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Discovery of North Korea

Pyongyang, Kaesong, Mt Myohyang, Wonsan Mt Kumgang

Best time to travel
May - Oct
Ideal length
15 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights to Beijing and on to Pyongyang, and home from Shanghai.
  • Meet & Greet on arrival in Beijing & Pyongyang, all private transfers, express train tickets and all domestic flights.
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in Beijing, Pyongyang, Kaesong, Mount Myohyang, Masikryong, Mount Kumgang, Dandong and Shanghai.
  • With your private guide, take in all the key sights of the Kim Dynasty including tour of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the DMZ, Wonsan and more.
  • Hike around Mount Kumgang and get a chance to see authentic rural life in North Korea.
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Introduction

A visit to North Korea offers a glimpse of the world’s most isolated nation, where the internet and much of the 21st-century remain relatively unknown. On this suggested itinerary, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will chaperone you every step of the way. This fascinating journey allows you to take in all the key sights of the Kim Dynasty in Pyongyang. With your private guide, take in all the key sights of the Kim Dynasty including tour of Pyongyang, Kaesong, Mount Kumgang, Wonsan and more.

Luxury bespoke services

North Korea is wonderfully undiscovered, only beginning to be explored by international travellers. Though ap lace of beauty, this also creates difficulty for those combatting language barriers and distinct cultural differences. Here at OROKO, we smooth out those difficulties and make your luxury experience as seamless as possible. Our comprehensive services not only include luxury accommodation but expert local English-speaking guides, welcome orientations, private transfers, restaurant recommendations, maps and comprehensive city guides and the little things that make a huge difference, like portable Wi-Fi devices.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Beijing.

On arrival, you will be privately transferred to your hotel where you will spend one night before flying to Pyongyang, North Korea.

It’s time to depart for Pyongyang.

Your local driver and guide will meet you on arrival and take you to your accommodation where you’ll stay overnight. Enjoy a privately guided tour of Pyongyang, exploring Mansudae Hill, the huge statues of past leaders, the National Library and the Juche Tower.

Mansu Hill Grand Monument, Pyongyang
Journey to Kaesong, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Spend the next two nights here in a traditional Korean House. With your guide discover this ancient city, once the capital of the Koryo Dynasty. Visit the DMZ where the armistice talks began. You’ll also visit Koryo History Museum located within the walls of the very first University in Korea.

Hanok, Traditional Korean House
Return to Pyongyang for an overnight stay.

Stop enroute to visit the ancient citadel of mountains and Jongbul Temple. With your guide, visit the new Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum which exhibits Korean War memorabilia. Visit Tongmyong Tomb where King Jumong, Founder of Koguryo Kingdom, remains since his death in the 4th-century.

Pyongyang, North Korea
Privately transfer to Mount Myohyang.

Enroute, visit the Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung, the Revolution Martyrs’ Cemetery and the Museum of the Foundation of the Party. Continue towards Myohyang where you’ll spend one night. Myohyang, or “mysterious perfume mountain”, ia a beautiful green area in the stunning countryside.

Mt Myohyang
Visit the International Friendship Exhibition.

It displays various gifts presented to President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il by political, economic and military personalities worldwide. Next visit the large Pohyon Buddhist Temple, home to one of the rare Tripitaka Koreana copy. Return to Pyongyang for an overnight stay.

International Friendship Exhibition
Transfer to Wonsan, a port of the East Sea.

On the way, enjoy panoramic views as you pass through the impressive Sinpyong Valley. Wonsan city is an important educational centre featuring 10 universities. Visit the old steam train at the railway station before heading to Ulrim Waterfall and on to a ski resort on the outskirts of Wonsan by the Masik Pass where you’ll spend one night.

Steam train
Transfer along the Southern coastline.

This breathtaking region is dotted with ancient temples and waterfalls. Stop enroute to visit a cooperative farm, a fundamental base to the country’s agricultural economy, which can include several hundred families.

North Korean Agriculture
Arrive at Mount Kumgang.

Visit the 7th century Buddhist Temple and enjoy a hike to Samil Lake before checking into your hotel for an overnight stay. Explore Mount Kumgang, walking the paths of the lush landscape. Stop at the Nine-Dragon Waterfall before climbing to the basins of Eight Tales. As you transfer back towards to your ski resort for an overnight stay, discover Chongokchong and its splendid basalt formations.

Mount Kumgang
Journey back to Pyongyang for an overnight stay.

Visit Mangyongdae, the birthplace of the Founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It became a very important pilgrimage site for North Korean’s to pay their respect and more particularly before the birthday of Kim Il Sung.

Pyongyang
Transfer by rail to the boundary of the Great Wall of China.

The train will take you to Dandong port-city where you will stay overnight before continuing to the Great Wall, located in the Mountains of the Tiger. Enjoy a short walk towards the Great Wall, taking in the breathtaking view over North Korea. From there, visit the Korea War Museum.

North Korea China border, Great Wall
It’s time to leave North Korea behind and depart for Shanghai, China.

Spend your final two nights exploring the sites and sounds of Shanghai and staying in a handpicked property.

Shanghai
Depart from Shanghai for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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The Regent Beijing

Regent Beijing

Regent Beijing is a sophisticated hotel located in the Central Business District. Situated within a high rise building in the heart of the city, interiors are classic and elegant, with a strong focus on the incredible city views.

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Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea

Hyangsan Hotel

Known as the country’s best hotel, Hyangsan Hotel is located in the graceful Myohyang mountains, a luxuriously remote area. The hotel’s 228 spacious rooms and suites are elegantly decorated.

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Masikryong Resort

Masikryong Resort

Surrounded by ski slopes in the Masik Ryong Ski Resort lies Masikryong Resort, a fascinating pyramid-shaped building at the summit of Taehwa Peak.

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Kumgang Hotel

Kumgangsan Hotel

At the base of the Mount Kumgang mountain range on North Korea’s scenic east coast lies the Kumgangsan Hotel. Rooms are minimalistic yet elegant, featuring individual balconies facing the surrounding mountains.

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Zhonglian International Hotel

Zhonglian International Hotel

Zhonglian International Hotel enjoys great views of Yalu River and is just a kilometre away from Dandong’s centre, perfect for exploring popular landmarks such as Yalu River Park and Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge.

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Les Suites Orient

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

Les Suites Orient is a luxurious boutique property set along The Bund waterfront of Shanghai. Glamorous interiors fuse traditional oriental design with intricate Art Deco embellishments.

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What people are saying

“We have planned several family holidays with OROKO. They always provide us with several creative options and ideas. OROKO are always efficient, creative and offer excellent service. Things always change and they are helpful in all aspects to solve problems effectively and patiently.”

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