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P'yongyang

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P'anmunjom-ni

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Sinuiju

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Myohyang-sanmaek

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Namp'o

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Soeul

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Kaesong

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  • Koryo Museum

    Kaesong Things to Do

    This large complex of buildings (currently nearly 20) originally dates from 992 when the site housed the Taemyon Palace which later became an imperial guesthouse and then the Bureau for Confucian Doctrines. In 1089 it became ‘the Kakjagam’ or highest centre of learning in Kaesong for those seeking to enter the civil service. Children of the...

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  • Tomb of King Kongmin

    Kaesong Things to Do

    Although North Korea is an ancient country with roots going back 4000 years tourists have very little opportunity to see or hear about anything pre-dating the Japanese occupation of the country in the late 19th century. Visits to North Korea focus on the iconography of the modern age, monuments and museums perpetuating the cult of personality of...

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  • Royal Pansanggi Banquet

    Kaesong Restaurants

    Having been a royal capital for over 500 years, Kaesong has a highly developed cuisine with a presentation style fit for royalty.Our meal at the Kaesonng Folk Custom Hotel was a traditional Royal Pansanggi banquet consisting of numerous dishes each presented in a small metal bowl. While my first picture shows 11 dishes per person, additional dishes...

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P'yongyang

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  • Mansudae Art Studio - All Things Kim

    P'yongyang Things to Do

    The output of this art studio can be seen everywhere in North Korea. Every statue of the leaders, every painting/image (as opposed to photograph) of the Leaders right down to the lapel pins worn by every citizen and all the great monuments such as the Monument to the Foundation of the Korean Workers Party were designed and, in the main, produced...

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  • Koryo Hotel

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  • Pyongyang Metro (3) - Artwork

    P'yongyang Things to Do

    Anyone who has visited the Moscow Metro will understand where the inspiration for the Pyongyang Metro artwork/decoration came from. Indeed the whole Metro is modeled on the Moscow one. What I saw in the Pyongyang Metro is socialist realist art at its best – in the form of mosaic murals, metallic reliefs and statues.While it is a great experience to...

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P'anmunjom-ni

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  • ..and having writ, moves on....

    P'anmunjom-ni Things to Do

    Our guides in the DMZ were keen to point out the monument bearing the autograph of Great Leader Kim il Sung, said to be a replica of that on the very last document endorsed by the great man on 7 July 1994, the day before his death. It was one of the first things we saw after exiting our bus in the carpark, en route to the Panmungak (aka The White...

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  • Dining in the DMZ

    P'anmunjom-ni Restaurants

    Typically when I travel I am very conscious of exactly where I am. This, of course, is related to the fact that I have to work out how to get to where I am and how to get away. I generally don’t go on tours but in North Korea there is no option. Here one has no say where one is brought, what one sees and where one eats so one tends to switch off...

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  • Little Flags and Naughty Soldiers

    P'anmunjom-ni Things to Do

    On your visit to the DMZ from either side of the border you cannot fail to notice two massive flagpoles and flags, one North Korean and the other South Korean. I have written a separate review on these flags -Mine is bigger than yours – The Flagpole War . In that review I also mentioned how the Korean War, with the signing of the Armistice...

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Sinuiju

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  • Chairman Mao Zedong

    Sinuiju Things to Do

    Less than an hour out of North Korea and I wondered, was I never going to be able to get away from bronze statues of leaders in squares?Arriving into Dandong from Sinuiju the first thing that caught my attention was Chairman Mao Zedong’s statue in Kim Il-sung Square. Whoops, I mean Mao Zedong’s statue outside Dandong Railway station (picture...

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  • Our short crossing - Sinuiju to Dandong,...

    Sinuiju Transportation

    After lunch our passports, entry permits and exit cards had been returned to us and we were asked to sign the pre-completed exit cards which were written in Korean and completed in Korean. Having jokingly asked our guide what she had written about me on my exit card she had a second look and changed one answer explaining that I had now been...

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  • Ponbu Kindergarten Show

    Sinuiju Things to Do

    Our final activity in Sinuiju, and indeed in North Korea before leaving the country, was a visit to Ponbu Kindergarten where we were shown around the facility by the headmistress (Chief) and then enjoyed a wonderful show put on by the children.Kim Ok Son, the headmistress, is a most amazing woman and both her and her school are famous throughout...

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Myohyang-sanmaek

  • International Friendship Exhibition

    Myohyang-sanmaek Things to Do

    Throughout our tour in North Korea our guides went to great lengths to extol the virtues and wholesomeness of North Korea and its Leaders and took great pride in the fact that it and its people are pure, clean and devoid of negative outside influences. Our guide told us of how the State makes every effort to protect itself and its citizens from...

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  • Pohyon Temple - Part 2

    Myohyang-sanmaek Things to Do

    Religion and the Juche/Atheist philosophies of North Korea are strange and uneasy bed fellows. Under the constitution there is freedom of religion for all. The promotion of religion, particularly from outside, is absolutely prohibited and is one of the few things that ‘tourists’ get into strife for.There are a handful of Christian churches in the...

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  • Pohyon Temple - Part 1

    Myohyang-sanmaek Things to Do

    Pohyon Buddhist temple, one of the few places of worship in North Korea open to foreign visitors, dates from 1042 and the Koryo dynasty. It was founded by a monk named Kwanghwak and is named after the saint that guards the morals of Buddha. The current incarnation of the temple mainly dates from post the Korean war (1951-53) when the temple complex...

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Namp'o

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  • And all they wanted was sex

    Namp'o Things to Do

    No-one outside North Korea really knows how many people died in the 1994-2000 famine and estimates range from 240,000 and 3,500,000. The collapse of the Soviet Union left the country without its traditional external support, a series of droughts and floods lead to failed harvest after failed harvest and the centrally planned economic system failed...

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  • Ryonggang Hot Spring House

    Namp'o Hotels

    We had been up since around 6am so when we arrived at our hotel, the Ryonggang Hot Spring House, at...

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  • Try some petrol baked clams

    Namp'o Things to Do

    It had been a long day but having finished dinner around 10pm there was still one more activity prior to calling it a day. It was time for some petrol baked clams.Petrol baked clams are exactly as the name suggests – clams cooked in petrol via a barbeque (bbq) process. Given that bbq business is man’s business in North Korea it was time for our...

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