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China and the DPRK: Day 10 – Dancing in the Park.

After walking a little way up the street after lunch we came to the park entrance. There were very few people around on our walk over, which was a little surprising considering that it was The Big Day and that … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10 – The Art Museum, the Foreign Language bookshop and the Coffee shop.

After we stepped out of the hurly-burly of the Flower Show, we took a short bus ride to Kim Il Sung Square in the centre of Pyongyang. Today was a Saturday and a public holiday, but there weren’t as many … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10- The Flower show

At last! The big day had arrived. The anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birthday. The day that everyone practising their massed dancing all week for was finally here. And we were here to see it. But first James and I … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10 – The Western Barrage, the mineral water factory and another North Korean delicacy.

With our bellies full of oysters, salads, kimchi, clams, petrol and soju, we set off to see the Western Barrage. James, being an engineer, was really keen to see this. The tour guides were telling us about it on the … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10: The Co-operative farm and cooking with petrol.

After seeing the Palace of the Sun, we leapt back onto the bus and took off into the countryside to see a co-operative farm. It was yet another empty road stretching out into the distance. Believe me… this wasn’t a … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

This place is the most sacred place in all of Korea, according to our guides, whether they be Korean or Western. This is the place where the bodies of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. Many … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 9: The shooting range, movie studio and the circus.

Lunch was served when we arrived at the shooting range. It was all pretty standard – kimchi, soggy potato “chips”, an egg dish, but something else was a bit special. Pheasant. I kid you not. I felt like a poacher … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 9 – Mayday Stadium and Kim Il Sung’s birthplace.

I forgot to mention! The hipster café was next door to what looks suspiciously like a tenpin bowling alley. We then headed off to view the Mayday Stadium/Rungrado Stadium, which is the biggest stadium in the world. Who knew that … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 9- A walk through Pyongyang to the hipster café.

The bus dropped us off the next morning outside the State Theatre which had an impressive array of heroic mosaics on the walls. I liked this one, showing that girls can fight too. We headed off, walking through Pyongyang, heading … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 8 – Mangyongdae Children’s Palace and a spot of kleptomania.

We headed straight back into Pyongyang without wasting any time, however just as we were setting off from the hotel after lunch a guy came running up to the bus, flagging us down. Helen had left her reading glasses in … Continue reading

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