Mind if I take a photo guys
The North Korean soldiers at the border seemed a lot more relaxed than the American puppets (just joking guys) on the other side. If you get the chance I recommend asking if you can take a photo with them. They have no problems with that at all.Related to:
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Yes, the one true "must see" place in South Korea is North Korea, and there are two places (that I know of) where you can see the Communist state from the South..
First, is Panmunjom, which is a small village right in the middle of the DMZ about 30 KM's north of Seoul. The second is a Reunification Observatory located on the East coast, also right on the border.
At the Reunification Observatory you can look across with binoculars at the many large propoganda signs that are point south, saying things like: "Come to North Korea, Land of No Taxes !!!!" and "North Korea: The Workers Paradise" and the like..
Its even better in Panmunjom, as you can see the North Korean solders just right across the line. You can even go into one of the conference rooms where they hold periodic peace talks, cross the line over to the North side of the room.... I defect, I defect !!! (Not likely...)
So that is the extent of my North Korea experience so far... (Five steps across the line...)
Some day I would like to see more of the "Workers Paradise", tho'...
Absolutely Must see activity...
Absolutely Must see activity in North Korea is visiting Panmunjom near Kaesong. At Panmunjom there is the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).
If you walk around the Northern part, the South Korean soldiers are looking quite strange to you. Korean history was made here in 1953...
I just would like to note, that the reason why the picture was taken at the south side of the boarder is, that when entering a building you can walk till the other door which is located of course at the other side of the boarder. And no doubt, the door is closed and when inside there are North Korean soldiers "protecting" you ...
Do not stay only in Pyongyang
Pyongyang is different from the rest of the country, therefore make sure that you also travel through rural areas.
Possibilities are for example trips to the Kuwol mountains or the Myohangsan mountains.Related to:
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Mass Gymnastics and Cultural Performance Arirang
The Mass Gymnastics and Cultural Performance Arirang is a spectacular performance put on by 100,000 talented singers, acrobats and gymnasts in midsummer in the 150,000 seat Mayday Stadium in Pyongyang. 30,000 participants holding flashcards make up an everchanging beautiful backdrop. SEE PICTURES IN ARIRANG TRAVELOGUE
Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace
Spectacularly large center for schoolchildren's extracuricular activities. Total floor space of 103,000 square meters, with 500 rooms and a 2,000 seat theater. Building contains a library, gymnasium, computers, indoor swimming pool with elevator to diving platforms, science and nature halls, art and music rooms as well as a practice area outside for children learning to drive. Children are encouraged to excel in areas where they have displayed talent and the result for the visitor is incredibly impressive displays of art, musical ability, singing, and dance performances by children. Extremely highly recommended. SEE TRAVELOG FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES.Related to:
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antoher DMZ Picture. It is...
antoher DMZ Picture. It is possible to go into one of the blue buildings and at the Southern site the door is closes, but you are able to cross the boarder at this building and so I have been at South Korea too, but only inside this building...
An act since 1953 still on the...
An act since 1953 still on the agenda, although it is now pantomime i.e. voiceless (=cross border broadcast have stopped).
Two teams of actors.
If you expect dramatic you will be disappointed.
It is strange to look this place, Panmunjom. It feel like theatre, serious theatre. It is very beautiful and quiet area, but underneath things are supposedly been ready. You will have presentation with a interesting map and there is also some farming going on, because it is encouraged (see CULTURAL TIPS) in both sides.
Again, you have no choice...
Again, you have no choice about your activities, but there is some limited flexibility. Everything is pretty much a 'must see'. My top five are (i) the Children's Palace (ii) The International House of Friendship (miles of corridors, thousands of rooms containing gifts to the Great leader and Dear Leader (iii) the demarcation line (iv) the May Day Stadium and (v) ask your guide if you can go the a revolutionary opera is one is on (it is also translated into English). Pick the right time of year and there will be some mass celebrations of something - go to those, they are amazing.
This is a country whose populace are totally isolated from the outside world - more so than any other country including Bhutan, Burma or Algeria. You are an object of total curiosity. Every activity is wholly Korean - there is no real concept of tourism and therefore no 'tourist' spectacles. You will be shown things which reflect well on the country especially the Children's Palace - to which you will be taken in any event. If you're into huge ornate memorials, you'll have a ball. This is a picture of the dancing in Kim Il Sun Square on May Day evening - it was the highlight of the entire trip - they were much better dancers than us!
The acrobatic, circus and magic show
If you have time, you should go to these shows where you can see the other side of the North Koreans. They can smile and laugh. They've got some humours.
DMZ Tour - Go with USO Army
I recommend booking your trip with the USO Army because this seems to be the best all-round package. Google it and then email them for schedules.
The Stone Tower
The tower is the hightest stone tower in the world.
It is the best symbol of the sprit of North Korea: because it is so high,so hard and so straight!
It's amazing. Please, Do not miss this fantastic and well-trained North Korean acrobatic show. Unforgettable.Related to:
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From a viewing point around...
From a viewing point around 25km from Kaesong you will be able to see the South Korean Wall which is up to 4m high. A North Korean soldier briefed us about the Korean War and the Wall.
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