North Korea: Kim Il Sung Square

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On the birthday of Kim Il Sung it seemed the whole of Pyongyang had turned up in the square. Our guides told us that this dancing started early in the morning and continued all day.

These photos don’t show it very well but there were thousands of people there that day. The atmosphere was unbelievable.


The headquarters of the party with a huge picture of Kim Il Sung outside.


Some of my fellow tourists got involved in the dancing. One chap ended up on BBC World Service in the background as there were quite a few foreign journalists in Pyongyang to cover this huge celebration.


Maypole dancing seems to have made its way to North Korea.

James Mullarkey

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