Independent Tours

DPRK Farm Life Tour

Description

For those looking to connect with this country and its people in one of the most authentic ways possible, we invite you to spend time on our farm! Come explore and experience Krahun Farm, nestled in the DPRK mountainside with beautiful panoramic views overlooking the country’s eastern shores.  Guests can participate in daily farm life as much or as little as they would like.  Feel and take part in the daily rhythm of our farm in a myriad of ways:  collect organic eggs from our chickens, feed our goats and rabbits, tend to our barn, work in our greenhouse, or help local North Koreans work our fields with various crops. With our staff of locals maintaining the farm, guests can work hand in hand and help them directly with their daily work, providing an incredible opportunity to interact and work with locals in an authentic way. With plenty of open land and facilities, guests can rest, meander, read, hike, or simply sit by a creek and enjoy the peace.

Along with time on the farm, guests will also tour the Rason region, enjoying the sights and sounds of the area and combining traditional tourism with hands-on service. Guests can practice English with students at the local foreign language middle school, have a chance to explore the local scenery, including beaches, parks, and mountains, go shopping at the open-air market among a sea of locals, and more – guests will be able to experience a slice of real DPRK life.

We have years of experience welcoming various groups and teams, whether groups of friends, organizations, co-workers, and families. Our farm and facilities are perfect for accommodating your group for a wide range of activities. Most of our farm activities occur from April to October – contact us to see what’s going on at the farm and how your group can spend time here.

Sample Itinerary

This tour requires a minimum of 6 days and guests can (and do) stay longer as well. Below is a sample 6-day itinerary that includes 3 days on our farm.

DAY 1

Off to North Korea!

AM

Your tour begins!  We depart Yanji in the morning by private chartered bus.  It’s a 2 hour drive to the China-DPRK border and we drive through several other cities along the way.  After being personally led through the border by one of our Krahun staff members, we head to downtown Rason and enjoy lunch at the Rason International Trade Agency.

PM

After lunch, we visit a foreign language book store and souvenir shop where guests have a chance to see and even buy DPRK books written in other languages, including English. Then we’re off to a local kindergarten to watch an entertaining musical performance by the students. Afterwards, guests visit mosaic portraits of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il. Then it’s off to a greenhouse to see and learn more about the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il flowers. Before heading back to the hotel, guests visit Rajin Port to see and learn more about an important part of Rason’s development and future. The day comes to a close with dinner and rest at the hotel.

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

Krahun Farm

AM

After breakfast at the hotel, it’s off to Krahun Farm for the rest of the day! Guests arrive in the morning and enjoy hot tea or coffee in our dining hall with ocean views. On the first day, after meeting our staff, we take a tour of the farm and share our history in North Korea since 1999. Then we share the opportunities available for the day and guests spend their morning as they’d like, helping our workers with their farm tasks, feeding our goats, or going for a walk and exploring our farm.

PM

We gather in our dining hall for a delicious home-made lunch prepared by our in-house cooks followed by some down time. Farm work starts back up at 2 pm and guests are free once again to spend their afternoon lending a hand to our local workers, resting, hiking, or in any other way. This is also a great time to sit down and chat about our experiences living and working in North Korea.

DAY 5

Exploring Rason

AM

After breakfast, guests explore more of Rason. A visit to Daehung Trading Company, largest state-run seafood processing factory in the region, provides a unique window into the local economy here. Then it’s off to hang out at Hye Ahn Park, located near the center of the city and a frequent gathering spot for locals, especially during holidays. Guests can soak in the sights and sounds of the park, joining a volleyball game with locals, watching North Korean families and kids enjoy a movie on the big, outdoor screen, go rollerblading, or, if lucky, join other locals dancing to some local jams! Before lunch, guests visit the local art gallery to check out DPRK artwork that can also be purchased.

PM

After lunch at a local Korean restaurant, guests visit the foreign language middle school where students learn one of several languages, including English. Guests have a wonderful opportunity to visit a classroom and talk to students learning English in a small group setting. Next, guests visit the Golden Triangle Bank and have the option of exchanging currency for North Korean won, which can even be used later. Then it’s time to hit the main market and shopping area in town, the only opportunity in the whole country where foreigners are actually allowed to visit and shop where the locals shop, a truly unique and eye-opening experience. Walk around, haggle with vendors, and move among a sea of locals for a truly local experience! To end the day, guests visit a state-run sewing factory before returning back to the hotel for dinner and rest.

DAY 6

Final Farewell

AM

Guests enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before heading off to see a few more sites before leaving the country. First is a visit to Bipa Island off the coast to explore great ocean views. The island offers an optional boat ride for fee to visit the only seal sanctuary in the country. Afterwards, we make a stop at the five-star Emperor Casino Hotel, built and operated by a Hong Kong based company. Next up guests visit the revolutionary site of Comrade Kim Jong Suk (the mother of Kim Jong Il) and then the tri-country border point where Russia, China and North Korea meet, which also contains the General Ri Sun Shin “turtle boat” memorial.

PM

While overlooking the three countries, guests enjoy a lunch picnic and then head to the China-DPRK border. Guests say their final farewells to their tour guides and to North Korea at the border point in Wonjong before taking a private chartered van back to Yanji. The tour concludes with a debrief dinner in Yanji.

Customizing Your Tour

The first step to customizing your tour is as simple as filling out the form below. Even if you’re not certain of the dates, tour length, or number of people, go ahead and tell us of your interest and what you’re looking for in the form below. The table below provides tour prices depending on the number of people and the length of the tour to help you along. If you’re not yet sure about the length of your tour or the number of people, no selection is required at this time.

5 nights, 6 days
$ 1,150 $ 825 $ 700 $ 650
2 people 3-5 people 6-9 people 10+ people
6 nights, 7 days
$ 1,275 $ 925 $ 775 $ 725
2 people 3-5 people 6-9 people 10+ people
7 nights, 8 days
$ 1,425 $ 1,075 $ 825 $ 775
2 people 3-5 people 6-9 people 10+ people
8 nights, 9 days
$ 1,550 $ 1,175 $ 950 $ 825
2 people 3-5 people 6-9 people 10+ people
9 nights, 10 days
$ 1,650 $ 1,275 $ 1,050 $ 875
2 people 3-5 people 6-9 people 10+ people

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Some Things to Keep in Mind


This tour requires a minimum stay of at least 6 days and should be scheduled at least one month before the tour begins.

The China-DPRK border is typically closed on Sundays and so tours cannot start or end on that day.

The border is closed on major North Korean holidays and so tours cannot start or end on these days. Please contact us for more information to confirm possible tour dates.

Most of our farm activities occur from April to October – please contact us to see what’s going on at the farm and how your group can spend time here. We may also be able to accept groups from November to March.


Whether you’re in the early stages of simply contemplating a tour or ready to register and finalize, you can begin by filling out the form above. Once we confirm your tour dates, we’ll help guide you through the registration process for your tour. You can also email us at info@krahun.com with any questions.

Included in Tour Fee

  • DPRK visa fee and processing
  • China customs fee and bridge transportation
  • Round-trip transportation from China and DPRK
  • Hotel accommodation in DPRK
  • 3 meals per day in DPRK
  • All transportation in DPRK
  • Two DPRK tour guides
  • One DPRK driver
  • Standard tips for DPRK tour guides and driver
  • De-brief meal after tour

Not Included in Tour Fee

  • China visa fee and processing
  • Travel expenses to and from China
  • Spending money for drinks and souvenirs in DPRK
  • Transportation, meals, and accommodation in China
  • Travel insurance or medical evacuation insurance (not required but recommended)
  • Entrance fees for special events, if applicable