With murmurs of reunification following the recent meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In and the upcoming summit with Donald Trump, it’s been a huge year for the DPRK so far. As you may have heard, the world famous Mass Games are confirmed to return to Pyongyang after a five year hiatus, returning to the DPRK’s largest stadium, the 150,000 capacity May Day Stadium in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Grand National Day this September.
Not to be confused with a Mass Dance, the Mass Games is the Guinness Book of Records approved “largest gymnastic and artistic performance in the world.” First performed in 2002, the Arirang Mass Games featured over 100,000 participants in a 90-minute display of gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, and dramatic performance. Together with music and other effects, coming together wrapped in a highly politicized and synchronized package.
With the name “Arirang” referring to undoubtedly the most famous Korean folk song depicting the tale of two lovers, as well as the name of the last Mass Games, this was the piece of music played at the recent Pyeongchang Winter Olympics which saw both North and South Korean athletes walk under a unified Korean flag.
For the Mass Games 2018 return, the DPRK will be focusing on a brand new show titled “Bright Fatherland” (빛나는 조국), inspired by the musical piece of the same name as performed by everyone’s favourite DPRK group the Moranbong Band as seen here.
With large celebrations such as Military Parades and in this case, the Mass Games happening on national holidays every consecutive five years (i.e. the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th anniversaries, etc) it’s unknown whether ‘Bright Fatherland’ or any Mass Games will take place again in 2019 and beyond. Don’t miss your chance to witness the return of a brand new Mass Games performance this September!
Tours To Join This September 2018
Young Pioneer Tours is offering a range of tours suited to a range of budgets to witness one of the greatest shows on earth.
Starting with our most popular 4 night, 5 day tour, including all the essential sites of Pyongyang, National Day celebrations and a visit to the DMZ, check out our 70th Anniversary Grand National Day tour.
For those looking to get off the beaten path as well as Pyongyang essentials, you can’t go past the lesser visited and extremely beautiful North Hamgyong Province, including a home stay experience with a North Korean family as part of our 70th Anniversary Grand National Day & North East Tour.
Similarly off the beaten path in an entirely different part of the country, photography and train enthusiasts alike can’t go past our:
- Unseen DPRK & Entire Pyongyang Metro Tour with Mass Games
- 70th Anniversary Grand National Day Ultra Budget Tour with Mass Games
- Mass Games Extension including our only tour to fully explore 13 out of 16 stops in the depths of Pyongyang’s mysterious metro.
And of course for those traveling on a budget, or expats currently residing in China, our YPT-friendly 70th Anniversary Grand National Day & Mass Games Ultra Budget tour will get you in and out of the DPRK in a whirlwind three days in one of the most affordable ways to experience the DPRK.
Contact us today to secure your spot on any of these tours while spots last!