15 days in North Korea Itinerary

15 days in North Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Korea trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Pyongyang
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kaesong
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hyangsan
— 3 nights
Drive to Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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Pyongyang

— 6 nights

Capital of Willows

Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Pyongyang is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, make a trip to Mansudae Grand Monument, learn about all things military at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Mangyongdae.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pyongyang tour planning app.

New York City, USA to Pyongyang is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Pyongyang, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kaesong.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Kaesong

— 4 nights

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: steep yourself in history at Demilitarized Zone, don't miss a visit to Sungkyunkwan University, get engrossed in the history at Koryo Museum, and snap pictures at Sonjuk Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kaesong trip planner.

You can drive from Pyongyang to Kaesong in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kaesong can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Hyangsan

— 3 nights
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 13th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple and then examine the collection at International Friendship Exhibition. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyangsan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaesong to Hyangsan takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.