• Mass Games in North Korea (DPRK)
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Mass Games

As we announced in the summer of 2014, the Mass Games will not be held again, at least in the foreseeable future, in the DPRK. The last time they were held was in 2013. If they are held again, KTG® travellers, as travellers that go with other agencies, will be able to attend. We will of course keep you updated regarding this. In the meantime, do please feel free to ask us any questions you may have regarding this show. You can post a question in our forum section below. We also have a description of what the games are below.

What are the Mass Games?

The D.P.R.K'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.

People of North Korea

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 Dances in the winter in North Korea

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 performances, to the giant mosaics to the atmosphere created by the local audience inside and outside of the stadium.s

Taeson Evening funfair in Pyongyang, North Korea

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.

North and South Korean soldiers at the DMZ (Panmunjom) on the North Korean side (DPRK)

Shows are held in the evening and last 90 minutes. This huge backdrop describes a scene of Korea's history and current situation and is in the guiness book of records for being the biggest picture on Earth.

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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 …

Besuch des Arirang-Festivals 2011 
Ich möchte nächstes Jahr das Arirang-Festival besuchen. In den deutschen Zeitungen habe ich jedoch viel Negatives über Nord-Korea gelesen. Ich möchte mir …

Confirmation des Mass Games 2011 
On a reçu confirmation officielle de Pyongyang regardant les Mass Games pour le 2011. Ils auront lieu entre du 1 août jusqu'au moins le 9 septembre …

Confirmation Officielle des Mass Games 2010 
Confirmation Officielle des Mass Games - 17 mai 2010 Les Mass Games ont été officiellement confirmés dès Pyongyang. Ils auront lieu du 2 août au 10 …

Confirmación de los Mass Games para el 2010 
Confirmación de los Mass Games para el 2010 (17 mayo 2010) Los Mass Games han sido oficialmente confirmados desde Pyongyang. Tendrán lugar entre el …

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

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

Mass Games extension in North Korea Not rated yet
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 …

Los Mass Games en el año 2011 Not rated yet
Hemos recibido confirmación sobre los Mass Games en Corea del Norte para el 2011. Empezarán el 1 de agosto y a priori tendrán lugar hasta al menos el 9 …

Mass Games Extend until October 25th 2010 Not rated yet
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 …

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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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