Posts tagged “Rason

Rason Korean Language Tour

Rason Korean Language Tour

Dates: August 13 – August 19 2013
Price: 995 Euros

Rason Foreign Language School North Korea

An afternoon of interaction and study with the lovely students of the  Rason Foreign Language School is included in the itinerary.

Join us for our first ever Korean Language Tour, being held in the Rason Special Economic Zone of the DPRK. This trip is perfect for beginner level speakers of Korean to come and learn the local DPRK dialect in a relaxed setting with both a Korean-American and DPR Korean teacher in the morning, whilst using your afternoons and evenings to practice your new language skills authentically.

This trip is aimed at those with little to no knowledge of Korean. For speakers of a higher level, alternative classes and itinerary can be arranged.

The classes will involve learning the Korean alphabet, everyday Korean, as well as essentials like restaurant and shopping vocabulary.

This tour would be of particular interest to people who have already been to the DPRK “mainland”, and wish to step really off the beaten track. Those people interested in the opening up of the DPRK economy (we can arrange business meetings for those joining the tour), and anyone with an interest in seeing this very unique part of the country.

Not to mention that Rason is the ONLY place in the DPRK where you receive a stamp in your passport (excluding US and Japanese passports), and can also change local money freely, as well visit the private markets.

We are currently offering discounts for group bookings, students, return customers and those combining the language course with other tours.

Unfortunately I’m still working on my ship in Aug. and wont be available to guide this trip (hopefully next year), but for those interested in joining up with one of YPT’s other fantastic guides there is still time to sign up and get a discount by contacting me at joseph@youngpioneertours.com


Late September Rason SEZ Trip

Join Young Pioneer Tours founder Gareth Johnson and I for a late September VIP business interests trip to the Rason Special Economic Zone of North Korea.

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Jets, missiles, and tanks at a Rason SEZ kindergarten playground.

We are still finalizing itinerary details and dates, but in addition to planned meetings with officials (perfect for those interested in the opening up of the DPRK economy), we will visit the Triangle Bank, the only place in North Korea where it is permitted for tourists to change the Korean Won at the “street” rate, and visit the Rason public market, the only place where you can legally spend your newly acquired Won – truly unique experiences!

We are only taking a limited amount of travelers on this trip, but spaces are available.  I will post the dates (probably heading there around Sept 23rd), price, and itinerary as soon as I get them confirmed by the North Koreans.  Email me at joseph@youngpioneertours.com for more info.

Pics from my May 2013 trip to Rason SEZ:

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With kindergarten students after a performance.

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A hike to revolutionary sites on Musk Dear Mountain.

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A close look at North Korean ships at the Rason port.

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Seafood I bought with local currency at the Rason public market.

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With North Korean guide Mr. Moon at the monument to Ri Song Sin – builder of the Turtle Boat.


Safely Returned From The Rason SEZ, North Korea

Kindergarten Tank Rason SEZ, North Korea

On a tank statue at the Rason kindergarten.

I just returned to Yanji, China from yet another epic trip to North Korea. Keep an eye on my Instagram over the next few days for the latest pics from this trip. Tomorrow I have an overnight train to Beijing and return to Pyongyang to guide a 9 day fishing trip starting May 13th.


Rason SEZ, North Korea Travel Permit

Rason SEZ, North Korea Travel Permit

Rason SEZ, North Korea Travel Permit

Heading into the Rason Special Economic Zone of North Korea. Visas are not required but travel permits are – above are our permissions.


Back to North Korea – Rason SEZ

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea – Photo by Joseph A Ferris III

With so many great pics from my last trip, such as the one above, it’s unfortunate that I’m in such a rush with less then a week turn-abound between DPRK trips. I have had no time to give my photography work and this blog the attention they deserve – arranging visas, train tickets, sleep, laundry, and buying fishing equipment has taken precedence.

Tomorrow I head back up to Yanji to bring a small group of DPRK return visitors into the Rason Special Economic Zone.

Does Rason ring a bell? It’s where American tour guide Kenneth Bae was recently arrested and convicted for unspecified crimes against the government.

I have been receiving plenty of warnings from concerned people that I will become the next pawn on the international stage, but please remember that unlike Kenneth Bae, we will be engaged in legitimate tourism. Laptops and hard drives full of religious materials, and videos profiling human rights abuses will be the last thing I will carry across the border with me. So please don’t worry about me!