Hey! It looks like the North Korean football team didn’t quite make it to the coal mines yet! They were spotted in Beijing, of all places, enjoying a delicious meal at a Korean barbecue restaurant (perhaps this one?).
China Hush translates a Netease article on the matter:
he prices are slightly higher also, generally 2o yuan bibimbap cost 30 yuan here; 10 yuan cold noodles are sold for 20 yuan and the Yanjing Beer is as high as 18 yuan per bottle. According to the rumors on the internet, Korea DPR football players only earn annual salary of 144 yuan, which means they will never be able to afford eating at this restaurant.
But the truth is all North Korean players’ expenses in North Korea are covered by the government, in addition the monthly wage is 80 yuan. because of the low living standards in North Korea, 80 yuan is actually a significant figure inside of North Korea. Korea DRP team participated in the World Cup this year, FIFA gave them over 9 million dollars of bonuses and compensations, some of this money were given directly to the players. In addition, each player was given permanent residency in Pyongyang, a home in Pyongyang, a car and cash bonuses as rewards. Although these rewards are not given to the players yet, it should not be a problem for the players to eat this meal.
It is also worth mentioning that players like Anxue Ying, Hong Yong-Jo and Jong Tae-Se who play for foreign leagues already have annual salary of more than one million yuan.
After the meal, several of the players got into a Buick station wagon, while the others walked back to the Embassy. Where they’ll show up next, nobody knows!