Entertainment in North Korea

  • Entertainment in Pyongyang

    Mass Games

    The long-running Arirang Mass Games, the story of Korea’s history performed by over 100,000 incredibly well-coordinated schoolchildren, was finally retired in 2012 and a new show started at the May Day Stadium in 2018. Tickets are steeply priced – starting at €80 for a ‘third-class’ ticket and rising to €300 for VIP tickets. It's worth noting that the Mass Games are essentially a performance by children as young as five years old. Lonely Planet makes no claim that these children are being mistreated, but wants to encourage visitors to North Korea to think through these issues and be aware of their contentious nature before attending the event.

  • Entertainment in Pyongyang

    Taedongmun Cinema

    Dating from 1955, this famous cinema with a notable neoclassical facade has two screens and is considered Pyongyang's most prestigious movie theatre. If you're lucky you may be taken here to see a North Korean film, a fascinating experience as locals often shout and stamp their feet during particularly significant scenes.

  • Entertainment in Pyongyang

    Pyongyang International Cinema

    The Pyongyang International Cinema is a six-screen complex on Yanggak Island, near the Yanggakdo Hotel. The biennial Pyongyang Film Festival is held here every September in even-numbered years.

  • Entertainment in Pyongyang

    People's Theatre

    The People's Theatre, which opened in 2012, is an impressively modern theatre that stages some of the most prestigious spectacles in the city.

  • Entertainment in Pyongyang

    Kim Il-sung Stadium

    Football matches are played here and a schedule is posted on a board outside the stadium (keep an eye out for it if you want to go to a game).

  • Entertainment in Pyongyang

    East Pyongyang Grand Theatre

    Performs North Korean musical-theatre classics such as The Flower Girl and A Daughter of the Party.

  • Entertainment in Pyongyang

    Mansudae Art Theatre

    A popular Pyongyang theatre where revolutionary opera, musical and dance performances are held.