Event Name

2016 Pyongyang International Friendship Ice Hockey Exhibition (PIFIHE)

Event Name in DPR Korean: 평양국제빙상호케이모범제험 (조선말)

Up to 300 Euro DIscount AVAILABLE! 

Paektu Cultural Exchange is proud to bring you exclusive access to a unique opportunity to witness or even participate in an international hockey-sporting exhibition as well as a chance to experience the most popular sights and activities in the DPRK.

Regular and Premium (VIP) Tour Programs for Participants and Tourists

GROUP A PROGRAM – March 7-13th 2016

GROUP B PROGRAM – March 7-12th 2016

GROUP C PROGRAM – March 7-12th 2016

2-DAY EXTENSION – March 12-14th 2016

3-DAY EXTENSION – March 12-15th 2016

Event Dates

March 7-12th 2016

Locations

Beijing, China | Pyongyang, DPRK | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Myohyang Mountains | Shinuiju/Dandong | Beijing

What is the PIFIHE?

The Pyongyang International Friendship Ice Hockey Exhibition (PIFIHE) 2016 is a sporting event utilizing a shared passion for hockey as a medium to develop friendship, trust and genuine cultural exchange between the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Canada, and the international community at large.  The exchange will have the added benefits of supporting the development of Hockey as well as supporting sport for the disabled in the DPRK.

International hockey players and teams will practice and compete together.  For the final game, top players will be selected to play against the DPRK’s National Men’s team in the main event, a friendly international exhibition championship hockey game.

Who can Participate?

EVERYONE: We have special programs for spectators & tourists, hockey players, as well as coaches & trainers allowing anyone to participate in this event (some exceptions apply). You can also get involved as a Sponsor to support this event.

There are a limited spots available on our Premium (VIP) and Regular Tour Programs for Spectators & Tourists to witness and support this sporting event. Our Premium (VIP) Tour Programs will ensure you have an even more pleasant trip enjoying exclusive cocktail parties, meeting DPRK officials and benefiting from first class flight tickets and room upgrade.  While in the DPRK guests will have a chance to visit the country’s top tourist sites and newest attractions as well as sporting facilities while interacting with locals, and the international hockey participants and organizers. See the Tour Programs Tab for more information.

For Hockey Players there are a limited number of positions available for skilled players wishing to participate in this one-off sporting initiative. Players can also take part in most of the Tour Programs (Regular and VIP) when not practicing. See the Get Involved Tab for more information about programs for Hockey Players).

We are also looking for Professional Coaches & Trainers who are interested in supporting this event and getting involved first-hand in mentorship programs coaching and training DPRK players, coaches and related professionals. See the Get Involved Tab for more information about Coaching and Training programs.

For interested Sponsors & Donors please contact us for more information on promotional activities and donations of hockey equipment for DPRK players and sports equipment to support disabled sports programs in the DPRK. See the Sponsors & Media Tab for more information about Sponsorship and Donations.

Partners

This project is in collaboration with the DPRK Ministry of Sport, the DPRK Men’s National Ice Hockey Team, other relevant government organizations, Paektu Cultural Exchange and Howe International Consulting Group.

With greater participation, sponsorship and funding this event will be able to increase the amount of support towards the development of sport for the intellectually disabled through building awareness and offering specialized sports equipment as well as educational workshops and seminars focusing on the integration of sport and disability.

We are also seeking professional hockey coaches and trainers to offer their developmental expertise by participating in joint training workshops for local DPRK athletes, coaches, trainers, youth as well as special programs and equipment for disabled athletes.

Please contact us with any questions following the below link:

CONTACT US

Event Name

2016 Pyongyang International Friendship Ice Hockey Exhibition (PIFIHE)

Application Deadlines

February 21st 2016 (non-US citizens)

February 12th 2016 (US citizens)

Dates

Regular and Premium (VIP) Tour Programs for Participants and Tourists:

GROUP A PROGRAM – March 7-13th 2016

GROUP B PROGRAM – March 7-12th 2016

GROUP C PROGRAM – March 7-12th 2016

2-DAY EXTENSION – March 12-14th 2016

3-DAY EXTENSION – March 12-15th 2016

Exhibition Dates – March 7-12th 2016

Locations

Beijing, China | Pyongyang, DPRK | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Myohyang Mountains | Shinuiju/Dandong | Beijing

Note: Locations differ with different packages please see below

Tour Highlights

  1. Attend the final game of the 2016 Pyongyang International Friendship Ice Hockey Exhibition (PIFIHE) at the Pyongyang Ice Rink located in central Pyongyang.

  2. A percentage of tours fees will go towards providing developmental programs for both amateur, professional hockey players as well as equipment for the development of disabled sports programs in the DPRK.

  3. We will visit some of the highlights of Pyongyang including:

    • Kim Il Sung Sqaure, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Musuem (Korean War Museum), the Pyongyang Metro, the Munsu indoor / outdoor water park, the Mansudae Grand monument (statues of former leaders), Taedongang Brewery Bar, the cities top restaurants and bars, and local department stores to buy books and souvenirs.

  4. We will also visit some brand new sites including: the newly constructed Chanjun and Mirae Street for Scientists and the Science and Technology Complex, a fried chicken restaurant, and others (see our detailed itinerary for more details).

  5. Attend some of the training and development activities during the weeklong sporting and cultural events.

  6. The tour will be accompanied by experienced DPR Korean English speaking guides, as well as a western English-speaking guide and interpreter.

  7. This is a rare and unique opportunity to experience and witness cultural and sporting exchanges with professional athletes and sports professionals.

  8. Tour will include a trip outside Pyongyang to either Myohyang Mountain or the Kaesong City and the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ).

Detailed Itinerary

Please come back later. A detailed trip itinerary will be made public here after finalizing a few details with the ice time and event schedules.

Logistics and Accommodation

  • GROUP A Tour Package – March 7-13th 2016

    • Depart at 5.25 pm on Monday March 7th from Beijing to Pyongyang.

    • Return by train arriving in Beijing Sunday March 13th at 8:30am.

  • GROUP B Tour Package – March 7-12th 2016

    • Depart at 5.25 pm on Monday March 7th from Beijing to Pyongyang.

    • Return by plane arriving in Beijing at about 10:30am on Sunday March 12th.

  • GROUP C Tour Package – March 8-12th 2016

    • Depart at 12.55 pm on Tuesday March 8th from Beijing to Pyongyang.

    • Return by plane arriving in Beijing at about 10:30am on Saturday March 12th.

  • 2-DAY EXTENSION Tour Package – March 12-14th 2016

    (Can be added Group A Program only.)

    • Return by train arriving in Beijing Tuesday March 15th at 8:30am.

  • 3-DAY EXTENSION Tour Package – March 12-15th 2016

    (Can be added to any Group Program.)

    • GROUP A – Return by train arriving in Beijing on Wednesday March 16th at 8:30am.

    • GROUP B and C – Return by plane arriving in Beijing on Tuesday March 15th at about 10:30am.

Accommodation:

  • We will be staying at best hotel in Pyongyang, the Koryo Hotel, which offers high-quality facilities and services including a swimming pool, karaoke, a draft beer, bar massage and several restaurants.

    Those who are staying in the DPRK for the 2-day and 3-day Extension will also stay a night at the Hyangsan Hotel 6-star which was renovated in 2012-13 and has a spa Olympic sized swimming pool, KTV, rotating bar and restaurants.

Safety and Security

Is it safe to travel to the DPRK?

Travel to the DPRK is indeed safe.  Just as if you were to travel to any other foreign country, the laws and rules of that country must be followed.  There have not been cases of visitors or tourists being detained without cause or reason.  In the past few years there have been some individuals detained for entering the country illegally, entering the country with false documents, disrespecting the government, distributing religious or anti-government materials or other illegal activities. That being said, some basic and general rules need to be observed while in the country. PCE and the founder have never had a client, athlete or tourist detained or arrested in its 18-year history travelling and working in the country.

More details on this will be addressed in a pre-trip briefing in China.

Please click on the below link to view our Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page for more detailed information and advice when travelling to the DPRK.

FAQ

Regular Tour Package

 

GROUP A PROGRAM: 2,600€

GROUP B PROGRAM: 2,600€

GROUP C PROGRAM: 2,700€

2-DAY EXTENSION: +300€

3-DAY EXTENSION: +400€

ALL PROGRAMS: 200 EURO DISCOUNT AVAILABLE! 

Included in the tour price:

  • All meals in the DPRK (breakfasts, lunches and dinners)

  • Transportation to and from the DPRK, transportation in the DPRK and back to Beijing, China (Flight in and Train out) Fly out to Beijing option +100 Euro

  • 1 night accommodation in Beijing and 5 nights (4 for short package) in the DPRK

  • Beer and water at lunches and dinners

  • Smiles, jokes, anecdotes, some basic DPR Korean language skills and fun & interesting stories everyday

Not Included:

  • Return flights to China from wherever you are coming from (contact us if you would like us to book your in/outbound transportation)

  • Chinese double entry visa (required), for more information contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence for more information (location and nationality can be different).

  • Click here for more information on the Free Beijing 72-hour Visa program (http://en.bcia.com.cn/server/notice/72visafree/72visafree_policy.shtml)

  • Additional snacks, liquor and alcohol (approx. 1 – 3 euros a beer)

  • Souvenirs, personal expenses and other amenities

  • DPRK Visa Fee (50 Euro)

GROUP A – PROGRAM

Monday March 7th to Saturday March 13th 2016 (Train in Train out)
7 days, 6 nights (4 nights in DPRK, and 2 night on train)
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Shinuiju/Dandong | Beijing
Cost per person: Regular 2,600 Euro
* 200 Euro Discount!

GROUP B – PROGRAM

Monday March 7th to Saturday March 12th 2016 (Train in Fly out)
6 days, 5 nights (4 nights in DPRK, and 1 night on train)
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Shinuiju/Dandong | Beijing
Cost per person: Regular 2,600 Euro
* 200 Euro Discount!

GROUP C – PROGRAM

Monday March 7th to Saturday March 12th 2016 (Fly in Fly out)
6 days, 5 nights (4 nights in DPRK, and 1 night in Beijing)
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Beijing
Cost per person: Regular 2,700 Euro
* 200 Euro Discount!

+2 DAY EXTENSION

Saturday March 12th to Monday March 14th 2016 (Train out only)
+ Add 2 days and 2 nights
Myohyang Mountains | Pyongyang
Cost per person: Regular +300 Euro

+3 DAY EXTENSION

Saturday March 12th to Tuesday March 15th 2016 (Train or fly out)
+ Add 3 days and 3 nights
Myohyang Mountains | Pyongyang
Cost per person: Regular +400 Euro

Note: On the +2 and +3 Day Extension we will stay at the new luxurious 5-Star Hyangsan Hotel located in the “mysteriously fragrant” mountains and visit the International Friendship Gift Museum, visit the Pohyun Buddhist Temple Complex, go hiking, maybe a swim, visit a cave and other interesting sites)

Premium (VIP) Tour Package Upgrade

 

GROUP A PROGRAM: 3,200€

GROUP B PROGRAM: 3,900€

GROUP C PROGRAM: 4,000€

2-DAY EXTENSION: +500€

3-DAY EXTENSION: +600€

ALL PROGRAMS: 300 EURO DISCOUNT AVAILABLE! 

In addition to benefits included in the regular tour package, premium packages will include:

  • Return First Class Air Koryo flight between Beijing and Pyongyang (You may also choose to take the train out).

  • Hotel room upgrade in Beijing and DPRK.

  • Single supplement upgrade – Private single hotel room throughout the trip in Beijing and DPRK (deduction for couples of friends staying in the same room, contact us).

  • Private Exclusive Cocktail Party & Special Dinner with event organizers, PCE founder Michael Spavor and DPRK officials.

  • Beijing Private Airport pick-up and drop off.

  • DPRK Visa Fee Included.

  • Priority seating at all banquets and events.

  • Customized gift bag featuring event souvenirs and local products.

  • Other unique items (more details to be announced soon).

GROUP A – PROGRAM

Monday March 7th to Saturday March 13th 2016 (Train in Train out)
7 days, 6 nights (4 nights in DPRK, and 2 night on train)
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Shinuiju/Dandong | Beijing
Cost per person: Premium (VIP): 3,200 Euro
* 300 Euro Discount!

GROUP B – PROGRAM

Monday March 7th to Saturday March 12th 2016 (Train in Fly out)
6 days, 5 nights (4 nights in DPRK, and 1 night on train)
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Shinuiju/Dandong | Beijing
Cost per person: Premium (VIP): 3,900 Euro
* 300 Euro Discount!

GROUP C – PROGRAM

Monday March 7th to Saturday March 12th 2016 (Fly in Fly out)
6 days, 5 nights (4 nights in DPRK, and 1 night in Beijing)
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon | Beijing
Cost per person: Premium (VIP): 4,000 Euro
* 300 Euro Discount!

+2 DAY EXTENSION

Saturday March 12th to Monday March 14th 2016 (Train out only)
+ Add 2 days and 2 nights
Myohyang Mountains | Pyongyang
Cost per person: Premium (VIP): +500 Euro

+3 DAY EXTENSION

Saturday March 12th to Tuesday March 15th 2016 (Train or fly out)
+ Add 3 days and 3 nights
Myohyang Mountains | Pyongyang
Cost per person: Premium (VIP): +600 Euro

Note: On the +2 and +3 Day Extension we will stay at the new luxurious 5-Star Hyangsan Hotel located in the “mysteriously fragrant” mountains and visit the International Friendship Gift Museum, visit the Pohyun Buddhist Temple Complex, go hiking, maybe a swim, visit a cave and other interesting sites)

Notes

  • American passport holders cannot take the train and therefore must fly in and fly out.

  • Journalists, various media professionals, current Military and South Korean citizens due to DPRK and South Korean law cannot apply.

Add-ons and Options

  • First Class Airfare Return Flight from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +240 Euro.

  • Single room supplement fee (if you would like your own single room) Add +50 Euro per night

  • Room upgrades are available for additional charges.

Payments Methods

    • Bank Transfer / Deposit to a Mainland Chinese Bank Account

    • Bank Transfer / Deposit to a Canadian Bank Account

    • PayPal (Note: 5% Surcharge for payments on PayPal)

To request an application, make payment or ask any questions please feel free to contact us anytime following the below link:

CONTACT US

FAQ

Please click on the below link to view our Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page for more detailed information and advice when travelling to the DPRK.

FAQ

Disclaimer

This itinerary is tentative, and subject to change slightly. It is quite normal and expected for some small changes on any trip to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do their best to accommodate our delegations within their abilities. Deposits are non-refundable for administration and advanced booking purposes, but we will do everything possible  to accommodate partial refunds when possible and appropriate.

Players

Application Deadline

  • February 21st 2016 (non-US citizens)

  • February 12th 2016 (US citizens)

 

Hockey Players

Individual Hockey Players

Places are limited and may be competitive, however the opportunity exists for several individual hockey players to join us on-ice in Pyongyang.  Players of all skill levels are able to participate in training sessions and off-ice activities.  However, during games playing time will be directly correlated to player skill level.

Those interested in playing in the tournament should contact organizers as soon as possible via the link below.  Please include a brief description of your playing abilities as well as the most recent level in which you have played.  Individual players will be required to finance all travel costs (see packages) as well as make a contribution to support local charitable projects.  Players are required to provide and pay transportation for their own equipment.

Teams

The PIFIHE is capable of accommodating one additional team interested in participating in this event.  Teams must have a minimum of 12 experienced players and one goalie (substitute goalie from team) and able to commit to the exhibition in its entirety.  Teams will be required to finance their travel costs (see packages) as well as make a contribution to support local charitable projects.  Players are required to provide and pay transportation for their own equipment.  Detailed information packages for prospective teams are available on request, please contact:

Scott Howe

contact@PaektuCulturalExchange.org

 

Professional Coaches & Trainers

Limited opportunities are available for international guests to participate in the Pyongyang International Friendship Ice Hockey Exhibition.  All interested parties are encouraged to contact organizers as soon as possible.  While consideration will be given to all prospective participants, those possessing expertise in the following capacities will be given priority:

  • Hockey (All fields)

  • Refereeing

  • Coaching

  • Athletic training

  • Sports physiotherapy

  • Other (contact us for other inquiries)

The extent of participant involvement will be dependent on qualifications and experience possessed.  Due to the limited number of positions available, prospective participants should contact organizers via the link below as soon as possible.

All prospective participants must be willing and able to travel to Pyongyang during the week of March 7, 2016. In addition to the fees set out in the spectator packages, participants will be asked to contribute a donation to support sport for the disabled (in the DPRK or another country).

To express interest in participating in the PIFIHE as a Professional Coach or Trainer or to make further inquiries please contact:

Scott Howe

CONTACT US

 

Application Deadline

  • February 21st 2016 (non-US citizens)

  • February 12th 2016 (US citizens)

 

Please click here to view our Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page for more detailed information and advice when travelling to the DPRK

Sponsorships & Donations

If you are interested in sponsoring, donating or contributing to the Pyongyang International Friendship Ice Hockey Exhibition (PIFIHE) please contact:

Scott Howe

CONTACT US

If you would like to donate and support projects for the disabled in the DPRK (North Korea) click below:

Media

If you are a member of a news or media organization and you would like to request an interview with us or find out more information about the Pyongyang International Friendship Ice Hockey Exhibition (PIFIHE) or any other Paektu Cultural Exchange programs please contact:

Michael Spavor

CONTACT ME

PRESS RELEASES

Event Press Release

Download the PIFIHE Official Press Release .pdf here

Download the PIFIHE Official Press Release .doc here

Official Event Images and Logos

Event Images

Download Event Images #1.zip here

Download Event Images #2.zip here

Event Logos

Download Event Logos .zip here

Weblinks

More information and content will be release through our website, and social media feeds:

PIFIHE Event Webpage:

PIFIHE

Facebook:

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Twitter: mpspavor

TWITTER

Instagram: paektuexchanges

INSTAGRAM

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Paektu Cultural Exchange:

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Howe International Consulting Group:

HICG

DPRK Travel FAQ:

FAQ