Cracking Up in the DPRK

 

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ANDQMTF2B80-CNV00025.jpgWe said goodbye to our brave military escort at the DMZ, thankful that they’d protected us from the imminent danger of American attack.

North Korea—The DMZ Too

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ANDQMTF2B80-CNV00034.jpgOur presence on the wrong side of the frontier caused a mild scramble among the South Korean forces.

Propaganda Gets Me Down

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The Arch of Triumph commemorates North Korea’s liberation from the Japanese occupation at the end of World War Two. It looks an awful lot like the Arch in Paris, but of course Pyongyang’s Arch was deliberately built to be 3 meters taller…

Spending National Liberation Day in North Korea

 

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Our escorts chose National Liberation Day—the holiday celebrating Korea’s liberation from the Japanese occupation of the Second World War—to make our obligatory visit to the Grand Monument on Mansudae Hill. There were a lot more people than normal in the streets of Pyongyang, and the sun blazed down with a festive vengeance.

A North Korean Shopping Mall

 

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Child Stars, and the North Korea Spy Ship Incident

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Any propaganda tour of Pyongyang is bound to include a visit to the American spy ship Pueblo, captured by North Korea in 1968. To most people 1968 is ancient history, the distant past. But the North Koreans are still gloating over it and the international incident it caused.

Inside the North Korean School System

 

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One of my creepiest experiences in North Korea was a tour of a primary school.

You’ll Never Guess What Kim Il-Sung and Jesus Have in Common

 

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Any trip to Pyongyang involves extensive tours of the city. It’s North Korean’s showcase, a vast stage set carefully designed to promote the myth of the Fatherland and the success of Kim Il-Sung’s Juche philosophy.

Back in Metropolis, Circuses and Elephants

 

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When I got back to Pyongyang it was gray and overcast and just beginning to drizzle. I shook of my bus daze as we drove through the city’s silent streets.

What Do You Give a Dictator Who’s Got Everything?

 

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The International Friendship Hall is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen.