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MYSTERIES OF NORTH & SOUTH KOREA

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Beijing
  • Pyongyang
  • Mt Myohyang
  • Kaesong
  • Gyeongju
  • Seoul
  • Busan

14 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 13 Jun 2021

Go behind the walls of North Korea, and understand why the enigmatic Hermit Kingdom has captured the world’s attention. We are escorted safely and securely through the region, and visit the De-Militarised Zone from both North and South Korea. We also spend time in Beijing, tracing a track through history. This journey is reserved for just 24 guests.

Land only map The Hermit Kingdom with South Korea 2021

Itinerary

We arrive in China’s sprawling capital. Our immersion begins with a choice from three Your World experiences. It may be walking along the iconic Great Wall of China or being guided through the hidden nooks of the vast palace complex that is the Forbidden City.

It’s time to breach the barricades of the world’s most isolated nation. We are escorted to the city’s sights, including the Arch of Triumph, Nampo Orphanage and Chonsam Cooperative Farm. Amid all the sightseeing, we have a chance to partake in one of North Korea’s most popular past times: bowling. At Golden Lane Bowling Alley, roll a strike or two alongside the locals.

The sacred Myohyang Mountain calls to us, its peaks home to the International Friendship Exhibition and Pohyon Temple for Buddhist monks. Upon return to Pyongyang, we encounter North Korea’s military history at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo. We drive to Kaesong and visit its de-militarised zone. A Your World experience to Kaeson’s Fun Fair is the perfect way to counterbalance the solemnity of the sites we’ve visited.

We spend two full days in North Korea’s capital. Begin at the Korean National Art Galley to see collections of post-war socialist-realist art. Walk across Kim Il-sung Square, where many have gathered for rallies and parades throughout history. Exchange dollars for won at Kwangbok Supermarket. Gaze up at the country’s bronzed leaders at Mansudae Grand Monument. Soar to the top of Juche Tower, and descend 100 metres underground to Pyongyang Metro.

We fly to South Korea via Beijing. Once in Seoul, witness the changing of the guards at Gyeongbok Palace, journey to Namsan Mountain to see N Seoul Tower, and observe the de-militarised zone and Bridge of Freedom from a different perspective. Your World experiences are available: dive into traditional South Korea culture at Bukchon Hanok Village, or share tea with a monk at Jogyesa Temple.

We follow the road south to Busan, a city fringed by mountains and a bustling port. At Jagalchi Fish Market, we mingle with locals who come here to source the latest catch. We continue to BIFF Square, a theatre district in Busan which also offers a wealth of street food options. A day is well spent in Gyeongju, home to an abundance of tombs and palace ruins. Full to the brim with cultural encounters both uplifting and unnerving, our journey ends.

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