Spring 2019       Departure from and return to Beijing

Join Koryo Travel, the world’s experts in travel to DPRK (North Korea), for the world’s first photography workshop in DPRK!

This unique 8 day practical workshop has been designed to provide you with the maximum number of photographic opportunities in DPRK. You’ll be challenged to push your creative boundaries and improve your photographic skills in this rarely visited country. We will be travelling with the highly experienced Koryo Tours (who have been leading regular trips into DPRK for 25 years) and with two expert local Korean guides for the entire trip.


  • Capture images of daily life in Pyongyang while wandering the streets and along the river, travelling on the historic metro and trams and spend an evening in a local pool hall and a beer bar.
  • Shoot the grandeur of the imposing squares, grand boulevards, symmetrical monuments, distinctly Korean octagonal columns and pillars and the colossal Arch of Triumph of Pyongyang.
  • Meander around the historic ancient royal capital of Kaesong and photograph the beautiful autumnal scenery of the Pakyon Waterfall and the Ulim Waterfalls which are hidden amongst mountains.
  • Photograph one of the very rare remaining examples of pre-Korean war architecture, the Wonsan Agricultural University which is a former Benedictine monastery and church built in a Neo-Romanesque style by German monks around 1930
  • Practice your architectural photography and be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the world’s largest stadium, the Rungrado May Day Stadium which has an internationally award-winning roof resembling a magnolia flower.
  • Visit the remains of the historic Sokwang Buddist Temple dating from the late 14th century in its haunting and serene mountain valley.
  • Enjoy the contrast of photographing the harbour at coastal Wonsan

Designed with the maximum number of varied photographic experiences in DPRK, you’ll have the opportunity to put into practice your learning on street photography, landscape, portrait and architectural photography. You can shoot on digital cameras or smartphones and the workshop is limited to 11 participants. There will also be several Leica cameras available for you to use during the trip.

Cost: 3,700 euros

When:  Spring 2019

What is included:

  • Included
 – Flight from Beijing to Pyongyang and return train from Pyongyang to Beijing
All meals on the tour 
All transportation in the DPRK

What is not included:

  • Travel to Beijing for start of workshop
DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night 
Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed 

Workshop Outline

Full details of the eight-day itinerary available very soon. Please email info@annaseassau.com for more information.

 © Jeroen Hanselaer 2013

Koryo Tours

Koryo’s co-founder, Nick Bonner, was a lecturer at a Beijing university in the early 1990s when he met a DPRK citizen, and took his first trip to Pyongyang. The experience inspired him to set up Koryo Tours in 1993, and he’s been travelling there ever since. Koryo is now the world’s leading travel specialist to DPRK (North Korea), and takes more than 2,000 people to this extraordinary destination every year.

Koryo’s mission: to facilitate responsible tourism to the world’s most isolated and least understood countries while encouraging people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects.  Our Koryo Tour leader will be Rich Beal. Rich joined Koryo in 2012 and has led tours to more than 40 countries. He’s been visiting DRPK for over ten years and uses his expertise to help customers plan private independent tour itineraries. His extensive global experience has led him to develop other exciting destinations for Koryo Tours.

Jeroen Hanselaer

Jeroen Hanselaer’s love of independent travel and photography have pushed him to roam the globe seeking out lesser visited destinations. Jeroen first visited DPRK in 2016 with Koryo Tours and immediately understood that a photography workshop in North Korea would be an unbelievable experience. Jeroen’s work has been published internationally in The Independent, L’Echo, De Standaard, GQ Germany, L’Official Paris; Elle and his commercial clients include the Hilton Group, L’Oreal, WWF and Royal Antwerp FC. Jeroen has been a Leica Brand Ambassador for the past four years and runs workshops for Leica specialising in street and portrait photography. He speaks English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian.