MADE IN DPRK: Part 1 – NE DPRK & Yanbian

Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s  Markets, Manufacturing & New Trends in Consumerism 

JULY 20th to 25th 2017 | Part 1 – NE DPRK & Yanbian  – 6 Days / 5 Nights

Yanji | Tumen | Rason (SEZ) | Chongjin | Chilbosan | Kyongsong | Orang | Hoeryong | Namyang | Tumen | Yanji


Paektu Cultural Exchange, in collaboration with its advisors and DPRK government partners,  has a designed this academic travel program called MADE IN DPRK to explore and understand North Korea’s rural markets, manufacturing, and new trends in consumerism. This program is targeting academics & professionals (but is open to all, except journalists) to experience first-hand, two dynamically different regions of the DPRK (Rason SEZ, and North Hamgyong) as well as China’s quickly developing northeastern Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.

We will visit factories, shops, and local markets to observe methods of production, manufacturing, distribution, and see trade and joint investments throughout the country. This trip aims, in part, to give visitors a firsthand look at the DPRK’s growing economy and its new consumers through direct observation of business enterprises, site inspections and face-to-face discussions with DPR Koreans, Chinese and other benefactors engaged in various economic activities.

This program also offers the opportunity to see the DPRK’s beautiful mountains and scenic coastline while enjoying and learning to prepare local cuisine and even a homestay experience with rural families.

This program will explore the sensitive relationships between the DPRK and China, Russia, South Korea, the United States, while also looking at creative methods of engagement for collaboration, for positive exchanges and ethical business, investment and trade.

✪  Your Guide: This journey will be lead by Michael Spavor, who has met Marshall Kim Jong Un on multiple occasions and is the individual responsible for taking former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman to the DPRK. Michael arranges delegations to trade fairs, investment seminars, international sports and cultural events to the DPRK and has two decades of experience living in the region and is fluent in the North Korean dialect. He will accompany the group and conduct interactive discussions to offer his insight and experience as well share some fascinating and humorous anecdotes along the way.

 A portion of your delegation fees goes to support our Paektu Rural Education Initiative, which donates basic (non-sanctioned) school supplies and education materials to rural elementary schools in northern Kanggye and Chagang provinces to support early childhood education in less fortunate regions of the country. This is a joint project between Paektu Cultural Exchange and our ministry level DPRK government partner. All donated materials are non-dual use and designed to benefit primary school children.

Paektu Cultural Exchange utilizes its high-level contacts with government officials and more than 20 years of relationships or “Gwan Gye” (Kr:관계, Cn:关系) to organize unique and special meetings, opportunities and activities on this program which would not otherwise be possible.

A private visit with our four expert guides during a factory visit in Pyongyang, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange).


✪  Witness and experience DPRK’s unique economy through on-site visits to factories, departments stores, banks, markets, shops and meet with labors, factory workers, officials, and stakeholders.

✪  Work alongside fisherman, farmers and other laborers to experience & evaluate some of the labor practices of this independent socialist nation

✪  Travel through 2 different provinces and by train, and private coach and see key cities, rural towns, fishing villages, farms, and DPRK-China borderland areas

  Engage and converse with DPRK university, middle school, and elementary school students through interactive learning activities and visits.

 Visit Art Galleries, Museums, revolutionary sites 

✪  Visit local around the country and take part private cooking class from a famous restaurant.

✪  Take in the pristine natural beauty of DPRK’s East Sea coastlines, the Chilbo Mountain Range, the Tumen River Triangle Area and more

✪  Exchanges stories and play games with rural families and experience life in a DPRK home at a unique opportunity stay at a local DPRK family’s home overnight.

  Visit the border town of Hoeryong, visit the language school and see the revolutionary sites and the home of the mother and wife of leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, the respected Kim Jong Suk.

Female laborer on a cosmetics factory assembly line producing soap, Sinuiji, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange).


JULY 20th to 25th 2017 | Part 1 – NE DPRK & Yanbian 2017 – 6 Days / 5 Nights

 Price: 1590 Euro per person

(Note: Current academics and students may apply and qualify for an academic grant. Contact Us for more information.)

Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place

Deadline: Apply before July 3rd, 2017 (Americans & Japanese before June 26th, 2017)

 Trip Extensions

 Paektusan Pre-trip option (+1 Day) Begins on July 19th  – This option can be added to any trip beginning in Yanji, China (more information coming soon).

Final inspection and packaging at a site visit to the Susongchon Combined Foodstuff Factory in Chongjin DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange

“MADE IN DPRK “9 Day & 5 Day Programs

✪  JULY 20th to 28th 2017 | Parts 1 & 2 – Full Delegation MADE IN DPRKExploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Trends in Consumerism

JULY 20th to 28th 2017 | Parts 1 & 2 – Full Delegation (9 Days / 8 Nights)

 Price: 2190 Euro per person

(Note: Current academics and students may apply and qualify for an academic grant. Contact Us for more information.)

Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place

✪  JULY 25th to 28th/29th 2017 | Part 2 – Pyongyang & Victory Day  MADE IN DPRK: Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Trends in Consumerism

July 25th to 28th/29th 2017 – 5 Days / 4 Nights

Pyongyang & Victory Day –  1490 Euro – Victory Day in Pyongyang (Fly in Train out) –  (link coming soon)

Locations: Beijing | Pyongsong | Pyongyang | Sinuiju | Dandong | Beijing


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