Pyongyang Marathon 3 Day Short Tour
3 Days / 2 Nights | April 7th to 9th 2018 (Train in Train out)
Cost: 790 Euro
Options: 5 Days / 4 Nights (Regular Tour April. 5-9) & 7 Days / 6 Nights (Long Tour April 7-9) (Train in Train out)
Dandong | Pyongyang | Dandong
Join Paektu Cultural Exchange for the 2018 Mangyongdae Prize Marathon tour. The annual marathon, which has been held since 1981, has only been open to amateurs since 2014. The 3-day Short Marathon Tour begins on April 7 in Dandong City, a Chinese border city which lies across the Yalu River, where participants will have a trip briefing on what to expect while in the DPRK from experienced experts. A train ride through the DPRK countryside will take you to Pyongyang where you will see the grand bronze statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jung-Il, followed by dinner with our local hosts and then check in to the Sosan Sports Hotel, after which you will be able to take an evening walk to see the lovely night scenes of Pyongyang. On the day of the marathon, participants will run their respective courses while non-runners will watch the marathon and a football match in Kim Il-Sung Stadium. The rest of the day will be filled with sightseeing around Pyongyang including Kim Il-Sung Square, the Foreign Language Bookstore, the Pyongyang Subway, the Juche Tower and more. There will also be a celebration dinner party and awards ceremony held in the Koryo Hotel’s Revolving Restaurant. On April 9, the Regular Tour group returns to Dandong, China by train.
✪ Participate in the 37th 2018 Mangyongdae Prize Marathon and after party
✪ Visit the grand bronze statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jung-Il
✪ Sightseeing around Pyongyang including Kim Il-Sung Square, the Foreign Language Bookstore, Pyongyang Subway, Juche Tower and more …
✪ Experience a train ride through the DPRK countryside
Itinerary ✪ Highlights
Note: Flights from Beijing to Pyongyang can be arranged for an additional 100 Euro, based on availability.
－ Receive DPRK visas and train tickets
－At 8:20am, meet at the Dandong Railway Station
－10:00am train from Dandong to Pyongyang across the bridge at Sinuiju
－Pass through the Sinuiju Special Administrative Region by train, arriving at Pyongyang Station
－ 5:50pm arrival and look around Pyongyang Railway Station
✪ Visit the Mansudae Grand Monuments of Kim Il-Sung & Kim Jung-Il
✪ Night walking Tour around the Mirae (Future) Street
✪ Welcoming dinner reception with our DPRK partners and hosting organizations
－ Overnight: Sosan Hotel
2018 Mangyongdae Prize Marathon
|✪ Participate in the annual Pyongyang Marathon while taking in the unique views of the city and while being cheered on by local onlookers
－Delegation members who do not want to run in the marathon can watch the start and finish of the race also watch a football match, sports demonstrations, and other interesting events like watching model plane aerial displays and paratroopers landing in the packed Kim Il-Sung Stadium.
✪ Go walk or on a bike ride around Kim Il-Sung Square and the Daedong River
✪ Visit the Foreign Language Bookstore to buy books on DPRK history and other souvenirs
✪ Take a ride of the Pyongyang Subway while admiring beautiful mosaics on the walls
✪ Visit the Arch of Triumph
✪ Juche Tower
✪ Enjoy the Night Kaesong Youth Amusement Park, a small amusement park where you can go on rides and mingle with locals
✪ Evening Marathon After Party and Awards Ceremony at the Koryo Hotel Rotating Sky Restaurant and Bar
－ Overnight: Sosan Hotel
|✪ Take a look around Pyongyang Station
－ Depart at 10am (K28) from Pyongyang Station to Sinuiju/Dandong
✪ Enjoy the views of the DPRK countryside from your train car or sit in the restaurant car sharing food and drinks with locals
✪ Korean style on lunch on train
－ Arrive in Sinuiju
－ Our train will cross the bridge from Sinuiju to Dandong arriving at about 5pm
End of Program
－ 3 Days / 2 Nights | April 7th 2018 – April 9th 2018 (Train in Train out)
Dandong | Pyongyang | Dandong
(See below for Beijing connection option)
Cost: 790 Euro
－ NOTE: Please see our 5 Day regular and 7 day Long Pyongyang Marathon Tours
－ Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place (remaining balance must be paid prior to departure)
－ Marathon Registration Deadline for runners: February 5th, 2018
－ Tour Application Deadline: March 26th 2018
NOTE: Registration deadline for people running in the Marathon is Feb 5th 2018 (registrations after that can join the tour but only watch the Marathon)
－5KM Marathon (5km/3 miles) 55 Euro
－10km marathon (10km/6 miles) 55 Euro
－ Half marathon (20km/12 miles) 78 Euro
－ Full marathon (42km/26 miles) 120 Euro
－ Stadium seating for spectators 20 Euro
✪ All meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; meals include water and beer, except on train)
✪ Return Train tickets from Dandong (China) – Pyongyang-Dandong
✪ Transportation within the DPRK during the program
✪ Accommodation in the DPRK (standard room, double occupancy)
✪ Travel insurance
✪ Smiles, jokes, anecdotes, basic DPR Korean language skills and some fun and interesting stories to go along with each day’s activities
✪ DPRK visa fee (50 Euro)
✪ Chinese double-entry visa or Beijing Six Day (144 Hour) Free Visa – Note: For more information, contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. Some nationalities (e.g. Canadians) may qualify for the new Free Beijing six-day Visa when flying in and out of Pyongyang and the new Free 24-hour Dandong Visa. RE:
✪ Meal on train
✪ Additional snacks, liquor and alcohol (e.g. ~0.5–2 Euro per beer)
✪ Souvenirs, personal expenses and other amenities
✪ Tips for our Korean guides and driver minimum 7 Euro (50 RMB) per person per day
Upgrades and Options (upon availability)
✪ Train Connection from Beijing to Dandong or Dandong to Beijing Add +50~60 Euro one-way (Different Classes available | Based on Availability | Book early to guarantee)
✪ Single Room – A supplement fee (private single room): Add +50 Euro per night
✪ Economy –Flight from Pyongyang to Beijing or Beijing to Pyongyang: Add +150 Euro
✪ First Class – Return Flight from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +250 Euro
✪ Private Airport Pick-Up (or drop off) – clients will be met by a private car at the airport: Add +25 Euro
✪ Room upgrades available for additional charges
✪ Please contact us with any special requests
Note: This tour is run in cooperation with our partner InDPRK, a North Korean focused travel company.
Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes to occur on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities. All payments are subject to PCE terms and conditions.
About the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon
Pyongyang Marathon, also known as Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, is an annual marathon race contested each April in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It is categorized as an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
The marathon was held for the first time in 1981 for men, and the women’s event was initiated in 1984. The 2009 race was the 22nd event. The competition was opened for international runners again in 2000. The race starts and finishes at the Rungnado May Day Stadium or Kim Il Sung Stadium and runs along the Taedong River. At the 2010 edition of the race, Ukrainian Ivan Babaryka became the first European runner to win in Pyongyang in 24 years. The race in 2012 was held as part of celebrations for the 100 years since Kim Il-sung’s birth and featured one of the race’s closest ever finishes: Oleksandr Matviychuk and Pak Song-chol were given identical times (2:12:54 hours), with the Ukrainian guest taking the title.
The 2015 marathon was initially closed to foreigners because of concerns about Ebola, but this decision has since been reversed after the reopening of the North Korean border in March 2015. The marathon was held in 2016, but did not meet IAAF specifications for a IAAF Bronze Label Road Race that it had on previous years (Wikipedia).
Name in Korean: 만경대상국제마라손경기대회 (萬景臺賞國際마라손競技大會)
The Race Route
For 2018 the race is a return course with the route being run through the city centre. Runners will go past many of the iconic buildings, monuments, and streets of Pyongyang, before heading out into the countryside, just outside the urban centre, before running back again.
This new route — which is both IAAF bronze label and AIMS certified — gives runners the chance to see more of the capital than in previous years, and also allows more interaction with people along the course, as it takes in more parts of the city than ever before.
All four amateur races — the 5km, 10km, half marathon, and full marathon — will start and finish inside Kim Il Sung Stadium (including a final lap of the stadium track). This means that everyone participating will get the chance to finish in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans who will be in attendance at the stadium.
After the race has finished, the top three in the 10 km, half and full marathon amateur categories (men’s full; men’s half; men’s 10km; women’s full; women’s half; women’s 10km) take their place on the stadium’s podium for the award ceremony.