50 Reasons Why I Enjoyed My Trip to North Korea – PART II

Here we go! This is the follow-up to my previous post listing all the places, people and various other factors contributing to my overall overwhelmingly positive experience of travelling in North Korea.

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

Young Pioneers rehearsing at Kim Il Sung Square

27. Traditional Korean roofs – just like their Chinese cousins – a feast for the eye

Korean Roofs
 

28. Vintage cars

Vintage car in Wonsan

29. Women dressed in chogori (hanbok)…

Woman in chogori (hanbok)

Women in Chogori (Hanbok)

Women in Chogori (Hanbok)

30. … quite a lot of beautiful women in general!

North Korean woman in Pyongyang Metro

31. The view of central Pyongyang by night from the tip of Yanggak island

Pyongyang by night

 

32. A few more street scenes from various cities. Can you notice all that cleanliness and order?

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

North Korean streets

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!

Munsu Water Park

34. Pyongyang Metro ride (we went through 5 stations)

Pyongyang Metro

Pyongyang Metro

Pyongyang Metro

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

English Class in Grand People's Study House

English Class in Grand People's Study House

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)

Foreign Language Bookshop

Foreign Language Bookshop

37. Ryugyong Hotel – wherever you are in Pyongyang, you can’t miss it!

Ryugyong Hotel

Ryugyong Hotel seen from the War Museum

38. Socialist art – banners, murals, posters and shop fronts

Socialist Art in North Korea

Socialist Art in North Korea

Socialist Art in North Korea

Socialist Art in North Korea

Socialist Art in North Korea

Socialist Art in North Korea

39. Solar Panels – installed on a large number of buildings

Solar Panels in North Korea

40. A short rest at Sinpyong Lagoon

Sinpyong Lagoon

41. BBQ, dancing and playing volleyball with locals on the beach in Nampo

Nampo Beach

Nampo Beach

42. Locals enjoying themselves in the park in Pyongyang

Locals in the park in Pyongyang

43. Captured American tanks and other equipment from the Korean war

American Tanks in Victorious War Museum

44. The Tomb of King Tongmyong – the short insight into one of the most glamorous periods of Korean history, when the country was ruled by Goguryeo Dynasty

The Tomb of King Tomgyong

The Tomb of King Tomgyong

45. Ryongmun cavern – an intriguing colourful retreat from the summer heat

Ryongmun Cavern

46. Beautiful sunsets

Korean sunsets

47. The beer! Way much better and more diverse in taste than in some other Asian countries

North Korean beer

48. Long karaoke nights

Karaoke in Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

49. A lot of genuinely friendly people everywhere (especially the youngsters)

Friendly North Korean people

Friendly North Korean people

50. Last but not least – our fabulous tour group!

Young Pioneer Tours - DPRK Summer Tour 2015

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