The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace

The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, a place for the children of the privileged elite to spend time after school practicing sports, art, folk dance and music – and of course, show it all off with military like precision and forced smiles to groups of visiting foreign friends and tourists.

The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace is the largest of the many palaces in North Korea dedicated to Children’s after school activities. The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace has 120 rooms, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and a 2000 seats theater. The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace is not to be confused with the Pyongyang Children’s Palace situated in the north of the Kim Il Sung Square and founded in 1963 – where I visited and saw a children’s performance last year.

Mangyongdae Children's Palace North Korea

A young girl opens a show for tourists and dignitaries at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace.  This was a special performance to commemorate the Day of the Sun, the 100th birthday of ‘eternal president’ Kim Il-sung.  Many more pics from this performance to come!

4 responses

  1. Pingback: Classroom Tour at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace « American in North Korea

  2. Heather

    Gorgeous shots. What camera did you use? Preparing for my own long-awaited trip to the DPRK.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    • I have a Sony A77 – just remember to take a good drafting eraser and scrub off the GPS label. If they find it they will hold the camera at the airport.

      June 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  3. Pingback: Tour of Athletics and Student Leisure Activities at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace « American in North Korea

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