• Acrobatic show at the Mass Games in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea (DPRK). The Mass Games are held at the May Day Stadium the largest seater stadium in the world
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Mass Games

The Mass Games were held in 2018 after a 5 year break. They were held again in 2019. KTG were lucky to be at the first Mass Games performance in 2018, held on 9 September (National Day) where the Leader of DPRK Kim Jong Un was present. Security was very strict, with several checks being made. We were not allowed to take any items to the Mass Games, including our cameras or hotel room keys. Needless to say, the atmosphere was absolutely electrifying in a full packed May Day Stadium; the largest seater stadium in the world with no less than 150,000 seats.

What are the Mass Games?

The DPRK's unique Arirang Performance have become increasingly known world wide for being impressive shows involving literally tens of thousands of participants. So what exactly are the Mass Games?

When they take place they are held in Pyongyang and tell the story of the DPRK's history. Their struggle against the Japanese, the Korean War and the reconstruction of a country completely devastated by it. They are held in the biggest stadium in the world (the Rungrado May Day Stadium) and include acrobatics, live music and even taekwondo demonstrations.

The Mass Games in North Korea have a backdrop of 17,000 students. Each student makes a tiny pixel creating gigantic mosaics. Trip arranged by KTG Travel

In the background there is a stand with 20 thousand middle school students each holding a large book. They show a page of the book to the audience and each page forms a tiny "pixel" of the whole stand's picture which in fact is a gigantic mosaic. Students then flip pages in their books. As each student flips a new page the overall picture created by everyone will vary. Each student can have up to 170 pages in their book.

Mass Games finale, May Day Stadium, North Korea aka DPRK. Tour arranged by KTG Tours

Coordination is critical, whether it be for the people in the stands or those performing on the field. This event stresses the importance of collectiveness over individuality and every single aspect of it is breathtaking; from the impressive shows on the field, to the giant mosaics and the atmosphere created by the local audience inside and outside the stadium.

North Korean ladies performing at the Mass Games in May Day Stadium, August 2019, in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK). Trip arranged by KTG Tours

People literally practice for months for this grandious event, and it is possible seeing them publicly do so in the streets of Pyongyang the months prior to when they start. Right before the beginning of each show, there are crowds in the streets and outside the stadium singing and marching together creating an exhilarating ambiance which ends in 90 minutes of pure excitement inside the stadium.

Artistic performance during the Mass Games held in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea aka DPRK. Tour arranged by KTG

Shows are held in the evening and last 90 minutes. The huge mosaics created by the thousands of students is in the guiness book of records for being the biggest picture on Earth.

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Mass Games extension in North Korea 
Dear all, Below is a common question we tend to get regarding the Mass Games being extended until October. Although we expect these to go on until October …

Arirang Festival 2011 
Is there any confirmation that the 2011 mass games will last until mid of October? Tom

Grand Magic Performance in the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang from April 18th 
February 21st 2011 Update We have just received an official notice from Pyongyang saying that there will be a Grand Magic Performance from April 18th …

2011 Mass Games in North Korea 
We have had official confirmation that the Mass Games will start on August 1st and run until at least September 9th (DPRK National Day Tour). Please bear …

Mass Games Extend until October 25th 2010 
The Mass in Games will be held until October 25th. We have already closed our last tour group of the year, but please contact us if you would like to see …

2010 Mass Games Officially Confirmed  
Mass Games Officially Confirmed - 17 May 2010 We have just had notification from Pyongyang that the Arirang Mass Games will be held from August 2nd …

2010 Mass Games 
Have these been confirmed yet? When will we know if North Korea will have these going on this year? Cheers, Pete

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"The whole experience was actually even better than I thought, especially the Mass Games which I can’t even find words to describe." P. Simon - attending the Ocotober 10th Military Parade rehearsal "We had a very enlightening trip and were most impressed with how well organised it all was...and would not have changed anything..."

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