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Five facts about the North Korean Arirang festival
Instead of relying on the accounts of tourists, the western media or other "unreliable" sources, let's go straight to the horse's mouth. The Korea Central News Agency is the
So, let's learn a little about Arirang – from the folks who know it best!
1. Truly performed by masses: 100,000 performers participate in the Arirang festival, which is "admired by the spectators for its kaleidoscopic background and wonderful scenes"
2. New this decade: Arirang was introduced in 2002 to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung
3. Countless of performances: Over its eight-year life, Arirang has been performed "several hundred times"
5. Millions and millions served: Apparently, 12,127,000 people have viewed all the Arirang performances held, 118,000 of them foreigners ... but who's counting?
Of course, according to the KCNA: "'Arirang' is recognized as cultural asset of humankind."
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