North Korea Travel: Maximum Experience, Minimum Price
Tips & Gifts
Tipping in North Korea
North Korea is not a wealthy country, as a result the guides and staff rely upon the generosity of visitors to help make ends meet. Whilst in contrast to some countries, North Koreans will never openly ask you for a tip, nevertheless, such are anticipated at the end of the tour.
Usually, visitors will tip the two guides and the bus driver, it is up to you how much you donate. Tips in restaurants, bars, shops and various visitor sites are not mandatory.
Gift Giving is a important tradition in Korean Culture. In contrast to Western nations, gift giving in Korea is used as a means of expressing gratitude, courtesy and respect. You will note these themes are reflected around the country itself, such as the museums dedicated to “gifts” given to the country’s leaders.
Consequentially, as a visitor, it is recommended you bring gifts for your guides at the beginning of the tour, fulfilling this custom will allow you to forge a good relationship with your guides from the beginning, be more in tune with local culture and build mutual trust. The gifts that we recommend are Lambro Cigarettes for male guides and chocolates for the female guides, alcohol is also acceptable.
As a note of caution, please keep your gifts limited to the specified items and things similar to them. Attempting to give “gifts” involving in any literature or media from the outside world, as well as other sensitive items will land you and your guides in trouble.
With the Korean War potentially about to come to an end, discover how North Korea understands and "celebrates" this conflict in this unique "Victory Day" Experience!
*A visit to the "Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Musueum", *Witness the terrifying "The Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities" *The chance to participate in a famous mass dance with locals and witness a firework display. *A trip to Kaesong and the DMZ to see how peace is changing one of the world's most deeply fortified and tense borders!
This year brought unprecedented hope that the Korean War might be finally about to end, closing up to 70 years of division.
Each year, North Korea celebrates "victory day" which commemorates the armistice agreement in 1953. With the war potentially coming to an end, this year's event marks a special occassion
As a result, we putting on a unique, educational Victory Day experience trip to focus on the History of the Korean war itself and to celebrate the thawing of tensions on the peninsula! All for a budget price!
North Korea's victory day this year is more special than ever, not least because the Korean War itself may be nearing a formal end.
In the wake of recent events, Visit North Korea have decided to organise a special take on this national holiday in the DPRK, by designing a program themed around understanding the Korean War itself.
Highlights include: a Visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the DMZ (let's see how peace is consolidating on the border!) the Sinchon Museum of American Atrocities (understanding how North Korea perceives the war) and the chance to participate in a famous North Korean mass dance with locals.
It's a tour built around hope, optimism and the promise of a better future, all at a budget price which does not compromise or reduce the quality of the package!