Being asked to delete pictures you have taken
Your guide may ask you to delete certain photos you have taken at any time during your stay in the DPRK. This need not be a problem, so long as you are prepared.
You will need.
1) Spare memory cards
2) Data retrieval software (e.g PC Inspector Smart Recovery)
So go ahead and delete those offending photos, secure in the knowledge that all you have done is erase the record of the LOCATION of the picture data on your memory card. All the data is still on the card. You can get it back later, so long as you do not use the memory card until you have performed the recovery. If you do you MAY overwrite some of the data making up the deleted pictures.
Now, remove the memory card with the deleted photos and store it safely. Install a new memory card and keep on recording your experiences.
At the end of the day, run the recovery program on the memory card and 'voila', your deleted images are returned for you.
These are the photos I was requested to delete. Still haven't figured out why the shots of corn drying in the car park of the Victorious Fatherland War Museum were of vital interest to national security.
This tip can save you from loss of data when a memory card dies too, so it has applications outside paranoid socialist disneylands too.
Actually, the guys tasked with reviewing our photos when exiting the DPRK by train were real pussies. No real investigative zeal. And when one of our group had a film camera, they weren't certain what to do, so did not do anything at all.
- Museum Visits
As in almost every asian country, North Korea has only this kind of toilets, unless you are in a touristic area. They usually stink very much and do not look as someone is in charge to clean them. This one is at the birthplace from Kim Il-Sung. Not even there, they are taking care of it.
Taking pictures from the train
When I caught the train from Beijing to Pyongyang there was also a British tour group on board. The guide warned his tour members that if the villagers see you take a photo they will confiscate it when you arrive in Pyongyang. I don't know if it is true but I didn't take the risk. Unfortunately that is why you are seeing a blank picture beside this story.
The best way to describe the landscape is barren. Their is absolutely no foliage except for some meagre crops. We passed many villages with dozens of red flags dotted amongst their fields.
The buildings were very basic and quite dirty with most North Koreans apparently moving aroung by "Nike Express", meaning they walk everywhere. Saw a few tractors, but most people seemed to walk betweeen towns.
Calling into question the...
Calling into question the manliness or general greatness of either the Dear leader or the Great Leader, or taking any steps that might be seen to insult them (even inadvertently), is most definitely not a good idea. One foreign 'guest' was removed (i.e. deported after having been confined to his hotel) when he was deemed to have behaved inappropriately before a statute of the Great Leader. Whether they actually believe the hype or not, the Koreans take mandatory respect for the Great Leader and the Dear Leader very seriously and as a guest in the country, I suggest you do likewise. The most difficult part about visiting DPRK is maintaining a sense of perspective and the whole KIS thing can get a bit oppressive - you'll be gald you're in a group! This is a picture of the Children's Study House production - included in every itinerary. Note the backdrop of the two Kim's - the children's devotion to their leaders (one of whom is long since dead)in the end production is more than a little scary - in fact, it's a lot scary.