SEOUL--While hardly known as a fun spot, North Korea has set up an official "amusement park general bureau" to improve and expand the country's recreation spots.
The new administrative body, responsible for the unified management of amusement parks across the country, was apparently created at the behest of the country's youthful leader, Kim Jong Un.
Choson Sinbo, mouthpiece of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), reported on the development in an online article from Pyongyang.
"The expansion and management of amusement parks are national-level projects that are promoted under the supreme leader's attention," the article said.
According to the report, Kim Jong Un was enraged at the sloppy management of the Mangyongdae Funfair in Pyongyang when he toured the establishment in early May, leading to the creation of the new bureau.
Kim Jong Un has shown a continuing interest in amusement parks. In July, he attended a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Rungra People's Funfair in Pyongyang, where he took a ride on one of the park's attractions.
"Pyongyang intends to win the hearts of the public by showing consideration for citizens' recreation," a knowledgeable source said.
The North Korean authorities plan to introduce new equipment to existing amusement parks and build new grounds, Choson Sinbo said.
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