North Korea building ‘youth theaters’ for political rallies, ping-pong and music
Satellite imagery shows progress to theater construction projects, despite ongoing delays at major hospital and resort
Updated at 1:00 p.m. KST on Nov. 20 to include information about the Sariwon Youth Open-air Theater’s opening, announced in state media on Nov. 20.
Despite pushing back major construction projects like a new hospital in Pyongyang and a giant coastal beach resort, North Korea is moving forward on a project to build at least nine large “youth open-air theaters” across major cities nationwide.
An NK Pro analysis of satellite imagery shows that North Korea began building most of the theaters in mid-2018, and three of them were recently completed.
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