The Happiest Place In The Saddest Place On Earth Is Depressing

Forced human test dummies on rickety old rides? Shooting ranges to blast the imperialist Americans? Roller coaster harnesses that don't really harness anything? Welcome to the last amusement park in all of North Korea.

The Mangyongdae funfair is located about 16km outside the capital city of Pyongyang. And despite the fact that any manner of fun is tough to come by in North Korea, the park is usually near deserted, populated mainly by the military. Rides aren't kept in very good condition, and local farmers are often forced to come in and test them out before foreign visitors are allowed to board the death traps.

It would all make for a pretty great Onion piece, but unfortunately this is the state of the happiest place in North Korea. Check out the full gallery over at kuriositas. [Kuriositas via The Daily What]

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    Looks like a place where they can film the next Zombie war movie or something

      Dare you to go into North Korea with a bunch of movie cameras!

    3rd pic from the bottom... WTF? Are they...?

      Perhaps it's somewhere to take that happy snap of your kids face through the hole, only their idea of background is an American troop getting wacked.

      According to kuriositas, they're targets for a shooting gallery. Kind of makes sense, although I'm not sure what's going on in the second one and the guy on extreme left is missing a few fingers.

      Glory holes?

        eeeeeuuuuuuu.......

    "local farmers are often forced to come in and test them out before foreign visitors are allowed to board the death traps." Foreign visitors?? WTF?? North Korea has a tourism industry?

      Yes.
      Not exactly a thriving one, but nonetheless...
      Mostly it's people with a sense of the bizarre and a morbid interest in decay.
      Just like the photographer who took these shots I would imagine.

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