7 days in North Korea Itinerary

7 days in North Korea Itinerary

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7 days in North Korea Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  29​h
1
Pyongyang
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kaesong
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hyangsan
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: New York City

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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 3rd (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Tower of the Juche Idea, don't miss a visit to Kim Il-sung Square, make a trip to Mansudae Grand Monument, appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Reunification, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Residence of Mangyongdae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Monument to the Korean Workers Party, explore the galleries of Mansudae Art Studio Gallery, then explore the activities along Daedong River (Taedong River), then don't miss a visit to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pyongyang travel route planning app .

New York City, USA to Pyongyang is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Demilitarized Zone, don't miss a visit to Concrete Wall, take an in-depth tour of Koryo Museum, then don't miss a visit to Ryongtongsa Temple, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, and finally snap pictures at Sonjuk Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kaesong trip builder .

Drive from Pyongyang to Kaesong in 2 hours. July in Kaesong sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hyangsan.

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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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.
On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at International Friendship Exhibition, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hyangsan trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kaesong to Hyangsan takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can 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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