The Land of the People

I’ve Come to Pyongyang to See The Land of the People

   On July 9, Juche 108 (2019), Blake David John (aged 55), a tourist from Australia, related his impression of The Land of the People, after saying that he came to Pyongyang to see the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance:

    The grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance was great, indeed. I’ve really long waited to see the extravaganza. This can be called the climax of my tour. One of the reasons why I’ve long wished to come to Pyongyang was to see the performance, and I’ve already expected that it would be really wonderful. Arial stunts were most fantastic. I was afraid they may botch the stunts, but they did them quite wonderfully and perfectly. And several tap dances were also great. I feel very happy to have seen these dances. 

   Enthusiasm for seeing the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance is growing day by day with the May Day Stadium, venue of the performance, crowded every day with people who have come to see the performance.

A Wonderful Performance Unique to Korea

   Bryan Tan Yong Ern, a Singaporean, who is 22 years old and was in Pyongyang for cycling tour saw the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance The Land of the People and told his impression in this way:

   This grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance is drawing a very great interest. I saw such a large-scale performance for the first time in my life. I’ve seen many similar performances in other countries, but they cannot match with this one. I was very impressed by this performance.

   I extend gratitude to the Korean people for the efforts they made for its preparation.

   It was really a wonderful experience for me, and I think my colleagues here will be of the same opinion.

Performance Wins Great Admiration

  High artistic skills, harmonized ensemble, colorful program, perfect performance, storm of applause, shout of encore and number of flower bouquets–this was the atmosphere of the music and dance performance given by the members of the art group of the Korea Art Association of Persons with Disabilities which was held from June 18 to 26, 2019 in the Hall of Culture of the South Phyongan Province on the occasion of the Day of the Disabled, June 18.

  Put on the stage were singing with dancing, mixed chorus, poem recital, female solo, magic, dance accompanied by accordion trio, instrumental ensemble, kayagum solo, and hand language dance. Especially the hand language dance We Are the Happiest in the World touched the heartstrings of the audience. 

  Every year the art group members give dozens of performances, every one winning enthusiastic applause of the locals as well as foreigners. 

  In February Juche 104 (2015) their performance in the UK and France aroused storm-like responses. 

  Those, who climbed the stage after the performance, expressed their admiration, saying that they must have taken the performance as one by professional artistes but for the introduction that the performers were persons with disabilities.

  Many prominent singers, instrumental soloists and dancers have been produced among the Korean disabled persons who are involved in the artistic activities. 

  Anyone who sees their performance will be struck with wonder.

Tour of Mt Paektu Area Starts Again

   Mt Paektu area, the northern inland of Korea centring on Mt Paektu, comprises the revolutionary battle sites, revolutionary sites and many other scenic spots in Ryanggang Province. On the first list of the six celebrated mountains, Paektu is the highest (2 750m) in Korea and is characterized by its majestic and sublime appearance.

   In the wake of July last year, Korea International Travel Company is going to organize another tour of the Mt Paektu area between August 20 and 21, Juche 108 (2019), in contact with Koryo Tours of the UK.

   The charter flight tour includes in its itinerary the visits to the magnificent Lake Chon, Chongun Rock, Rimyongsu Falls, Samjiyon Grand Monument and many other political and cultural, natural tourist attractions, drawing the interest of the tourists.

   Before and after the tour the tourists are scheduled to have a pleasant time during their visit to such famous attractions as Pyongyang and Kaesong.

   In particular, they have a chance to enjoy the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance  “The Land of the People,” which is being staged at the May Day Stadium on Rungna Island.

   For detailed information, contact to Koryo Tours of the UK.

   Address: 27 BeiSanlitun Nan, Chaoyang District, 100027, Beijing, China

   Tel: +86 10 6416 7544

Tour by Train to Be Held

   The Korea International Travel Company plans to arrange a tour by train between October 27 and November 6, Juche 108 (2019).

   Travelling along the railways connecting major cities of the country and scenic attractions including Mt Myohyang, tourists enjoy the views of mountains, fields, cities and towns of the country.

   Along the Pyongyang-Hyangsan-Wonsan course, picturesque natural scenes of inland Korea come in sight, and along the Wonsan-Hamhung-Chongjin course, the seascape of crystal-clear water of the East Sea of Korea is really wonderful and sunrise on the horizon is magnificent. In particular, steam locomotives run between Kujang and Hyangsan and between Chongjin and Ranam, bringing greater pleasure to the tourists. 

   Sometimes the tourists will have to spend a night in the train to go to their destinations, and this will also prove a wonderful experience thanks to the sincere services provided in the train. 

   For detailed information, please contact the Juche Travel Services of the UK.

   Add: Surrey, East Molesey

   Tel: +44 7754 670186

   Email: info@juchetravelservices.com

Climbing Up the Sacred Mountain

   Mt Paektu, the sacred and ancestral mountain of the Korean nation, is gaining fame worldwide today.

   A group of over 50 Singaporean tourists will tour the Mt Paektu area.

   The tourists are scheduled to climb up to the summit of the mountain to enjoy the view of the peaks and Lake Chon and to visit General Kim Jong Il’s birthplace in the Paektusan Secret Camp, as well as the Rimyongsu Falls.

   During their stay [August 3-12, Juche 108 (2019)], the tourists will also visit famous tourist attractions in Pyongyang and provinces, including such celebrated mountains as Kumgang and Myohyang.

   The Korea International Travel Company has organized this tour in cooperation with a Singaporean travel company.

   Contact: People’s Park Centre 101 Upper Cross Street # B1−66 Singapore 058357

   Tel: +65 65333922

   E-mail: carina@utc.sg

Learning from the Juche Idea through Tour

    In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Juche idea represents its guiding ideology, which constitutes the basis of thoughts and practice in all fields of society.

   Modern history of Korea can be called a course through which the Korean people have advanced determinedly to apply the ideals of the man-centred Juche idea. Today, the word Juche is the by-name of the country.

   To understand the Juche idea claims a big share in understanding the DPRK.

   Recently, various theme tours are being organized in the DPRK. For the people who want to know more about the DPRK, the Korea International Travel Company, in cooperation with the Koningaap travel company of the Netherlands, developed a new theme tour that includes studying of the Juche idea.

   The tour, the first of its kind, will take place from September 3 to 16, Juche 108 (2019). In this period, the tourists will receive high-level lectures on the Juche philosophy, Juche-based political economy, international relations and external policies of the DPRK.

   After the lectures, they will visit famous tourist attractions in the capital city and in provinces. 

   In particular, the tour of the Mt Paektu area, visit to the Tower of the Juche Idea and seeing the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance The Land of the People will be very beneficial for their understanding of the Juche idea and Juche Korea.

   For more detailed information, please, contact Koningaap.

   Add: Entrada 223, 1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands

   E-mail: info@koningaap.nl

Tour of Mt Paektu-Mt Chilbo Areas Is to Be Held

   While the tours of various themes are on a high tide in the DPRK, the Korea International Travel Company is going to organize a charter flight tour of Mt Paektu-Mt Chilbo areas in collaboration with some foreign counterparts.

   The tourist attractions are the most of all famous ones that everyone wants to visit: Mt Paektu, the sacred mountain of the Korean nation, attracts the admiration of all the locals for its magnificence and sublimeness and ever-changing climate and Mt Chilbo, which has been called “Hambuk Kumgang” from olden times, is also famous for its super mountain- and sea-scapes.

   As the Korean saying goes that seeing is believing, this tour will be a rare opportunity for tourists to experience climbing up celebrated mountains of the DPRK.

   Before or after the charter flight tour, tourists can visit other famous sites in Pyongyang and local areas.

   In particular, the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance “The Land of the People,” which is now being held in the May Day Stadium on Rungna Island, will leave deep impression on them, and the hospitality and kind service offered during the tourism will give them great comfort.

   Following are the contact address and tourist period:

   - Contact: Koryotours, the UK

     Address: 27 BeiSanlitun Nan, Chaoyang District, 100027, Beijing, China

     Tel: +861064167544

     E-mail: info@koryotours.com

     Period: September the 16th-21st, Juche 108 (2019)

   - Contact: Koningaap, the Netherlands

     Address: Entrada 223, 1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, the Netherlands

     Tel: +861064167544

     E-mail: info@koningaap.nl 

     Period: September the 10th-14th, Juche 108 (2019)

   - Contact: Korea Consult, Sweden

     Address: Roedkloevervaegen 79, 165 73 Haesselby, Sweden 

     Tel: +46739810372 

     Period: September the 10th-12nd, Juche 108 (2019)

   - Contact: Regent, the UK

     Address: Colston Tower, Colston Street, Bristol, Avon, England.BS14xe

     Tel: +44(0)2076661258 

     Period: September the 10th-17th, Juche 108 (2019)

   - Contact: China Tours, Czech

     Address: Vitezne Namesti 2, Praha 160 00 Czech Republic

     Tel: +420 222 958 203-4, +420 271 741 364(fax)

     E-mail: Jan.pospisil@chinatours.cz

     Tour period: September the 23rd -26th, Juche 108 (2019)

Tour for Cultural Exchanges

    Between October 23 and 25, Juche 108 (2019) Pyongyang will host a tour for cultural exchanges between the elderly from the DPRK and China.

   Such tours were held in March and May. This tour, the third of its kind this year, has greater significance as it is to be held to mark the 69th anniversary of the participation of the Chinese People’s Volunteers in the Korean war.

   During the previous tours, the elderly from the two countries held artistic performances prepared by themselves, developing friendship with each other.

   During the tour the elderly are scheduled to enjoy a view of the banks of the picturesque Taedong in Pyongyang on a floating restaurant Taedonggang. They can also go to the country’s famous tourist attractions in Pyongyang, Kaesong and Hyangsan. 

   This type of tour will be organized in the future, too.

The 2nd Pyongyang International Green Building Materials and Furniture Exhibition to Be Held

   The 2nd Pyongyang International Green Building Materials and Furniture Exhibition is to be held at the Three-Revolution Exhibition House between October 28 and 31, Juche 108 (2019).

   Having made its debut last year, this specialist exhibition of the construction sector brings together the experts and fans from home and abroad, who produce, use or sell the furniture and household utensils. It contributes to satisfying the demand of the people for better green buildings and furniture.

   The participants will have a pleasant time during their visit to such famous tourist attractions as Pyongyang, Kaesong and Hyangsan.

An Unforgettable Experience in Mother Nature-Mountain Climbing

   Dense forests, silkroll-like falls, anion, etc. 

   Climbing the mountain in green verdure makes you forget the sultry heat of summer days.

   Climbing a celebrated mountain is something mountain-climbing enthusiasts are not willing to miss. 

   Eight tourists from Finland, who came to Pyongyang on June 15, arrived at Mt Myohyang, a celebrated mountain, on June 16. They first looked around the International Friendship Exhibition House and the historical Pohyon Temple built in 1042. 

   On June 17 they followed the mountaineering path to Sangwon Valley and arrived at Hyangnojong. On the way they enjoyed the beautiful scenes of Kumgang Gate, Kumgang Falls, Ryongyon Falls, Inhodae, Pulyongdae and Tangundae.

   By the time the sun set, they pitched tents and spent a night on top of the mountain as if they were the owner of Mother Nature.

   They continued their expedition next day.

   Fascinated by the wonderful natural scenery presented by the Kuchung Falls, Pison Falls, Unson Falls in the Manphok Valley, sometimes cooling their heated bodies in the clean water flowing through the valley, they expressed their admiration.

   One tourist said: My country abounds in lakes and swamps, but there is no mountain; the natural scenery of Mt Myohyang is really beautiful and wonderful; it was not easy to climb the mountain, but seeing the scenery, I felt as if I were relieved of all the fatigue.

   Following the expedition to Mt Myohyang, they visited the Ryongmun Cavern, an underground scenic spot, on their way to Pyongyang, and visited the major monumental edifices in the city before leaving it on June 21.

International Trade Fair to Be Held in Pyongyang

    On September 23, Juche 108 (2019), the 15th Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair will be opened at the Three-Revolution Exhibition House. 

   Scheduled to be held until September 27, the trade fair with various goods, which introduced cutting edge science and technology and enjoy international competitive edge, will render a great contribution to strengthening friendship and economic cooperation among countries. 

   Pyongyang hosted several other trade fairs previously, including the 22nd Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair held between May 20 and 24 this year; participating in those fairs were many trading companies from various countries and regions including China and Iran, as well as the host country.

   During the fair periods, briefings on investment, meetings and promotion of products were conducted between companies and businesses for economic and technical exchanges for trade. 

   The period of the upcoming fair coincides with that for the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance "The Land of the People" which is being held at the May Day Stadium on Rungna Island, so the fair participants can see the performance. 

   They can also enjoy themselves, visiting famous scenic spots and seeing historical relics.

Autumn Amateur Marathon 2019 to Be Held

    On September 29, Pyongyang will host the Autumn Amateur Marathon 2019. Amateur marathoners from various countries and regions will take part in the competition. 

   The runners will compete in marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km races.

   The marathoners will start at the road in front of the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace and follow the course of Chongchun Restaurant, Taekwon-Do Palace, Weightlifting Gymnasium, Athletics Gymnasium, Badminton Gymnasium, Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang Acrobatic Theatre, Kwangbok Area Supermarket, Hyangmanru Restaurant, April 15 Flower Garden for Children and Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace. They will run this course for four times. 

   Others, who participate in half marathon, 10km and 5km races, will start at the same place but return at the turns made especially for each category. 

   The runners, as well as the tourists who will come to see the competition, can enjoy the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance "The Land of the People" now being held at the May Day Stadium. They can also visit various tourist attractions in the country.