We were notified just today (23 February) that the Pyongyang Marathon aka The Mangyongdae Prize Marathon will be cancelled for foreigners. This would have been the second time foreigners could have joined in the marathon, last year being the first time.
Our Korean partners
notified us that they expect to have updated news regarding tours
taking place in April in DPRK but they have confirmed that foreigners
will not be able to participate in the Marathon
itself. We were initially notified that the marathon was cancelled for
everyone, but have had confirmation from Pyongyang that so far it has
only been cancelled for foreigners and not Koreans.
Picture taken on one of the
Parades held in Pyongyang, DPRK. We have been notified that foreigners
will not be able to participate in the 2015 Pyongyang Marathon.
Borders have been closed to tourism (a 21 day quarantine has been
placed in DPRK for any person entering North Korea) since the end of
October 2014 and
have had to cancel trips from then to now. We do not
know as of yet when tourism will resume in DPRK and our Korean partners
will notify us as soon as there are any updates.
We have Western
friends based in North Korea and they still have to go through the 21 day
quarantine when entering the country.
Our Korean partners expect to have updates by the end of
February/beginning of March regarding the border situation and we will
post any updates as soon as we have any. We are currently accepting
bookings for all of our tours
Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour (which is when the Pyongyang
Marathon had been scheduled to be held) but recommend travellers
not to make any non-reimbursable bookings to
China until there is confirmation that tourism will resume in DPRK.
Back in August 2014 we were the first agency to announce that the
Mass Games will not be held in 2015 and will probably not take
again in the future.
This year there will be significant anniversaries in DPRK such as
Anniversary of the Liberation of Korea (27 July 1945) and the 70th
Anniversary of the Party’s Foundation (10 October 1945) for which
we will be holding a short tour and long
taken on one of the Parades held in Pyongyang, DPRK
Major anniversaries such as the 60th, 65th and 70th tend to be
celebrated with military parades. Our group sizes are amongst the
smallest, hardly ever surpassing 10
people and with an average of 7
to 8 people per group.
We have known the guides we work with in Korea for 7 years now. These two factors combined allow us to be able to arrange on the spot events such as attending parades if these are held. It is, however, our policy to be perfectly clear with our travellers and you should be aware that although we do expect to be able to attend these parades, as we have done in the past, this cannot be 100% confirmed until we are in Pyongyang.
We are terribly sorry to have to inform you about the Pyongyang
Marathon being cancelled to foreigners and will let you know if
there are any
updates regarding this.