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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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China and the DPRK: Day 8 – The Pohyonsa Buddhist Temple and the International Friendship Exhibition.

Early the next morning I woke to hear the sounds of shouting, clapping and cheering floating up from outside. I went to the window and saw that the staff from the hotel were having their morning run. Or gymnastics. Or … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 7- Hyangsan Hotel and the hike.

  (Photo by Wally.) After the school visit we had lunch in a hotel dining room a couple of streets over. Again, it was slightly weird as we were the only people there. We were ushered into an empty, echoing … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 7 – Doksong Primary School, Pyongsong.

  Today was the day that we were heading out of Pyongyang to see a school and to get out into the country. We’d seen the Planetarium and the Candy Festival and now it was time to head out of … Continue reading

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