Haebangsan Hotel North Korea

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

Haebangsan Hotel North Korea Location

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.

Shopping & Facilities

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

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.


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.

The Haebangsan Hotel in the capital of North Korea. This hotel is mainly used by Chinese and North Korean business people

15 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.

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.


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.