The division of Korea in 1945, the Korean War which spanned from 1950 to 1953, and resulted in the separation of the Korean peninsula, are some of the events that have left deep wounds in the people of both nations and continue to influence relations with North Korea. Further straining the region are the United States’ military presence in South Korea and North Korea’s nuclear development program which have brought it much attention in recent years.
Since 2003, both the U.S. and North Korea have participated in the Six-Party Talks meant to address the threat posed by a nuclear North Korea. In April 2009, North Korea quit the talks and announced that it would reverse the ongoing disablement process called for under the Six-Party agreements and restart its Yongbyon nuclear facilities. Given the history and legacies of the Korean War, decades of economic sanctions on the DPRK by the U.S., and current political tensions on the Korean peninsula that have been exacerbated by both increased U.S. military presence on the border and the DPRK's emerging nuclear program, it is vital for Americans to travel to this country to in order to help establish people-to-people ties.
The Citizens Diplomacy Reality Tour to North Korea will give participants the distinct opportunity to see inside this tightly guarded nation and gain first-hand perspective the effects of both U.S. and North Korean policies. Participants will have a chance to put a human face on this ongoing political dispute and help facilitate understanding and respect between people of different nations. Experience a slice of daily life at a school, farming coop, and temple and visit landmarks like the Sinchon War Museum and the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
Together they will give you a unique peek into a culture that few outsiders experience for themselves. During this trip you will assist at the celebrations for the 61st anniversary of the end of the Korean War, or “Victory Day” how is it called in the DPRK.
If you want to learn more about what is like to travel to North Korea check our past participants blog post:
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- Visit the Mangyongdae native house (birth place of President Kim Il Sung)
- Arch of Triumph
- Visit Kaeson Youth Amusement Park
- Visit the Pyongyang Metro
- Visit Kim Il Sung Square, Central Art Gallery, Foreign Language Bookshop, Tower of Juche Idea, Monument to Party Founding, American spy ship “Pueblo"
- Visit Kaesong and Panmunjom (DMZ) and Koryo History Museum
- Visit the Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon.
- Visit the International Friendship Exhibition and Pyohyon Temple
- Visit the Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace
- Attend the celebrations for the "Victory Day"
- Visit the People’s Study House, Kim Il Sung University, Victorious Fatherland and Liberation War Museum
- Visit the Kumsusan Memorial palace the mausoleum that houses the late leaders
- Visit the Songdowon International Children’s Camp, Sondowon Sea Bathing resort, Wonsan revolutionaty sites
- Visit the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities
- Visit the Hamhung Fertilizer Factory
- Double-room accommodations in a 3 or 4-star hotel in Beijing and North Korea
- Ground transportation on the day of the flight to the DPRK and all the transportation in the DPRK
- Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
- Welcome dinner in Beijing and three meals a day in the DPRK
- DPRK Visa
- All program activities, entrance fees (unless otherwise specified) and reading materials
- Not Included: International airfare, tips, additional beverages, personal expenses visa to China
To register, please send in your application form and a deposit of $500. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled by Global Exchange.
This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants