Kimjongilia Festival Held to Celebrate the Day of the Shining Star

   On the occasion of the Day of the Shining Star (February 16) this year, Pyongyang hosted the 23rd Kimjongilia Festival in the Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Exhibition House on the bank of the Taedong River. 

   The venue was crowded with visitors from home and abroad during the festival held between February 14 and 21, Juche 108 (2019).

   Exhibited at the exhibition house were tens of thousands of pots of the flower presented by various units and individuals from various strata in the country, overseas compatriots and organizations and personages from many other countries. 

   The visitors looked round the beautiful flowers and their stands, which reflected the boundless respect for Chairman Kim Jong Il, a peerlessly great man, and represented the dignified country of today and its bright tomorrow. 

   The festival drew the attention of the visitors as many pots of Kimjongilia from foreign travel companies were also exhibited.

Ninth Cooking Contest Greeting the Day of the Shining Star Held

   Between February 12 and 14, the Ninth Cooking Contest Greeting the Day of the Shining Star was held at the Pyongyang Noodle House.

   The contest was attended by more than 600 cooks and waitresses from 60-odd catering facilities in the capital city and provinces. 

   It was divided into three categories: a technical contest for making soft drinks and the dishes including roast ox rib, steamed mandarin fish and mung bean jelly salad, all in a fixed time; an exhibition of the dishes made from potato powder, tanbaekcho (protein-rich grass) and mallow; a demonstration of new dishes made by famous cooks.

   Drawing the attention of visitors were such new dishes as potato pizza and steamed meat stuffed with tanbaekcho, cooked with exceptional skills and characterized by unique shape and delicate smell. 

   The jury and visitors commended the exhibits for their peculiar, characteristic tastes and the traditional culinary skills involved.  

   Diplomas, medals and certificates were conferred on the excellent contestants. 

Korean-Learning Tour in Pyongyang and Other Places

   The Korean-learning tour ran between January 17 and 24, Juche 108 (2019), in Pyongyang and other parts of the country. 

   It was undertaken by way of short courses and diversified, useful activities. 

   Pyongyang College of Tourism was a venue for this peculiar tour, in which lectures were given in plain language to tourists and students had talks with the guests.  

   At the Taekwon-Do Holy House high-grade instructors taught the foreigners some jargons, basic movements and skills for self-defence. The latter spent the evening having a pleasant chat and learning how to cook traditional dishes, such as kimchi and mung-bean pancake. 

   Also, they were guided around many scenic spots in Pyongyang and Kaesong, especially the Masikryong Ski Resort, where they practiced Korean and had a better understanding of the beautiful country. 

   Another similar tour is scheduled for somewhere between July and August this year.  

   The Korea International Travel Company will arrange diverse activities for the purpose at several universities and colleges in the capital city. 

   For more information about this upcoming tour, please contact Koryo Tours and Juche Travel Services.

Trolley Bus Tour Service

   The Korea International Travel Company provides a tour of Pyongyang by means of tram, trolley bus and subway.

   On December 30, 2018, foreign tourists took a trolley bus of the 1960s vintage manufactured by the Korean people themselves and looked round the main streets of Pyongyang, including Sungni and Kaeson, on which many monumental architectural structures stand. 

   Suopanki Lakso Miria Elina Annikki from Sweden, aged 30, said:

   I have never dreamt of having a trolley bus tour during my visit to the DPRK. While passing through clean and beautiful streets of Pyongyang on board a trolley bus, I saw people full of happiness and monumental edifices. I have never seen or took such a trolley bus of old vintage. I feel happy for touring Pyongyang on such a trolley bus.

   During their stay, the tourists saw the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival-2019 and a prom on celebration of the New Year 2019 held in  Kim Il Sung Square, seeing in the new year with admiration and pleasure, and visited tourist destinations in local areas like Nampho and Kaesong.