The Tongil Tours Commitment
Based in Australia, Tongil Tours empowers university students, life-long learners, and adventurous souls everywhere
to examine the world in which they live through educational North Korea tours that promote learning, cultural engagement, and unexpected friendships.
Why Tongil Tours?
Tongil Tours creates North Korea tours that will not only bring you the adventure of a lifetime, but also help you gain a more nuanced understanding of North Korea.
Academic Study of the Region
Tongil Tours is the only DPRK tour operator staffed by Korean-speaking academic specialists who have studied the region formally at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We’ve partnered with North Korea-focused academics to build you insightful tour and study programs. Our tours include expert lectures and academic readings to help you contextualise your North Korea adventure.
Tongil tours partners and guides all have years of experience traveling to North Korea, some as early as the late 1990s. We understand the system well and have formed lasting relationships and connections over time. We know how to get in on last-minute opportunities that periodically come up. We’ve also worked on cultural exchange projects to meet our goal of creating opportunities for North Koreans and foreigners to better understand each other.
Part of understanding a culture is understanding the language. Because all Tongil Tours staff speak and read Korean, we’re able to help travellers catch cultural nuances which would otherwise be difficult. Our staff have completed university degrees in Korean, been on Korean talk shows, and translated Korean short stories into English.
Featured Upcoming North Korea Tours
Pyongyang Summer Language Program 2017 at Kim Il Sung University
> JULY 1 – 22, 2017
Study the Korean language in Pyongyang next summer and make friends with your Korean teachers, language partners, and tour guides all while seeing the most important sights both in Pyongyang and elsewhere in the country. Both academically rigorous and led by the best language professors in North Korea, it will be the most meaningful and memorable summer learning experience of your life.
2018 Pyongyang Marathon
APRIL – 2018
Be part of the most isolated and fascinating runner’s experience in the world, the Pyongyang Marathon. Whether you would like to go as a spectator, or a runner, either way you’ll experience the race and also visit the most important and historic spots in North Korea, including the DMZ.
2018 Pyongyang Marathon information coming soon!
(BOOKINGS CLOSED for 2017)
The Art, Architecture, and Urbanism of North Korea
> SEPT 7 – 14 2017
The Art, Architecture, and Urbanism 2017 tour is a fascinating look into the politics of aesthetics in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Rooted in the legacy of the Soviet Union as they came to help guide the fledgling nation when it was first divided, the socialist realist art and architecture of North Korea is famous for its bold style and its combination of many different historical styles, mediated through the Soviets.
WHAT FORMER CUSTOMERS SAY
We’re confident that we can deliver a great DPRK tour experience.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what former customers say.
“I went on a trip to the 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival organised by Tongil Tours, and I can honestly say that it was one of my best (and most surreal!) holidays ever.”
—George Martin, London, United Kingdom
“I went on a Tongil Tours’ trip to North Korea in September 2014. It was superbly organised and the trip was an experience I will never forget…I would highly recommend this to anyone who is curious about the Hermit Kingdom or has an eager sense of adventure… Would definitely go again!”
—Oliver Murrell, Sydney, Australia
“Tongil tours offers an incredibly fun, professional, safe and intrepid program. I enjoyed a remarkable and unforgettable trip, and would happily recommend it for anyone wanting to see the DPRK and have a real out-of-the-box travel experience!”
— Crispin Rovere, Canberra, Australia
Tongil Tours go beyond standard North Korea tours. As the only North Korea tour operator staffed entirely by Korea experts who speak the language, Tongil Tours is uniquely qualified to offer a deeper, more insightful experience. Tongil Tours is perfect for any traveller with an intellectual interest in the country’s history and culture, from students to life-long learners.
Professor of Korean history, Kookmin University
Travel to North Korea with Tongil Tours
North Korea tours with the expert Tongil Tours staff are safe, educational, and impactful. Our focus from the outset is to make sure that your tour is not only a special travel experience that you will remember fondly for the rest of your life, but also an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this much stereotyped but little-known country.
Our partners and guides all share a few key characteristics. One, all speak Korean at an advanced level; two, all have studied the DPRK and Northeast Asia at the university level; and three, all have extensive on-the-ground experience in North Korea.
Some Tongil Tours staff have experience with travel to North Korea since the late 90s.
Because of this, we bring unique insight into the cultural nuances of this fascinating country that we share before, during, and after each tour. In the end, because of our backgrounds, networks, and language ability as a team, we create opportunities to understand and connect with North Koreans that you will appreciate for the rest of your life.
We also partner with world-renown academic specialists on North Korea to deliver insightful lectures and rich readings to help you get that little bit extra out of your trip.
Ultimately, our goal is to create safe, educational, and unforgettable North Korea tours of the highest quality. From the monumental ensemble of Pyongyang, buttressing the Taedong River, to the historically charged Panmunjom on the DMZ, where the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed in 1953, we build unforgettable North Korea travel experiences that you will not forget for the rest of your life. We’ve designed all kinds of itineraries, from classic overviews to specialist adventures such as climbing North Korea’s mountain, studying Korean in its universities or learning about its history and politics. Whatever your interests are, Tongil Tours has the perfect itinerary for you!