Heavy Metal Tour of North Korea


For the past two decades, Koryo Tours has been opening North Korea to tourism, and in 2012 they are once again breaking new ground. After working closely with their Korean partners, they are proud to offer both group and independent tourists the chance to go where no visitor has ever been, namely factories and similar sites around Nampo, the west coast port city not far from Pyongyang.  Here’s a brief introduction to what is offered:

Tae'an Glass Factory

Chollima Steelworks – A major heavy industry site for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), this place was built by the Japanese and is known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima movement, which even today drives the country. If you’ve always wanted to witness the making of ‘Juche Steel’ in a giant facility, come to Nampo with Koryo Tours. This is the DPRK’s most famous factory, and as always, Koryo Tours are the first company to be allowed to take tourists inside.

But Koryo has its own Chollima connection; they can tell you about the art project they arranged at the steelworks as well as the scenes they shot there for their new feature film!

Tae’an Heavy Machine Tool Complex– This enormous complex boasts a number of hangar-sized buildings; you will see the vast range of machine tools, lathes and so on that the workers use to make shaped steel, turbine components, and other products.

Nampo Taekwondo School

Tae’an Glass Factory – This opened in 2005 with heavy Chinese investment, in fact, the Peoples’ Republic of China President Hu Jintao attended the opening ceremony along with DPRK leader Kim Jong Il. Tae’an produces glass and glass products for the domestic market. Koryo tourists will be the first visitors ever to watch the process from smelting to sheet-cutting, and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass!

Nampo Taekwondo School – Many of the DPRK’s champion martial artists have been educated at this school, despite looking from the outside like it badly needs some maintenance the demonstration put on by the students here (aged from 6 – 16) is a mind-blowing masterpiece of the indigenous Korean fighting style – it’ll make you think twice about arguing with little girls in future!

Nampo Park – With a scenic view over the mouth of the Taedong River, as well as a fresh-water swimming area ideal for warmer months, this is a great place to relax or have a picnic. A popular wedding photography site, this picturesque park makes a pleasant diversion after the heat and noise of the factories.

As if factories, martial arts schools and rustic settings aren’t enough, Koryo Tours will also take you to a local restaurant in the city centre, an orphanage, and you can cap off the trip by visiting the nearby 8km-long West Sea Barrage and staying overnight at the Ryonggang Hot Spa Guesthouse.

Keeping with our tradition of travel innovation, Koryo Tours would love to show you the face of DPRK no visitor has seen before. Come see the world’s most mysterious country with the only DPRK specialists around; contact us on info@koryogroup.com or pop in and see us if you’re in Beijing or Shanghai. For anyone planning a DPRK trip, whether it’s your first visit or you’re coming back for more, Koryo Tours is glad to offer you the chance to do and see more than ever before. We look forward to hearing from you!

We are adding these new attractions to the following tours, so if you’ve ever wanted to see Juche Steel (it’s a real thing!) being made, watch a load of sand turn to glass, see North Koreans operating lathes of all kinds, and see a young child beat up several surly attackers then one of these tours could be perfect for you!

For these and other innovative journeys by Koryo Tours see below:

Kim Il Sung 100th Birthday Long Tour

Kim Il Sung Birthday Week Tour

Kim Il Sung Birthday Ultimate Mega Tour Option A

 May Day Long Tour

Late May Tour

Early August Tour

Liberation Day Long Tour

National Day Long Tour

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