A Rare Peek of North Korean Pomp and Pageantry

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Much in the news for the wrong reasons, North Korea had the world waiting with bated breath for Kim Jong-un to reveal its “big event” announced a week ago.

  • “Big event” turned out to be opening of Ryomyong Street
  • Housing development with 70-story ‘ultra-modern, prestige’ apartment complex
  • Showpiece penthouse apartments with ice-green wallpaper and purple sofas – but no hot water
  • Allegedly featuring latest architectural science and technology

Much in the news for the wrong reasons, North Korea had the world waiting with bated breath for Kim Jong-un to reveal its “big event” announced a week ago. The much-anticipated event amid concerns of nuclear missile tests turned out to be the opening of a street, reminiscent of the anti-climax last year where foreign journalists were subjected to hours of investigation by North Korean officials ahead of what turned out to be a pop concert. Journalists in Pyongyang who were summoned to attend the event were not allowed to carry any lighters, cell phones or laptops.

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The grand unveiling in front of a cheering and applauding crowd of tens of thousands saw the North Korean leader cutting a ribbon but he did not speak.

It has been reported that Kim Jong-un has ordered 600,000 residents out of the city to make way for the country’s elite, but there’s speculation that the move was part of Kim’s preparations for war amid heightened tensions after the US sent warships to the Korean Peninsula.