🚀 Visit to the Strange Land of North Korea (DPRK)

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Shared August 11, 2017

This is a film about a traveller in the strange land called North Korea or officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Tours to the DPRK are tightly scheduled and normally include a visit to the demilitarised zone, museums and statues to Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, Pyongyang’s amusements parks, chandelier-laden metro system and showcase entertainment facilities such as the Circus and the SchoolChildren's Palace. In addition to these, I took a flightseeing flight on a Mi-17 helicopter over the DPRK's capital city of Pyongyang. As well, as my tour was an extended one, it also went the northeast of the DPRK to the tri-country area around the Rason Special Economic Zone where the DPRK, China and Russia conjoin.

The cult of the Kims is perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the DPRK. Images or statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il are found everywhere. These graven images are effectively worshipped. This film shows scenes of the veneration of the Kims (Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il) that were witnessed.

The government guides control both what you can see and also what you can take photographs of. If you take a photograph of the military, construction or something that they feel does not portray the DPRK in a positive light then they force you to delete the photograph. On exiting the country, the border guards also reviewed photographs to see if they conformed to the aforementioned standards. Despite these restrictions, this film contains images that accurately portray the state of the country as I saw it.

--- Table of Contents ---

00:08 Overview of trip to North Korea (DPRK)
00:52 Beijing International Airport
01:40 Air Koryo to Pyongyang
02:31 US Navy visits the DPRK too
02:49 Pyongyang International Airport
03:13 Traffic policewoman directing traffic
04:09 Map of Pyongyang
04:19 pollution in Pyongyang
05:50 Chollima (mythical flying horse)
06:07 Arch of Triumph
07:04 Traffic policewoman in traffic
08:01 trolley bus ride
09:14 Pyongyang Metro System
11:56 Yanggakdo Hotel
13:19 6AM city wakeup call for Pyongyang
14:12 stockpiling gravel for construction
15:17 women encouraging hard work
16:07 Monument to Party Founding
16:39 Victorious War Museum (Korean War)
21:22 May Day in Moran Hill Park
21:53 Kaeson Youth Park
22:25 Mangyongdae Funfair
24:04 propaganda in Pyongyang
24:35 Mangyongdae Children's Palace
27:09 helicopter fightseeing over Pyongyang
30:07 Pyongyang Circus Theatre
32:43 Juche Tower
33:30 Kim Il Sung Square
34:20 Grand People's Study House
35:10 traffic policewoman
35:58 Jang Chon Model Cooperative Farm
37:29 luxury department store
37:58 peasants ploughing with oxen
39:22 Veneration of the giant Kim statues
43:18 Pyongyang at night
45:10 Mirae (Future) Scientists Street
45:48 Science and Technology Centre
47:14 View out over Pyongyang
48:05 Reunification Highway to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
49:59 Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
52:39 Kaesong
59:00 Tomb of King Kongmin
1:01:10 Sokdamgugok (Sokdam Ravine)
1:01:40 Haeju
1:03:30 Suyangsan Falls
1:04:04 Sariwon
1:06:50 Mt. Jongbang
1:08:33 village visit
1:09:37 model pig farm
1:11:00 Mt. Kuwol
1:09:42 Sinchon Massacre Museum
1:11:39 Nampo
1:12:40 West Sea Barrage
1:15:32 Arch of Reunification
1:15:48 north to Myohyangsan (International Friendship Exhibition)
1:17:40 Myohyangsan
1:18:06 International Friendship Exhibition
1:19:42 Pohyon-sa Korean Buddhist temple
1:21:01 Flying to Rason Special Economic Zone
1:21:22 Ilyushin IL-18 (1968) to Orang
1:22:15 Yombun Revolutionary Site
1:23:12 mushroom farm
1:24:32 Chongjin Russian War Cemetary
1:24:41 Chongjin - veneration of giant Kim statues
1:26:09 Chongjin - school visits
1:27:43 Rason area
1:29:29 Pipha Island
1:29:50 shellfish diver
1:30:23 Rajin garment factory
1:30:56 Port of Rajin
1:31:48 Tri-country region (DPRK-China-Russia)
1:32:27 train to Russia via the Friendship Bridge
1:33:36 Conclusions
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