With more than 100,000 participants in a 90-minute display of gymnastics, dance, acrobatics and other performing arts, Arirang has been described as "a synchronized socialist-realist spectacular." The spectacle is shrouded in heavy political messaging, of course, as this is the prevailing theme of North Korean art.
The show is held every evening at 7 PM, and you'll witness the "largest picture in the world" – a human mosaic. Each student holds a book, flipping pages as scenes change. There are up to 170 pages in one book! The work has already begun, and preparations are visible on the streets of Pyongyang, according to Koryo Tours. With tens of thousands of gymnasts stretching and practicing in the city's parks.
Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? This is it.