October 27, 2021
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Ssirum, national sport of great antiquity

Date: 24/08/2021 | Source: Sports DPRK (En) | Read original version at source

Ssrium, or Korean wrestling, is one of the national sports with a long history and tradition which is associated with wisdom and resourcefulness of the Korean nation.

It is a kind of wrestling game in which two men compete holding each other’s thigh and waist bands to bring the opponent down.

It was widely generalized in the period of the Three Kingdoms and good ssirum players were called ryoksa, or men of great strength.

Ssirum was frequently played among the people in all walks of life, as well as soldiers, at their leisure during production activities and on folk holidays.

The national sport, which mirrors the excellent national identity of the resourceful and intrepid Korean people, is now developing further under the wise leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea which encourages the inheritance of national cultural traditions.

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