Pomp and parades in North Korea

Pomp and parades in North Korea

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Foliage hangs down in front of a painting of former North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung, father and grandfather of Kim Jong-un, the current head of the isolated and authoritarian state.

North Korea lauded the deeds of these three leaders as it marked the 60th anniversary of the Koran War truce on July 27, 1953 - a date which the country calls its "Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War".

. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Kim Jong-un presided over a commemorative event held at a war cemetery a few days before the anniversary.

He was welcomed with cheers from thousands of people, many of them relatives of those buried at the cemetery on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Korean War veterans shouted slogans to Kim Jong-un during a parade to commemorate the armistice.

The Korean leader was joined by Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on the podium overlooking Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung square to inspect a massive throng of soldiers and a display of weapons.

. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

North Korean students used coloured pieces of cardboard to form a picture of a child in uniform during the Arirang mass games, which formed part of the celebrations.

The games are the world's biggest choreographed extravaganza, part circus act, part rhythmic gymnastics, with plenty of reverence for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Thousands of North Koreans also attended an event at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang, during the massive anniversary celebrations.

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Kim Jong-un waves and smiles during a parade commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War truce.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Kim Jong-un waves and smiles during a parade commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War truce.

Rows of North Korean soldiers march along carrying their guns.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Rows of North Korean soldiers march along carrying their guns.

Female soldiers take part in the parade.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Female soldiers take part in the parade.

An official walks past a red carpet before an opening ceremony at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

An official walks past a red carpet before an opening ceremony at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.

North Koreans and members of the media crowd around a statue of Kim Il-sung at the museum.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

North Koreans and members of the media crowd around a statue of Kim Il-sung at the museum.

Foreign photographers stand next to a North Korean soldier as he takes pictures of other fighters, while they attend an exhibition held to commemorate the anniversary of the Korean War truce.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Foreign photographers stand next to a North Korean soldier as he takes pictures of other fighters, while they attend an exhibition held to commemorate the anniversary of the Korean War truce.

A Korean War veteran stands in front of a giant portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A Korean War veteran stands in front of a giant portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung.

Soldiers rest ahead of an event to mark the anniversary of the armistice.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Soldiers rest ahead of an event to mark the anniversary of the armistice.

A woman adjusts the seats set out for top leaders and guests ahead of an artistic performance that took place as part of the celebrations.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A woman adjusts the seats set out for top leaders and guests ahead of an artistic performance that took place as part of the celebrations.

After the performance, senior North Korean military officers look at the chairs where the leaders and important guests sat.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

After the performance, senior North Korean military officers look at the chairs where the leaders and important guests sat.

Korean War veterans attend a celebration.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Korean War veterans attend a celebration.

Soldiers salute as their leader Kim Jong-un arrives for the "Arirang" artistic and gymnastic performance.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Soldiers salute as their leader Kim Jong-un arrives for the "Arirang" artistic and gymnastic performance.

North Koreans yawn and doze as they wait for a show.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

North Koreans yawn and doze as they wait for a show.

A senior North Korean military officer (left) and other leaders are illuminated by a television camera during an artistic performance.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A senior North Korean military officer (left) and other leaders are illuminated by a television camera during an artistic performance.

North Korean students use coloured pieces of cardboard to form portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

North Korean students use coloured pieces of cardboard to form portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung.

Students look out from behind their pieces of cardboard during the performance.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Students look out from behind their pieces of cardboard during the performance.

Rows of female performers take part in the show.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Rows of female performers take part in the show.

Young North Koreans gesture and cheer after a celebration.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Young North Koreans gesture and cheer after a celebration.

Fireworks explode during the "Arirang" mass games.
. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Fireworks explode during the "Arirang" mass games.

. PYONGYANG, North Korea. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Portraits of Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung are illuminated at night near a residential area of Pyongyang.