March 24 - March 29/30 2018

DPRK vs. HK: The Asian Cup Showdown Tour — it's a North Korean soccer special!

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the

Be there to see North Korea's national football team take on Hong Kong for a place in the 2019 AFC
Asian Cup. Only one of these two teams will qualify. It's a soccer showdown! Also includes other sporting
specials, and DPRK highlights!

From 1,499 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th March, 2018.

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DPRK vs. HK: The Asian Cup Showdown Tour — it's a North Korean soccer special!

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the

Be there to see North Korea's national football team take on Hong
Kong for a place in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Only one of these two
teams will qualify. It's a soccer showdown! Also includes other sporting
specials, and DPRK highlights!

From 1,499 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Join us in Pyongyang to see North Korea's national football team take on Hong Kong for a place in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Only one of these two teams will qualify. It's a soccer showdown, people. And who else can say they've seen North Korea's mysterious national team play?! They're not exactly a regular fixture on Match of the Day...

    This special tour will get you to the game — the last round of qualification for the 2019 tournament in the UAE. As you no doubt already know, if North Korea win, or can hold Hong Kong to a draw, then they are through! But if Hong Kong can snatch three points then it’s doom and gloom for The Chollima — North Korea will crash out with Hong Kong snatching their place. Drama!

    We’ve also added a number of other special one-offs for this football-focused tour, including a visit to the country’s top academy for its future soccer stars, a tour of the 150,000-capacity May Day Stadium, and a rare chance to go for a run on the streets of Pyongyang.

    As well as all that, we’ll take you to North Korea's must-sees, including the Pyongyang Metro, the War Museum and USS Pueblo (a captured spy ship), the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the DPRK’s leaders lie in state, and a trip down to the DMZ!


    • North Korea vs. Hong Kong (2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match)
    • Documentary screening about the North Korean 1966 World Cup team
    • Meet the students at North Korea's top football academy
    • Morning run along Pyongyang's Sports Street
    • Visit a sports equipment factory — no, seriously
    • Take a tour of the imposing May Day Stadium — Asia's largest
    • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun — mausoleum of the DPRK leadership
    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro — one of the world's deepest
    • Visit the War Museum, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Dine at Okryugwan — the capital's most famous restaurant
    • Shop with local currency alongside Koreans at a city supermarket/department store
    • Panmunjom/DMZ — the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. March 23 — Friday


      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.


      • 16:00 — Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last-minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
      • Optional post-briefing film screening of The Game of Their Lives (2002), a Koryo Tours produced documentary about the 1966 North Korean World Cup team (80 minutes).

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    2. March 24 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively, meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square — Pyongyang’s central square, lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Language Bookshop — Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Walk in the City Centre — A walk in downtown Pyongyang, past museums, ministries, apartments, and grand theatres.

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang. This is the North Korean capital's premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. It is the go-to option for special visiting delegations, both foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.

    3. March 25 — Sunday

       Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership, and Sariwon


      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun — Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state. This is the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed-toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state-administered site and visits are subject to local conditions.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument — Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers (5 EUR — optional) and bow by the group is customary here. Please note that this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes, plus covered legs and shoulders). We will also see the Chollima Monument here, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ — a symbol of speed — commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.

      • Mansudae Fountain Park — The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.

      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province. A 1-hour drive.

      • Sariwon Folk Village and City View — Mock-up of a traditional Korean town, which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli (traditional rice wine). Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City.

      • Migok Co-Operative Farm — Visit to a farming community just outside of Sariwon. See the farm museum, a local home, and view of the surrounding agricultural plains.
      • Continue on to Kaesong, the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5-hour drive.

      Overnight: The Grand Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a Western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity. Recommended in winter.
    4. March 26 — Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ


      • Sonjuk Bridge — Small stone bridge built in 1290, and the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister, Jong Mong Ju, by a son of Ri Song Gye — founder of the next, and final, dynasty — in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo, which had ruled over Korea for 474 years, and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ — The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice, which ended the Korean War, and a visit to the current demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, and where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum — Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum about the Koryo Dynasty — exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A Unesco World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall — Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country, and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here, too (5 EUR).


      • Janam Hill — Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city, and a historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Sunyang Pavilion — The former home of Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju. A scenic location used in filming movies set in ancient times.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. On arrival back in Pyongyang we'll stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive
      • Kwangbok Department Store — Opportunity to use local Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats. But don't be like Bowen and order your burger at the very last minute.

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. March 27 — Tuesday (MATCH DAY!)

      Pyongyang City Tour, and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier (final round) 


      • Early morning run (or walk) on Sports Street — A street lined with stadiums, all with unique architecture, for training the DPRK's athletes.
      • Pyongyang International Football Academy – Premier football school for North Korea's young and promising football players. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. It has multiple training pitches where, if you're feeling up to it, you can test yourself against some of the students!

      • May Day Stadium — Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now home to major sports events.

      • Okryugwan — A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.


      • Pyongyang Metro Tour — One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph — A 60m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule, and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • The DPRK versus Hong Kong — 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match
      • Post-game drinks at a local bar (0.50-1 EUR per glass) for some pub-based analysis (maybe alongside some DPRK Ultras if we're lucky? PS: it's unlikely!)

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. March 28 — Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum — A world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012, its exhibits of the Korean War from the DPRK perspective contain artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument, displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment, and captured equipment from the US military — including the spy ship USS Pueblo. This location is central to the understanding of how the country is today.
      • Sports Equipment Factory — A special visit to a factory that produces sporting goods.
      • Kwangbok Department Store — Opportunity to use local Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats. But don't be like Bowen and order your burger at the very last minute.


      • Munsu Water Park — Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee: 2 EUR; swimming fee: 10 EUR (with suit rental); tennis: 5 EUR).

      • Tower of the Juche Idea — Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

        Monument to the Party Foundation — Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, and writing brush, which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Farewell group dinner at the Golden Lane Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      • Evening walk on Ryomyong Street — Pyongyang's newest and most futuristic-looking neighborhood.

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. March 29 — Thursday

      Departure day from Pyongyang, and return to Beijing (by flight or train). Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*


      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS252 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:00. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station the next day on Friday March 30 at 08:30. We typically book the soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may be unavailable, and we will then book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.


  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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    • Return by plane not train

      This tour enters the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

      Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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    • Insurance for up to seven days

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight: Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train: Pyongyang – Beijing
      Match ticket for DPRK vs. Hong Kong
      All meals on the tour (apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing)
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver (per group)
      For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee (50 EUR)
      Optional flight back to Beijing — for an additional 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities, such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR), or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for other special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong (to be paid on the spot to the local guides)
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip. The maximum group size for this tour is 20 travellers per group.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park).

    We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know in advance.

Please apply by 15th March, 2018. | + 86 10 6416 7544
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Chaoyang District. Beijing 100027. P.R China

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