April 11 - April 15 2020

Pyongyang Marathon | 4 Night Tour from Shenyang

4 nights in North Korea including
return flights & DPRK visa!

Run the Pyongyang Marathon, visit the DMZ and
tour Pyongyang on this all inclusive package
from Shenyang

From 1,399 EUR per person

Please apply by 29th February, 2020.

Pyongyang Marathon | 4 Night Tour from Shenyang

4 nights in North Korea including
return flights & DPRK visa!

Run the Pyongyang Marathon, visit
the DMZ and tour Pyongyang on this
all inclusive package from Shenyang

From 1,399 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Visit North Korea on this special tour from Shenyang for the Pyongyang Marathon., one of the most unique marathons in the world!

    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, add-ons, and notes on the tour.



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    Highlights

    • 2020 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • The DMZ & Historic Kaesong
    • Comprehensive Pyongyang city tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 11 | Saturday

      Briefing and arrival into Pyongyang

      AM
      • Meet your Koryo Tours tour leader and fellow travelers at Shenyang Taoxian Airport (SHE) at the Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 3 @ 11:00am for a pre-tour briefing and check-in. 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 travelers.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Shenyang on Air Koryo flight JS156 at 2:00pm. A 1-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.
      • 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

    4. 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.
    5. April 15 | Wednesday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang

      AM

      Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo flight JS155 with an expected arrival at Shenyang Taoxian Airport (SHE) Terminal 3 at 12:10 pm.

      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.

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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Return flights between Shenyang - Pyongyang
      North Korean (DPRK) visa
      All meals on the tour
      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
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 40 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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