Dec 02 2009

North Korea: Riding the Pyongyang roller coaster of death

by in Asia, North Korea

Well, here it is – the only video I have filmed in which I feared for my life during the process.

This is the footage I foolishly shot of our ride on the loop roller coaster at the Mangyongdae Fun Fair in Pyongyang, North Korea. When your harness doesn’t work on a loop roller coaster, perhaps the best course of action is to place your camera in your pocket and hold on for dear life. For whatever reason (some may call it insanity), I didn’t. I figured that if I was going to fall out/be thrown out of the roller coaster, I might as well capture the entire incident on film so that it could be replayed a million times on CNN.

At the beginning of the video you can hear a baffled U.S. Imperialist asking, in reference to his fellow passenger’s harness, “It doesn’t lock down?!” After spotting the loop for the first time, I then ask our guide, “Hey, we don’t go on that loop, do we?” He said no. Obviously, he had no freakin’ clue what I was talking about.

Bonus: You get to hear me scream.

You might want to fast forward the video a little bit as well, because it takes forever for the coaster to climb up the hill. And apologies for the horrible camera work, but, well, you know…

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8 Responses to North Korea: Riding the Pyongyang roller coaster of death

  1. From Richard:

    If Bosworth were to get on for a ride, it would provide a perfect illustration of the U.S.-NK dynamic…

    Posted on December 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    I would just recommend that Boz refrain from eating prior to riding the coaster 😉

    Posted on December 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm #
  3. From Laura:

    I laughed and had to watch it twice only because I knew you didn’t fall out of your seat and die… nice video and even better scream…

    Posted on December 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm #
  4. From Lindsay:

    LOL! And to think, you passed up the chance to be sitting right next to me on that coaster!

    Posted on December 9, 2009 at 12:02 am #
  5. From Jules:

    Hi there, Thanks for posting this and so much other great photos and info about your trip to North Korea! I have booked my trip for later this year and can’t wait! Absolutely have to ride that roller coaster!!

    Posted on March 17, 2012 at 4:37 am #
  6. From Kameron:

    The loop is actually plenty safe
    rotational physics states that you are held into your seat as you go around
    the dangerous part is little hills

    Posted on April 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm #


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