North Korea’s Olympic cheerleaders were forced to abandon a visit to the beach when they were mobbed hundreds of excitable media Tuesday.

The cheerleaders, dressed in red uniforms with red and white woolly hats, managed a quick walk before hopping back on their bus after they were met by a huge scrum of journalists.

The North’s 229-strong cheering squad, dubbed the “army of beauties”, have drawn much attention since arriving for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics last week.

“We haven’t been able to see the beach,” complained one of the cheerleaders as they returned to the bus.

The cheerleaders drew another crowd when they held an impromptu performance at Ojukheon House, one of the oldest traditional Korean houses in the South, for South Korean and foreign tourists.

The cheer squad, all in their late teens or early 20s, are said to be handpicked from elite universities and undergo strict background checks.

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