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Special Events: 2018 Guide

The DPRK hosts numerous special events throughout the year. Often these events coincide with one of the 71 public holidays (as of 2017). Some of the most notable holidays include the Day of the Sun, the celebration of the birthday of President Kim Il Sung (April 15), the Day of the Shining Star, the celebration of the birthday of Chairman Kim Jong Il (February 16), the Party Foundation Day (October 10), and the DPRK Foundation Day (September 9). Other notable highlights include May Day (May 1), Victory Day in the Fatherland Liberation War, otherwise known as the Korean War (July 27), and the birthday of Mother Kim Jong Suk (December 24).

Many of our tours are scheduled to coincide with public holidays so that tourists may witness and join in with the local celebrations. On such special days many locals enjoy public Mass Dancing on the streets, games and barbecues in the park, and other sport and leisure events. Military parades are sometimes known to also occur alongside special dates.

On this page you can find the events schedule for 2018. If you wish to book a tour to coincide with one of these days please check our group tour and private tour pages for further information!


Day of the Shining Star 

February 16, 2018 marks the 76th anniversary of the Day of the Shining Star, the birthday of Chairman Kim Jong Il.

What to expect:

  • The flower festival, hosting the “Kimjongilia” flower, will be in full bloom for its 22nd edition.
  • The Paektusan Prize International Figure Skating Festival will be hosting internationally renown athletes to perform and compete in Pyongyang.
  • A synchronised swimming competition will be held.
  • An arts celebration and exhibition by famous local artists will be on display in the city.

 

Day of the Sun

April 15, 2018 marks the 106th anniversary of the Day of the Sun, the birthday of President Kim Il Sung.

What to expect:

  • The flower festival, hosting the “Kimilsungia” flower, will be in full bloom.
  • The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon returns, hosting both internationally renown and amateur athletes to compete around Pyongyang.
  • An arts celebration and exhibition by famous local artists will be on display in the city.

 

Ping Pong Tournament

Between April 22nd – 29th a ping pong tournament will be held at Kim Chaek University of Technology for disabled athletes and domestic/foreign amateurs (please email us directly concerning bookings).

 

May Day Celebrations

Given its socialist history, May Day is a traditional time for celebration in the DPRK.

What to expect:

  • The city will be alive and in a celebratory mood, tourists can mingle with locals at the Moran park in the city centre and join in the fun!
  • On this day there will also be an art performance by city artists.
  • At Taesongsan, Mangyongdae Funfair and Kaeson Funfair numerous sports games and competitions will be held.
  • In the evening, celebrations and mass dancing will feature in Kim Il Sung Square as well as many other public streets around the country.

 

International Spring Trade Fair

Between May 21st – 25th an international trade fair will be open to all to visit, exhibiting the numerous consumer goods for sale and providing a window into the latest products to find their way to the DPRK market. If you would like to visit this year’s trade fair, please send us an email.

 

Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War) Victory Day 

July 27, 2018 marks the anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

What to expect:

  • The city will be alive and in a celebratory mood, tourists can mingle with locals at the Moran park in the city centre and join in the fun!
  • On this day there will also be an art performance by city artists.
  • In the evening, celebrations and mass dancing will feature in Kim Il Sung Square as well as many other public streets around the country.

 

DPRK Foundation Day

September 9, 2018 marks the anniversary of the founding of the nation.

What to expect:

  • The city will be alive and in a celebratory mood, tourists can mingle with locals at the Moran park in the city centre and join in the fun!
  • On this day there will also be an art performance by city artists.
  • In the evening, celebrations and mass dancing will feature in Kim Il Sung Square as well as many other public streets around the country.

 

International Autumn Trade Fair

Between September 21st – 28th an international trade fair will be open to all to visit, exhibiting the numerous consumer goods for sale and providing a window into the latest products to find their way to the DPRK market. If you would like to visit this year’s trade fair, please send us an email.

 

Pyongyang International Film Festival

Between September 19th – 28th the Pyongyang International Film Festival returns, showing a range of domestic and international films to audiences all around the capital. If you would like to get involved in this year’s festival or simply wish to attend, please contact us directly.

 

Traditional Korean Dress Fashion Show

In late September (dates to be confirmed) there will be a fashion show, complete with catwalk, showing the traditional dress and latest styles to hit the Pyongyang streets.

 

Party Foundation Day

October 10, 2018 marks the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

What to expect:

  • The city will be alive and in a celebratory mood, tourists can mingle with locals at the Moran park in the city centre and join in the fun!
  • On this day there will also be an art performance by city artists.
  • In the evening, celebrations and mass dancing will feature in Kim Il Sung Square as well as many other public streets around the country.

 

International Exhibition of Eco-architecture and Furniture

Between October 29th and November 1st an exhibition showing green design in architecture and furniture will open in Pyongyang.

 

Autumn Amateur Marathon

In October 2018 the Autumn Amateur Marathon, hosted by the DPRK Amateur Athletics Association, will take to the streets, offering runners a chance to explore the city and compete with local and foreign guests along the way.

 

Pyongyang Beer Festival

The DPRK produces very high quality beers and lagers. Whilst unconfirmed for 2018, any serious beer fanatic must be sure to sample the local tastes at the Pyongyang Beer Festival!

If you are interested in learning more about special events in the DPRK or wish to book a trip to coincide with one of these dates please send us an email: info@juchetravelservices.com 

We aim to respond to all enquires within 24 hours.

 

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