A visit to Pyongyang has many charms; there’s lots of different things to see and do, and lots of tours that distinguish themselves in multiple ways. But almost all of our North Korea tours have a few commonalities, and one of those staples is a trip to the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace.
What makes the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace so special?
The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace (or, alternatively, School Children’s Palace) is a rather large government-run facility that’s run by the Youth Corps of North Korea, and exists for members of the Young Pioneer movement to learn all manner of skills. From Korean chess to dancing, foreign language learning and even driving lessons, the Palace is instrumental in instructing North Korea’s youth. It was built in 1989 to coincide with the World Festival of Youth and Students (about which you can read more here). Whilst these palaces exist throughout North Korea, this one is by far the largest.
We include the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace on almost all of our tours for a number of reasons: it’s an excellent example of the education and leisure facilities in place in North Korea, and also lends insight into the country’s Young Pioneer movement (in which we naturally take an interest – the clue’s in the name).
A mini Mass Games at Mangyongdae Children’s Palace
The highlight of a trip to the Palace, however, is the show that’s put on at the end of the visit. The singing and dancing extravaganza that’s put on by the children of different ages includes acrobatics, juggling, singing, dancing and musical performances, and it’s highly impressive to see children so young exhibiting such talent!
As previously mentioned, we include trips to the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace on most of our tours to North Korea. It can also be included, upon request, in an independent tour of the country.
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