On our way back to Pyongyang from Nampo, we stopped off at this cooperative farm but is more like a museum than a farm. We were met by another guide who showed us round a large building full of photos of Kim Il Sung's visits here and on other farms. There are even some lecterns from which he gave rousing speeches.more
When we visited the West Sea Barrage, we first went to the Visitor's Centre which is located on top of a small islet called Pi Islet. Inside we watched a short film about its construction which began in 1981 and the film started in black and white before turning to colour after the first couple of years of the barrage's construction. Next, the...more
This is probably the only sensible project to have been built under the 'Kim' regime. The West Sea Barrage is located 15km (9 miles) west of the city of Nampo and was built from 1981 to 1986. It is a huge, eight-kilometre-long system of dams, three lock chambers, and 36 sluices, allowing the passage of ships up to 50,000 tons. It closes the Taedong...more
These are some photo's I took of the country houses in the surrounding countryside around Nampo City as we made our way to the West Sea Barrage. Some are very simply whilst others are quite large with large windows at the front. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.more
These are some photo's I took of the surrounding countryside around Nampo City as we made our way to the West Sea Barrage. Lots of people were working in the rice paddy fields and other farmland where most of the work is done by hand. It was good to see some of the rural countryside of North Korea and as we passed by, young children would wave to...more
This is the 10-lane 42km Youth Hero Highway that runs between Pyongyang and Nampo with, of course, not much in the way of vehicles using it. I'm sure it was built to double as an emergency runway. It was built in the year 2000 by, as some reports I've read state, 50,000 young "volunteers" by hand as North Korea can't afford fuel to run machinery....more
We ate where we stayed at the Ryonggang hot spring house which is some way outside Nampo City itself. We had, again, plenty of good food washed down with beer, water and even cider. Cider was even served at breakfast! There are also large fridges in the restaurant that contained such luxuries as cans and bottles of coca-cola, Twix, bounty and kit-kat bars that we just hadn't seen anywhere else!