Join us in the DPRK to partake in the Pyongyang Autumn Marathon tour! This incredible event is the first to be held during Autumn and all foreign tourists are welcomed to compete or spectate from the grandstands of Kim Il Sung Stadium!
Everyone on this tour will have the opportunity to watch the opening and closing ceremony in the heart of the stadium with 70,000 locals cheering on!
This very special Marathon tour offers the chance for you to not only spectate or compete in the marathon but also to have a great insight into the DPRK by exploring the best Pyongyang has to offer. We’ll travel deep into the mysterious Pyongyang Metro, visit the iconic bronze grand statues of the leaders, explore Kim Il Sung Square where all the previous military parades have been held, the Juche Tower and much more. Most importantly we’ll have an additional day to make our way down to the DMZ to see where North and South Korea meet head on! We’ll also have the opportunity to explore two towns outside of Pyongyang.
This incredible tour is a must see, run and do tour, with great opportunities for engagement with locals and an opportunity to be part of something out of this world. Book now with us to secure your position for the marathon and your seat with us! Group bookings and Young Pioneer returners are most welcomed with discounts.
Marathon running fees are listed below and not included in the tour cost.
Full Marathon (42km/26 miles) – cost of entry is $160USD
Half Marathon (20km/12 miles) – cost of entry is $110USD
10KM Marathon (10km/6 miles) – cost of entry is $80USD
5KM Marathon (5km/3 miles) – cost of entry is $60USD
A race timing chip is included in the price above. The maximum time limit for the full marathon is 4 hours, half marathon is 2 and a half hours and the 10KM and 5KM marathon is 2 hours. All running participants will receive a Pyongyang marathon certificate titled to you, with the top three men and women in each distance receiving ceramic vases at the awards ceremony held in front of 70,000 people!
Registry for all marathon runners is on a first come first served basis and limited to 1500 runners in total, so if you wish to run, book now!
Running isn’t your thing? No problem! Join the locals in Kim Il Sung Stadium as the marathon takes off, and watch a football game inside the stadium.
Meet your YPT guide at 1:00pm at the Beijing Jingu Qilong Hotel near Beijing Railway Station found here. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, further discuss the marathon, receive DPRK visas and tickets, as well as a great chance to meet your fellow travellers and to discuss any other questions you may have about the DPRK.
Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
Saturday 28th October
Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:00pm (Group will meet at Air Koryo check in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Train group arrive at 5:30pm to an equally warm welcome.
Receive a city map from your YPT guide and enjoy evening views of Pyongyang as the bus does a lap of the marathon route to give you a clear understanding of where you will be running.
In the evening your YPT guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides
Dinner and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Sunday 29th October – Marathon Day!
Run or spectate the Pyongyang Marathon! You can run either the 5KM, 10KM, half, or full marathon.
Lunch at the Mangyongdae District KITC Restaurant – your chance to try the famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or the traditional Korean Bibimbap dish along with other popular Korean dishes!
Head back to the hotel for a well deserved shower and lunch.
Enjoy an afternoon city tour where you will visit Kim Il Sung Square, Foreign Language bookstore, Juche Tower (5 Euro extra to go to the top), Party Foundation Monument, and the large bronze statues of the leaders.
Visit the Taedonggang Micro Brewery to further wind down with multiple delicious draft beers on tap, with coffee, soft drinks, and juices also available.
Dinner at the National Restaurant with performance from the waitresses!
Overnight at the Sosan hotel.
Monday 30th October
Up nice and early to drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK, so don’t forget your wallet!
The DMZ – see one of the most tenses places on earth complete with a friendly KPA officer who will not only give you a guided tour but also keep you safe. Also the only place you can take photographs of and even with a soldier!
Lunch at the Thongil Restaurant in Kaesong City – try your hand at traditional Korean Pansangi, a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog Soup 5 euro, Ginseng Stuffed Whole Chicken 30 euro – can be split between several people).
Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
Try locally brewed Makkoli in the local tea house.
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil Highway.
Get back to Pyongyang for dinner at the Duck Lamb BBQ restaurant with performance!
Overnight at the Sosan hotel.
Tuesday 31st October
Flight members depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).
Train members depart at 10:10am for Beijing on train K28.
Wednesday 1st November
Train members arrive in Beijing Railway Station 9:00am.
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Flights are extra.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides
• Air-conditioned bus and driver..
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated)