Pyongyang Marathon Short Tour - Shanghai Departure
2.5 nights, 3 full days in the DPRK
Kaesong/DMZ → Pyongyang→ Marathon
NEW: We are pleased to announce that by popular demand, the Pyongyang Marathon will now be held twice a year. The inaugural October Pyongyang Marathon will run on October 22 this year. A 5km option is new to this fall marathon. The April 2018 marathon will be held on April 8.
Pyongyang Marathon (Fall Edition) - October 22, 2017 - This is a tentative itinerary as Shanghai flights have not yet been confirmed. Please express interest at email@example.com or consider booking our Beijing tour.
Registration Deadline is September 1st, 2017.
Pyongyang Marathon - April 8, 2018
Registration Deadline is January 1st, 2018
In this short tour, take a quick break from your day-to-day to run the Pyongyang Marathon while taking in the grand Pyongyang sights and stepping foot into both North and South Korea at the DMZ.
Seats are selling fast. Book Now! Early registration begins NOW - reserve your spot with a $600 deposit. (Standard cancellation terms apply)
Approximate registration fees (if fees change, the difference will be nominal)
RUN THE FULL MARATHON (separate registration fee of $150 USD)
RUN A HALF MARATHON (separate registration fee of $120 USD)
RUN A 10K (separate registration fee of $100 USD)
RUN A 5K (FALL EDITION ONLY! - separate registration fee of $70 USD)
WATCH THE MARATHON (separate $28 USD fee to watch a soccer event in the stadium)
Almost anyone can run in the amateur marathon, half marathon, or 10K alongside professional runners. Americans and other nationalities can apply! There are no official qualifying times for the amateur marathon. However, you must either FINISH or STOP within 4 hours and 30 minutes for all lengths.
All participants will receive an exclusive Pyongyang Marathon medal, Pyongyang Marathon branded t-shirt, timing chips, and other exclusive goodies.
More information on the Pyongyang Marathon HERE
April 5: Depart for Pyongyang from Shanghai Pudong via Air Koryo Charter Flight
10PM: Meet us at the Air Koryo counter in Terminal 1 at the Pudong International Airport for check in. Depart on Air Koryo’s Tupelov 204 to Pyongyang, the capital city of the DPRK (North Korea). Start your North Korea journey right, with Air Koryo in-flight entertainment - the Pyongyang Times, North Korean cartoons and Moranbong Band music - an experience in itself! Flight time is 12:30am from Pudong airport and approximate arrival to Pyongyang at 3am (note that the flights are 2 hours but Korea is 30 minutes ahead of China).
After clearing customs, our Korean tour guides will greet you with a warm welcome. It takes 40 minutes from the airport to city center. Check-in and rest.
April 6: Kaesong / DMZ
AM: This morning, get ready to cross to the other side - South Korea that is. We will be visiting Panmunjom, the portion of the DMZ where the two sides are only separated by concrete only a few feet high and wide. We take you right into the neutral blue house which straddles both sides - you will be one of the few to say that you were in both Koreas at the same time. See the original building where the Armistice Agreement ending the Korean War was signed and the neutral blue houses that are shared by the North and South Korean sides. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and take pictures. The drive to the DMZ is about 2 hours by bus. Enjoy traditional Kaesong cuisine called Pansanggi for lunch. Then head over to the Koryo History Museum for prime photo opportunity and a lesson on the ancient Koryo Dynasty. Adjacent to the museum is the Koryo Stamp Shop, your one-stop shop for DPRK postcards, stamps and posters.
April 7: Pyongyang City Tour
10AM:Our first proper stop in Pyongyang will be at the Mansudae Grand Monuments, where we will show our respects to the founding leaders of the country. Then head to the Mangyongdae Native House, where President Kim Il Sung was born. Check out local artwork at the prestigious Mansudae Art Studio where all of the large monuments and mosaics are made—you’ll have the opportunity to purchase authentic North Korean artwork for a decent price here. Then travel deep underground to take a ride on the elusive Pyongyang Metro.
PM: After lunch, visit the national library called the Grand People’s Study House. Walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and home to North Korea’s famous military parades. Mix with locals at the Kimilsungia Kimjongilia Flower Festival and purchase souvenirs at the one and only Foreign Languages Bookshop. Finally, we’ll take a tour of the Kim Il Sung Stadium, where the Pyongyang Marathon will start and begin. You’ll get your race numbers here. Then take a driving tour of the entire marathon route to get ready for the run. Stretch out and rest up at the Koryo Hotel.
April 8: PYONGYANG MARATHON
7AM: Depart for the Kim Il Sung Stadium, only 10 minutes away from the hotel, to check-in for the Mangyongdae Prize International Pyongyang Marathon. Stretch out, lace up and get ready to run! Race starts at approximately 9am and is over no later than 1pm. There is a pre-race ceremony starting at 8am and a post-race award ceremony starting at 1pm. Spectators are welcome to join this tour, as there will be plenty to see at the Kim Il Sung Stadium - local soccer/football match and runners returning to the stadium in their last lap of the race.
This is the fourth year in all of history that foreign amateur runners will be allowed to run in the Pyongyang marathon and we’re excited to have you! We will have our very own professional photographers at all of the important sites to snap exclusive photos of you in the run. Photos will be available to runners after the race at a dedicated website.
PM: After the race, cool down at the hotel. After a well deserved meal, we’ll get a different kind of history at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, a US navy spy ship that was captured in DPRK waters in 1968 and remains as a museum ever since. Then take the elevator up to the top of the Juche Tower (optional for 5 Euros) for a panorama view of the entire city. Your photos will earn you bragging rights, for sure!
Return to the Koryo Hotel, pack up, check out and say farewell. Head for the new Sunan Airport for an evening departure back to Shanghai Pudong Airport.
This itinerary is subject to change at any time.
- DPRK visa fees and handling
- Round trip ticket from Shanghai Pudong to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
- DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars)
- 3 meals per day
- Coach transportation in DPRK
- Two local DPRK guides
- One local driver
- Admission fees (except those listed below)
- Marathon registration fee (detailed above) and stadium festival for spectators ($28 USD)
- Airfare from home country to China
- Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
- Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
- Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
- Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)
Special Entrance Fees for Optional Events
(Some entrance fees are priced in Euros. We strongly recommend to bring exact change in Euros to pay at the door; USD is accepted, but may be subject to an unfavorable exchange rate)
- Extra a la carte items incurred during meals (i.e., Korean BBQ option, specialty items such as pizza/pasta and Kaesong chicken soup, extra drinks)
- Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 euros)
- Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)