North Korea is on the news, quoted from source…
Dear Editor: Twice in one year North Korea has murdered South Koreans. Not going to war will take a miracle of diplomacy and restraint. When shot at, self-respecting countries shoot back.[…]
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‘Best Friends’, North Korea, Pyongyang, Street Propaganda
Image by WanderingtheWorld (www.LostManProject.com)
This is not my usual HDR travel photo but I decided to put up some of my photos from my trip to North Korea in 2008 on my travel blog. Below is an excerpt from my hdr travel blog www.LostManProject.com. Feel free to tag along as I post my shots and experience while there.
It’s eerie to be in a totalitarian state such as North Korea. I’ll never forget staying in my hotel room at the Yangakto Hotel and turning on the 1960s looking television set. I flipped through the 3 available channels which were all state run. One channel serves as a source of news while the other two channels were dedicated to their ‘dear’ leader Kim Il Sung. Scene after scene depicted Kim Il Sung walking through lush fields of wheat or inspecting tractor factories from decades ago. There were no words, rather trance-like vocals accompanying each scene as if a choir of angels was singing from above. The amount of propaganda I witnessed in the few days I was in Pyongyang is truly amazing. I’ll never quite understand a government that has to remind its people how amazing they have it and how wonderful their leaders are. I guess if you’re told something enough you start to believe it?
One condition the New York Philharmonic had when accepting their invitation to North Korea was the concert be broadcast to the people of North Korea. Kim Jong Il did uphold his end of the pact.
Above is a propaganda street poster I caught on camera while driving to one of our destinations. They were the only colorful items on the street and they stood out from the drab buildings in the background. This particular one was of a fist smashing an American soldier into the North American continent. I shot this in 2008 when our diplomatic relations were the best they’ve been since WWII.
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FOLLOW THE TRIP – 14 Parts www.vbs.tv Getting into North Korea was one of the hardest and weirdest processes VBS has ever dealt with. After we went back and forth with their representatives for months, they finally said they were going to allow 16 journalists into the country to cover the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang. Then, ten days before we were supposed to go, they said, “No, nobody can come.” Then they said, “OK, OK, you can come. But only as tourists.” We had no idea what that was supposed to mean. They already knew we were journalists, and over there if you get caught being a journalist when you’re supposed to be a tourist you go to jail. We don’t like jail. And we’re willing to bet we’d hate jail in North Korea.
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