17 days in North Korea Itinerary

17 days in North Korea Itinerary

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17 days in North Korea Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  27​h
1
Pyongyang
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kaesong
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Wonsan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Samjiyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Hyangsan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Houston

5
nights
Pyongyang

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Get in touch with nature at Koryo Tours and Daedong River (Taedong River). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kim Il-sung Square, play a few rounds at Pyongyang Golf Course, brush up on your military savvy at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Pyongyang travel planning app .

Houston, USA to Pyongyang is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Houston to Pyongyang. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Kaesong.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea
Daedong River (Taedong River) ©
Daedong River (Taedong River)
Pyongyang Golf Course ©
Pyongyang Golf Course

2
nights
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 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kaesong Namdaemun, contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, then make a trip to Concrete Wall, then don't miss a visit to Demilitarized Zone, and finally take an in-depth tour of Koryo Museum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sungkyunkwan University and then snap pictures at Sonjuk Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kaesong travel planner.

You can drive from Pyongyang to Kaesong in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kaesong are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wonsan.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Demilitarized Zone
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Demilitarized Zone ©
Demilitarized Zone
Concrete Wall ©
Concrete Wall
Tomb of King Kongmin ©
Tomb of King Kongmin

3
nights
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. Wonsan is known for winter sports and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort and contemplate the long history of Old Wonsan Station.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wonsan journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kaesong to Wonsan takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kaesong in December, Wonsan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 31°F. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to Samjiyon.

Things to do in Wonsan

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

2
nights
Samjiyon

Samjiyon ©
Samjiyŏn County is a kun, or county, in Ryanggang Province, North Korea. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Paektusan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Samjiyon day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wonsan to Samjiyon takes 6.5 hours. You'll set off for Hyangsan on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Samjiyon

Nature Parks
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Paektusan ©
Paektusan

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): examine the collection at International Friendship Exhibition, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pohyonsa Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Myohyang.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the Hyangsan trip planner .

You can drive from Samjiyon to Hyangsan in 7 hours. On the 28th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hyangsan

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

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