Join us in North Korea to participate in the Pyongyang Marathon and to partake in the Kim Il Sung Birthday celebrations! This incredible event is the eighth year that foreign tourists are welcomed to compete or spectate from the grandstands of Kim Il Sung Stadium!
Kim Il Sung’s Birthday tour is without a doubt the largest celebration in North Korea this year with mass dance events involving over 3000 university students, fireworks and numerous other celebrations taking place throughout the day – this is one birthday party you don’t want to miss.
During your tour you’ll be visiting all the must-see sites in Pyongyang city, such as riding the Pyongyang Metro, exploring Kim Il Sung Square, visiting the Korean War Museum, the Mausoleum, a Pyongyang department store, the Grand People’s Study House, and much more.
No trip to the DPRK is complete without visiting Panmunjom Village (the DMZ) and going further off the tourist path to view the secretive and controversial concrete wall. We’ll stay overnight at the Janamsan Hotel only a few kilometres from South Korea and the DMZ!
This tour is a must-see, run, and do tour that you do not want to miss! Book now with us to secure your position for the marathon and your spot on tour. Group bookings are most welcomed with discounts.
Marathon running fees are listed below and not included in the tour cost.
A race timing chip is included in the price above. The maximum time limit for the full marathon is 4 hours and a half hours, half marathon is 2 and a half hours and both 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 excluding the 5km run receiving ceramic vases at the awards ceremony held in front of 70,000 people!
The Pyongyang Marathon committee also welcomes differently-abled runners. If you are interested in running please let us know more about your details so we can confirm everything ahead of the event.
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! Registrations close mid March 2024.
Running isn’t your thing? No problem! Join the locals in Kim Il Sung Stadium as the marathon takes off, observe the marathon from the streets of Pyongyang, or watch a football game inside the stadium during the race.
Be sure to book and reserve your spot on tour before it’s too late! Please note: flights between Beijing and Pyongyang are very limited and schedules are only announced a few weeks before the tour.
Thursday 11th April
Friday 12th April
Saturday 13th April
Sunday 14th April – Marathon Day!
Monday 15th April – The Day of the Sun – Birthday of President Kim Il Sung
Tuesday 16th April – Group A departs
Group B continues:
Wednesday 17th April
Thursday 18th April
Friday 19th April
Saturday 20th April
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train travel between Beijing and Pyongyang
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides
• Air-conditioned bus and driver
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated)
• Extra drinks and souvenirs
• Cost of visas
• Tips for Korean guides and the driver.
• Additional events not listed in the itinerary
• Marathon entry fee
• Stadium entry (20 EUR for spectators only)
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.