Haebangsan Hotel North Korea - opened in 1962, the Haebangsan Hotel
is the only second class hotel opened to tourists in Pyongyang.
It's located in the city centre in the Central District, close to
the Taedong Bridge. Its location is probably its best advantage as it's
in close proximity to the Grand People's Study House, Kim Il Sung
Square and the History Museum. Another advantage is that it is close to
the river which allows you to go for long walks in the evenings.
The hotel has 5 stories and 113 rooms, but you will not find many
other Western tourists here as it mainly caters for Chinese business
people and North Korean guests.
Although rooms are not as comfortable same as higher rated hotels in Pyongyang like the Yanggakdo Hotel or Koryo Hotel, hot water is available in the mornings and evenings which is when you will be in you hotel. Please note that we do not use this hotel in our DPRK group tours and it would be an option if interested in budget accommodation for an independent tour of North Korea.
Please note that beds are Korean style, with a very thin mattress to which most Westerners are not used to. If you require a mattress please just let your tour guides or downstairs at the front desk for one once you get to the hotel.
April 2012 is a very important date in the DPRK as it was the 100th
Anniversary of the Birth of the Eternal President Kim Il Sung. North
Korea saw a lot of construction and restoration take place for such
date. We have seen significant change in the past few years in places
such as Pyongyang, Nampo, Sinuiju, etc regarding their architectural landscapes.
Food is mainly Korean and Chinese as the hotel mainly caters for
Chinese and North Korean guests, though Western food can be provided
for your meal if you ask for it beforehand. However at the bar you do
have a larger variety of Western snacks. Western breakfasts consist
mainly of eggs (scrambled or fried), toast, butter & jam,
coffee or tea and tomatoes. We have had travellers order steak and
chips (fries) in the past.
To sum up, if interested in the chance of mingling with Chinese and North Koreans
and having a greater knowledge of businesses that take place in DPRK
and if luxury is not a top priority for you, this hotel may be one for
you to consider.
Please check our Pyongyang Hotels section to see other hotels in the capital of North Korea other than the Haebangsan Hotel North Korea or go to our North Korea Hotels page for an overview of hotels around the country.