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Mangyongdae, The Happiest Place in North Korea


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In the Mangyongdae funfair, riding that white knuckle ride can actually be your last. Kuriositas blog explains why in this North Korea amusement park, having fun can be a deadly business:

The rides at the park are so ramshackle that repairs are done on an as and when, ad hoc basis. To avoid the deaths of important North Koreans or overseas visitors (whose foreign currency is rather more important) local farmers are often recruited to test the rides for safety. This must be the only place in the world where a knock on the door and the words you’re going to the funfair are met with dread.

Link - via I Heart Chaos

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this is the new Pyongyang, North Korea Funfair - cool safe rides and truly a fun time

http://josephferrispics.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/u-s-imperialists-visit-the-pyongyang-fun-fair/
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Growing up in Massachusetts in the 50's we had an amusement park in Revere Beach. It had a ride called the "Wild Mouse". It had a wooden rollercoaster track and small metal cars that could fit 2 people, one in front of the other or one adult and 2 kids crammed in the foot of the 'mouse'. I was the one stuffed in front. I was 4 at the time and it was an old, rickety ride with hair-pin turns that made the wheels of the cars lift up off the track and tilt ever so slightly onto one side. There were no big guardrails to prevent cars from tipping over. Every so often one of the cars would go over the side of the track, killing the riders. They finally closed it down after too many people died.

*Scarred for life by that ride I now hate rollercoasters.*
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