It’s already over a year ago that I visited the DPRK or North Korea. I still have a few stories left and now I will share with you the daily life in Pyongyang and the Pyongyang metro. I will do this through the eyes of a child, a photo journal. Some photos are made in not the best conditions, digital zoom or quickly shot due to some restrictions. I have tried to update them to the best possible quality. Enjoy this journey through life in North Korea in 38 photos. Childhood of a boy in Pyongyang Let’s first introduce the boy in this story. I met him while walking through the Moranbong Park in Pyongyang. This is him. The eternal president Kim Il-Sung and the great leaders Kim Il-sung and now Kim Jong-un provide to him education. They promised education to “their” kids. Everyday he has to go to school. As there are actually no cars available he will go by bus and metro. He will be reminded by the billboards about the fact that the North Korean people are strong. … [Read more...] about DPRK NORTH KOREA – A photo journal of a child growing up in Pyongyang & the Pyongyang metro
I Bow in North Korea to the great leader and eternal president Kim Il-sung as I would respect anywhere any local customs. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) for many brings up the thought “do I survive?”. From many friends I got questions like “Are you sure?”, “Let’s make a goodbye party we won’t see you again”, “Are you not afraid of getting imprisoned?” etc. etc. It’s not the first travel destination for many. So why in the hell would I go there? It started long ago but got itchy some years back with a documentary on television in the Netherlands about the DPR North Korea. My goal is to travel the world and not miss any country and due to the political situation I put DPR North Korea at the top of my bucket list as anything can change any day; so better now than never. But there was one problem: I prefer to have control over my travels and plan them myself: NOT POSSIBLE. After … [Read more...] about DPRK NORTH KOREA – To bow or not to bow; Pyongyang explored [part 1]
North Korea is a destination unlike any other. A visit to North Korea will probably also bring you to Mount Myohyang as this is standard in any tour. It is a nice day trip from Pyongyang and I also did it a year ago during my North Korea trip. I take you to this national park where you find a beautiful temple, nature and an exhibition of all the gifts the great leaders ever received. Mount Myohyang Mount Myohyang or Myohyangsan translates to Mysterious Fragrant Mountain. The area is now a national park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. For the Koreans it’s a sacred place as their ancestor King Tangun supposed to live there. He is said to be the grandson of heaven and has founded the Gojoseon Kingdom over 5 centuries ago. The nature in the area is unspoiled with endless stretches of mixed forest. If you visit in autumn as I did, you will see the leafs turn to a variety of yellow, red and brown colors. The air is fresh as there is basically no pollution which is very pleasant when … [Read more...] about DPRK NORTH KOREA – A day trip from Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang, Pohyonsa Temple & International Friendship Exhibition
My trip to the DPRK or North Korea has been already almost a half year ago but there is so much more to write about this trip (read other posts here). In this post I will take you to the five most important monuments in Pyongyang. Each of them is devoted to the great leader or the party. Each one is a must to see and you WILL see them if you book a trip to North Korea. No schedule is without these magnificent North Korea monuments 🙂 Arch of Triumph The Arch of Triumph is in most tours the first monument you will see in Pyongyang directly after your arrival by plane. If you have flexibility in your trip I suggest visiting Mansu Hill Grand Monument directly after the Arch of Triumph on the day of arrival to safe time on the next days. As I booked the trip as a private tour I had a lot of flexibility to fill my days with my wishes. This does need advance planning with the tour operator and the North Korean tourism authority to get all the permissions. Read about my planning here. … [Read more...] about DPRK NORTH KOREA – 5 great North Korea monuments; Pyongyang explored [part 2]
Home Advice Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea?Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea? January 29, 2018 by Tim Winship Would I have qualms about attending the games in South Korea? I was recently asked that seemingly simple question, a question that would appear to fall well within my professional area of expertise. My initial response, with nary a hint of hesitation, was: No qualms at all. South Korea is a safe and stable country, with a robust economy, operating under the rule of law. Neither street crime (which was a concern surrounding the Rio Olympics) nor political unrest (a concern during the Beijing games) would be factors. It gradually dawned on me, however, that I was missing the point of the query. The 2018 Olympics (February 9 – 25) aren’t just taking place in South Korea; they’re taking place in Pyeongchang, a city just 50 miles from the border with North Korea. And therein lies the nub of the question: … [Read more...] about Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea?