North Korean Amusement Park To Feature Big Ben and Eiffel Tower

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Toby Melville / Reuters

London's Big Ben

North Korea is planning on building a replica of Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower in a miniature theme park scheduled to open in the capital later this year.

Last year, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bring to an end decades of austerity and hardship with the slogan: “No More Belt-Tightening,” despite reports of mass starvation across the country. To that end, the country has kick-started a construction boom that has transformed Changjon street, in downtown Pyongyang and introduced such luxuries as cappuccinos, facials and tanning booths to the upper classes of North Korea. In addition to gussying up the shopping district, plans for Pyongyang also include a “miniature world” park, which will also boast a replica of London’s Big Ben clock tower and Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The theme park is slated to open later this year, according to the Associated Press, the only Western news organization allowed to operate inside the secretive state.

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This interest in Western landmarks may come as a surprise to those who may have viewed a recent North Korean propaganda video showing the White House in flames, or noted North Korea’s increasingly fiery rhetoric towards South Korea and the United States. However, news of the latest attractions at the theme park comes just a few weeks after China Daily reported North Korea is building a mini-golf park in the capital as part of efforts to boost tourism.

Despite the apparent changes taking place in North Korea, the country remains desperately poor, plagued with widespread food shortages. As the Associated Press put it, “life is grindingly tough.” Last month, the United Nations reported that over 2.8 million North Koreans needed regular food assistance, while a quarter of the country’s children suffered from chronic malnutrition.

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9 comments
sok.16
sok.16

i think my mom can govern a country better than kim jong un ^^

padraige
padraige

Kim Jong Un should stick to his job as playing Han on Two Broke Girls and leave the governing to sane people.

joesmith60609
joesmith60609

I'm assuming there will be a statue of liberty as well.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow like.author.displayName 1 Like

" ...despite reports of mass starvation across the country... " And they're building amusement parks. What's this guy been doing, taking Obama lessons?

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@UleNotknow Ok, so where is Obama building amusement parks and where do we have mass starvation that was not already occurring before Obama was President?  Problem with stupid statements like the one you made is that you don't have to back them up with anything like reality or facts.  The US economy has improved dramatically since he became President, but don't let facts interefere with your reality Ule.

VolchestaJfr
VolchestaJfr like.author.displayName 1 Like

"However, news of the latest attractions at the theme park comes just a few weeks after China Daily reported North Korea is building a mini-golf park in the capital as part of efforts to boost tourism."

Seriously? Yeah, I was just thinking "I could use a good round of mini-golf, I think I will pop over to stupid commie land and have a round or two." The fat boy is as stupid as the guy who lost all his money on a frigging banana toy. Darwin would be proud.