12 days in North Korea Itinerary

12 days in North Korea Itinerary

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Fly to Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, Drive to Kaesong
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Kaesong
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Pyongyang
— 6 nights
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Hyangsan
— 2 nights
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Kaesong

City of Pines

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.
Kaesong is known for museums and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Demilitarized Zone, take an in-depth tour of Koryo Museum, steep yourself in history at Tomb of King Kongmin, and snap pictures at Sonjuk Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kaesong trip itinerary planning site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kaesong is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September; daily highs in Kaesong reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Pyongyang

Capital of Willows

Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Bring the kids along to Tower of the Juche Idea and Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kim Il-sung Square, appreciate the history behind Arch of Reunification, admire the striking features of Workers' Party Foundation Monument, and hit the best photo ops around with Tongil Tours.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pyongyang sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Kaesong to Pyongyang in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

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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 29th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple, and then examine the collection at International Friendship Exhibition.

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Getting from Pyongyang to Hyangsan by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

North Korea travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Probably the world's most reclusive country, North Korea remains off the radar for most tourists. The few travelers who realize it's actually possible to take a trip to North Korea end up exploring only a small part of the country, accompanied at all times by official government guides. Isolated from the rest of the world, this communist state exists outside the realm of the 21st century, playing by its own rules and living in the shadow of its hereditary rulers' powerful personalities. If you do choose to spend your vacation in North Korea, prepare to discover a place quite unlike any other in the world--where the surprises may in turn delight and unsettle.