Take part in the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea, join in Day of the Sun celebrations and explore more of this fascinating country!
You’ll be competing alongside local Korean marathon runners, and celebrating with them as you cross the finish line together. Running through the city is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful and unique capital, Pyongyang.
For the more adventurous traveler, this 7-night tour not only takes you around Pyongyang city, but also gets you to the lively city of Pyongsong and to Nampo on the west coast.
We complete this tour with a trip down south as we head to Kaesong and the DMZ area.
And for all the serious marathon runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Earn yourself one of the most unique running shirts, finisher's medal and race certificates around!
Mandatory Pre-Tour Briefing
Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.
For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings - in the morning for those departing by train in the afternoon, and in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.
Briefings for those departing by train, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)
Briefings for those departing by flight, expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed)
17:00 | Train travelers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
Please read the following for important information about your transport options for this tour. The default option is round-trip train travel from Beijing to Pyongyang, and back again. Flight upgrades are available. Expand the below options for more details, and read below regarding visa for China requirements.
We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip obtained at a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.
Most nationalities will require a visa for China if entering and/or exiting by train.
Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours.
Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese visas, but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.
Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO KORYO TOURS APPLICATION SYSTEM TO COMPLETE YOUR BOOKING