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

We had a ride on the Pyongyang metro, lunch on the Taedong River and drove down to Chongsangri cooperative farm on our way to Nampo - September 2009.

 

dprknote7200 North Korean Won

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk459Heading for Rehabilitation station on the Pyongyang Metro, Pyongyang

 

 

dprk461Our guide Lim explains the Pyongyang Metro. The map indicates the existence of 2 lines and 15 stations. Foreigners can only ever see two, Rehabilitation and Glory - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

dprk463Down, down and deeper down. The 110 metre deep metro doubles as a nuclear bunker - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk465Rumours abound that the commuters are just 'actors'. It all looked real to me, though others noticed no-one going in or coming out of Glory station once we left. Maybe power shortages restrict it's operation?
Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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dprk468A train leaves Rehabilitation ('Puhung' in Korean) - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk467You can't escape him. A mural of the Great Leader at Rehabilitation - Pyongyang Metro

 

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dprk469A mural on the Pyongyang metro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk471They're on the metro aswell - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk470Kim Il Sung on the left, Kim Jong Il on the right - Pyongyang metro

 

 

dprk473Glory station is an impressive station. As we were leaving the souvenirs appeared on a makeshift table. As tour itineraries are all planned out they certainly knew we were coming - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk475Exiting Glory Station. The wording of the poster behind is 'Let us strengthen the single hearted unity' - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk477 There's plenty of trams in Pyongyang, along with buses, trolleybuses, trucks, bicycles and, of course, walking - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk480The job of a traffic girl is a coveted one, and apparently only beautiful women aged 18-21 are eligible. There were a few traffic men aswell - I don't know if the same rules apply (yeah right) - Pyongyang.
In the background left, is a blue-and-white stall, most of which sold drinks, snacks or ice-cream.

 

 

dprk482Their movements are very disciplined, similar to soldiers in a changing of the guard ceremony. But wave at them and they smile and wave back - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk486Lunchtime onboard the Pyongyang Number 1 Boat, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk489Luckily the boat went on a mini-cruise along the Taedong River - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk491Locals enjoying the water in rowing boats - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk492The Taedong Bridge and Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

 

 

dprk493The boat passes the Tower of the Juche Idea, a 170-metre tall tower, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk495The tower is crowned with a 20-metre high torch - Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk Juche TowerThe group pose in front of the Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang

 

 

dprk498This family asked some of the group to pose for photos. They said thankyou in Russian - Pyongyang

 

 

dprk502The Tower of the Juche Idea as seen from Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk505The Grand People's Study House stands at the end of Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang

 

 

dprk506Behind me are 2 women cleaning a wall with toothbrushes, Pyongyang

 

 

dprk500A government building on Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang.
The square is used for military parades and processions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk504Korean Central History Museum on Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk508Heading for Chongsangri Farm we drive on the 5-lane Youth Hero Highway. We could park in the middle without danger - Pyongyang to Chongsangri

 

 

dprk529aCorn lines the roadside at the Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk529The rice fields of Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk521Children at Chongsangri Cooperative Farm sing their way to school registration

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dprk514As expected at a model farm there's a museum to show how marvellous it is. Kim Il Sung appeared at the farm in order to provide some on-the-spot guidance - Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk515Propaganda poster at Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk517A glass cabinet holds rice that Kim Il Sung 'observed'. I had to double check that with the guide! Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk518More on-the-spot guidance from the Kims - Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk525Workers separate the corn from the cobs at Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk527And the chickens help themselves - Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk528I asked what the bags said: apparently 'Made in China'.
Maybe something was lost in tanslation - Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk530At the entrance to the Chongsangri Cooperative Farm nursery

 

 

dprk531Chongsangri Cooperative Farm nursery. Should I mention the marijuana plants growing in the nursery grounds? Maybe not..

 

 

dprk534The children sing along with their teacher at the nursery - Chongsangri Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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