Inside the world’s largest stadium in Korea

Inside the world’s largest stadium in Korea

The May 1 stadium has 150,000 seats, located on the river bank in the capital of Pyongyang.

The May 1 stadium has 150,000 seats, located on the river bank in the capital of Pyongyang.

According to Koryo Tours company – one of the few travel agencies to bring tourists to Korea, the leaders of this country want to affirm their national position through the architectural works. The highlight is the May 1 stadium built in the shape of the magnolia flower, located on the banks of the Taedong River of Pyongyang’s capital.

The stadium opened on May 1, 1989 and was remodeled in 2014. This is the venue for many spectacular events, including the professional wrestling tournament in 1995 and the World Youth and Student Festival. The 13th, with 22,000 delegates from 177 countries.

With 150,000 seats, this is the largest stadium in the world by capacity with a total area of ​​more than 207,000 m2.

Many people have to sit in the high stands and away from the game field. Especially, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and state guests will sit in separate areas, strictly protected.

In addition to organizing soccer matches or sports tournaments, the May 1 stadium is most famous for Arirang’s annual performance. This is an opportunity for Koreans to praise the country, its founders and incumbent leaders through the performances of gymnastics and dancing.

The festival usually takes place in August or September every year. The Guinness Book of World Records notes that Arirang has the world’s largest gymnastics performance with 100,090 participants in 2007. Tens of thousands of people on the stands will work together to smoothly raise the color palette to create a giant puzzle, as a backdrop for performance athletes or dancers. All performances are directed to late president Kim Il Sung, the Korean leader from 1972 to 1994.