7 days in North Korea Itinerary

7 days in North Korea Itinerary

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7 days in North Korea Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Pyongyang
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kaesong
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Wonsan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hyangsan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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Pyongyang

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Tower of the Juche Idea, make a trip to Kim Il-sung Square, don't miss a visit to Mansudae Grand Monument, then appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Reunification, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Mangyongdae. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, take in the exciting artwork at Mansudae Art Studio Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Daedong River (Taedong River), then make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Monument to the Korean Workers Party.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pyongyang vacation maker app .

Vancouver, Canada to Pyongyang is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Pyongyang is 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kaesong.

Things to do in Pyongyang

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Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea
Former Residence of Mangyongdae ©
Former Residence of Mangyongdae

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Kaesong

Kaesong ©
Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, make a trip to Ryongtongsa Temple, don't miss a visit to Seohae Gapmun, then get engrossed in the history at Koryo Museum, then make a trip to Concrete Wall, and finally contemplate the long history of Demilitarized Zone.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaesong journey planner.

Getting from Pyongyang to Kaesong by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kaesong are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wonsan.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Demilitarized Zone
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Demilitarized Zone ©
Demilitarized Zone
Tomb of King Kongmin ©
Tomb of King Kongmin
Koryo Museum ©
Koryo Museum

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Wonsan

Wonsan ©
Wŏnsan is a port city and naval base located in Kangwŏn Province, North Korea, along the eastern side of the Korean Peninsula, on the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and the provincial capital. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Wonsan Station and then stroll through Masik Pass Ski Resort.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wonsan online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kaesong to Wonsan in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Wonsan

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Masik Pass Ski Resort ©
Masik Pass Ski Resort

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Hyangsan

Hyangsan ©
A mountainous county, Hyangsan has long been a popular tourist destination with North Koreans, and the refurbishment of its striking, pyramid-shaped hotel in 2010 also gave a boost to international tourism.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at International Friendship Exhibition, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pohyonsa Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hyangsan trip planner .

Drive from Wonsan to Hyangsan in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks Nature Museums
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Mount Myohyang ©
Mount Myohyang
International Friendship Exhibition ©
Pohyonsa Temple ©
Pohyonsa Temple

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