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Enter North Korea Summer: Heading to Final Peace?

北韓夏季計劃:兩韓新和平時代?

Tour 1: 21 to 26 May 2018

Tour 2: 31 May to 5 Jun 2018

Introduction

The shocking news that President Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet in May might ease tension on the Korean Peninsula or even achieve denuclearization. However, critics maintain that North Korea is only buying time. What will happen in the remaining months of 2018? How will this impact 25 millions North Korean?

Enter North Korea Summer: Heading to Final Peace?北韓夏季計劃:兩韓新和平時代?is our 5th Summer series to bring you to see the world’s most isolated country that is having a materialistic life supported by gradually permitted market activities, but at the same time undergoing the toughest international sanction which may pose even more hardship to the Korean people. The tour will give participants a first hand perspective of the daily life of Korean People in the wake of a new round of peace talks.

Tour 1 Itinerary

 Day 1: 21 May 2018 (Mon)

Start of Programme

  • Arrive at Great Wall Hotel (長城酒店) in Dandong, China (丹東市) within the day
  • Free time and welcome dinner at a North Korea run restaurant

Day 2: 22 May 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
  • Overnight at Sosan Hotel (西山飯店)

Day 3: 23 May 2018 (Wed)

Pyongyang

  • Exchange session at a middle school (康盤石中學), an opportunity to talk with local students within an informal environment
  • 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
  • Extended Ride in Pyongyang Metro (平壤地鐵), the best opportunity to mingle and mix with the local Pyongyang urban dwellers
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kaeson Amusement Park (凱旋遊樂場) – have fun with the locals! We always say the Koreans here have the most genuine smiles.
  • Overnight at Sosan Hotel (西山飯店)

Day 4: 24 May 2018 (Thur)

Pyongyang > Kaesong

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lunch at a Pizza Restaurant in Pyongyang, feel the heightening influence of Westernisation in the country.
  • Munsu Water Park (文鏽水上樂園), another entertainment facility exceptionally popular with Pyongyang’s emerging middle class
  • 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.
  • Juche Tower (主體思想塔) , learn about the country’s governing idea and its survival.
  • Children Palace (少年宮), a public facility where children are engaged in extra-curricular activities originated from the Soviet Union
  • Drive to Kaesong City (開城市)
  • Overnight at Minsok Folk Hotel in Kaesong City (開城民宿)

Day 5: 25 May 2018 (Fri)

Kaesong > Sariwon > Pyongyang

  • Private walk around Kaesong Old Town Centre (開城中心城區) and an uphill balcony; 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
  • Visit to Sariwon Co-operative Farm (沙里院農場) and Rice Plantation (稻米種植體驗)
  • 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: 26 May 2018 (Sat)

Pyongyang > Dandong

  • Bongsu Church (鳳岫教會)
  • Arrive at Dandong in the afternoon
  • Group Dinner
  • Discussion session on current issues related to North Korea, facilitated by our Tour Mentor. We will reflect on the North Korean society under the leadership of Kim Jong Un as well as the prospect of the Korean Peninsula.

End of Programme

*The above itinerary is for reference only and is subject to change. Registrants will receive a full itinerary with programme details via email.

Tour 2 Itinerary

 Day 1: 31 May 2018 (Thur)

Start of Programme

  • Arrive at Great Wall Hotel (長城酒店) in Dandong, China (丹東市) within the day
  • Free time and welcome dinner at a North Korea run restaurant

Day 2: 1 June 2018 (Fri)

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
  • Overnight at Sosan Hotel (西山飯店)

Day 3: 2 June 2018 (Sat)

Pyongyang

  • Exchange session at a middle school (康盤石中學), an opportunity to talk with local students within an informal environment
  • Back to Pyongyang
  • 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
  • Extended Ride in Pyongyang Metro (平壤地鐵), the best opportunity to mingle and mix with the local Pyongyang urban dwellers
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kaeson Amusement Park (凱旋遊樂場) – have fun with the locals! We always say the Koreans here have the most genuine smiles.
  • Overnight at Sosan Hotel (西山飯店)

Day 4: 3 June 2018 (Sun)

Pyongyang > Kaesong

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lunch at a Pizza Restaurant in Pyongyang, feel the heightening influence of Westernisation in the country.
  • Munsu Water Park (文鏽水上樂園), another entertainment facility exceptionally popular with Pyongyang’s emerging middle class
  • 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.
  • Juche Tower (主體思想塔) , learn about the country’s governing idea and its survival.
  • Drive to Kaesong City (開城市)
  • Overnight at Minsok Folk Hotel in Kaesong City (開城民宿)

Day 5: 4 June 2018 (Mon)

Kaesong > Sariwon > Pyongyang

  • Private walk around Kaesong Old Town Centre (開城中心城區) and an uphill balcony; 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
  • Visit to Sariwon Co-operative Farm (沙里院農場) and Rice Plantation (稻米種植體驗)
  • 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: 5 June 2018 (Tue)

Pyongyang > Dandong

  • Bongsu Church (鳳岫教會)
  • Arrive at Dandong in the afternoon
  • Group Dinner
  • Discussion session on current issues related to North Korea, facilitated by our Tour Mentor. We will reflect on the North Korean society under the leadership of Kim Jong Un and the prospect of the Korean Peninsula.

End of Programme

*The above itinerary is for reference only and is subject to change. Registrants will receive a full itinerary with programme details via email.

Programme fee and other details

*Note 1: Walk In Hong Kong (License No.: 353919) is the responsible tour operator of this programme.

*Note 2: South Korean, Japan and US 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:
8,600 HKD (1,100 USD) for HKSAR Passport holders
9,100 HKD (1,170 USD) for other passport holders

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

Our Tour Fee excludes

  • Extra meals or activities and souvenirs in the DPRK and China
  • Tips to DPRK tour guides and driver (around 250 RMB)
  • Travel Insurance*
  • Double Entry China Visa**
  • 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. We can assist you with this.

***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 if you depart from Hong Kong:

Tour 1:
Outbound (Hong Kong – Shenyang): 20 May 2018
Inbound (Shenyang – Hong Kong): 27 May 2018

Tour 2:
Outbound (Hong Kong – Shenyang): 30 May 2018
Inbound (Shenyang – Hong Kong): 6 June 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).

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