15 days in North Korea Itinerary

15 days in North Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Korea trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Pyongyang
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyangsan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Samjiyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wonsan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaesong
— 2 nights
Drive to Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, Fly to Brisbane

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Pyongyang

— 5 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.
Visiting Daedong River (Taedong River) and Pyongyang Golf Course will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and Mansudae Art Studio Gallery. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea, make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, contemplate the long history of Former Residence of Mangyongdae, and admire the landmark architecture of Workers' Party Foundation Monument.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pyongyang day trip website.

Brisbane, Australia to Pyongyang is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Pyongyang. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Hyangsan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple and then examine the collection at International Friendship Exhibition.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hyangsan trip planner.

Getting from Pyongyang to Hyangsan by car takes about 2 hours. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Samjiyon.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Samjiyon

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

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You can drive from Hyangsan to Samjiyon in 7 hours. On the 26th (Sat), you're off to Wonsan.

Things to do in Samjiyon

Nature · Parks
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Wonsan

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Wonsan Station and then get outside with Masikryong Ski Resort.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wonsan holiday planner.

You can drive from Samjiyon to Wonsan in 6.5 hours. September in Wonsan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kaesong.

Things to do in Wonsan

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Kaesong

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the views from Sonjuk Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Demilitarized Zone, then make a trip to Concrete Wall, and finally take an in-depth tour of Koryo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Manwoldae Palace, contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, and then contemplate the long history of Kaesong Namdaemun.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaesong trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wonsan to Kaesong in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Wonsan in September, expect nights in Kaesong to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.