life through the lens
We continued to the Kumgang mountains from Wonsan, and on the way back to Pyongyang took lunch at Lake Sijung - September 2009.
100 North Korean Won
Some lovely countryside on the way from Wonsan to Kumgang
Countryside - Wonsan to Kumgang
Empty roads on the road from Wonsan to Kumgang
We stopped at the roadside and took a short walk up a rocky path into the Kumgang mountains.
Though we only saw a small area it was beautiful - Kumgang mountains
A small lake in the Kumgang mountains
Walking through the vegetation in the Kumgang mountains
Much of the Kumgang mountains has been given over to the Hyundai Corporation of South Korea. Hyundai suspended their tours following a shooting in 2008 - more info here (the Hyundai tourist area is different to the section where we went).
Heading back north from Kumgang to Wonsan we stopped for lunch at Lake Sijung
'Let us devote ourselves to the homeland, holding responsibility for our nation' - Lake Sijung
Fixing something in the bus (not ours) at Lake Sijung
We had an hour or so to enjoy the beach at Lake Sijung
The beach is only a 2 minute walk from Lake Sijung
Some of the tour group with guides & cameraman at Lake Sijung beach
This guy was with us for our time in Wonsan. He had a mobile phone so he must be important - Lake Sijung.
Ryohaengsa is the Korean International Travel Company. All tour companies must book via KITC - Lake Sijung.
A drinks stall in Wonsan
A common method of transport in North Korea - Wonsan
The ferry that sails between Wonsan and Japan. It's operation has been suspended, the Japanese citing hard currency smuggling - Wonsan
A quick break at a scenic viewpoint on the Wonsan to Pyongyang road
I remember the opening of this Pyongyang pizzeria making the international news
Our guide Lim tries pizza for the first time - Pyongyang
And the trip is over! We're back at Pyongyang train station
I wonder if Tsung and Lim want to come with us? Pyongyang
The train arrives at the border town of Sinuiju
There's a lot going on in this photo but I don't know what it is - Sinuiju
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www.koreakonsult.com - Korea Konsult is a Swedish based company that I booked my tour with. For me it offered the best itinerary and was flexible enough to cater for travelling by train to Pyongyang. The group size, at 23, was rather large however (but a great bunch of people!)
www.koryogroup.com - Koryo Tours is the market leader
www.nkeconwatch.com - plenty of independent news stories and analysis of North Korea
www.kcckp.net - news portal on behalf of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (ie. North Korea)
www.kcna.co.jp - news from the 'Korean Central News Agency'
www.nk-news.net/extras/insult_generator.php - definitely not an official DPRK site - the Random Insult Generator
Other tour agencies -
www.explorenorthkorea.com - USA/Dandong, China
www.geoex.com - USA
http://koningaap.nl - Netherlands
www.nordkoreareisen.de - Germany
www.northkorea1on1.com - USA
www.north-korea-travel.com - Hong Kong
www.universaltravel.com.sg - Singapore
www.vnc.nl - Netherlands
www.youngpioneertours.com - China
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