Posted by: rbbadger | February 27, 2009

The Arirang Festival

One of the most famous, or infamous depending on your opinion, things about North Korea is the Arirang Festival.  This is a massive gymnastics display which takes place in Pyeongyang (평양), capital city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (조선민주주의인민공화국, Joseon Minjuju-eui Inmin Gonghwaguk).  Anyhow, on the website, a good source for information about North Korea, they have some photos of the recent Arirang Festival.  The images in the stands are made entirely by people holding up cards and from the descriptions of those who have seen it, it is truly amazing but very, very disturbing.  You can see the photos of the recent festival by clicking here.

I am attaching a video of some of the “mass games”, as they are also called that take place at the Arirang Festival.  You can decide yourself whether this is disturbing or not.  I rather think it is.


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