Return to the Kaeson Youth Park Fun Fair

In the Spring of 2012 I made a return trip to Pyongyang’s Kaeson Youth Park fun fair ; chilly nighttime weather meant less crowds and interactions with locals than on my first visit, but the experience was enjoyable  nonetheless.

I really only have new 2012 photos to add – I’m going to let my cometary from my 2011 visit tell the story.

Local North Koreans would wait hundreds in line for theses new modern rides. As visitors we paid in hard currency at a rate 35 x what the locals paid, at that price we got the privilege of jumping line and holding up the locals as we enjoyed as many repeat rides on the amusements as we wanted. We were told by our minders that the rides had all come from Italy – they were new and modern, and included old favorites such as bumper cars and the pirate ship swing ride, and new favorites like a lay down style roller coaster and the “Vominator”.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean locals enjoy imported fun fair rides.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean locals enjoy imported fun fair rides.

Pyongyang Kaeson Fun Fair

A nice view of the lay down roller coaster.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

A quiet chilly spring night at the fun fair.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

Bumper cars!

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

Bumper cars!

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

Old racing video game.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

Coin op skeet shoot game.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean boy and his mom in charge of an old video game.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean boy in charge of an old video game.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

Old racing video game.

Kaeson Fun Fair Pyongyang, North Korea

Old racing video game.

North Korean Fun Fair Food Stand

The burrito stand attendant.

In the end our Kaeson Youth Park Fun Fair escort served our group up a bill of over one hundred Euros. As I had seen elsewhere in North Korea, when hard currency is involved a fist full of dollars will get the job done, and our escort gladly accepted what we had with a smile. We never got to visit any of the old and decrepit fun fairs during our visit to North Korea. Some of the old fairs, such as the Mangyongdae, have games that feature the classic old US anti imperialist propaganda. Times are a changing and the most bizarre thing I saw at the new Kaeson Youth Park Fun Fair were booths serving up Mexican burritos.

The Kaeson fun fair was responsible for the creation of this blog – more accurately the use of my fun fair pictures under the creative commons license  in a sensationalized and entirely misinformed viral photo essay got me so upset that I decided to blog as accurate a portrayal of the North Korean tourist experience as honestly as I could.  I am truly amazed at how far this journey has taken me!

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2 responses

  1. beautiful pics. hows the food there? im vegetarian and would like to go there but very little info on non-meat options.

    April 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    • The food was good on this last trip, but during the busy tourist season there is less food to go around so sometimes not that great.

      April 6, 2013 at 5:08 am

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