Sosan Hotel (Pyongyang, DPRK)
Standing high in the Sports District of Pyongyang, the Sosan Hotel
opened in 1989. It is a First-Class rated in the DPRK with
30 floors and 465 rooms.
The hotel has retro interior decoration, something not uncommon with
hotels in North Korea. A large marble entrance with indoor tree
decorations welcome you and the corridors are decorated in green
The Sosan Hotel is located in the Mangyongdae District,
approximately 4 km west from the city centre. It is just across from
the Ryanggang Hotel.
This district is also known as the Sports Village
as it has over 10 gymnasiums and sports grounds. Some of these include
the Taekwon-Do Hall (where we can arrange lessons), volleyball court or
the indoor swimming pool, just to mention a few. It is also possible
for you to practice golf in the Sports Village in Pyongyang, but if you
would like us to arrange for you to practice at a golf course in North
Korea we can arrange for you to go to the one located in the outskirst
of Nampo. Two other sites that
must be mentioned that are also to be found in this district are
President Kim Il Sung's native house and the Mangyongdae
Although there is heating in the hotel and rooms are warm it can
be chilly in the common areas such as the dining hall and lobby from
late autumn to early spring.
Watch out for...
We have in the past encountered North Korean athletes
in this hotel due to the fact that it is located in the sports’
district of the capital of North Korea, near the training grounds. You
can sometimes see athletes training in the sports ground across the
Ryanggang Hotel from the Sosan Hotel, indeed a plus to your DPRK
Facilities at the Sosan Hotel
The hotel has 2 restaurants (one with a very large dining hall), a
bar, a swimming pool, a sauna with a massage parlour, a billiards room,
a table tennis area, a karaoke room and a barber. There is also laundry
Rooms in the hotel are quiet, especially in winter, and have floor
heating as well as air-conditioning. Most of the beds are Korean style,
like at the Ryanggang Hotel (with very thin mattresses), so make sure
you ask reception for a thick mattress as soon as you arrive at the
hotel if you require one. Rooms also have a TV with international
channels, including the BBC.
Como la gran mayoría de los
coreanos que se encontrará, el personal aquí es extremadamente amable.
Los trabajadores en el hotel suelen hablar algo de mandarín ya que la
mayoría de los extranjeros que van a Corea del Norte son chinos dada la
proximidad y amistad que existen entre ambos países. Si habla algo de
mandarín o de inglés no dude en practicarlo con ellos ya que muy pocos
occidentales se alojan en este hotel y siempre es una muy agradable
sorpresa para ellos poder comunicares con occidentales y saber más de