MADE IN DPRK: Part 2 - Pyongyang & Victory Day

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

JULY 25th to 28th/29th 2017 | Part 2 - Pyongyang & Victory Day - 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 this, the Pyongyang & Victory Day part.

Overview

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, 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.

The itinerary for July also includes participation in Pyongyang’s national holiday celebrations for Victory Day on July 27 and the rare chance to see the Military Hardware Exhibition House of the Korean People's Army and an underground bunker complex.

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.

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

✪  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).


Highlights

✪  Witness and experience DPRK's unique economy through on-site visits to factories, departments stores, banks, modern boutique shops and meet with labourers, factory workers, officials, and stakeholders.

✪  Attend the festivities on the July 27th (7.27) national holiday to celebrate DPRK's Victory Day (may include parades, the Mass Dance with hundreds of Pyongyang university students and other events)

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

✪  Art galleries, museums, revolutionary sites, and very rare 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 private cooking class from a famous restaurant.

 A closing farewell dinner & cocktail party at Fujimoto Kenji’s brand new Sushi and Ramen Restaurant.

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


Costs 

JULY 25th to 28th/29th 2017 | Part 2 - Pyongyang & Victory Day - 5 Days / 4 Nights (Fly in train out)

 Price: 1490 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)

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

 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.

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 & 6 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 20th to 25th 2017 | Part 1 - NE DPRK & Yanbian  MADE IN DPRK: Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Trends in Consumerism

July 20th to 25th 2017 - 6 Days / 5 Nights

NE DPRK & China -  1590 Euro - North Hamgyong, Rason (SEZ) and Yanbian (Drive in Drive out) -  (link coming soon)

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


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Itinerary

Thursday, July 20th to Friday 28th, 2017

(5 days / 4 nights) 


Pre-Departure Briefing

A pre-departure meeting and workshop will be held in the afternoon or evening of July 24th, 2017. The specific location and time will be sent to registered participants.


July 25th, 2017

Day One: 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 Delegation (July 20th to 28th/29th 2017  – 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.

After we arrive in Pyongyang, we will spend the afternoon visiting some of the cities iconic sites and monuments in downtown Pyongyang 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 observe or ride Italian-made rides with local students and families. Overnight: Koryo Hotel


July 26th 2017

Day Two: 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 and tragic history, its architecture, the newest residential districts, and cultural landmarks. We will also stop in at some newly opened western style shops which sell all the newest DPRK brands and products such as Naenara, Bomhyanggi, Achim, Samjiyon and many others.

We visit a local department store to take a first-hand look at the huge variety of new domestically produced food, household, and cosmetic products. Then we have arranged a special traditional cooking & food preparation class with local chefs where we will learn how to make and then be able to eat mung bean pancakes, Pyongyang Cold Noodles (랭면: Rengmyeon) or a Hot Stone Bowl filled with mixed vegetables, meat, and rice (비빔밥: Bibimbap).

In the afternoon, we have been invited to visit Kim Il Sung University where we will receive an introduction to the school, including the e-library, some lecture halls, and we will speak to some of the students and faculty before visiting the newly built home of a KISU professor and his family, which was generously provided by the state.  Overnight: Koryo Hotel

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

Work on a factory assembly line, Sinuiji, DPRK

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


July 27th, 2017

Day Three: National Holiday Victory Day Celebrations 

Special visit to a new museum, which documents the 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.

Visit 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.

A special visit to the Exhibition House of Military Hardware of the Korean People’s Army, which is only open on special occasions and with special permission. Opened in 2012, this is perhaps the DPRK’s finest and least visited museum where metal objects and cameras are strictly forbidden.

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

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


July 28th, 2017

Day Four: Train Journey to Sinuiju/Dandong

In the morning, we will look around Pyongyang Train Station before departing at 10am (K28) from Pyongyang Station to Beijing via Sinuiju/Dandong. Taking the train out 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:

  1. Sinuiju Extension (+1 day) Arrive in Beijing 30th
  2. Fly Out Option: Depart Pyongyang at 9:30am and Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport 2 at AM ??on July 28th 

Arial photo of the new currently under construction Sinuiju-Dandong Friendship Bridge, Sinuiju, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange)


July 29th, 2017

Day Five: Arrival in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing Station at 8:30 AM on July 29th, 2017

End of Delegation


This program begins in Beijing, China 

It is recommended to arrive in Beijing, China on the evening of July 24th for a pre-trip breifing.

This program and ends in Beijing, China

By Train: 8 am Beijing Station | July 29th, 2017  (International Train K27/K28)

By Flight: 10 am Beijing Capital Airport | July 28th, 2017 (Air Koryo JS 151)

Saying heartfelt goodbyes after a friendly sports and language exchange, North Hamgyoung, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange)


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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 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)

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


“MADE IN DPRK “9 Day & 6 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 20th to 25th 2017 | Part 1 – NE DPRK & Yanbian  MADE IN DPRK: Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Trends in Consumerism

July 20th to 25th 2017 – 6 Days / 5 Nights

NE DPRK & China –  1590 Euro – North Hamgyong, Rason (SEZ) and Yanbian (Drive in Drive out) –  (link coming soon)

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

Observing our foreign academic delegation in a new more positive light. Rural farmer home visit after joint labor exercise, North Hamgyong, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange)


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 in the tour price: 

  • All meals in the DPRK (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, except meals on train out)

  • Special seminars, workshops, and meetings, if applicablee
  • Transportation to and from the DPRK, transportation in the DPRK and back to Beijing, China (Bus in and Train out)

  • 4 nights (3 nights hotel in the DPRK + 1 night on the train)

  • Beer and water at lunches and dinners

  • Cultural excursions, delegation activities, cultural guides/translators & general entrance fees
  • Smiles, jokes, anecdotes, some basic DPR Korean language skills and fun & interesting stories every day

Not Included:

  • DPRK visa Fee (30 – 60 Euro depending on Nationality)

  • Chinese double-entry visa (required) Note: For more information, contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence for more information (location and nationality can be different). Click here for more information or contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence for more information. Americans will qualify for the Free Beijing 72-hour Visa when flying in and out of Pyongyang, when applicable. 

  • Additional snacks, liquor, and alcohol (approx. 1 – 3 euros a beer)

  • Souvenirs, personal expenses, and other amenities

  • Tips for Korean guides and the driver (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. +100 Euro

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.)

✪  Paektu Rural Education Initiative

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 eductation 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.


  APPLY HERE    CONTACT US


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.


  APPLY HERE    CONTACT US


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.