DPRK (North Korea)

Marathon Tours

Run the Pyongyang Marathon — April 12th 2020!

Pyongyang’s annual marathon is your chance to run the streets of the capital along with hundreds of locals and visitors — the most amazing race of your life, exclusively available from Koryo!

The Pyongyang International Marathon, also known as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, has been open to amateur runners since 2014. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Full Marathon. The race is an International Associations of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Bronze Label road race with Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) certification. Koryo Tours is the exclusive travel partner of the Pyongyang Marathon.

Every runner of every distance is invited to participate in the race’s opening ceremony, which involves a lap of Kim Il Sung Stadium before heading out onto the streets of Pyongyang. All runners then have the chance to finish their race inside Kim Il Sung stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 50,000 people. It’s the closest experience to being in the Olympics!

The race is officially open to runners with disabilities, such as those using wheelchairs or visually impaired runners. If you have any special requirements, then please contact us for more information.

The date of the 2020 Pyongyang Marathon has been confirmed as Sunday, April 12th Koryo Tours are offering a wide range of tours from short weekend breaks over the marathon period to longer trips taking in various other parts of North Korea as well - something for everyone!

Please click here for results from the 2019 Pyongyang Marathon - see what targets to aim for in the 2020 race!

April 2020

April 9 - April 12 2020

Pyongyang Marathon | 2.5 Night Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in North Korea including
return flights Shanghai - Pyongyang

A quick weekend tour from Shanghai
to run in the Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,349 EUR per person

Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

Pyongyang Marathon | 2.5 Night Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in North Korea including
return flights Shanghai - Pyongyang

A quick weekend tour
from Shanghai to run
in the Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,349 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Visit North Korea from Shanghai for the Pyongyang Marathon, one of the most unique marathons around!

    Run the Pyongyang Marathon through the streets of the North Korean capital starting and ending with more than 50,000 people cheering you on in Kim Il Sung Stadium. Plus, tour the city's highlights including; the Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest subway systems in the world, the Mansudae Grand Monument, the massive bronze statues of the DPRK leadership in downtown, and the Mansudae Grand MonumentVictorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the country's museum to the Korean War and where the captured USS Pueblo is kept.

    The tour will also get you down to historic Kaseong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, for a DMZ tour at the Panmunjom Joint Security Area as well as a tour of the city itself.

    This long weekend adventure packs in the main North Korea attractions with one of the liveliest events of the year. Even if you aren't a runner, the marathon is a great time to visit Pyongyang for the festive atmosphere.

    And for all the serious runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate around.

    Find out why this tour is unique, and why you shouldn't miss out on taking part in the Pyongyang Marathon!

    Scroll down for the Shanghai Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

    • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • DMZ tour of the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom in historic Kaesong
    • Pyongyang city highlights, including the Pyongyang Metro, Mansudae Grand Monument, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 9 | Thursday

      Briefing Day

      PM

      Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ 18:30) for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers
    2. April 10 | Friday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang - Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      Late night arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and then transfer to the hotel for check in, a short sleep and breakfast
      • Kaesong | Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 3-hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Pyongyang | Return to Pyongyang (2.5 / 3 hours)
      • Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification | A large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south.
      Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang | Pyongyang’s premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. The go-to for visiting delegations, both foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, a revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.
    3. April 11 | Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle & writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
      • Optional screening of Run and Run | A DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!

      Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 12 | Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

      AM

      • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM
      • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the ending ceremony of the marathon, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest.

      • City Walk and beer bar | We'll be taking it easy this afternoon, going for a leisurely walk through Pyongyang City to take in some more of the capital's sights and visiting a local beer bar for a well-deserved locally brewed beer.
      Departure

      After our farewell dinner, we'll head to Pyongyang airport for our flight back to Shanghai Pudong Airport with a scheduled departure at 19:40 with arrival in Shanghai at 21:35 (subject to change).

      End of Tour.
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Insurance for up to six nights

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Return flight >> Shanghai (Pudong) -- Pyongyang -- Shanghai (Pudong)
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides and a driver (per group)
      All transportation in DPRK
      Official running shirt, finisher's medal, and race certificate
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx. 30 EUR total)
      The lift up the Juche Tower (optional activity at EUR 5)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, a visit to the funfair
      Meals will have a complimentary beer (and water), but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements then please inform us beforehand
      Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

    After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

April 9 - April 13/14 2020

Pyongyang Marathon | Budget 4 Night Tour

4 nights in North Korea departing
from Dandong or Beijing

Run with Korean marathon runners, see
Pyongyang and experience the DMZ - all
on a budget!

From 749 EUR per person

Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

Pyongyang Marathon | Budget 4 Night Tour

4 nights in North Korea departing
from Dandong or Beijing

Run with Korean marathon runners,
see Pyongyang and experience
the DMZ - all on a budget!

From 749 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour offers you the perfect chance to enter the Pyongyang Marathon, run aside Korean marathon runners, have a city tour of Pyongyang, and visit the North-South DMZ border.

    Spend 4 nights in North Korea, giving you a couple of days to explore Pyongyang city centre. This includes all of the must-sees, such as the Pyongyang Metro, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and the Mansudae Grand Monument , the statues of the DPRK Leadership.

    We will also take a day trip out of Pyongyang to go to the historic city of Kaesong, the border city to North-South Korea.

    And for all the serious marathon runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificates around.

    Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



    BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


    Highlights

    • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Panmunjom & the DMZ
    • Historic Kaesong
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 8 | Wednesday

      *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

      For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings to suit each of the transport entry & exit options. Please read below for further information.

      AM

      • For those departing from Beijing by train your briefing will be held in the morning on this day in Beijing, expected time is 10:00 (to be confirmed)

      PM

      • For those departing from Beijing by flight your briefing will be held in the afternoon on this day in Beijing, expected times are 14:00, 16:00, and 18:00 (to be confirmed)
        • 17:00 | Train travelers departing from Beijing will depart by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
        • For those departing from Dandong by train your briefing will be held in the evening on this day in Dandong, expected around 18:00-19:00 (exact location & time subject to final confirmation)

        Overnight | Hotel in Beijing/Dandong not included in the tour.

      • April 9 | Thursday

        Arrival into Pyongyang

        AM

        • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Dandong Railway Station (exact time and place TBC) before getting on the train to Pyongyang. 
        • After crossing the border from Dandong to Sinuiju by train, customs officials board the train for immigration and customs checks before the train continues its journey to Pyongyang.
        • Flight takers, there will be a free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart around midday/early afternoon. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
        • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station with expected arrival at 18:45, where you will meet your guides and then transfer to your hotel for check-in & dinner.
        Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
      • April 10 | Friday

        Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM

        • Kaesong | Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. 3-hour drive.
        • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
        • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

        PM

        • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Drive back tp Pyongyang via the city of Sariwon and it's mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.

        Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

      • April 11 | Saturday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
        • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
        • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

        PM

        • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
        • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
        • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
        • Optional screening of Run and Run | A DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!

          Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang
        • April 12 | Sunday

          The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

          AM

          • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | This is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event! Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course.

          PM

          • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest before heading out for a relaxing afternoon of sight seeing in Pyongyang
          • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
          • Chollima Monument | We'll also see the statue of 'Chollima' or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
          • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

          Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang
        • April 13 | Monday

          Departure day

          AM

          • For those opting to fly out, flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo with a expected arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 by midday.
          • For those finishing the tour in Dandong you can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your own way to Beijing or elsewhere in China. Expected arrival into Dandong is approximately 16:23 local time.
          • For those finishing the tour in Beijing you will transfer in Dandong for onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday, April 14th at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

          End of Tour.

      • Extras

        • Entry and Exit Method - Budget Marathon

          This tour travels between between Dandong-Pyongyang by train. Upgrade your train journey to a round trip from Beijing (+120 EUR), or make it a flight departure and train return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or a train departure and flight return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or even a round-trip flight from Beijing (+559 EUR). Please note that the above flight costs include a supplemental surcharge levied by Air Koryo, the national airline of the DPRK, during the Pyongyang Marathon. The surcharge is 40 EUR per one-way flight ticket and 140 EUR per round-trip ticket. The full Beijing-Pyongyang train journey around 23 hours and adds one extra night before, and one extra night after your trip into North Korea. If entering by train you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the morning departure in Beijing at a location near our office. The flight takes around 90 minutes each way. If entering by flight you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the day before departure in Beijing at a location near our office.

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

          See more
        • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

          The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

        • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

          Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

        • Insurance for up to six nights

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Return train journey: Dandong – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Dandong
          All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel) except for on the train journey in and out
          Hotel accommodation in DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
          Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
        • Not included
          Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
          North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional upgrade to Beijing-Pyongyang round-trip train ticket 120 EUR
          Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 359 EUR; return: 559 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
      • Notes

        Our Budget Marathon Tours are capped at 30 people per group.

        Unless you hold a valid multi-entry visa for China at the time of travel, you are required to organise for a double entry visa for China for this tour.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

        After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      April 9 - April 16 2020

      Pyongyang Marathon | 6.5 Night Tour from Shanghai

      6.5 nights in North Korea including
      return flights Shanghai - Pyongyang

      A long marathon tour from Shanghai that takes in Day of
      the Sun celebrations. Experience more of the country on
      this unique tour!

      From 1,699 EUR per person

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      Pyongyang Marathon | 6.5 Night Tour from Shanghai

      6.5 nights in North Korea including
      return flights Shanghai - Pyongyang

      A long marathon tour from Shanghai that
      takes in Day of the Sun celebrations.
      Experience more of the country on this
      unique tour!

      From 1,699 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Visit North Korea from Beijing for the Pyongyang Marathon, one of the most unique marathon races around.

        Taking part in the marathon, you’ll be competing alongside local Korean marathon runners, and celebrating with them as you cross the finish line together. Running through the city is one of the best ways to explore the fascinating and unique capital, Pyongyang.

        For the more adventurous traveler, this 6.5-night tour not only takes you around Pyongyang city, but also gets you north to the lively city of Pyongsong., but also south to Sariwon. where you will visit a local farm to learn about agriculture in North Korea. You’ll then head further south down to Kaesong and the DMZ area.

        This tour will have you in Pyongyang on April 15 for one of the country’s biggest celebrations – the Day of the Sun, or the birthday of eternal President Kim Il Sung. Join in with the locals as they celebrate and enjoy their day off! Mass Celebrations and evening fireworks can also be expected on this day; be part of it all with Koryo Tours!

        And for all the serious runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate around.

        Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary and notes on the tour.



        BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

        Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


        Highlights

        • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
        • Day of the Sun celebrations!
        • Pyongyang city highlights, including the Pyongyang Metro, Mansudae Grand Monument and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
        • DMZ tour of the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom in historic Kaesong
        • Pyongsong where you will visit a local school
        • Drop into Sariwon to visit a farm
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. April 9 | Thursday

          Briefing Day

          PM

          Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ 18:30) for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers.
        2. April 10 | Friday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang and city tour

          AM

          Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang, and transfer to hotel for check in and rest before a late start to the day.
          • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
          PM
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
          • Mansudae Art Studio | The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
          • Relaxing time before dinner in the hotel
          Overnight: 

          Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
          | Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses and beer brewed on-site.
        3. April 11 | Saturday

          Pyongsong City Tour

          AM

          • Pyongsong | Drive north from Pyongyang to the provincial capital of South Pyongan and a centre of the national Sci-Tech industry. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
          • Doksung Primary School | The area's top primary school for gifted students. Tour the school's classrooms & facilities, watch music & dance performances by the students, and test your ping pong skills against them in the gymnasium.
          • Konji-ri Revolutionary Site | Location of the headquarters of the Korean People's Army & home of Kim Il Sung during the Korean War. Tour the renovated buildings and learn about life there during the war.
          • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

          PM
          • Pyongyang | Return to the capital city. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
          • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

          • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
          • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
          • Optional screening of Run and Run, a DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
        4. April 12 | Sunday

          The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

          AM

          • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
            Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

            The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

          PM
          • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the ending ceremony of the marathon, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest.

          • Munsu Water Park | We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
          • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.
          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
        5. April 13 | Monday

          Pyongyang, Sariwon & Kaesong

          AM

          • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
          • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          PM
          • Sariwon | The provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1-hour drive.
          • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
          • Migok Co-Operative Farm | An example of a North Korean co-operative farm. Visit the farm museum, a farmhouse and a viewpoint overlooking the Chaeryong Plains.
          • Songbul Buddhist Temple | A 9th century buddhist temple hidden away in a very beautiful location.
          • Kaesong | Drive South to the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2-hour drive
          • Kayagum Performance | Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person on group tours) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music.
          Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong | Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors, Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply - please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.
        6. April 14 | Tuesday

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM

          • Old City Walk and South Gate | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
          • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in/ the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal consisting of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet-meat soup' is also an option here (+5 EUR).
          PM
          • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ | View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
          • Pyongyang | Drive back to the capital along the 'Reunification Highway'
          • Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to a joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant.
          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
        7. April 15 | Wednesday

          The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2020, is the 108th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.

          AM

          • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
          • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organizations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
          PM
          • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll and have picnic lunch in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          • Artistic Performance | Expect to see a performance on the day, while the type of performance is to be confirmed we have been able to see circus, musical and other performances on this day, typically 20-50 EUR per person depending on nature of performance.
          • Mass Dance | Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Fireworks over the Taedong River | watch with thousands of locals in Kim Il Sung Square as this holiday comes to an end. Wonderful mingling opportunities in a festive atmosphere
          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
        8. April 16 | Thursday

          Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and departure

          AM

          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.
          • Check out and lunch at hotel
          PM
          • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle & writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
          • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
          Departure

          After our farewell dinner, we'll head to Pyongyang airport for our flight back to Shanghai Pudong Airport with a scheduled departure at 19:40 and arrival in Shanghai at 21:35 (subject to change).

          End of Tour.
      • Extras

        • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

          The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

        • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

          Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

        • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

          See more
      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Return flight >> Shanghai (Pudong) -- Pyongyang -- Shanghai (Pudong)
          All meals on the tour
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides and a driver (per group)
          All transportation in DPRK
          Official running shirt, finisher's medal, and race certificate
        • Not included
          Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx. 70 EUR total)
          The lift up the Juche Tower (optional activity at EUR 5)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, a visit to the funfair
          Meals will have a complimentary beer (and water), but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided.
          Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
      • Notes

        Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

        After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      April 10 - April 13/14 2020

      Pyongyang Marathon | Budget 3 Night Tour

      3 nights in North Korea departing
      from Dandong or Beijing

      Our budget Pyongyang Marathon tour allows you to take part
      in the Pyongyang Marathon for less! Start & end the tour in
      Dandong or Beijing!

      From 599 EUR per person

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      Pyongyang Marathon | Budget 3 Night Tour

      3 nights in North Korea departing
      from Dandong or Beijing

      Our budget Pyongyang Marathon tour allows
      you to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon
      for less! Start & end the tour in Dandong
      or Beijing!

      From 599 EUR per person

      • Overall

        This tour, travelling in and out by train, from and to the Chinese border city of Dandong or the capital Beijing, is ideal for those on a budget who are looking to run the Pyongyang Marathon., as well as see the highlights of Pyongyang.

        Run through the streets of Pyongyang as you take part in the full marathon, half marathon, 10km or 5k races.

        Get a brief, but comprehensive insight into this mysterious capital city. See sights including the Pyongyang Metro., the Victorious Fatherland Liveration War Museum, and the Arch of Triumph. You’ll only be left wanting to come back for more!

        And for all the serious marathon runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal, and race certificates around.

        Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



        BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

        Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


        Highlights

        • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
        • Visit the War Museum in Pyongyang
        • Experience Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro system in the World
        • And see many other highlights of Pyongyang!
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. April 9 | Thursday

          *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

          For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings to suit each of the transport entry & exit options. Please read below for further information.

          AM

          • For those departing from Beijing by train your briefing will be held in the morning on this day in Beijing, expected time is 10:00 (to be confirmed)

          PM

          • For those departing from Beijing by flight your briefing will be held in the afternoon on this day in Beijing, expected times are 14:00, 16:00, and 18:00 (to be confirmed)
          • 17:00 | Train travellers departing from Beijing will depart by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
          • For those departing from Dandong by train your briefing will be held in the evening on this day in Dandong, expected around 18:00-19:00 (exact location & time subject to final confirmation)

          Overnight | Hotel in Beijing/Dandong not included in the tour.

        2. April 10 | Friday

          Arrival into Pyongyang

          AM

          • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Dandong Railway Station (exact time and place TBC) before getting on the train to Pyongyang. 
          • After crossing the border from Dandong to Sinuiju by train, customs officials board the train for immigration and customs checks before the train continues its journey to Pyongyang.
          • Flight takers, there will be a free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart around midday/early afternoon. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
          • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station with expected arrival at 18:45, where you will meet your guides and then transfer to your hotel for check-in & dinner.

          Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

        3. April 11 | Saturday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM

          • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
          • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
          • Chollima Monument | the ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
          • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

          PM

          • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
          • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
          • Optional screening of Run and Run  | Watch a DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!

          Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

        4. April 12 | Sunday

          The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

          AM

          • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | This is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event! Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course.

          PM

          • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest before heading out for a relaxing afternoon of sight seeing in Pyongyang.
          • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

          Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

        5. April 13 | Monday

          Departure day

          AM

          • For those opting to fly out, flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo with a expected arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 by midday.
          • For those finishing the tour in Dandong you can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your own way to Beijing or elsewhere in China. Expected arrival into Dandong is approximately 16:23 local time.
          • For those finishing the tour in Beijing you will transfer in Dandong for onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday, April 14th at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

          End of Tour.

      • Extras

        • Entry and Exit Method - Budget Marathon

          This tour travels between between Dandong-Pyongyang by train. Upgrade your train journey to a round trip from Beijing (+120 EUR), or make it a flight departure and train return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or a train departure and flight return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or even a round-trip flight from Beijing (+559 EUR). Please note that the above flight costs include a supplemental surcharge levied by Air Koryo, the national airline of the DPRK, during the Pyongyang Marathon. The surcharge is 40 EUR per one-way flight ticket and 140 EUR per round-trip ticket. The full Beijing-Pyongyang train journey around 23 hours and adds one extra night before, and one extra night after your trip into North Korea. If entering by train you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the morning departure in Beijing at a location near our office. The flight takes around 90 minutes each way. If entering by flight you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the day before departure in Beijing at a location near our office.

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

          See more
        • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

          The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

        • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

          Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

        • Insurance for up to six nights

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Return train journey: Dandong – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Dandong
          All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel) except for on the train journey in and out
          Hotel accommodation in DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
          Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
        • Not included
          Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
          North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional upgrade to Beijing-Pyongyang round-trip train ticket 120 EUR
          Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 359 EUR; return: 559 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
      • Notes

        Our Budget Marathon Tours are capped at 30 people per group.

        Unless you hold a valid multi-entry visa for China at the time of travel, you are required to organise for a double entry visa for China for this tour.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

        After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      April 10 - April 17/18 2020

      Pyongyang Marathon | 7 Night Tour from Beijing

      7 nights in North Korea +
      Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      Take part in the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea, join
      in Day of the Sun celebrations and explore more of this fascinating
      country!

      From 1,549 EUR per person

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      Pyongyang Marathon | 7 Night Tour from Beijing

      7 nights in North Korea +
      Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      Take part in the Pyongyang Marathon in
      North Korea, join in Day of the Sun celebrations
      and explore more of this fascinating country!

      From 1,549 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Visit North Korea from Beijing for the Pyongyang Marathon, one of the most unique marathon races around.

        Taking part in the Pyongyang Marathon., you’ll be competing alongside local Korean marathon runners, and celebrating with them as you cross the finish line together. Running through the city is one of the best ways to explore the fascinating and unique capital, Pyongyang.

        For the more adventurous traveler, this 7-night tour not only takes you around Pyongyang, but also gets you to the lively city of Pyongsong and to Nampo on the west coast.

        We complete this tour with a trip down south as we head to Kaesong and the DMZ area.

        And for all the serious runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate around.

        This tour will have you in Pyongyang on April 15 for one of the country’s biggest celebrations – the Day of the Sun, or the birthday of eternal President Kim Il Sung. Join in with the locals as they celebrate and enjoy their day off! Mass Celebrations and evening fireworks can also be expected on this day; be part of it all with Koryo Tours!

        Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, transport options, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



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        Highlights

        • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
        • Day of the Sun Celebrations!
        • The DMZ & Historic Kaesong
        • Coastal Nampo
        • Pyongsong
        • and in depth Pyongyang
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. April 9 | Thursday

          *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

          For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings - in the morning for those departing by train in the afternoon, and in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
          • Briefings for those departing by train, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)

          PM

          • Briefings for those departing by flight, expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed)
          • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

          Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

        2. April 10 | Friday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to the Dandong-Pyongyang local train. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart around midday/early afternoon. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
          • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station expected at 6:45 pm.
          • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station with expected arrival at 6:45 pm, where you will meet your guides and then transfer to your hotel for check-in & dinner.

          Overnight:

          Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang | Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses and beer brewed on-site.

        3. April 11 | Saturday

          Pyongyang

          AM

          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

          PM

          • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
          • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
          • Optional screening of Run and Run, a DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!
          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        4. April 12 | Sunday

          The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

          AM

          • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
            Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

            The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

          PM
          • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the ending ceremony of the marathon, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest.

          • Munsu Water Park | We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
          • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        5. April 13 | Monday

          Nampo & Pyongsong

          AM

          • Nampo | Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to this port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
          • Chongsam-ri Co-operative Farm | The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung, the place where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse, the local shop, kindergarten and see the fields and greenhouses.
          • Local Factory | Nampo is a major industrial area of the DPRK, we'll visit one of the local factories to see and learn more about the industrial side of the country. We will visit either a glass factory, mineral water bottling plant or if we're lucky the famous Chollima Steelworks. Please note that factory visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions.
          • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
          • Lunch | At a local restaurant in Nampo

          PM

          • Pyongyang | Return to the capital city. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
          • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
          • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Pyongsong | Drive north of Pyongyang to the capital of South Pyongan Province. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

          Overnight | Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong | The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. One of the best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hairdresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.

        6. April 14 | Tuesday

          Pyongsong

          AM

          • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
          • Tok Song Primary School | The area's top primary school for gifted students. Tour the school's classrooms & facilities, watch music & dance performances by the students, and test your ping pong skills against them in the gymnasium.
          • Konji-ri Revolutionary Site | Location of the headquarters of the Korean People's Army & home of Kim Il Sung during the Korean War. Tour the renovated buildings and learn about life there during the war.
          • Pyongyang Drive south back to Pyongyang A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
          PM
          • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
          • Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant.
          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
        7. April 15 | Wednesday

          The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2020, is the 108th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.

          AM

          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.

          PM

          • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll and have picnic lunch in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organizations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
          • Artistic Performance | Expect to see a performance on the day, while the type of performance is to be confirmed we have been able to see circus, musical and other performances on this day, typically 20-50 EUR per person depending on nature of performance.
          • Mass Dance | Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Fireworks over the Taedong River | watch with thousands of locals in Kim Il Sung Square as this holiday comes to an end. Wonderful mingling opportunities in a festive atmosphere
          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
        8. April 16 | Thursday

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM

          • Kaesong | Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 3-hour drive
          • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in/ the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal consisting of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet-meat soup' is also an option here (+5 EUR).

          PM

          • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
          • Pyongyang | Drive back north up the Reunification Highway to the capital.
          • Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        9. April 17 | Friday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicate your preferred exit method upon booking*

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo with a expected arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 by midday.

          OR

          • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:25, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Saturday, April 18th at 08:30 am. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
          End of Tour.
      • Extras

        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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        • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

          The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

        • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

          Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

        • Insurance (7 to 9 nights)

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

        • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

          This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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        • Hotel booking in Beijing

          Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train between Beijing-Pyongyang
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
          Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
        • Not included
          Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
          North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 239 EUR; return: 439 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides + driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

        After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      April 10 - April 20/21 2020

      Pyongyang Marathon | 10 Night April Adventure Tour from Beijing

      10 nights in North Korea
      + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      The Pyongyang Marathon, Day of the Sun celebrations,
      hikes, and both east & west coasts of Korea – it’s our
      April Adventure!

      From 1,749 EUR per person

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      Pyongyang Marathon | 10 Night April Adventure Tour from Beijing

      10 nights in North Korea
      + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      The Pyongyang Marathon, Day of the Sun
      celebrations, hikes, and both east &
      west coasts of Korea – it’s our April
      Adventure!

      From 1,749 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Spring is one of the best times to visit North Korea, as the cold winds have gone and flowers begin blooming and lining the beautiful Pyongyang streets.

        Taking part in the Pyongyang Marathon. is sure to be an experience you won’t forget, and something few foreigners get to do.

        What’s more, a few days after the Pyongyang Marathon is the most important date in the Korean calendar - the birthday of the Eternal President Kim Il-Sung. For this, we can expect a day of merriment for the locals as they enjoy their day off celebrating with picnics in parks, participating in mass dancing events, and then gathering together at Kim Il Sung Square to watch the incredible firework display at night.

        For the truly adventurous traveler, this 10-night tour will get you to not only the west coast of Korea where you’ll visit the industrial city of
        Nampo, but you’ll also get across to the east coast where you’ll tour the seaside city Wonsan and then go hiking on Kumgangsan – also known as the diamond of Korea.

        Of course, you’ll also head south to Kaesong and the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their face-off. You’ll also have the opportunity to head north to the lively city of Pyongsong, where you will meet the incredibly talented students at a local school.

        And for all the serious runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate around.

        Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, transport options, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



        BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

        Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


        Highlights

        • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
        • Day of the Sun Celebrations!
        • In depth Pyongyang city tour
        • Port City of Wonsan on the East Coast
        • The beautiful mountains of Kumgangsan
        • Historic Kaesong & the DMZ
        • Industrial Nampo
        • Pyongsong
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. April 9 | Thursday

          *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

          For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings - in the morning for those departing by train in the afternoon, and in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day. 

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
          • Briefings for those departing by train, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)

          PM

          • Briefings for those departing by flight, expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed)
          • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

          Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

        2. April 10 | Friday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to the Dandong-Pyongyang local train. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
          • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station with expected arrival at 6:45 pm, where you will meet your guides and then transfer to your hotel for check-in & dinner.
          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart around midday/early afternoon. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
          • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station expected at 6:45 pm.

          Overnight:

          Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang | Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses and beer brewed on-site.

        3. April 11 | Saturday

          Pyongyang

          AM

          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

          PM

          • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
          • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
          • Optional screening of Run and Run | A DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!
          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        4. April 12 | Sunday

          The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

          AM

          • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
            Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

            The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

          PM
          • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the ending ceremony of the marathon, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest.

          • Munsu Water Park | We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
          • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        5. April 13 | Monday

          Nampo & Pyongsong

          AM

          • Nampo | Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
          • Chongsam-ri Co-operative Farm | The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung, the place where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse, the local shop, kindergarten and see the fields and greenhouses.
          • Local Factory | Nampo is a major industrial area of the DPRK, we'll visit one of the local factories to see and learn more about the industrial side of the country. We will visit either a glass factory, mineral water bottling plant or if we're lucky the famous Chollima Steelworks. Please note that factory visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions.
          • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship lock and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
          • Lunch | At a local restaurant in Nampo

          PM

          • Pyongyang | Return to the capital city A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.
          • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
          • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Pyongsong | Drive north to the capital of South Pyongan Province. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

          Overnight | Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong | The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. One of the best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hairdresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.

        6. April 14 | Tuesday

          Pyongsong

          AM

          • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
          • Tok Song Primary School | The area's top primary school for gifted students. Tour the school's classrooms & facilities, watch music & dance performances by the students, and test your ping pong skills against them in the gymnasium.
          • Konji-ri Revolutionary Site | Location of the headquarters of the Korean People's Army & home of Kim Il Sung during the Korean War. Tour the renovated buildings and learn about life there during the war.
          • Pyongyang | Drive back south to Pyongyang. A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

          PM

          • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
          • Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace | Tour of one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. April 15 | Wednesday

          The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2020, is the 108th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.

          AM

          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.

          PM

          • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll and have picnic lunch in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organizations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
          • Artistic Performance | Expect to see a performance on the day, while the type of performance is to be confirmed we have been able to see circus, musical and other performances on this day, typically 20-50 EUR per person depending on nature of performance.
          • Mass Dance | Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Fireworks over the Taedong River | watch with thousands of locals in Kim Il Sung Square as this holiday comes to an end. Wonderful mingling opportunities in a festive atmosphere

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        8. April 16 | Thursday

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM

          • Kaesong | Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 3-hour drive
          • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in/ the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal consisting of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet-meat soup' is also an option here (+5 EUR).

          PM

          • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
          • Pyongyang | Return to Pyongyang from Sariwon.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        9. April 17 | Friday

          Wonsan City and Korea’s East Coast

          AM

          • Wonsan Drive east across the width of the peninsula to a major port city, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 4-hour drive.
          • Sinpyong Lake Rest Stop | Known as ‘Little Kumgang’ this scenic lakeside rest stop is a preview of the scenery to come.
          • Ulim Waterfall | Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

          PM

          • Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
          • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, birdhouse, gymnasium, and more!
          • Kangwon Province Art Gallery | Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
          • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbour (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

          Overnight:

          Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan | Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

        10. April 18 | Saturday

          Mt. Kumgang

          AM

          • Mt. Kumgang | Drive along the East Sea to see the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5-hour drive.
          • Samil Lagoon | A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days-gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area

          PM

          • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall | An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools. A beautiful place to sit, relax and spend a few hours in nature. Feel like a rewarding challenge? Extend your hike by tackling Sangpaldam Peak.

          Overnight: 

          Kumgangsan Hotel, Mt. Kumgang | A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.

        11. April 19 | Sunday

          Return to Pyongyang

          AM

          • Pyongyang | Return to the capital city (full day drive) making rest stops along the way.
          • Sijung Lake Beach | Take a break at this beachside facility on the East Sea. Take a stroll in the sand or go for a swim (2 EUR entry fee includes shower).

          PM

          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
          • Haeyang Restaurant Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang's famous restaurants.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        12. April 20 | Monday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train.

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo with a expected arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 by midday.
          • OR

          • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:25, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday, April 21st at 08:30 am. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
          End of Tour.
      • Extras

        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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        • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

          The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

        • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

          Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

        • Insurance (10 to 13 night)

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

        • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

          This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Hotel booking in Beijing

          Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train between Beijing-Pyongyang
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
          Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
        • Not included
          Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
          North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 239 EUR; return: 439 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides + driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

        After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      April 11 - April 13 2020

      Pyongyang Marathon | 2 Night Weekend Tour from Beijing

      2 nights in North Korea including
      return flights Beijing - Pyongyang

      The shortest marathon tour possible and perfect opportunity
      for those wanting to tick the Pyongyang Marathon off their
      list!

      From 1,199 EUR per person

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      Pyongyang Marathon | 2 Night Weekend Tour from Beijing

      2 nights in North Korea including
      return flights Beijing - Pyongyang

      The shortest marathon tour possible and
      perfect opportunity for those wanting
      to tick the Pyongyang Marathon off their
      list!

      From 1,199 EUR per person

      • Overall

        This short weekend tour departing from Beijing is the shortest Pyongyang Marathon Tour possible and is ideal for those who don’t want commit to longer tours - in particular the more serious runners amongst you looking to add the Pyongyang Marathon. to your list and the North Korean travel veterans wanting to experience this very unique event starting & finishing in Kim Il Sung Stadium with tens-of-thousands of spectators.

        You’ll also get to see some of the sights of Pyongyang including the Mansudae Grand Monument., the giant bronze statues of the DPRK leadership; the Juche Tower., iconic monument to the country's ideology; and Kim Il Sung Square., the city's central square.

        The Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Earn yourself one of the most unique running shirts, finisher's medal and race certificate around!

        Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



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        Highlights

        • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
        • Experience some of Pyongyang's key attractions
        • Celebrate your run at a local beer bar
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. April 10 | Friday

          Briefing Day

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing in the afternoon - expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed). This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, the marathon, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office
        2. April 11 | Saturday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart around midday/early afternoon. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
          • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
          • Optional screening of Run and Run | A DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!
          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang | Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses and beer brewed on-site.
        3. April 12 | Sunday

          The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

          AM

          • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event! Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

          The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

          PM
          • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest before heading out for a relaxing afternoon of sightseeing in Pyongyang
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
          • Chollima Monument | ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
          • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
          • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle & writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
          • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

          Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        4. April 13 | Monday

          Departure day

          AM

          • For those opting to fly out, flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo with a expected arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 by midday.
          End of Tour.
      • Extras

        • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

          The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

        • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

          Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

        • Insurance for up to six nights

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

          See more
        • Hotel booking in Beijing

          Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

          See more
      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
          Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
        • Not included
          Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 20-30 EUR total per tourist)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
      • Notes

        Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

        After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      April 11 - April 13/14 2020

      Pyongyang Marathon | Budget 2 Night Tour

      2 nights in North Korea departing
      from Dandong or Beijing

      This is the cheapest way to enter the Pyongyang Marathon
      starting and ending the tour in Dandong or Beijing
      by train!

      From 499 EUR per person

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      Pyongyang Marathon | Budget 2 Night Tour

      2 nights in North Korea departing
      from Dandong or Beijing

      This is the cheapest way to enter
      the Pyongyang Marathon starting and
      ending the tour in Dandong or Beijing
      by train!

      From 499 EUR per person

      • Overall

        The cheapest Pyongyang Marathon tour!

        Visit Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, and join the Pyongyang Marathon. starting in Kim Il Sung Stadium with tens-of-thousands of spectators to run through the streets of Pyongyang.

        Also see some of Pyongyang's main sights, including the Mansudae Grand Monument, the giant bronze statues of the DPRK leadership; the Juche Tower, iconic monument to the country's ideology; and Kim Il Sung Square, the city's central square.

        The Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Join the race and get the most unique running shirts, finisher's medals, and race certificates around.

        This tour travels round-trip by train from the Chinese border city of Dandong and is the cheapest tour to enter the Pyongyang Marathon. It is ideal for those on a budget who are already in China, can’t commit to a longer tour, or are simply looking to add this event to their list of completed marathons.

        Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



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        Highlights

        • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
        • Experience some of Pyongyang's key attractions, including the Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and the Mansudae Grand Monument
        • Celebrate your run at a local beer bar
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. April 10 | Friday

          *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

          For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings to suit each of the transport entry & exit options. Please read below for further information.

          AM

          • For those departing from Beijing by train your briefing will be held in the morning on this day in Beijing, expected time is 10:00 (to be confirmed)

          PM

          • 17:00 | Train travellers departing from Beijing will depart by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
          • For those departing from Dandong by train your briefing will be held in the late afternoon on this day in Dandong, expected around 18:00-19:00 (exact location & time subject to final confirmation)

          Overnight | Hotel in Beijing/Dandong not included in the tour.

        2. April 11 | Saturday

          Arrival into Pyongyang

          AM

          • Dandong departure | Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers at Dandong Railway Station (exact time and place TBC) before getting on the train to Pyongyang. 
          • After crossing the border from Dandong to Sinuiju by train, customs officials board the train for immigration and customs checks before the train continues its journey to Pyongyang.

          PM

          • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station, where you will meet your guides.
          • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
          Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
        3. April 12 | Sunday

          The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

          AM

          • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | This is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
            Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

            The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course.

          PM
          • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest before heading out for a relaxing afternoon in Pyongyang
          • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
          • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea | The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
          • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle & writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
          • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

          Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

        4. April 13 | Monday

          Departure day

          AM

          • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:25 from Pyongyang Railway Station with arrival in Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) at approx. 16:23 local time.
          • For those finishing the tour in Dandong you can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your own way to Beijing or elsewhere in China. Expected arrival into Dandong is approximately 16:23 local time.
          • For those finishing the tour in Beijing you will transfer in Dandong for onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Tuesday April 14th at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
          End of Tour
      • Extras

        • Beijing Departure Upgrade - Budget Marathon Tour

          This tour travels between between Dandong-Pyongyang by train. Upgrade your train journey to a round trip from Beijing (+120 EUR).The full Beijing-Pyongyang train journey around 23 hours and adds one extra night before, and one extra night after your trip into North Korea. This also requires you to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the morning before in Beijing at a location near our office.

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

          See more
        • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

          The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

        • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

          Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

        • Insurance for up to six nights

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Return train journey: Dandong – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Dandong
          All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel) except for on the train journey in and out
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
          Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
        • Not included
          Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
          North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional upgrade to Beijing-Pyongyang round-trip train ticket 120 EUR
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 20-30 EUR total per tourist)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
      • Notes

        Our Budget Marathon Tours are capped at 30 people per group.

        Unless you hold a valid multi-entry visa for China at the time of travel, you are required to organise for a double entry visa for China for this tour.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

        After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      April 11 - April 14/15 2020

      Pyongyang Marathon | 3 Night Tour from Beijing

      3 nights in North Korea +
      Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      Run the Pyongyang Marathon and
      then visit the sights of the
      city!

      From 899 EUR per person

      Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

      Pyongyang Marathon | 3 Night Tour from Beijing

      3 nights in North Korea +
      Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      Run the Pyongyang Marathon
      and then visit the
      sights of the city!

      From 899 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Join Koryo tours for 3 nights in North Korea as we run the Pyongyang Marathon. and have a city tour of North Korea’s mysterious and unique capital.

        This race can be run either as a full marathon distance or as a half marathon, and there are also 10km and 5km races. Whether you can run the full marathon distance or not, this is an event not to be missed out on. In addition to the foreign amateur runners, hundreds of local runners and some elite foreign runners will be participating as well.

        You’ll also get to see the highlights of Pyongyang city including its famous Pyongyang Metro., visit the Kwangbok Department Store to shop like a local and tour the famous Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum featuring the captured spy ship – the USS Pueblo.

        And for all the serious runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate around.

        Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, transport options, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



        BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

        Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


        Highlights

        • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
        • Tour the Fatherland Liberation War Museum featuring the USS Pueblo
        • Ride on Pyongyang's Metro System
        • Visit a local department store and shop like a local
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. April 10 | Friday

          *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travelers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travelers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

          For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings - in the morning for those departing by train in the afternoon, and in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
          • Briefings for those departing by train, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)

          PM

          • Briefings for those departing by flight, expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed)
          • 17:00 | Train travelers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

          Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

        2. April 11 | Saturday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart around midday/early afternoon. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
          • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station expected at 6:45 pm.
            • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
            • Optional screening of Run and Run, a DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!

            Overnight:

            Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang | Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses and beer brewed on-site.

          • April 12 | Sunday

            The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

            AM

            • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | This is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
              Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

              The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course.

            PM

            • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest before heading out for a relaxing afternoon in Pyongyang.
            • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
            • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          • April 13 | Monday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM

            • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
            • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
            • Chollima Monument | or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
            • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

            PM

            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle & writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
            • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

          • April 14 | Tuesday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train.

            AM

            • For those opting to fly out, flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo with a expected arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 by midday.

            OR

            • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:25, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 15th at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

            End of Tour.

        3. Extras

          • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

            The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

          • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

            Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

          • Insurance for up to six nights

            We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

          • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

            This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

          • Upgrade to your own room

            All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

            See more
          • Hotel booking in Beijing

            Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

            See more
        4. What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train between Beijing-Pyongyang
            Hotel accommodation
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            All transportation in the DPRK
            Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
          • Not included
            Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
            North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 239 EUR; return: 439 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30-45 EUR total)
            Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
            Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
        5. Notes

          Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

          Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

          After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

        April 11 - April 16/17 2020

        Pyongyang Marathon | 5 Night Tour from Beijing

        5 nights in North Korea +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        Run the Pyongyang Marathon, visit the DMZ
        and join in on the celebrations for the Day
        of the Sun!

        From 1,299 EUR per person

        Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

        Pyongyang Marathon | 5 Night Tour from Beijing

        5 nights in North Korea +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        Run the Pyongyang Marathon,
        visit the DMZ and join in on
        the celebrations for the Day
        of the Sun!

        From 1,299 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Visit North Korea from Beijing for the Pyongyang Marathon., one of the most unique marathons around and then experience one of the biggest celebration on the North Korean calendar – the Day of the Sun – the birthday of Eternal President Kim Il-Sung.
          Join in with the locals as they celebrate and enjoy their day off! Mass Celebrations and evening fireworks can also be expected on this day; be part of it all with Koryo Tours!

          Run alongside local Korean runners as you power through the streets of Pyongyang that are lined with Koreans cheering you on as you go. Running through the city is one of the most unique ways to explore the fascinating and unique capital, Pyongyang.

          Aside from the Pyongyang Marathon, we will also take you on a comprehensive city tour throughout Pyongyang, including its famous metro system and theVictorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum featuring the captured spy ship – the USS Pueblo.

          This tour will also get you down to historic Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum including Panmunjom & the DMZ.

          And for all the serious runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate around.

          Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, transport options , add-ons, and notes on the tour.



          BROWSE KORYO TOURS INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

          Mongolia | Turkmenistan | Russia | Kazakhstan | Tajikistan


          Highlights

          • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
          • Day of the Sun celebrations!
          • The DMZ & Historic Kaesong
          • Comprehensive Pyongyang
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. April 10 | Friday

            *Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings - in the morning for those departing by train in the afternoon, and in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
            • Briefings for those departing by train, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)

            PM

            • Briefings for those departing by flight, expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed)
            • 17:00 | Train travelers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

            Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

          2. April 11 | Saturday

            Arrival Day in Pyongyang

            AM
            • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to the Dandong-Pyongyang local train. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart around midday/early afternoon. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station expected at 6:45 pm.
            • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview | Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
            • Optional screening of Run and Run, a DPRK film about marathon runner Yong Ho who faces the physical and mental struggles of marathon participation. After both his father and work unit manager tell him to stop running, he becomes more determined to achieve his marathon dream. The film will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (80 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours exclusive and sure to provide you with motivation ahead of the big event!

            Overnight:

            Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang | Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses and beer brewed on-site.

          3. April 12 | Sunday

            The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2020!

            AM

            • The 2020 Pyongyang Marathon | this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
              Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

              The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

            PM

            • Shower, resting time and lunch | After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
            • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
            • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle & writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
            • Local Beer Bar | Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.
            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          4. April 13 | Monday

            Pyongyang

            AM

            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • Okryugwan | A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.

            PM

            • Grand People’s Study House | Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
            • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Arch of Triumph | A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • Golden Lane Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
            • After dinner walk on Pyongyang's Future Scientist Street

            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          5. April 14 | Tuesday

            Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

            AM

            • Kaesong Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to  the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. A 3-hour drive.
            • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ | The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
            • Kaesong Koryo Museum | Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall | Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) | A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

            PM

            • Drive back to Pyongyang via Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
            • Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification | Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
            • Duck Barbecue Restaurant | South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant.
            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          6. April 15 | Wednesday

            The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2020, is the 108th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.

            AM

            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
            • Mansudae Fountain Park | The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
            • Chollima Monument | or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.

            PM

            • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll and have picnic lunch in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
            • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition | Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organizations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
            • Artistic Performance | Expect to see a performance on the day, while the type of performance is to be confirmed we have been able to see circus, musical and other performances on this day, typically 20-50 EUR per person depending on nature of performance.
            • Mass Dance | Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
            • Fireworks over the Taedong River | watch with thousands of locals in Kim Il Sung Square as this holiday comes to an end. Wonderful mingling opportunities in a festive atmosphere

            Overnight | Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

          7. April 16 | Thursday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train.

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo with an expected arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 by midday.

            OR

            • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:25 am, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday, April 17th at 08:30 am. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

            End of Tour.

        • Extras

          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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          • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

            The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

          • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

            Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

          • Insurance for up to six nights

            We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

          • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

            This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 435 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

          • Upgrade to your own room

            All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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          • Hotel booking in Beijing

            Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train between Beijing-Pyongyang
            Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
            All transportation in the DPRK
            Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
          • Not included
            Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
            North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 239 EUR; return: 439 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
            Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
            Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
        • Notes

          Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

          Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

          After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

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