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NORTH KOREA


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

Some of our group departed North Korea at this point. The rest of us had a couple more days to explore the east coast - September 2009.

 

dprknote1The Tower of the Juche Idea appears on the 50 Won note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk680Major road traffic on the way from Pyongyang to Wonsan

 

 

dprk681Working in the rice fields - Pyongyang to Wonsan

 

 

dprk685We break up the journey at Sinphyong Tea House - Pyongyang to Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk686Picturesque scenery surrounds Sinphyong Tea House - Pyongyang to Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

dprk687Sinphyong Tea House - Pyongyang to Wonsan

 

 

 

 

dprk689At the Songdowon Tourist Hotel in Wonsan we cooked duck and beef on red hot stones. Okay they're grey but you know what I mean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk693More 'on-the-spot guidance' from the Great Leader. Hotel reception, Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk750The view from the Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan

 

dprk752Local men fishing on the waterfront, Wonsan

 

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dprk695A rural scene on the drive from Wonsan to Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk699Our guide explains the marvel that is Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk701A passing ox and cart - Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk704This guy walked up and down several times, as if just for photo opportunities.
I've not seen The Truman Show but it sounds a bit like North Korea at times.. Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk707Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk708A film poster at the cooperative's cinema - Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk698Everyone's happy in a paddy field - Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk716The farm is known for its production of the Japanese Persimmon fruit, also called Kaki.
If chemically ripened it's commonly known as Sharon Fruit - Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk717Our guide recounted the story of when Kim Il Sung visited and correctly identified that there were 8000 pieces of fruit on a particular tree. Amazing. Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk719Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk718Posing for photos at Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk709Another reference to the 150-day agricultural quotas - Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk712Singing and dancing at the cooperative school, Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk715Playground aeroplanes bear the national flag - Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

dprk720Watching and listening at Chonsam Cooperative Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk723Back at Wonsan we visited the place where Kim Il Sung stayed in 1945 after returning to North Korea at the end of World War II

 

 

dprk724The train coach that took him west - Wonsan

 

 

dprk727And this is meant to be the actual seat he used on the train - Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk733Students at the Songdowon International Children's Union Camp, Wonsan

 

 

dprk735The kids at this school really liked posing for photos and checking themselves out on the digital camera screens - Wonsan

 

 

dprk730The Songdowon International Children's Union Camp is both a school and a Summer camp - Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk737One of the Summer camp's student rooms, complete with TV. The main building had escalators and a computer room. It all looked too good to be true - Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk739Picture frames of the Great and Dear Leader are thicker at the top, helping to reduce reflection - Wonsan

 

 

dprk729Songdowon International Children's Union Camp, Wonsan

 

 

dprk740Apartheid's alive and well - Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk741A lovely sunset on a nice sandy beach at Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk742Songdowon Beach, Wonsan

 

 

dprk743Dishing out some very important on-the-spot guidance again - Wonsan. The structure in the distance is (or rather, was) a diving platform.

 

 

dprk747Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk745Night views from our hotel, Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk762My final Kim Il Sung statue, Wonsan

 

 

dprk766..Except for this one - Wonsan

 

 

dprk764One of many blue-roofed stalls serving food and drinks - Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk765Reunified Korea - Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk749Enjoying a drink at the hotel bar in Wonsan

 

 

dprk748All things American - Coca Cola, Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the hotel bar in Wonsan

 

 

dprk757From the entrance gates to the Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk760A close up of the same propaganda poster, Wonsan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk766eFlowers lie at the base of the Kim Il Sung statue, Wonsan

 

 

dprk769Street scene in Chosong Kjung, a town on the coastal route from Wonsan to Kumgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk775There's a few beaches, and fishing boats, on the road from Wonsan to Kumgang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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