• The Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang very close to the Rodong Sinmun newspaper offices. Picture taken of the hotel building by KTG
    Budget Hotel

Haebangsan Hotel North Korea

Haebangsan Hotel North Korea - opened in 1962, the Haebangsan Hotel is the first second class hotel that opened to tourists in Pyongyang.

Guide map of the Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang. If you press any button on the board the place you will like to visit will lighten up, a bit like the Pyongyang Metro guide map!

Haebangsan Hotel's Location

It's located in the city centre right by the Headquarters of the Rodong Sinmun Newspaper; newspaper of the Workers' Party of Korea. close to the Taedong Bridge. Not too far away is 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 Grand People's Study House. Another advantage is that it is not too far from the river which allows you to go for long walks in the evenings.

Rodong Sinmun Newspaper offices in Pyongyang. This is the newspaper of the Korean Workers' Party

Headquarters of the Rodong Sinmun Newspaper, right by the Haebangsan Hotel

Shopping and Facilities

The Haebangsan Hotel has a restaurant, three bars, a karaoke area, a hairdresser, shop selling local goods, a spa and a souvenir & bookshop.

Haebangsan Hotel shop. This is a second class hotel in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea (DPRK)

Most facilities are in the lobby, but the souvenir shop is on the third floor. There is also a bar on the second floor, on the left hand side of the corridor as you go up from the first floor.

Souvenir shop at the Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK). The souvenir shop is located on the second floor. There is another shop at the hotel lobby

Souvenir Shop at the Haebangsan Hotel

Haebangsan Hotel Lobby, Pyongyang capital of North Korea. You can see the DHL sign there at the front desk

The top floor has a section to make international calls. Please check rates before you make a call as these will vary depending on which country you will make your telephone call to.

Telecommunicatons centre at the Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang. You can make international calls from here. They also have DHL service at the front desk in the lobby


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.

Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang. This is a picture of a standard room. The Haebangsan hotel is mainly used by Koreans and Chinese businessmen. It is a budget hotel in North Korea classified as a second class hotel

Picture of a standard hotel room in the Haebangsan Hotel

Haebangsan Hotel first class room, Pyongyang (North Korea)

First Class Room

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.

Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. This is the office of a first class room in this budget hotel

First Class Rooms have a Private Office

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.

Bathroom at the Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang. This is one of the most low budget hotels in the capital of North Korea (officially called the DPRK)

Conditions are quite basic in the hotel. If you would like to meet Chinese business people and Korean guests it may be a suitable option for you.

Haebangsan Hotel in Pyongyang. Picture taken by KTG in 2009

Picture of the Haebangsan Hotel taken by KTG back in 2009. Compare the difference to what it looks like now (see header of this page). 15 April 2012 was 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. However, this has not ended and we have seen a lot of new buildings being built after then as well as many hotels being restored.


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.

Haebangsan Hotel Restaurant. This is a budget hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, classified as a second class hotel

Handy tips

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.

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