MADE IN DPRK: Full Trip (Parts 1 & 2)
Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Consumerism Trends

October 1st to 9th/10th 2017

(9 Days / 8 Nights)

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


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. Participants in this program will experience three dynamically different regions of the DPRK (Rason SEZ, North Hamgyong, and Pyongyang), as well as China’s quickly developing north-eastern region, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.

Participants will visit factories, shops and local markets to observe methods of production, manufacturing, and distribution, and see trade and joint investment projects throughout the country. This program 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 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
  Travel through 8 different provinces and by train, flight, and private coach to see key cities, rural towns, fishing villages, farms and the DPRK-China borderland areas
  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
  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 a unique overnight stay at a local DPRK family’s home
  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.


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


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

Sunday, October 1st – Monday, October 9th, 2017  – (9 days / 8 nights)

Departure from Yanji, China

✪ Pre-departure briefing, lecture, and workshop on October 1st (the specific location and time will be sent to registered participants)Note: It is recommended to arrive in Yanji, China, on the

Note: It is recommended to arrive in Yanji, China, on the evening of September 31st (or on the morning of October 1st).

Return to Beijing, China

By Train: 8 am Beijing Station | October 10th, 2017  (International Train K27/K28) (Sinuiju extension arrives in Beijing October 11th)

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

Optional Pre-trip

✪ Mt. Paektu and the borderlands overnight trip
Saturday, September 31st – Sunday, October 1st, 2017
This program begins in Yanji, China and ends in Beijing
Trip Cost: About 150-250 Euro depending on number of people (Contact us for more details)

How to get to Yanji, China


A local Chinese-Korean (조선족, Joseonjok) friend and cross-border trader, selling his DPRK, South Korean and Chinese food products and goods in a small local market. A variety of the products are proudly displayed as “MADE IN DPRK” and these products are renowned in Northeastern China for being organic and processed with no artificial preservatives or chemical fertilizers.  Yanji, China (Paektu Cultural Exchange).


Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Day 1: Yanji: Center of China’s Korean Ethnic Minority, Border Trade & The Gateway to the DPRK

We will begin our journey exploring the dynamic city of Yanji, located in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of China. This is one of the largest centers of trade and business between the DPRK and China, which includes joint investment projects, factories, and restaurants employing DPR Koreans. We will gain a greater understanding of the people and the region through exploring markets, local specialty products, and meeting with local traders and businessmen involved in cross-border trade. We’ve organized a special interactive workshop with one of China’s top authorities on DPRK-China trade, politics, and economy.

In the late afternoon, we will have a briefing with PCE’s director, DPRK and local expert, Michael Spavor. For dinner, we will also visit a Yanbian-Chinese joint venture restaurant which employs DPR Korean waitresses, whom we will have the opportunity to chat and get their thoughts on life in China. Overnight: Yanji

In the late afternoon, we will have a briefing about this region and a comprehensive trip introduction with PCE’s director, DPRK and local expert, Michael Spavor. For dinner, we will visit a Yanbian Chinese joint venture restaurant which employs DPR Korean waitresses, who will perform privately for our delegation and we will also have the opportunity to dance, sing, and chat with them and get their thoughts on life and working in China. Overnight: Yanji

Note: How to get to Yanji, China


Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Day 2: Tumen Industrial Complex, Borderlands & the Rason SEZ

PCE has special permission to visit a joint-venture factory in a private industrial complex where about 2500-3000 DPR Korean laborers are employed to produce electronic goods and engage in food processing and other manufacturing.

Following the factory visit, we will drive along the Tumen river for a glimpse into rural life then arrive at the Quanhe-Wonjong, DPRK-China border immigration to enter the DPRK’s first and most successful Special Economic Zone. We have permission to speak to local officials and view some of the city’s newest infrastructure developments. We will walk around the Rason City Port, which is currently being used to ship Russian coal to several China ports.

We have also been invited by the local university to observe classes and speak to some of the students and faculty. In the evening, we can enjoy European beer and food at the Czech micro-brewery where we can learn about this European start-up. Overnight: Rajin


Quota inspection at a shoe and garment factory in the Rason SEZ, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange).


Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Day 3: Rajin, Songbong & Factory Visits

We will conduct site inspections of a trading company and a few DPRK-China JV investments (the new Rajin bag factory and the Rajin cigarette & tobacco factory), where we will meet with the managers to discuss production, labor practices, and how the 2015 and 2016 floods and the US and European sanctions have affected recent business.

We will visit a local bank to change foreign currency into DPRK won and then visit the Rason Central Market, one of the most exciting sites to visit in the DPRK. PCE will take you on a guided tour of the massive Central Rason Market to bargain for electronics & artifacts and sample local delicacies.

Later in the afternoon, we will visit a local Department Store to get a feel of what domestic and imported products are being sold. We will also go swimming with locals at the beach and relax at the Rason’s Central Square. Overnight: Rajin

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


Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Day 4: The eastern port city of Chongjin, factories & colonial history

We will begin the day with a scenic drive through the countryside in North Hamgyong. This province is one of the least visited regions and was one of the hardest hit regions during the 1995-1996 famine (known as the Arduous March).

Upon arrival in Chongjin, the third largest city in the country and provincial capital, we will tour the coastal city on a local trolley ride  We will visit the Susongchon Combined Foodstuff Factory which produces various food products, snacks, and alcohols in the region. After eating lunch at a Japanese-Korean run restaurant, we will visit the North Hamgyong Provincial City Museum and a private art gallery where affordable hand-painted art works will be available for purchase. We will also take the time to observe a community computer and language class at the newly renovated provincial E-Library.

For dinner, we will visit the Chongjin Seamen’s Club, the designated compound for foreign seaman to lodge, bathe, and shop while stopping over in the Chongjin Port.
Overnight: Chongjin


Street scene near the central market in Chongjin, North Hamgyoung, DPRK (Paektu Cultural Exchange)


Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Day 5: Chilbo Mountain, the East Sea & Homestay

In the morning, we will embark on a spectacular drive winding along the beautiful east coast through local fishing villages, active open mining facilities and pastures.

After a relaxing hike overlooking the sea, we will engage with locals who are very eager to interact and play sports with visitors. We have also arranged a special workshop with the local farmers and fishermen where they will teach us their catching, harvesting, food processing and trade. After we prepare local dishes together, we will enjoy a feast and spend time with our homestay families and villagers. We will spend the evening together with our new friends then we will each stay at different villager’s homes with their families at the country’s only homestay for foreign guests. Overnight: Oceanside Chilbo Homestay Village

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)


Friday, October 6th, 2017

Day 6: Chilbo, Kyongsong and internal flight to Pyongyang

The next morning, we will drive to Kyongsong (famous for its hot springs) and along the way visit a special Oceanside revolutionary site and a local fishing village.

We will then head to the Orang Airport for our domestic private charter flight to Pyongyang (about 1 hour).

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


Our private domestic private charter flight from Orang Airport, Chongjin to Pyongyang


Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Day 7: 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.


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
  2. 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: 2190 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: 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 – North Hamgyong, Rason (SEZ) and Yanbian (Drive in Drive out)

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

✪  MADE IN DPRK: Pyongyang & WPK Anniversary* | Exploring and Understanding North Korea’s Rural Markets, Manufacturing & New Consumerism Trends

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

1490 Euro – Pyongyang, WPK Anniversary in Sinuiju (Fly in Train out)

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

✪  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.

Paektusan Pre-trip option (+1 Day) Begins on September 31st  – This option can be added to any trip beginning in Yanji, China (more information coming soon).



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.


Special Lecturer

Kim Kang-il PhD
Yanbian University, North East Asia Research Centre

Professor Kim Kang-il, PhD, is director of Yanbian University’s North East Asia Research Centre as well as the head of his department. Dr. Kim is a specialist on the development of the region, social infrastructure, the Rason Special Economic Zone, the border regions including official and non-official trade. Has presented on a variety of topics at international conferences: Identity and role of the Korean community in China and peace on the Korean Peninsula“.


Special Lecturer

Hyun Dong-il, PhD

Yanbian University, Institute of International Politics

Professor Hyun Dong-il, PhD, is the senior director of the Institute of International Politics, the chairman of Yanbian University’s North East Asia Research Centre, as well as a tenured professor at Yanbian University. Dr. Hyun is Chinese- Korean and lectures in both Chinese and Korean.


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.

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