MADE IN DPRK: Part 2 Only – Pyongyang & WPK Anniversary*

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

October 6th to 9th/10th, 2017 (5 Days / 4 Nights)

Beijing | Pyongsong | Pyongyang | Sinuiju | Dandong | Beijing

**The rural market will be visited on the first half of this delegation and not included in the Pyongyang & WPK Anniversary

Overview

Paektu Cultural Exchange, in collaboration with its advisors and DPRK government partners, has designed this academic travel program called MADE IN DPRK in order to explore and understand the DPRK’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, Pyongyang the capital of the DPRK.

We will visit factories, shops, 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. In turn, participants will gain knowledge about methods of positive engagement, collaboration and ethical business, investment and trade.

The extension for this itinerary also includes participation in the national holiday celebrations for the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) Anniversary on October 10 and the rare chance to see the Military Hardware Exhibition House of the Korean People’s Army, an underground bunker complex and the unique experience of sleeping at a rural coastal homestay, around the time of “추석” (Chusok) the Korean traditional Thanksgiving holiday.

On-site visit to a local a grocery store within a department store. Pyongyang, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange).


Highlights

 Witness the DPRK’s unique economy through on-site visits to factories, departments stores, banks, markets (장마당), modern boutique shops and meet with labors, factory workers, officials and stakeholders
  Celebrate the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) Anniversary with locals in Sinuiju (+1 day)
  Work alongside fisherman, farmers and other laborers to experience & evaluate some of the labor practices of this independent socialist nation
  Engage and converse with DPRK university, middle school, and elementary school students through interactive learning activities
  Visit art galleries, museums, revolutionary sites and special visits to an underground bunker complex and the Exhibition House of Military Hardware of the Korean People’s Army
  Visit local and top restaurants around the country and take part in private cooking class
  Attend closing farewell dinner & cocktail party at Fujimoto Kenji’s new Sushi and Ramen Restaurant

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

PCE utilizes its high-level contacts with government officials and more than 20 years of relationships (Kr:관계, Cn:关系) to organize unique meetings and activities that would otherwise not be possible.


Social Responsibility

Paektu Cultural Exchange is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting ethical business with a focus on social impact. A significant portion of the delegation fees will support Paektu Cultural Exchange’s Project Samjiyon, providing school supplies and language learning materials to less accessible rural elementary schools in northern Kanggye and Chagang provinces. This is a joint project between Paektu Cultural Exchange and ministry-level DPRK government partners. All donated materials are strictly designed to benefit primary school children and their educators.

 


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Itinerary Details

Friday, October 6th to Monday, October 9th, 2017 (5 days / 4 nights) 

Pre-Departure Briefing

A pre-departure meeting and workshop will be held in the afternoon or evening of October 5th, 2017. The specific location and time will be sent to registered participants.

This program and ends in Beijing, China

By Train: 8 am Beijing Station | October 10th, 2017  (International Train K27/K28)

By Flight: 10 am Beijing Capital Airport | October 9th, 2017 (Air Koryo JS 151)


Friday, October 6th, 2017

Day 1: Beijing to Pyongyang

Meet at the Air Koryo check-in desk at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 and receive visas, check-in for the flight to Pyongyang on Air Koryo JS152.

Note: The MADE IN DPRK: Full Trip (Parts 1 & 2) (9 Days / 8 Nights) will transfer from Orang Airport and arrive by private charter flight to Pyongyang. We will join up with them after we arrive to join the delegation.

In Pyongyang, we will spend the afternoon visiting the cities’ iconic sites and monuments before checking into the Koryo Hotel. We will then have a welcome dinner at the top Pyongyang BBQ Restaurant with our Pyongyang partners. After dinner, we will visit the magical Kaeson Youth Amusement Park where we can ride Italian-made rides with local students and families. Overnight: Koryo Hotel


Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Day 2: Pyongyang Department Store, Walking Tour, University & Factory Visits

In the morning, we will have a comprehensive private walking tour with a local specialist to view and learn about Pyongyang’s rich history, its architecture, the newest residential districts and cultural landmarks. We will also stop in at some newly opened western and DPRK style shops that sell all the newest Made in DPRK products such as Naenara, Bomhyanggi, Achim, and Samjiyon.

We will visit a department store to take a first-hand look at the huge variety of new domestically produced food, household, and cosmetic products. Then we will participate in a traditional cooking class with top local chefs.

In the afternoon, we will head to Kim Il Sung University where we will receive an introduction to the school, and speak to students and faculty before visiting the newly built home of a KISU professor and his family. Overnight: Koryo Hotel

Note: We will visit several factories in Pyongyang and we have requested visiting the new Silk Factory and the Pyongyang Chewing Gum Factory among others.

Learning traditional food preparation in a private cooking class with local chefs, Pyongyang, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange)


Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Day 8: Museum and Exhibition Visits

We will visit a museum that documents US and Japanese war crimes as well as the history of South Korean and US aggression up to 2016. This museum has not yet been open to foreign visitors; PCE has gained special permission to visit.

We will also take a look at an underground bunker complex used during the Korean War. This often-overlooked site houses rare relics as well as an amazing museum of city planning and design which took place after the city was reduced to rubble after the war.

We will continue our ‘museum day’ with a special visit to the Exhibition House of Military Hardware of the Korean People’s Army, which is only open with permission.

In the evening, we will visit Fujimoto Kenji’s newly opened Gourmet Japanese restaurant for dinner & cocktails. We will visit a local pub after dinner for a farewell party with our DPRK partners, staff and driver.

Offerings of flower baskets at Mansudae Hill on a National Holiday, Pyongyang, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange)


Monday, October 9th, 2017

Day 9: Train Journey to Sinuiju/Dandong

In the morning, we will look around Pyongyang Train Station before departing at 10 am (K28) from Pyongyang Station to Beijing via Sinuiju/Dandong. Taking the train is a trip highlight as you can enjoy the views of the DPRK countryside from your train car or sit in the restaurant car sharing food and drinks with locals.

OPTIONS:

  Celebrate the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) Anniversary with locals in Sinuiju (+1 day)

  1. Sinuiju Extension (+1 day) Arrive in Beijing on October 11th, 2017

Fly Out Option: Depart Pyongyang at 9:30 am and arrive at Beijing Capital Airport at 2 am on October 9th, 2017


 

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Day 10: Arrival in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing Station at 8:30 AM


End of Delegation


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Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities.  All payments are subject to PCE terms and conditions.

Costs

Price: 1490 Euro per person

Note: Current academics and students can qualify for an academic grant. Contact us for more information.

Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place

Options: Fly out option to Pyongyang (+100 Euro)

Deadline: September 18th, 2017 (Americans & Japanese before September 11th)


Other Available Options

MADE IN DPRK: Full Delegation | Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Consumerism Trends

October 1st – October 6th, 2017 – 9 Days / 8 Nights

2190 Euro

Locations: Yanji | Tumen | Rason (SEZ) | Chongjin | Chilbosan | Kyongsong | Orang | Pyongyang | Pyongsong | Pyongyang | Sinuiju | Dandong | Beijing

✪ MADE IN DPRK: NE DPRK & Yanbian | Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Consumerism Trends

October 1st – October 6th, 2017 – 6 Days / 5 Nights

1590 Euro

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

Trip Extensions

* Sinuiju Extension (+1 day) Arrive in Beijing 30th by Train – This option can be added to any trip departing the DPRK by train through the Sinuiju / Dandong Border.


Included

All meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; meals include water and beer)
Access to official DPRK visa (as opposed to tourist visa)
Transportation to, from and within the DPRK and China during the program
Accommodation in the DPRK and China (4-star hotel, standard room)
PCE’s Trade and Investment booklet
Smiles, jokes, anecdotes, basic DPR Korean language skills and some fun and interesting stories to go along with each day’s activities

Not Included

Official DPRK visa fee (50-80 Euro depending on nationality) – Please note: this is not a tourist visa
Chinese double-entry visa (required) – Please Note: for more information, contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. Some nationalities (e.g. Americans, Canadians, etc.) may qualify for the Free Beijing 72-hour Visa when flying in and out of Pyongyang.
Additional snacks, liquor, and alcohol (e.g. ~1–3 Euro per beer)
Souvenirs, personal expenses, and other amenities
Tips for Korean guides and drivers (usually expect to tip about 10-15 Euro in total per day)

Note: American passport holders cannot take the train out and therefore must fly out at an additional cost of 100 Euro when applicable.

Upgrades and Options

Flight (Economy) from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +100 Euro
Flight (First Class) from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +250 Euro
Single room supplement fee (if you would like your own single room) Add +50 Euro per night
Room upgrades available for additional charges (Deluxe, Suite or Presidential Suite etc.)


 


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Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities. All payments are subject to PCE terms and conditions.

 

 DPRK Cultural Interpreter and Guide

spavorMichael Spavor

Guide & Cultural Interpreter
Paektu Cultural Exchange Director 

Michael has spent over 18 years living, working and studying in both North and South Korea and is fluent in the DPRK dialect. He first visited the DPRK in 2001 then in 2005; he became the managing director of a Canadian NGO operating in Pyongyang.

He also has extensive experience in South Korea working for government tourism organizations, but in the past decade, he has focused on organizing and facilitating trade, investment, cultural, academic, and specialized delegations to the DPRK. Michael has strong professional and personal relationships with the country’s leadership, and across different ministries and departments throughout the entire country.

He organized the Dennis Rodman 2013 and 2014 visits, the basketball match between the DPRK and former NBA players as well as cultural heritage restoration projects with the Dutch Prince Claus Fund.

Michael studied International Relations focusing on the Korean Peninsula and East Asian Studies in Canada then went on to study International Trade and Political Science in Korean.


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Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities.  All payments are subject to our terms and conditions.