N. Korea likely to resume 'Arirang Mass Games' next year: tour operator

By 옥현주
  • Published : Jul 31, 2014 - 10:22
  • Updated : Jul 31, 2014 - 10:22

North Korea will likely resume its signature dance and gymnastics performance in 2015 after skipping it this year due to renovation work at the annual event's venue in Pyongyang, according to a related tour operator.

"Our Korean partners have confirmed that there will be no Arirang Mass Games in 2014," Koryo Tours, headquartered in Beijing, said on its website viewed on Thursday. The operator specializes in tour programs in the reclusive communist nation.

The May Day Stadium is under "substantial renovation by army construction units," it added.The company expressed hope that "some sort of mass performance event" will take place in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of Japan's colonization of Korea and the creation of the Workers' Party of Korea.

It said next year's show is expected to open between the nation's two major holidays: the Liberation Day on Aug. 15 and the Party Foundation Day on Oct. 10.

The 90-minute extravaganza involves around 100,000 performers for a spectacular display of acrobatics, gymnastics, dances and huge flip-card mosaic animations for extolling the North's socialist system and its leaders.

"There is simply nothing like this event anywhere else in the world," Koryo Tours said.

The first show was staged in 2002 and the second in 2005. The North canceled the event in 2006 due to severe flood damage. But it had been held every year since 2007, attracting many foreign tourists. (Yonhap)