It’s been almost a year since I visited North Korea. The country has changed a lot in that time. In May of 2012 it still felt very isolated and secretive. Now visitors are permitted to bring in mobile phones and access the internet. That’s a big change. While I ponder where the Hermit Kingdom is headed, here are some photos from an amazing trip.
Kids on their way to school
On their way home from work
Wonsan, an industrial city on the east coast
Revolutionary posters decorate the street much like billboards in other countries
Kids practicing for the Mass Games in front of Hamhumg Grand Theatre
Unification monument symbolizing the two Koreas joining together
Brand new apartments development, constructed in under a year
View of Pyongyang, the capital, from Juche Idea Tower
Smash the Imperialist American!
Kim Il Sung, internationally renowned leader.
Pyongyang’s metro system puts any 5-star hotel lobby to shame
Squirting clams with gasoline from a water bottle
Our guides: Mr. Kim, Hannah, and Hwong
Her dress remains perfectly clean. Chollima Steel Works
Everyone loves a carnival ride
Koreans love to express themselves through dance and song
Pyongyang’s streets see more and more traffic every day. A few years ago there were few vehicles. Now buses, trams, taxis, motorcycles, and private cars have joined the bustle alongside military lorries.
A passionate guide takes us through the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War (i.e. Korean War) Museum
Beauty transcends borders