Let’s go…run the Pyongyang Marathon + check out North Korea!!!
Let’s go…to North Korea to run the strangest marathon on earth – the Pyongyang Marathon! This trip is all about the chance to experience the most bizarre and entertaining race ever. Run through the North Korean capital, feel like a champion with 50,000 people cheering just for you in a massive stadium. If that’s not enough, you will finish the trip with a tour of the best North Korea has to offer. Check out the heaviest militarized zone on earth and get a glimpse of South Korea from the North Korean side while learning more about the history of the conflict, check out the Arch of Triumph and Kim Il Sung Square, learn something new at the War Museum, massive bronze statues of the North Korean revolutionary leaders and much more. This trip is packed with history, culture and bragging rights…
Who has run a marathon in Pyongyang?? You!
Beginners welcome – Race distances are 5 and 10km, so anyone can join!
Seasoned Runners – Half and full marathons
Non-runners – Nope, you don’t have to run… Just watch the ceremony!
Included – On sight private bus with heating; International train to/from Dandong to Pyongyang
Not included – Flights to/from Dandong
Due to the limited seats on the train (Dandong-Pyongyang please wait for confirmation of availability prior to booking your plane tickets to Dandong.
Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) – Dandong (DDG) – Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA)
Est. Round Trip Price: 1914 RMB
Please book your flights. It’s really easy with www.ctrip.com! They even have an app. (If you need help booking your flights, a booking fee of 100 RMB per ticket will apply, paid directly to the booking agent. Contact information will be sent upon registration.)
Included – 5 nights – Clean double occupancy rooms (5-star hotels in North Korea, 3-star hotel in China) are included in the price. These will be booked on a first-come first-served basis. If you wish to room alone, the single occupancy fee is an extra 1300 RMB per person total. Please note that availability may be limited. (We can help you find someone to share if needed. However, if there is an uneven number of travelers, the extra single occupancy may apply. Pairings, in this case, are distributed in order of request.)
Included – local specialty meals in North Korea, veggie friendly
Not included – meals in China
Price: 7300 RMB
(Discount available for Chinese passport holders)
Registration deadline: February 10
Train tickets to/from North Korea, Accommodation (5 nights – double occupancy – 5 star hotel in North Korea / 3 star hotel in China), onsite transportation in North Korea, airport/train station pick up/drop off in Dandong, meals in North Korea (with mineral water and some beers), meals on the train, entrance tickets and admission fees to all sites, Pyongyang metro tickets, driver allowance, English speaking guide, visa fee, a guide who will help you pass through customs/immigration when leaving China, coupons, an experience of a lifetime, and looots of fun!
Does not include:
Additional drinks, flight to/from Dandong, marathon fee, tip*, insurance, meals in China, other personal expenses
*Tips (a gratuity for the guide is expected after the tour – 100 RMB or a small gift (ie. chocolate, cigarettes, cosmetics etc.)
PASSPORT, walking shoes, running shoes, clothing for cooler weather, camera/GoPro, sunscreen, sunglasses, small day pack,
If the traveler decides to cancel, s/he can get a refund (a small cancellation fee may apply) up to February 10 and no refund after that. The schedule may be adjusted due to weather conditions, unforeseeable events, etc. For complete information please refer to www.travelers-society.com/terms-conditions.
The itinerary is subject to change due to governmental restrictions.
1) ICBC Bank Transfer
2) Alipay / Wechat Pay
Is North Korea safe?
North Korea is considered one of the safest tourist destinations in the world. Our customers have had no problems with either crime or the authorities. The only way you are likely to put yourself in a difficult situation is by criticizing the North Korean leaders or government. Please note that you must obey all rules and laws set by the North Korean government and outlined by the tour guide upon arrival. Failure to do so may put you at risk of arrest.
I am American/Japanese/South Korean/Israeli, how is my tour experience affected?
Tourists traveling on a U.S., South Korean, or Japanese passport cannot travel to North Korea at this time.
What are the moral implications of visiting North Korea?
Some believe it is wrong to visit North Korea as your money is going directly to their government rather than into the hands of locals. However, others believe visiting the country can help benefit the people you meet by making them aware of the outside world. There isn’t really a clear right or wrong answer to whether you should visit or not so we advise you to research the topic yourself and make your own decision. One thing is clear, you will gain a better understanding by seeing the country yourself rather than relying on the media to tell you about North Korea.
Can I video the trip when I travel to North Korea?
Yes, there is a special service. You have to ask for it. You can have a Korean photographer to shoot the entire trip while you travel to North Korea. The cost of the video is 200-300 RMB per person depending on the number of requests.
I’m not a runner, can I still participate?
Yep, you can walk! If you get tired during the race, there is a resting station/bus.
You can also go and just watch the opening ceremony – entrance ticket (not included) can be purchased onsite.