Health complex and ice rink under same roofNovember 19, 2023
On the banks of the picturesque Taedong River in Pyongyang stand the Ryugyong Health Complex and the People’s Open-Air Ice Rink, linked by a single, wavy roof.
Kim Myong Suk, official of the Ryugyong Health Complex, said that 11 years have passed since the complex was built as a modern cultural and welfare facility under the care of Chairman
With an accommodation capacity of over 7 200 people, the complex offers various services such as bath, hairdressing, massage and therapeutic exercises.
Pak Hyang Mi, an attendant, said that customers enjoy the sauna very much, adding the pine, salt and stalactite saunas are much favoured as they have some curative effects.
The therapeutic exercise room is always crowded with people who are into physical training.
Young people train themselves on weight trainers and old people ride exercise cycles.
A resident of Tongdaewon District said that her back pain faded after she started using a rotary exercise machine. Ryu Sung Chol, a staffer of the Jonsong information technology company, said that as he rests on an acoustic massage chair with his back being gently rubbed and kneaded, hearing the light music from the built-in loudspeaker, he feels relieved of fatigue and refreshed in an instant.
Customers say that the excellent service at the Ryugyong Health Complex makes them feel younger and reinvigorated and also reluctant to leave.
The People’s Open-air Ice Rink next to the complex is also frequented by many working people, youth and students.
More than 1.3 million people, including foreigners, have enjoyed a pleasant time at the ice rink so far.
On the silvery ice, some girls slide forward and backward in figure skates while young boys perform jumping, spinning and other skillful movements without effort.
Han Sun Hui, a skating instructor, said that regular skating promotes good health and, especially, strengthens bones of students and children, adding a great number of students learned to skate at the ice rink.
“Whenever I look at my daughter enjoying skating in the rink, I feel grateful to the Workers’ Party for providing such a wonderful people’s open-air ice rink,” said Kim Un Hui, a woman living in Taedonggang District.
THE PYONGYANG TIMES