Mini-golf at the Yanggakdo Hotel
This was another surreal moment whilst in Pyongyang - playing mini-golf at our hotel - the Yanggakdo. Even though I don't play golf, a few of my fellow tour members did and were itching to play a round on a lovely summer's evening. Don't ask me how much things were but they hired golf clubs, tees and a trolley and the price also including a caddie in the shape of a young girl. I was their 'official' photographer whilst they played a round over the 9 hole course.
Kim Il Sung Stadium
This large stadium overlooks the Arch of Triumph and was built on the site of a Japanese baseball field during their occupation of Korea. It was then rebuilt in 1969 when it was renamed the Moranbong Stadium, but its name was changed, in 1982, to its current name in honour of Kim Il Sung. The stadium can accommodate up to 100,000 people and is mainly used for football matches, one of which we went to as part of our tour. We watched the FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying match between the DPRK and Turkmenistan - two of the most repressive nations on earth. The crowd were pretty quiet throughout the match instead of us cheering on the DPRK (I bought a DPRK flag and was the only person with one out of a crowd of about 50,000!) DPRK won the game 1-0 so the crowd went home slightly happier than before the match. I happened to find a few of the Turkmenistan player outside the front of the stadium beside their bus and they allowed me to take a group photo of them!
Golf at Yanggakdo Hotel
With the exception of maybe extremely limited work-out facilities in a hotel, the only physical activity that you will have time or permission to do is golf at the 9-hole course at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Depending on how watchful your guides are, they may or may not accompany you to the course, but rest assured, they will know where you are.
You may have to play early in order to finish your round prior to the day's tour. But that will not be too hard because there is no night life to distract you from staying out too late.
Equipment: All equipment will be provided. Cost of one round is approximately $30USD.
Your guides and/or hotel reception will make a reservation for you.