Open to tourists but with close scrutiny
So the last thing anyone would expect from North Korea is a water park described as a “Walt Disney dream” and yet, here we are. North Korea has opened a water park in its capital city, Pyongyang. Yup, Munsu Water Park is a 37-acre attraction for residents who want to go swimming in a place filled with fun activities and lively entertainment. It has water slides, wave machines, indoor and outdoor pools and lazy rivers. How fun! The catch? It’s only open to the elite.
The park was ordered to be constructed by Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s president, and its presence depicts a very clear disparity to the overall people’s perception of the black-and-white nation. And that is very much the reason it was built. Kim Jong-un built this park with a clear agenda: to show the world that his people can still enjoy the perks of an aggressively socialist civilization. Hm, but can they?
Four hours of fun in Munsu Water Park adds up to $10, a third of the average worker’s weekly pay ($33). Only a very small percentage of the population have the option to enjoy the dream-like water park, and by a small percentage, I mean 0.1%.