The Tongil Tours Commitment
Tongil Tours offers college students, life-long learners, and adventurous souls everywhere the opportunity to examine the world in which they live through unique travel experiences to Northeast Asia that promote academic excellence, cultural engagement, and unexpected friendships and connections.
Why Tongil Tours?
Tongil Tours creates North Korea tours that go beyond just interesting
and fun, to educational and unforgettable.
Academic Study of the Region
Tongil Tours is the world’s only DPRK tour operator staffed entirely by Korean-speaking academic specialists who have studied the region formally at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Tongil tours partners and guides all have multiple years of experience traveling to North Korea, some as early as 1997. We understand the system well and have formed lasting relationships and connections over time. We also know how to get in on last-minute opportunities that periodically come up.
Part of understanding a culture is understanding the language. Because all Tongil leadership speak and read Korean, we help our clients understand fascinating, cultural nuances first-hand.
Featured Upcoming North Korea Tours
DPRK Ski & Snowboard Adventure
DEC 31 2016 – JAN 7 2017
(New Year’s Eve with fireworks)
> 2017 JAN 28 – FEB 2
The Ski & Snowboard North Korea tour is a great way to experience the winter sports of the DPRK at Masik Pass Ski Resort, while also taking in the sites of Pyongyang, historic Kaesong, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and the east coast of the country. The Dec. 31st New Year’s version will feature fireworks at Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the New Year.
Pyongyang Language Program | Summer 2017
> 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.
2017 Pyongyang Marathon
> April 9, 2017
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. Learn more now.
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 CLIENTS SAY
WE’RE CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN DELIVER AN AMAZING DPRK TOUR EXPERIENCE. BUT DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT. HERE IS A SAMPLING OF WHAT FORMER CLIENTS ARE SAYING.
“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
Traveling to North Korea with Tongil Tours
All North Korea tours led by the expert Tongil Tours staff is safe, educational, and impactful. Our focus from the outset is to make sure that your tour is safe, educational, and memorable—a special travel experience that you will remember fondly for the rest of your life.
Our partners and guides all share a few key characteristics. One, all speak Korean at an advanced level; two, they have all studied Northeast Asia at the university level; and three, they have all traveled to North Korea multiple times.
Some Tongil Tours staff have experience traveling to North Korea since the late 90s.
Because of this, we have 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.
Ultimately, we our goal is to create safe, educational, and unforgettable travel to the DPRK of the highest quality. From the monumental ensemble of Pyongyang, buttressing the Taedong River, to the historically fascinating Panmunjom, on the DMZ, where the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed 62 years ago, we build unforgettable North Korea travel experiences that you will not forget for the rest of your life.