
*Note 3: For our policies concerning the security of travelling to the DPRK, please click here.
Programme Fee: HKD 8,600 (USD 1,100)
Click here for Tertiary financial assistance options 大專生財政援助
Our Programme Fee includes
- Application for visa to the DPRK
- Transportation from Dandong to the DPRK and return (inc. taxes and surcharges)
- Transportation in Dandong and the DPRK
- Shared twin-room accommodation in Dandong (2 nights) and the DPRK (4 nights)
- All meals in Dandong and the DPRK (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Two North Korean tour guides and one driver per group
- One Eastern Vision tour mentor per group
- All entry fees to museums
- Academic materials
- Stamp duty (0.15% of Programme Fee) required by Travel Industry Council Reserve Fund as an ethical compensation for participants against bankruptcy or abscond of travel agency that obstructs participants from punctual departures
- Extra meals or souvenirs in the DPRK and China
- Your China visa of double entry**
- Transportation from Hong Kong (or your place of origin) to Dandong, China***
*An appropriate and adequate travel insurance is a condition of travelling to the DPRK.
**For some passport holders who need to acquire a visa to enter China, you are reminded to secure a proper visa for double entry, as we will go in and out of China twice.
***Our programme starts and ends at Dandong. You are free to arrange your own flights/trains to Dandong. However, we also facilitate a separate, non-bundled Group Flight Option via our responsible tour operator Walk In Hong Kong Limited if you depart from Hong Kong:
Outbound (Hong Kong – Shenyang): 4 March 2018
Inbound (Shenyang – Hong Kong): 11 March 2018
Both flights are operated by China Southern Airline.
If you choose to arrange your flight by your own, you can still join our Transit Package, which includes the transit between airports and hotels in Shenyang and Dandong. You can find more details in the Programme Guideline (you will receive this after registration).