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Korean Ssirum

Korean Ssirum

Korean Ssirum is a traditional sporting event of the Korean nation that plays by two persons for measuring their strength in the way of throwing the other to the ground with the hold of thigh bands placed between the legs or bands tied around the waists.
The picture shows the Ssirum of two children that took place to mark the International Children’s Day (June 1).
In Ryongchon County, North Phyongan Province, a native place of the Korean Ssirum, we can easily see the scenes of two boys having the Korean Ssirum, bending themselves shoulder to shoulder and drawing close to each other.
The mural painting in Tomb No. 1 of Jangchon dating back to the 5th century shows two wrestlers measuring their strength and an old referee under a giant tree.
The Korean Ssirum that originated from the working life of the diligent Korean nation and handed down for a long period of time, had developed into the Grand Bull Prize National Ssirum Contest, that holds in Pyongyang on the day of Chusok (Harvest Moon Day), a national holiday, every year.