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Location - North East Asia; Capital - Pyongyang; Population - 24 million; Currency - North Korean Won MORE NORTH KOREA

We returned to Pyongyang for an afternoon at a school, and day 5 began at the film studios followed by the capital's war museum - September 2009.

 

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dprk358A reunified Korea is held aloft in the Monument to the Three-Point Charter of National Reunification, Pyongyang. What a mouthful.

 

 

dprk360The three-point charter refers to the three principles of independence, peaceful reunification and national unity - Pyongyang

 

 

 

dprk359Monument to the Three-Point Charter of National Reunification, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk361The streets of Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk365A traffic girl directs traffic in Pyongyang

 

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dprk376Children at June 9 Taedong Middle School No. 1 put on a performance - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk377Perfect pupils at the perfect school are provided for foreign consumption. These are the privileged ones - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk379And I have to say, besides some truly ear-piercing singing, they were very good - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk380Hats off to the drummer and guitarist, probably the most talented - Pyongyang

 

 

 

dprk366The Great and Dear Leaders work their magic again,June 9 Taedong Middle School No. 1 - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk367A 2012 poster at the school, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk371A classroom wall bearing the Great Leader Kim Il Sung on the left, and Dear Leader Kim Jong Il (also known as the Great Leader (?!) since his father's death) on the right - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk372It would be nice to know what this says, though I'm sure it's quite predictable - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk373A painting depicting the Kims at the top of Mt Paektu (on the Chinese border) - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk415Pyongyang Film Studios make an interesting tour. Kim Jong Il loves his films and is said to have a collection of over 20,000. Can Friday 13th really be one of his favourites? Pyongyang

 

dprk414The film studios are...oh not another one... Pyongyang

 

 

 

dprk424Some of our group dress up in various Korean costumes. Alas no blockbuster film was made - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk421North Koreans join in the merriment - Pyongyang Film Studios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk427Mockup Street consists of film sets for 1930's Japan & China, and South Korea - Pyongyang Film Studios. In a disputed story, South Korean film director Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife Choi Eun-hee were kidnapped in 1978 in an effort to advance the North Korean film industry.

 

 

dprk429Most North Korean films revolve around the fight against Japanese occupation and the Korean war - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk431Another angle on the Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk456The closest we got to the Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk433The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum is North Korea's name for the Korean War - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk435 Everyone but North Korea concluded that Kim Il Sung invaded South Korea, with Stalin's approval, in 1950 and precipitated the Korean war. The 1953 armistice was hailed by Kim Il Sung as a glorious victory. The Cold War had a lot to answer for - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk437The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Pyongyang

 

 

dprk436Photgraphs from the Korean War, aka the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk439Schoolchildren listening to the North Korean version of the war - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk444Captured American weaponry - War Museum, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk446An American plane shot down by North Korea - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk448An American helicopter was gunned down and the pilot captured in 1994 for encroaching on North Korean airspace - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk450Kim Il Sung discusses the war - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk451On the top floor is a 360° rotating diorama - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk458Pictures of the Great and Dear Leader displayed on a roadarch. To the left is a painting of Kim Il Sung, and behind is another painting of the Great Leader, Pyongyang

 

 

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LINKS

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.korea-dpr.com

www.nk-news.net/extras/insult_generator.php - definitely not an official DPRK site - the Random Insult Generator

Other tour agencies -

www.dprktravel.com

www.explorenorthkorea.com - USA/Dandong, China

www.geoex.com - USA

http://koningaap.nl - Netherlands

www.lupinetravel.co.uk - UK

www.nordkoreareisen.de - Germany

www.northkorea1on1.com - USA

www.north-korea-travel.com - Hong Kong

www.regent-holidays.co.uk - UK

www.universaltravel.com.sg - Singapore

www.vnc.nl - Netherlands

www.youngpioneertours.com - China

 

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