TRAVEL MASTERS HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM YET ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF THE HERMIT KINGDOM
To most of the world, North Korea is a mysterious enigma and a most unlikely tourist destination! However to the tourist looking for something different and elusive, this controversial nation can supply a myriad of unique cultural experiences unlike any other. Once again Travel Masters traveled with a small group of lucky guests into The Hermit Kingdom to witness this secretive nation first hand.
Over the 6 days the group visited the Grand Monument on Mansu Hill, Kim Il-sung Square, the Grand Peoples Study House and the Arch of Triumphe. Spectacular panoramic scenes of the city of Pyongyang were enjoyed from the top of the Juche Tower. The group were thoroughly entertained by talented school pupils at The Children’s Palace and with an impressive display of acrobatic talent at the Pyongyang Circus.
They enjoyed time driving though the North Korean countryside, taking in sweeping views of the immense rice fields and mountainous terrain, to arrive at Mount Myohyang and the International Friendship Exhibition. This was followed by a visit to the tranquil 11th Century Pohyon Buddhist Temple.
The village of Panmunjom sits right in the middle of the Demilitarised Zone that separates North and South Korea along the 38th parallel. It is the most heavily militarised border in the world, and only 68 kms from the South Korean capital, Seoul. Our lucky travellers were given the chance to enter one of the blue negotiating huts, cross the partitioning line and actually set foot into South Korea – an experience rarely allowed by the North Korean border control.
The group were taken back in time to the days of the Goryeo Dynasty at the Koryo Museum, followed by a visit to the Tomb of King Kongmin, which dates back to the 14th Century. A fascinating insight in to the lives of rural farmers was enjoyed as we visited the Migok Cooperative Farm, and a chance to visit a farmers house.
Although North Korea was clearly the highlight of the tour, the group also spent time in Dandong, China. Dandong, the largest Chinese border city, on the banks of the Yalu River, is on the border between China and North Korea. Its strategic location makes it a prime port city and trade route for North Korea. It is also home to the Tiger Mountain section of the famous Great Wall of China, the most easterly section of this amazing structure. After the US destroyed half of it in November 1950 the Broken Bridge is a reminder of the Korean War, and a great vantage point to view the Yalu River and the striking difference in development between Dandong and the opposite North Korean city of Sinuiju.
Time in both Shanghai and Beijing were also included, but there is no doubt that the visit to the Hermit Kingdom was a once in a lifetime experience and has provided our guests with an amazing experience, and one that will be remembered (and bragged about!) for many years to come.
Travel Masters will return to North Korea in August 2018, and if you would like to join us on this tour please let us know so we can contact you as soon as the itinerary is finalised….