Pyongyang → Marathon → Kaesong/DMZ
XXX Pyongyang Marathon - April 9, 2017
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Registration Deadline is February 14th
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 $500 deposit. (Standard cancellation terms apply)
Approximate registration fees (if fees change, the difference will be nominal)
RUN THE FULL MARATHON (separate registration fee of $120 USD)
RUN A HALF MARATHON (separate registration fee of $90 USD)
RUN A 10K (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
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.
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.
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 third 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!
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.
PM: Return to Pyongyang, 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.
(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)