Post-Summit North Korea: Bumpy Road to Peace
Date: 15 – 20 Oct 2018
The first half of 2018 saw a series of jaw-dropping events concerning the Korean Peninsula: first the Inter-Korean Summit, and second, the historical Summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. While the vivid images of Trump holding Kim’s hands are still fresh memories, people start to question whether North Korea will keep its words about nuclearization, and even finally open up itself to the world.
Post-Summit North Korea: Bumpy Road to Peace 北韓行：美朝峰會後的崎嶇和平路 will bring participants to see the world’s most isolated country first-hand, and understand whether the North Korean society, including its economic and social system, has really changed since the US-DPRK Summit. We will talk to the Korean students and common citizens about the recent changes in the society as well as their prospect for the future. This is our 8th HKU Reading Week Programme to North Korea, we have been witnessing the ups and downs in the country over the years, this time will be no exception.
Day 1: 15 Oct 2018 (Mon)
Commencement 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 Korean-run restaurant
Day 2: 16 Oct 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: 17 Oct 2018 (Wed)
- Exchange session at a Pyongyang middle school, 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 during the extended 6-stop train ride
- Grand People Study House (人民大學習堂), interact with adult English students who are from various segments of society, and learn more about the impact of sanctions to their lives
- Private walk along the Future Scientist Street (未來科學家街) , the new modern street built for Pyongyang’s professors and scientists.
- Exclusive visit to a local department store (光復百貨公司) , 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 4: 18 Oct 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
- Lunch at a Pizza Restaurant in Pyongyang, feel the heightening influence of Westernisation in the country.
- 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: 19 Oct 2018 (Fri)
Kaesong > 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 (高麗成均館) , a UNESCO heritage that preserves ancient Korean relics
- Return to Pyongyang
- 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: 20 Oct 2018 (Sat)
Pyongyang > Dandong
- Bongsu Church (鳳岫教會)
- Arrive at Dandong in the afternoon
- Farewell 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 particularly after the North Korea-United States Summit held early in June 2018.
- The accommodation of this night is included (Official Dismissal Point: Great Wall Hotel)
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.
*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.
8,600 HKD (1,100 USD) for HKSAR Passport holders
9,100 HKD (1,170 USD) for other passport holders
*Enjoy a $600 Early-bird discount for all confirmed registrants on or before 14 Sep!*
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Our Programme Fee includes
- DPRK Visa
- 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 itinerary mentioned above
- Academic materials
- Stamp duty (0.15% of Programme Fee) required by Travel Industry Council Reserve Fund
Our Programme 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 need to arrange your own flights/trains to Dandong. However, we also facilitate a separate, non-bundled Transit Package if you depart from Hong Kong:
Outbound (Hong Kong – Shenyang): CZ636 14 Oct 20:25 – 00:25(+1)
Inbound (Shenyang – Hong Kong): CZ635 21 Oct 15:00 – 19:25
Both flights are operated by China Southern Airlines.
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).