NOTE: I’m not trying to say that DPRK as a whole is a great country – all in all we’re all well aware what kind of oppressive regime rules the country and how badly their actions affect the whole nation and to lesser extent, the World outside. However, travelling to DPRK provides a great chance to actually experience the country from inside and, especially far from major cities like Pyongyang, forget all this ubiquitous propaganda and focus on the real lives of indigenous communities, spectacular landscapes, fascinating ancient Korean culture and all the other treats of this mystical country. I sincerely enjoyed travelling in North Korea and while I’m aware that we obviously didn’t get a chance to see the worst bits of the country, what we saw was by no means “staged”, “fake” etc. It was all real North Korea, even if only one face of it.
26. Young pioneers rehearsing for the Party Foundation Day on Kim Il Sung Square
27. Traditional Korean roofs – just like their Chinese cousins – a feast for the eye
28. Vintage cars
29. Women dressed in chogori (hanbok)…
30. … quite a lot of beautiful women in general!
31. The view of central Pyongyang by night from the tip of Yanggak island
32. A few more street scenes from various cities. Can you notice all that cleanliness and order?
33. Munsu Water Park – not only the great place to ride on the waterslides but also meet the locals – no restrictions of movement apply here!
34. Pyongyang Metro ride (we went through 5 stations)
35. English class in Grand People’s Study House – a bit weird but not so much different from how the English classes look like in Chinese state schools
36. The selection of books in the Foreign Language Bookshop. Ok, I’m slightly ironic here (all in all you can also buy books written by Kim Il Sung)
37. Ryugyong Hotel – wherever you are in Pyongyang, you can’t miss it!