21st Kimilsungia Festival Held

   The 21st Kimilsungia Festival was held in a grand way at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition House between April 12 and 19, Juche 108 (2019) in celebration of April 15, the Day of the Sun.
   During the festival, the exhibition house, on the bank of the picturesque Taedong River, was crowded with visitors every day.
   Beautiful Kimilsungias presented by not only the people from various walks of life but also many organizations from home and abroad were exhibited on different stands according to the themes.
   Also on display were the flowers from the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan and other overseas Koreans’ organizations and the compatriots from abroad, foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations in Pyongyang, friendship and solidarity organizations, travel agencies and individual figures of foreign countries.
   Visitors having their photos taken against the background of the flower stands and children holding the blossoms on their hands and taking them to their cheeks furthered the atmosphere of the festival.
   Foreigners visited the venue and wrote their impression on the visitor’s book.

DPRK Celebrated the Day of the Sun

People in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea celebrated the birthday of their eternal President Kim Il Sung as the greatest national holiday and a grand festival common to humanity.
On April 15 the working people, youth and students extended their highest tribute to President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il in front of their statues on Mansu Hill and portraits bearing their beaming images. 
Various political and cultural events took place on this occasion.
The Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition House, venue of the 21st Kimilsungia Festival, was crowded with Pyongyangities, overseas compatriots and foreigners. Looking round the festival, foreigners said that they were fascinated again by the beautifulness of Kimilsungia and deeply moved by the Korean people who were extending their reverence for their leader with the determination to hold him in high esteem for ever.
The Sixth April Spring People’s Art Festival represented the life of the Korean people truthfully and vividly through a well-knit ensemble and high artistic depiction, and the 30th Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon was held overflowing with friendship with peoples from various countries. 
These events gave a deep impression on the foreigners as well as the Korean people.
The 24th Cooking Festival held to mark the Day of the Sun also brought pleasure to the visitors to the venue as the participants displayed their skills with great enthusiasm. It also showed the aspect of development of the diet culture of the Korean nation.
In addition, various colourful events like artistic performances, dancing parties and sports and recreational games were held throughout the country on this day.
On this balmy April day the country, beautiful with flowers and dancing parties everywhere, left an indelible memory on the foreigners visiting it.

I Extend my Gratitude to the Korean People

   The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon was held in a grand way in Pyongyang. Among the participants–athletes and amateurs from several countries and regions around the world–was Konjevod Pamela, a 33-year-old Croatian tourist.
   After running the course, she said in excitement: No one will be able to see such clear and fresh looks as the Koreans elsewhere in the world. Their grateful and dear looks encouraged me to transcend myself at difficult moments of this event. I think it fortunate to be able to experience today’s pleasure. I extend thanks to the Korean people for their enthusiastic cheers.
   After running along the streets of beautiful Pyongyang enjoying the enthusiastic cheers of Pyongyangites, all the foreign runners expressed their satisfaction over the unforgettable impression.

Marathon Filled with the Feelings of Friendship

   The streets of beautiful Pyongyang in the beginning of balmy spring was filled with the feelings of friendship–Pyongyangites giving rousing cheers and foreign amateurs running along the streets while acknowledging the cheers.
   A 45-year-old Luxembourger, Pauly Josiane, took part in the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon as an amateur together with his family members. He said: I am very happy to have taken part in this marathon. This time I took my children to this marathon in order to enable them to get first-hand experience of Korea. An old Korean saying goes that seeing once is better than hearing one hundred times. I think it best to see and feel in person.
   Ginter Giulio, 9-year-old son, said to a reporter: I have some words to speak. I am very happy to have a good experience in the marathon for the first time in my life. I think my health has become better. Particularly, I give thanks to the Korean people who gave passionate cheers to my brother and me. I will visit the DPRK often with my parents in the future.

30th Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon Held

   The 30th Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon was held in     Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang on April 7, Juche 108 (2019).
   Divided into marathon, half marathon, 10km race and 5km race, it drew over 900 athletes and amateurs from several countries and regions including China, Russia, Croatia, Sweden, Germany, England and Luxembourg.
   At 9:00 am, together with the fire of the signal pistol, they left the stadium.
   Running through the course including the Arch of Triumph, Pipha Street, Yongung Street and Mansudae Street, they witnessed bright and warm looks of the Pyongyang citizens who were cheering them enthusiastically. The enthusiastic cheers of Pyongyangites encouraged them greatly.
   With the passage of time, runners began to enter the stadium one after another.
   A 39-year-old Russian, Egor Vinogradov, won amateurs’ marathon. He said: This is the first time for me to take part in an international marathon. This time I took part in the marathon to get first-hand experience of Pyongyang running the marathon course. Little did I dream that I would take the first place, but when I entered the 35km section I felt confident that I could win. Running the course encouraged by passionate cheers of the Pyongyangites, I have never felt exhausted, and I was enthralled by the beautiful scenery of Pyongyang.
   A prize awarding ceremony was held.
   The international competition proved to be a significant event for promoting friendship between the Korean people and the peoples of other countries of the world. 

Characteristic Candy and Cake Sculpture Exhibition

   The Fourth Candy and Cake Sculpture Exhibition was held at the Chongnyu Restaurant on the bank of the picturesque Pothong River, to mark the Day of the Sun(April 15), birthday of President Kim Il Sung.
   Displayed at the exhibition, held between April 9 and 11, 2019, were    4 000 pieces of candy and cake sculptures presented by over 250 cooks and skilled workers from around 50 units.
   Conspicuous were sculptures portraying the major characters of animations loved by children. They were reminiscent of sophisticated works of art for the original and novel ideas, artistic portrayal and skilful craftsmanship.
   Sculptures depicting various kinds of fruits, animals, plants and natural scenery also drew the attention of visitors as they sustained the characteristics of relevant objects and their formative beauty.
   A demonstration of making sculptures within a set time struck the visitors with admiration, furthering the atmosphere of the venue of the festival.
   The exhibition left a deep impression on the people as it vividly showed the cultured aspects of life of the Korean people.

I Have Seen a New School Year Opening Ceremony

   On his visit to Mirae Primary School on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang, a foreigner said:
   I’m very glad that I have participated, together with Korean schoolchildren, in the opening ceremony of a new school year. From a pedagogical point of view, the first day of schooling is very important for students, I think. These schoolchildren look very happy and cheerful. It is quite surprising that the state has provided them with everything including school uniform, bag and even shoes.
   In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea a new school year starts on every April 1.
   Foreigners who visit school in DPR Korea in this balmy season will get similar moving experience.

24th Cooking Festival Held

   The 24th Cooking Festival was held between April 2 and 4 to mark the Day of the Sun (April 15).
   The Pyongyang Noodle House, the venue of the festival, was crowded during the festival days.
   The festival was held divided into the exhibitions of delicacies, designated dishes, bread and achievements in cooking science and techniques, cooking contest and demonstration.
   Drawing the attention of experts and visitors were traditional dishes, newly-developed delicacies, various drinks and sweets. 
   Chives and chicken sautee and fried curled mallow with unique shapes, fragrance and high nutrition, dishes made with refined skills drew special attention and were highly appreciated as they can be easily cooked at home. 
   Demonstration of special skills by renowned chefs and characteristic cooking test of students furthered the festival atmosphere. Also quite impressive was the demonstration by waiters and waitresses of the methods of decorating and laying banquet table and of serving dishes.
   Certificates and medals and relevant prizes were awarded to the units and individuals that were highly appreciated.

Korean Learning Tour in Pyongyang

   The Korean learning tour organized by the Korea International Travel Company is to be held between July 13 and August 10, Juche 108 (2019) in Pyongyang. Kim Chol Ju University of Education is the venue of this peculiar tour.
   Korean is an excellent language. The letters are made on the unique principle of imitating the shapes of speech organs.   Therefore, capable of freely translating any language, both written and spoken, it is easy to learn it. 
   The tour by Australian tourists between July 14 and August 11, Juche 107 (2018), left a deep impression on them through lectures given by the university teachers and conversations on various thems, recreational games and sport activities with the students, future teachers.
   During the forthcoming tour, tourists will be given three lectures every morning from Monday to Friday. When the lectures are over, visits to famous tourist attractions and scenic spots like Pyongyang, Kaesong, Nampho and Mt Myohyang will be arranged.
   The schedule includes various tourist activities including cycling in the city of Pyongyang.
   For more information, please contact the UK Young Pioneer Tours.
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