Pyongyang Marathon 7 Day Long Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights | April 3rd to 9th 2018 (Train in Train out)

Cost: 1,390 Euro

Options:  3 Days / 2 Nights (Short Tour April. 7-9)  & 5 Days / 4 Nights (Regular Tour April. 5-9) (Train in Train out)

Dandong | Pyongyang | Pyongsong | Kaesong | Panmunjom | Sinchon |  Dandong

Overview
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 7-day Short Marathon Tour begins on April 3 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. This trip includes visiting Kumsusan the mausoleum, dinner at Fujimoto Kenji’s Sushi restaurant, shopping at the Gwangbok Department store, a visit to the DMZ and the Panmunjom Joint Security Area as well as a visit to Sinchon to visit the Museum of American War Atrocities. In addition, we will visit a cooperative farm to learn about local farming practices, a visit to a kindergarten to help you understand more about DPRK pre-school education, as well as a chance to shoot guns at a shooting range. There will be a visit to the Party Foundation Monument and a car ride along the marathon route to help with race planning. 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, Pyongyang Subway, 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.

Highlights

✪  Participate in the 37th Pyongyang Marathon and after party

✪  Mansudae Grand Monument – 22-meter tall statues of Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il

✪ Dinner at chef Fujimoto Kenji’s Sushi Restaurant & Drinks at a local craft beer bar

✪ Visit the Science and technology city of Pyongsong

✪ Walk around Ryomyong Street and visit shops including the Miniso shop

✪  Sightseeing around Pyongyang including Kim Il-Sung Square, the Foreign Language Bookstore, Pyongyang Subway, Juche Tower, Mangyeongdae, Worker’s Party Monument, the Mirae shooting range, a primary school, Pyongyang International Soccer School, the Gwangbok Department Store and a DPRK Kindergarten

✪  Shopping at the Gwangbok Department Store & Business center

✪  Take part in a hands-on cooking class where we make Korean cuisine with top Korean chefs

✪  Drive to Kaesong and visit Panmunjom, the Joint Security Area located within the DMZ and the Sinchon to visit the Museum of American War Atrocities

✪  Experience a train ride through the DPRK countryside


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Itinerary                 Highlights

 

Day 1

 

Thursday,

April 3th

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: Koryo Hotel

 

Day 2

 

Friday,

April 4th

✪ Drive to Pyongsong

✪ Former Kim Il-Sung University site

✪ Visit Duksung Primary School where we can meet and interact with the students

✪ Traditional Cooking Class by some of Pyongyang’s top Chefs followed by Lunch at the cooking school restaurant

✪ Visit the Pyongyang International Soccer School and find out how the DPRK cultivates football talent

✪ Take a ride on a city tram

✪ Visit the Gwangbok Department Store & Business center where you can convert your money to local currency and go shopping where the locals do

✪ Dinner at chef Fujimoto Kenji’s Sushi Restaurant (at guest’s expense)

✪ Evening Drinks at a local craft beer bar for 50 US cents a pint

- Overnight: Koryo Hotel

 

Day 3

 

Saturday,

April 5th

 

✪ Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the reverent mausoleum which has the bodies of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jung-Il on display (You must wear dress clothes to enter)

✪ Walk around Ryomyong Street and visit shops in the city’s newest and trendiest areas (including the Miniso shop)

✪ Visit Pyongyang tourist shops

✪ Eat lunch at Korea’s top cold noodle store, Omryugwan

✪ Visit the Grand People’s Study House where North Korean students and adults learn foreign languages, and other subjects

✪ Visit Peace Motor Show Hall to learn about car production and sales. “Peace Motors” is North Korea’s first car brand.

✪ A scenic walking tour through Kaesong Old Town, the best preserved areas in the DPRK (one of the only areas not heavily bombed in the Korean War)

✪ Stay at the Kaesong Traditional Bed & Breakfast where guests sleep in  traditional style Korean homes with heated floors

✪ Learn how to make and then eat hand-made North Korean cake

-Overnight: Kaesong Traditional B&B

 

Day 4

 

Sunday,

April 6th

✪ Take a day trip to Panmunjom which is the heavily fortified border between north and south Korea, and is where many high-level talks between the two countries take place

✪ Glimpse of the Kaesong Industrial Complex which remains closed and was one example of inter-Korean economic cooperation

✪ Visit the nearby Koryo Museum of history and culture as well as the famous stamp and propaganda postcard shop

✪ Visit Janam Mountain

✪ Stop in Sinchon to visit the Museum of American War Atrocities

- Return to Pyongyang

✪ Stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification

✪ BBQ Dinner at top Korean restaurant

- Overnight: Koryo Hotel

 

 

Day 5

 

Monday,

April 7th

✪ Visit Jangchun Cooperative Farm where you’ll learn about DPRK farming technology and observe how farmers and their families live on a cooperative farm

✪ Visit a kindergarten to observe elementary school education practices in the DPRK

✪ Stop by Mangyeongdae, the birthplace of Kim Il-Sung

✪ Have a chance to shoot guns at the Mirae shooting range

✪ Visit the Worker’s Party Monument

✪ Take a car ride through the marathon route for race planning and preparation

✪ Overnight: Koryo Hotel

 

Day 6

 

Tuesday,

April 8th

 

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: Koryo Hotel

 

Day 7

 

Wednesday,

February 9th

✪ 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

 



 

Costs 

7 Days / 6 Nights | April 3th 2018 – April 9th 2018 (Train in Train out)

Dandong | Kaesong | Panmunjom | Sinchon | Pyongyang | Dandong

(See below for Beijing connection option)

Cost: 1,390 Euro

NOTE: Please see our 3 Day Short and 5-day Regular 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)


Pyongyang Marathon Costs

-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

Included
✪   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

Not Included
✪   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:

 http://paektuculturalexchange.org/144-hour-visa-free-transit-in-china-general-information

✪   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 an 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.


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