• The 8 March Hotel is a third class, low budget hotel in Sariwon city, provincial capital of North Hwanghae province, North Korea (DPRK). Trip arranged by KTG Tours
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March 8 Hotel - Sariwon City

Soviet Simple Outside, Barroque Extravagent Inside

Introduction

Named after International Women's Day, the March 8 Hotel is the only one where foreigners can currently stay in Sariwon city. A new hotel is currently being built by Mount Chongbang in Sariwon so we may have more Sariwon accommodation options in the, hopefully, near future.

3.8 Hotel in Sariwon, May Day, North Korea (DPRK). Picture taken by KTG Tours

3.8 Hotel in Sariwon. Please note that 5.1 marks May Day which was an upcoming date when we took this picture.

The hotel is actually a third class hotel (4 tier in the DPRK hotel rating system), though we must admit that we have stayed at second class hotels where conditions are very similar. There are 24 rooms in the hotel divided into three classes.

Sariwon city in North Korea in the winter. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Sariwon is a lively city and provincial capital of North Hwanghae Province

Location of the March 8th Hotel

Sariwon is the capital of North Hwanghae Province. A lively city located about an hour's drive away from Pyongyang, we usually arrange a stop here on our way back from Panmunjom (the DMZ) and Kaesong city. The March 8th Hotel is located in the city centre near the train station.

Map of the location of Sariwon city, provincial capital of North Hwanghae province, DPRK (North Korea). Check our interactive North Korean map

The March 8 Hotel is located in Sariwon city, provincial capital of North Hwanghae province. Click on the map above in order to go to our DPRK interactive map.

Decoration & Style

As you enter the hotel, a giant painting of President Kim Il Sung greeting excited foreign dignitaries, one of which holds a banner reading "Long Live the Great Juche", welcomes you.

painting at the lobby of the 3.8 Hotel in Sariwon of President Kim Il Sung greeting foreign diginitaries, North Korea (DPRK). Picture taken by KTG Tours

Coincidence? The 3.8 Hotel is similarly decorated to the hall depicted in the painting above

Stair case of the 3.8 8 March Hotel in Sariwon in North Korea, DPRK, with KTG Tours

The decoration in the hotel is indeed unique when compared to that of other hotels in North Korea, or, for that matter when compared to hotels in general in the 21st Century.

Large marble tables, classic Greek columns; fancy Corinthian styled long ones and shorter Ionic ones with their iconic scrolls, chandeliers, baroque styled furniture and dark green carpets with rococo imprints strongly contrast with the simplistic architecture of the hotel.

Restaurant

The restaurant has beautiful paintings of the local area including a local fish farm.

Restaurant at the Sariwon March 8 Hotel in North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours. What you see in the picture is a local fish farm, Bomanri, located between Pyongyang and Kaesong in North Hwanghae Province

The mural painting depicts Bomanri (범안리) Fish Farm which is located in this province, North Hwanghae, near the tea-house located in the middle of Pyongyang and Kaesong

Mural painting at the Sariwon March 8 Hotel banquet hall, North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours. This is a third class hotel. Sariwon is the provincial capital of North Hwanghae Province.

Breakfast is served as a set menu, not in a buffet style.

Rooms

Living room in a first class room hotel in 3.8 March Hotel in Sariwon city, provincial capital of North Hwanghae province, North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Despite its extravagant décor, as tends to be the case with provincial hotels, there can be issues with hot water in the March 8th Hotel. Water is set to be available in the morning, but we have had to take cold showers here in the past. Whereas first class rooms are very spacious and have their own living room, standard rooms are small. You may, however, be lucky and roomed in a first class room.

Toilets are fitted in yellow marble, which adds to the uniqueness of the décor.

First class bedroom in the 3.8 March Hotel in Sariwon city, provincial capital of North Hwanghae province, North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours

Apart from the flamboyant ornaments, another advantage are the great views from the room of the city centre.

TV channels are Korean. We always recommend travellers to check out the local channels, even if they do not speak Korean, just to have a feel of what locals are shown.

To Sum Up

Staying overnight in Sariwon's 8th March Hotel may be an option for you if you are exploring North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces or if you are doing a full tour of Sariwon city and if you arrive in Sariwon in the afternoon. You may also decide to have a full tour of the city and have your lunch here and then stay overnight wherever your next stop may be.

Sariwon train station. This is the provincial capital of North Hwangahe province. Picture taken by KTG Tours

The Sariwon 3.8 Hotel is close to the city's train station. However, it's probably best not to stay there winter.

As with most provincial hotels in North Korea, it is an interesting experience to stay overnight in the 3.8 Hotel but you should not expect luxury and you should bear in mind too the season in which you travel.

Sariwon city in the summer time. Sariwon is the capital of North Hwanghae province in North Korea, DPRK. Picture taken by KTG Tours. It is about a 50 minute drive away from Pyonyang city.

It is best to stay overnight at the 3.8 Hotel in Sariwon in either spring or early autumn

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