April 7 - April 10/11 2017

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

Our budget tour allows you to enter the Pyongyang
Marathon and starting and ending the tour in

From 750 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th February, 2017.

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

Our budget tour allows you to
enter the Pyongyang Marathon and
starting and ending the tour in

From 750 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Please note the DPRK does not allow for American citizens to enter or exit the country by train. As such, we are sadly unable to take American citizens on this particular tour due to its method of travel.

    If you are an American citizen interested in taking part in the Pyongyang Marathon there are other marathon tours available.


    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 7 - Friday

      Pre-tour briefing in Dandong and getting on the train to Pyongyang

      • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Dandong Railway Station for a pre-tour briefing (exact time and place TBC) and ticket hand-out before getting on the train to Pyongyang. The 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, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.
      • After crossing the border between Dandong and Sinuiju by train, customs officials board the train for customs check before the train continues its journey to Pyongyang

      • An approx. 5 hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station, where you will meet your guides and transfer to the hotel

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel - very basic but comfortable hotel with limited hot water and the occasional power cut. Retro lounge area, billiards and bar. Located near the Pyongyang Sports Village.
    2. April 8 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      • 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 the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
    3. April 9 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon!


      • The 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 or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. 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.

      • After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll go for city walk and to a local beer bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. April 10 - Monday

      Departure day


      • The train departs from Pyongyang Railway Station at 10:10am with arrival in Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) at approx. 5:30pm local time. 

      The tour finishes in Dandong. You can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your way to Beijing or elsewhere after an amazing trip to the DPRK.

  • Extras

    • 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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

  • 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
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees (42k: 100 EUR / 21k: 70 EUR / 10k: 50 EUR)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 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

    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.

    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 apply by 15th February, 2017.

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