Sources in the North Korean tourist industry have confirmed that the 2020 Mass Games, or the “Our Country” (inminuinara) Mass Games is scheduled to go head in August. The announcement comes despite a temporary hiatus in travel to the DPRK following the impact of the Coronavirus in neighbouring China, which saw Pyongyang close the border and suspend all inbound tourism to the country until further notice. However, with efforts to contain the virus inside of the Hubei area gaining momentum, it is clear the country’s authorities are optimistic about lifting the ban in the near future.
Commencing in the late 1980s, the Mass Games or “Arirang Festival” was created as an ideological response to the Olympics being held in Seoul, South Korea. Consisting of gymnastics and musical performances, the games have sought to showcase the DPRK’s story, legacy and national mythology to the outside world as well as convey key diplomatic messages. The event is typically held annually at the Rungrado May Day Stadium. After a brief break for five years, the festival recommenced in 2018 and was subsequently held the following year.
Given this development concerning the 2020 Mass Games, Visit North Korea is pleased to confirm that none of its summer programs are likely to be disrupted by the situation in China and we will have new information soon on which programs will offer visitors an opportunity to attend this spectacular event, which continues to be the biggest event of the year in the DPRK.