Exploring One of the Last Travel Frontiers

DPRK North Korea

North Korea, or, more formally, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a strangely fascinating country – a tightly controlled single-party state that maintained travel restrictions for U.S. citizens until 2010. A remarkable destination unlike any other – perfect for the most intrepid of travelers.

Why Travel with MIR to the DPRK (North Korea)
  • 30 years of world travel experience
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
  • One of a handful of American tour companies with access to the DPRK
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner applause from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of the DPRK. Below is just a sampling of the DPRK experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

  • Discover the abandoned village of Panmunjom
    Discover Panmunjom, the abandoned village in the Joint Security Area (JSA) where the 1953 Armistice Agreement was signed...
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    Discover the abandoned village of Panmunjom

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    DMZ, North Korea

    Discover Panmunjom, the abandoned village in the Joint Security Area (JSA) where the 1953 Armistice Agreement was signed.

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  • Board a spy ship
    Board the U.S. Navy spy ship, the USS Pueblo, seized in 1968 and still held captive...
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    Board a spy ship

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    Pyongyang, DPRK

    Board the U.S. Navy spy ship, the USS Pueblo, seized in 1968 and still held captive.

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  • Admire some of the ancient Koryo Dynasty sites
    Admire some of the UNESCO-listed ancient sites from the Koryo Dynasty, the namesake of Korea...
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    Admire some of the ancient Koryo Dynasty sites

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    Kaesong, DPRK

    Admire some of the UNESCO-listed ancient sites from the Koryo Dynasty, the namesake of Korea.

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  • Prowl the DMZ
    Explore the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, one of the last relics of the Cold War, and see where the 1953 armistice was signed...
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    Prowl the DMZ

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    Kaesong, DPRK

    Explore the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, one of the last relics of the Cold War, and see where the 1953 armistice was signed.

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Ways to Travel to the DPRK (North Korea) with MIR

We are in the forefront of tour operators traveling into North Korea and can’t help but compare it to the Soviet Union in the early days of our travel there. Restricted and monitored, yes, but with subtle opportunities to talk with the people built in to the overall experience.

Take a look at our small group escorted tour option:

Small Group Tours
Opening the Door on the DPRK (North Korea)

Opening the Door on the DPRK (North Korea)

Exploring One of the Last Travel Frontiers

Travels to: China, DPRK North Korea

11 Days / Departures in October 2017

Small Group land tour from $5,495, plus $650 internal air

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Rail Journeys by Private Train

At the moment, we don’t offer any rail tours that include this destination. However, we do have a variety of options for rail journeys by private train, including those that travel along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway.

Custom travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries across our corner of the globe for 30 years. North Korea is a new venture for us and we are starting off enthusiastically with some savvy on-the-ground partners.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our North Korea signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Custom Group Travel Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your group’s travel goals, budget and style. Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR’s Private Journeys department can suggest places to see and things to do based on our local knowledge, and design a one-of-a-kind itinerary for your group of friends or club members.

Find out more about our custom & private travel expertise or connect with a Custom Group Travel Specialist to get started.


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DPRK North Korea

Pyongyang

Pyongyang has been the capital of North Korea since the DPRK was established in 1948.  Though it has a very long history, having been mentioned in historic texts in 108 BC, the city needed extensive rebuilding after the devastation of the Korean War.  Designed on a monumental Soviet-style scale, with enormous public buildings, wide avenues and expansive squares, Pyongyang is just beginning to boast enough cars to fill the streets, and then only during special holidays.

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Kaesong

Kaesong is the southernmost city in North Korea.  Capital of the early Koryo Dynasty from 918 to 1392, it is now a center of light industry.  It has a population of some 300,000.  In the middle of town is Mt. Janum, on the top of which stands a statue of Kim Il Sung.  In 2013, 12 historic sites in Kaesong were included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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DMZ

Take a tour of the northern side of the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).  The DMZ itself is actually a 160-by-2.5-mile buffer zone cutting across the Korean Peninsula near the 38th parallel.  Entering the JSA from the north, survey the four houses that straddle the line of demarcation and perhaps peek inside one of them.

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Nampo

About 30 miles southwest of Pyongyang, the “special city” of Nampo is the marine gateway to Pyongyang, situated near the mouth of the Taedong River. Originally a small fishing village, it has become a major shipbuilding, industrial and transportation hub.  Nampo’s West Sea Barrage is a vast system of dams, locks and sluices that separates the Taedong River from the Yellow Sea, keeping salt water out and allowing more river traffic to reach Pyongyang. It was designed and built from 1981 to 1986 and is a highlight of Nampo. 

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Sariwon

With a population of around 300,000, Sariwon is the capital of North Hwanghae province and a market town for agricultural products from the surrounding area.  With a pleasant location on the middle channel of the Chaeryong River, it developed in the 20th century after the railway to Seoul came through.   Enjoy strolling Sariwon Folk Street, designed to resemble an old Korean district, with traditional dwellings, ponds, gardens and pavilions. 

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Wonsan

The port and industrial city of Wonsan, on the east coast of the DPRK, has been chosen to become a summer beach resort.  New luxury hotels are springing up, and the factories and dockyards along the waterfront are being replaced with entertainment and sports districts.

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Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip.

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Arirang Mass Games

DPRK Photo credit: Douglas Grimes

The Arirang Mass Games are an incredible feat of organization and precision, with performers as young as five enacting group routines that are part gymnastics, part dance and part marching drill. More than 100,000 people take part in the games, and each panoramic act fills the stadium field with costumed artists. Arirang is a Korean folk story that describes a young couple being torn apart by an evil landlord, representing the story of North and South Korea.  Fireworks and video are a part of the extravaganza, which was recognized in 2007 by Guinness World Records as the largest event of its kind.